Free live performances take place at the Market Stage every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
Musicians or schools interested in performing on our Market Stage are welcome to submit an application

Upcoming Performances

  • Today
    Friday, December 09, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Michael Powers @ Market Stage

    Michael was born in New York City in 1960, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began as therapy, when at the age of 15 he took up strumming the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. Following his graduation from Berkeley High School when he was 15½, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions, keeping his fingers on the guitar strings and his mind on making his music reach a wider audience. Says Powers, “I learned how to play by sitting in at as many places as I could, developing eclectic tastes by playing with all types of bands: Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Top 40. I wanted to learn how to play any kind of music that featured a guitar as a solo voice.” 

    As Michael’s musicianship progressed, his interests broadened to include music theory. He enrolled at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Performance in 1982. While at Cornish, Powers studied under composers Gil Evans and Sam Rivers, bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Art Lande, and trombonist Julian Priester. 

    His style was also influenced by a diverse group of musicians which includes Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Charlie Parker, George Benson, Stanley Jordan, Miles Davis, and Kevin Eubanks. On stage, Michael has shared performed with, recorded with or shared billings with piano giant Herbie Hancock, classic Jazz saxophonist Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Gil Scott Heron, Keiko Matsui, Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Najee, Tommy Davidson, Dr. Cornel West, the legendary Ray Charles, Afro-pop star King Sunny Ade, Grammy award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur, R&B greats Gladys Knight and the Pips and Atlantic Starr, contemporary Jazz artists Ronny Jordan, Tom Grant, David Benoit, sax great Ernie Watts, the Yellowjackets, and the duo of Tuck & Patti. 

    “It’s hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the Jazz record bins,” says Michael. “If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. It’s a sound rooted in the Jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with Pop, R&B, and Blues; with Blues being at the core of my inspiration.”
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Rockwell Elementary Choir @ Market Stage

  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Criminal Squirrel Orchestra @ Market Stage

    A band dedicated to the fascination that original music brings to the squirrelly soul, and how harmonies, nuance and nuts make things more fun!
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022
  • 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

    Larry Murante @ Market Stage

    It's no surprise that Seattle-based Larry Murante has a reputation as one of the finest contemporary singer songwriters to emerge from the Northwest in recent years.

    His beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song, combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and a joyful, energetic folk/rock style. Jackson Brown, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Michael McDonald are all reflected in his music. Larry is known for his soaring, mellifluous, tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence.
  • Monday, December 12, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Salvation Army Band @ Market Stage

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Smoocho Gusto @ Market Stage

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Indio Seattle Christian Fellowship @ Market Stage

  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Ben Rush Intermediate Choir @ Market Stage

  • Friday, December 16, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    The Fabulous Orchids @ Market Stage

    Presenting a 60's style girl group show that captures the essence of many famous vocal groups like the Supremes, the Crystals, the Ronettes, Marvelettes as well  as Jackie DeShannon, Doris Troy, Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, Betty Everett, Darlene Love and so many more.

  • Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Woods Creek Band @ Market Stage

    Amazing sets of music covering most genres, including your favorite cover songs. They perform jazz, blues, country, pop, light rock, and contemporary music. Larry is an accomplished guitarist and with Diane's drums and vocals, you are in for a real treat! 
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022
  • 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

    R. X. Bertoldi & Son @ Market Stage

    Born and raised in Washington State, Bertoldi's learned all he knows about music from listening to other songwriters and musicians. He's been strongly inspired and influenced by the music of Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Walter, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Waits, just to name a few.
  • 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Seattle Music Teachers Student Performers @ Market Stage

  • Monday, December 19, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Bonnie Birch @ Market Stage

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Emerald Harmonies Clarinet Choir @ Market Stage

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Ry Akana @ Market Stqge

  • Thursday, December 22, 2022
  • 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Northwest Sound @ Market Stage

  • Friday, December 23, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Sheri & da Boyz @ Market Stage

    The blues like they should sound.
  • Saturday, December 24, 2022
  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

    HOLIDAY MUSIC: Cheryl Serio & Hans Brehmer @ Market Stage

  • Friday, December 30, 2022
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Juice Box Boys @ Market Stage

    A dynamic duo of Americana/Folk with a slice of Latin.

  • Friday, January 06, 2023
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Three Guitars @ Market Stage

    Chris Stevens of the Chris Stevens Band, Brian Butler from the Brian Butler Band and Jack Cook of the Phantoms of Soul join forces to present a triple threat blues guitar show. Supported by a veteran rhythm section, Three Guitars perform in round-robin style playing and singing classic and original blues as diverse as the unique styles of the three bandleaders.
  • Saturday, January 07, 2023
  • 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM

    Portage Bay Big Band @ Market Stage

    Seattle's Hardest Working Big Band. The Portage Bay Big Band, Swinging for over Twenty five years!

Click here to download a printable copy of our December music lineup.