The Round is a monthly event held on 2nd Tuesdays at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Founded by Nathan Marion in 2005, the Seattle edition has occurred for 122 months in a row (as of July, 2015) and is mostly volunteer powered. The Round has or is also happening at various times in other cities like Spokane WA, Portland OR, Tacoma WA, Anacortes WA, Whidbey Island WA, Austin TX, Lebanon PA, Vashon Island WA, and more.
All profits go to support local artists and up & coming developing acts are often paired up with more established singers or poets.
This curated event brings together 3 different songwriters often with some backing musicians who collaborate live onstage while performing their own songs in turn. A slam poet or two also perform in between each “round” of songs and live painters/visual artists are creating on the side. The audience is always very close to the low stage, if any stage is used. The show turns out to be a unique experience each time and songwriters are only allowed to perform once a year (per city) to help keep things fresh.
Check out the Free Podcast here, to download exclusive recordings from musicians and poets such as Damien Jurado, Noah & Abby Gundersen, Mary Lambert (of Macklemore’s Same Love song), John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest), Lemolo, Hey Marseilles, Sean Nelson, Drew Grow, Star Anna, J Tillman (Fleet Foxes), Cataldo, poets Jon Sands, Buddy Wakefield, Elaina Ellis, and more.
Each city independently curates the event with support from Nathan Marion in Seattle. If interested in launching The Round in your city, please contact us ( arts (at) fremontabbey.org ) for support & simple licensing procedures.
Other versions include The Youth Round, The College Round, and The Round @ Bumbershoot, The Triple Door, Golden Gardens, etc.
For event tickets please visit our Upcoming Events Page
For free downloads of exclusive songs, search for “The Round Seattle” on iTunes or click here for our FREE Podcast.