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Ballard Hosts KEXP's Hood to Hood Celebration on Friday


For the second year in a row, Ballard has the honor of hosting KEXP’s annual “Hood to Hood” Celebration in Seattle. Every year, KEXP, one of Seattle’s most prolific radio stations for local content, hosts a pledge drive which features the “Hood to Hood Challenge.” The Seattle “hood” that pledges the most money to KEXP during the drive has the privilege of hosting a celebratory live broadcast.

Events will run from 10 am  to 6 pm on Friday 18th and will feature performances and discounts at local businesses for certified KEXP donors. The live broadcast is geared for audiences of all ages and is free to attend. The “Hood to Hood” event helps highlight the winning neighborhood and generates some revenue for local businesses. As a contribution to the neighborhood, KEXP also accepts donations to the Ballard Food Bank at the KEXP Tent, located at Bergen Place (5420 22nd Ave NW), which serves as the center of the event. For a list of acceptable donation items, see KEXP’s Ballard Day page.

This year, “Hood to Hood” coincides with Bike to Work Day; the first event of the morning is a 6 am broadcast sponsored in conjunction with Cascade Bicycle Club that will feature live performances and a conversation with the Mayor. The morning will continue with live performances and DJ sets. The evening features live performances at many nearby bars and a benefit to encourage donations to the Ballard Food Bank. As part of Bike to Work Day in conjunction with Summer Streets, 22nd Ave will also feature activities and services related to biking and the local community from 4 to 7 pm. The schedule for the day is listed below; for a list of vendors featuring specials in honor of “Ballard Day,” see KEXP’s Ballard Day page and remember to bring a KEXP Donor Card. Donations to KEXP are accepted during the event and online.

BERGEN PLACE PARK 10:00am – 6:00pm
with live DJ sets from Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole
10:00am – Ramona Falls
12:00pm – Deep Sea Diver
2:00pm – My Goodness
4:00pm – The Maldives
5:30pm – Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

Featured Evening Showcases

A Benefit for the Ballard Food Bank 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Live music hosted by KEXP DJ John Richards
River Giant [Acoustic]
Cover: Suggested Donation of $5

THE SUNSET 9:00pm – close
Live music hosted by KEXP DJ Shannon
The Redwood Plan
Wow & Flutter
Cover: $8 Public/$6 for KEXP Donors

TRACTOR TAVERN 8:30pm – close
Hosted by DJ El Toro
Lindsay Fuller
The Horde and the Harem
Legendary Oaks
Cover: $10 Public/ $8 for KEXP Donors

CONOR BYRNE 9pm – close
Hosted by Hans
Tiny Messengers
Ghosts I’ve Met
Joy Mills
Cover: $8 Public/$6 KEXP Donors

Hazlewood 8pm – 10pm
Johnny Horn

BalMar – Bike to Work Day After Party! 5pm – 8pm
Wo’ Pop & El Sonido
Darek Mazzone
DJ Rhythma
DJ Chilly

The Sexton 8pm – 10pm
Larry Rose

Hattie’s Hat 8pm – 11pm
Swingin’ Doors
Don Slack