The countdown is on. Tuesday marked 100 days until the inaugural Upstream Music Fest + Summit happening May 11-13 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Attention and buzz has been building since the initial announcement, but here is what music journalists are saying so far about the Upstream events and the impact they’re making on the Seattle music scene.

Sean Nelson of The Stranger writes about the arts and culture momentum being driven by Paul Allen.

“Following the triumph of the second annual Seattle Art Fair, Paul Allen is announcing another massive arts event to be held in the heart of Pioneer Square next year.”

Seattle Refined’s Britt Thorson has been covering Upstream since the big announcement, sharing about our keynote speakers and attending our secret pop up party.

“Ever since it’s initial announcement last summer, everyone has been so incredibly hyped about the idea of a new festival in the Pacific Northwest scene.”

But the Upstream team’s activities aren’t solely focused on the Upstream Fest and Summit. They also curated the music for the brand new New Orleans Food and Funk Festival.

Northwest Music Scene’s Glen Casebeer reviews the first outing.

“Judging by the lines for food and the packed out dance floor, the first annual New Orleans Food and Funk Festival was a smashing success.”

As Seattle Times’ Nicole Brodeur points out, Upstream is also about helping emerging artists through a new series called “Mastering the Hustle.”

“Ultimately, Kurt Cobain didn’t need that class [Rock Star 101]. But his success helped fill Seattle with musicians, and in today’s climate, they need all the nurturing they can get.”

Guitarists in the region are getting excited for the chance to compete at the upcoming Guitar Slinger, also presented by Upstream and coming to the stage at MoPOP on March 18.

The Upstream Summit keynote speakers include Pacific Northwest icons Macklemore, Quincy Jones and Portia Sabin. The Upstream Fest lineup announcement is right around the corner.

Early-bird tickets are now on sale. If you’re not on the Upstream’s newsletter already, you should get signed up so you don’t miss anything.

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100 days to Upstream Music Fest + Summit: What Music Journalists are Saying

By The Editors