Remember spending nights staying up watching MTV, waiting for your favorite video to come on? Over three decades after the network's launch and the official dawn of the format for mainstream audiences, music videos have continued to be a major way for fans to interact with music. The Northwest has added to the pantheon over the years, from Nirvana's anarchic pep rally to Macklemore's Goodwill shenanigans. That tradition is still alive and well in the region, as you'll find out at Videoasis on Wednesday,May 24, at 8:30 PM at the Northwest Film Forum.
Videoasis is an quarterly event curated by KEXP's Audioasis host DJ Sharlese alongside music video director Bobby McHugh. Each Videoasis showcase features videos from a wide array of Northwest artists, from Chastity Belt and Dude York to Porter Ray and Y La Bamba. This quarter's Videoasis is themed "Summer's Coming Soon" — drawing inspiration from the opening lines of DoNormaal's "Dime".
Sharlese and Bobby have put together a formidable lineup of videos this year, featuring recent videos from:
CC DustPortugal. The ManSundae CrushPleatherPerfume GeniusCar Seat HeadrestDude YorkChastity BeltSo PittedPorter RayCataldoOther JesusDoNormaalSassyBlackY La BambaBrakebill
Throughout the evening, KEXP's Mike Ramos will perform DJ sets so you'll get your total fill of music. Tickets are available now and at the door as well.
Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during the 45th annual Northwest Folklife Festival, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center.
Every Saturday night, Audioasis host DJ Sharlese showcases exclusively local music on KEXP from 6-9 p.m. With the heartbreaking news of Chris Cornell's death comes a blow to the local music scene. It's something Sharlese knows well both as an expert on Seattle music and as a fan.