Little Big Show
KEXP + Starbucks + STG bring you Little Big Show, a concert series that gives big love to Seattle arts organizations. Several times a year, we find a great band or two, give them the stage at the Neptune and donate 100% of ticket sales to a local non-profit. To date, we have raised over $100,000. – proving out to be the little show with a big effect.
Little Big Show #10
Join us for Little Big Show #10 (yes, 10!!) on November 15 when Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard takes the stage to support local arts. Another local fave, Eric Anderson (of Cataldo), will be on hand to open the show. 100% of each ticket purchased for Little Big Show will go directly to ArtsFund as matching funds for power2give.org/PugetSound, supporting projects benefiting local youth such as artist classroom visits and residencies, scholarships for professional arts training, or free youth tickets to a variety of local arts events.
Little Big Show #9
Cloud Cult played to a packed house at Little Big Show #9 along with local favorite, Benjamin Verdoes. $12,810 was raised from ticket sales to support the youth programs at Hugo House, giving young writers the chance to explore, consume and create great writing.
Little Big Show #8
Washed Out rocked a sold out Little Big Show #8, along with Seattle-based Kingdom Crumbs and special guest, Kisses. $14,540 was raised for Reel Grrls, a non-profit focused on mentoring local girls through state-of-the-art training to create transformative media and grow confident, savvy young women.
Little Big Show #7
The Joy Formidable and local favorite, Feral Children, rocked Little Big Show #7 and raised nearly $9,000 for Seattle Music Partners, offering free after-school music instruction and ensemble experience to elementary students in low-income schools.
Little Big Show #6
Little Big Show #6 sold out before we could even get the word out! Performances by Jim James and Cold Specks will enable us to give $14,000 to The Vera Project, an all-ages volunteer fueled music and arts venue with a focus on young people ages 14-24.
Little Big Show #5
The Walkmen and Father John Misty played to a sold out crowd at Little Big Show #5, and beneficiary Youth In Focus took home over $14,000. The talent of several student photographers was on display as they shot from all angles to capture the vibe of the night. Pro-photogs Jim Bennett and Dan Poss mentored the students on site and helped inspire greatness.
Little Big Show #4
Little Big Show #4 raised over $13,000 for 826 Seattle, a dynamic writing and tutoring center with some of the most creative young minds around. Along with an amazing show, our fourth Little Big Show featured the first ever Flash Fiction Experiment, where show attendees tweeted a 6-word autobiography. A few favs:
@826seattle Found love. Found Seattle. Found happiness #lbs4
@826seattle A mom, but not dead yet #lbs4
@826seattle Ate Oreos. Now I eat kale. #lbs4
Little Big Show #3
The third time was indeed a charm! On July 28 at the Neptune Theatre, the Dum Dum Girls and Craft Spells put on a great show and helped to raise over $5,000 for NFFTY: National Film Festival for Talented Youth – the largest youth film festival in the world based here in our hometown.
Little Big Show #2
The second Little Big Show took place on April 20 at The Neptune Theatre. Thanks to a great turn out, and dynamic performances by Real Estate and Poor Moon, over $10,000 was raised for Coyote Central to further their efforts in supporting young Seattle artists.
Little Big Show #1
Our inaugural Little Big Show was beyond expectation. With a sold out show at The Neptune and stellar sets by Seattle’s own Pickwick, with Fly Moon Royalty opening, over $14,000 was raised for Arts Corps – founded on the belief that all young people, not just those with resources, deserve access to quality arts learning opportunities. There’s no doubt this first show paved the way for a great concert series to grow well into the future.
Music, film, and education have been the major pillars of my life from a very early age. Growing up playing with a VHS camera in middle school, playing in rock bands in high school, and later making films in college- I’ve always strived to find ways to connect these passions in my life.
A little over a year ago I began working as the Programming & Outreach Manager for NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth). When I found out we were going to be a benefactor for the Little Big Show, my creative gears started turning and I immediately saw an opportunity to show people how cool it is when creative worlds collide. After documenting our concert, meeting fellow youth arts non-profits, and working creatively with KEXP, Starbucks, STG, and other local youth filmmakers I am proud to share The Making of Little Big Show- I hope it’s as fun for an audience to watch as it was for all of us to create.