• FREMONT ABBEY

    Upper Fremont at 43rd
    On the #5 bus line and short walk to E line


    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103


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    Abbey Arts Presents
    @ These Fine Historic Venues in Seattle, WA

     

    Fremont Abbey

    Capacity: 250 | 4272 Fremont Ave N

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    Ballard Homestead

    Capacity: 230 | 6541 Jones Ave NW

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    St Mark’s Cathedral

    Capacity: 1000 | 1245 10th Ave E

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    The Auditorium

    @ UHeights | Capacity: 150 | 5031 University Way NE

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    Abbey Arts Presents

    } Seattle: Fremont, Ballard, Capitol Hill, University

    } Supporting equal access to music & the arts for people of all ages & incomes

    } Nonprofit, non-religious, established 2005, approx 41,000 attendance in 2017

    “My favorite Seattle venue. I love the Abbey because the audience listens.” – Damien Jurado

    “The Abbey is my favorite venue in the whole world. Everything you do is magic.

    – Mary Lambert (of Macklemore’s Grammy winning “Same Love”)

    ARTISTS WE’VE HOSTED:

    Beach House, Damien Jurado, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, My Brightest Diamond, Agnes Obel (Denmark/Berlin), David Bazan, Mirah, Jeremy Enigk, Deep Sea Diver, Robyn Hitchcock, Mary Lambert, Langhorne Slim, Sara Watkins, Joy Kills Sorrow, Chuck Prophet, Laura Gibson, The Moondoggies, Noah Gundersen, Wild Child, Robin Pecknold & J Tillman (Fleet Foxes), Hey Marseilles, The Lonely Forest, Joseph, Karl Blau, Jason Webley, Grand Hallway, Chatham County Line, Horse Feathers, and 100’s more have performed Abbey Arts events.   Facebook Photo Albums

    VENUES:

    Fremont Abbey
    built 1914, renovated 2008  {Home Venue, lowest cost}

    • 250 capacity Great Hall / 150-200 Gallery  (Smaller shows will be in the Gallery unless otherwise arranged)
    • Open format, mix of chairs & standing, candlelight, etc.
    • All ages shows, bar w/ ID for larger shows with enough advance notice.
    • Grand piano on 2nd floor, only works on riser not full stage height.   
    • No loud bands after 10pm but Gallery shows can be louder than upstairs.
    • Full PA & basic lighting. X32 digital mixer (Midas preamps), mix of Mackie & EV speakers.
    • www.fremontabbey.org / 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, 98103 / 206-414-8325

    Ballard Homestead
     built 1923, renovated 2015

    • 230 capacity, seated, no bar
    • Smaller acoustic space in NW Ballard, with yard, built in stage, old grand piano, sloped floor, seats, downstairs lounge with games.
    • Artists like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lemolo, Sam Amidon/Bill Frisell, Kris Delmhorst, and lots of bluegrass & string based
    • Renovated and re-opened 2015.
    • Full PA & basic lighting. Yamaha QL1 digital mixer.
    • www.BallardHomestead.org  /  6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle, 98117 (No Mail)
    • Always early shows, 7:30 start to complete before 10pm due to quiet neighborhood

    The Auditorium

    @ Uheights, built 1904, renovated 2017

    • 150 capacity, can be seated or standing, louder shows ok here
    • Newly opened in 2017, 1903 Schoolhouse near University of Washington
    • Full PA & theatre LED lighting grid. Behringer X32 Compact digital mixer.
    • Raised modular stage (33” x 13.5’deep x 18” height)
    • Hallways & other rooms offer potential for smaller festivals

    CATHEDRALS Concerts Series

    @ St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, built 1931, renovated 2017

    • 600-1000 capacity: Unfinished old Cathedral with massive pillars & very high ceiling.   
    • Open floor seating near stage plus benches, pews, chairs and standing in back. Seats approx 850 + standing.   
    • www.abbeyarts.me/cathedrals for photos & videos of this amazing acoustic space.
    • Specific music styles work here, acoustic or mellow bands with slow songs due to massive reverb and acoustic challenges.
    • String quartets or other string instruments work very well here.
    • Full pro audio system is brought in for each show with digital mixer & iPad controls.
    • Steinway grand available but does not go on upper stage

      

    PROMO PARTNERS:

      On select shows we work with:  KEXP, KUOW (NPR), 107.7 The End, Do206, and others.

      We also post $100’s in google ads through a Google nonprofit grant and provide a variety of other promotions for concerts and events.

    WHAT’S DIFFERENT:

    • We’re a nonprofit
    • We’re artist and experience focused, not booze or profit focused
    • We support developing young artists by helping with bookings & business training
    • We’re working hard to help re-balance the music industry to support more women
    • We curate unusual old buildings with 150 to 1000 capacities but always a “giant living room” kind of feel
    • We don’t allow drunken distractions or disruptive talking, or excessive filming/phone use during shows
    • Abbey Arts audiences are very appreciative, quiet & respectful… they are listening, not yelling & swilling beer, etc.
    • Our staff is careful to maintain a quiet distraction-free environment for the music to be heard.  Limited use of cameras allowed.
    • Our shows are mostly seated, always all-ages, and often bar w/ID for larger shows.  Some louder shows may have space for dancing if the music fits that vibe.
    • All profits from arts events go back into supporting local artists & creating more opportunities for young developing acts
    • Our venues are mostly acoustic but mellow band setups can work too.  Our spaces rarely work for loud rock bands so please adapt drums/bass/etc. accordingly to fit the room.

    “Strings sound amazing in here with the human voice. Play in the Abbey’s Great Hall if you can.”

    – Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore / Seattle Rock Orchestra)

    Distraction Free & Safe Venue Commitment:

    “Clear stress & enliven your mind by experiencing up-close and

    beautiful music and arts events in a distraction-free, welcoming, safe environment.”

    MORE INFO

    • Many Seattle artists get their start here, such as Mary Lambert who performed some of her first shows at the Abbey as a poet, then songwriter, and now has performed with Macklemore & Madonna at the 2014 Grammys
    • We support artist collaboration and innovation through events like The Round, a monthly event ongoing for 120+ months in a row. The Round has been produced in other cities like Portland, Spokane WA, Austin, Tacoma WA, Anacortes WA, Lebanon PA,  and more.
    • The audience is usually very close to the performer, with a low stage, and we aim for an intimate ‘giant living room’ environment rather than the sterile performance hall/theater or the rowdy bar room style.
    • Expect candles and seating with some standing room in back

    “In the Great Hall (at the Abbey), a little sound goes a long way, and a lot of sound breathes with the walls. A single voice can command a sold out crowd. A full band can play with unprecedented dynamic range. The room lives as much as the audience or the performers themselves.” – Gabe Much, 20, local band The Cellar Door

    “I love the Fremont Abbey for many reasons, I think they bring a lot of talent to the community of Seattle.  I’ve played many of the Rounds at the Abbey and have enjoyed every time.  I’d encourage artists to play it, and people who love music to go out and enjoy it… because it’s really a special thing… musicians, painters, spoken word… it’s a really rare thing to be a part of.” – Damien Jurado

    • Many of our staff are professional artists themselves
    • Our Director, Nathan Marion, has worked in the music industry for 15 years – previously helping bands such as The Lonely Forest, and advising acts like Noah Gundersen and others in their early careers.
    • We take great care for relaxed lighting, informal setup, pristine sound, and hospitality for both artists and audience.
    • You can know that you’re supporting a socially responsible, environmentally conscious nonprofit 501c3 that has a very low carbon footprint and repurposes old buildings, uses green supplies, and increases efficiency every few years.
    • You can also know you’re empowering arts education for all ages and access to the arts for people of ALL income levels including nonprofit workers, vets, and clients through our ArtsConnect program.