Guitar soloist, Cole Schuster, will be playing at Maven Mercantile for the May B-Town Beat

This month, Cole Schuster will be playing solo guitar at Maven Mercantile.

A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, and Wynton Marsalis. Cole studied at Berklee School of Music, and also co-leads the 200 Trio.  

Maven Mercantile
641 SW 152nd St
May 7th, 2015 6-9pm

Join us for the After-Party at Black Zia featuring music by High Wired NoNet

Join us for the May B-Town Beat after party at Black Zia Cantina! 

High Wired NoNet consists of Ryan Burns (Flight to Mars, Bebop and Destruction) on Hammond organ and keyboards, and Jacques Willis (Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Star Anna) on drums and vibraphone. HW2N plays groove-oriented originals mixed with TV, movie, and video game themes, and even some jazz standards.

Black Zia Cantina
15212 6th Ave SW
May 7th, 2015 6-9pm

Steve Kim will be playing solo bass at 909 for the May 7th Beat.

Steve Kim will be playing solo bass at 909 for the May 7th Beat.

Bio: Kim has been playing the bass since ‘69 and has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Japan. He credits himself a student of Ray Brown and Gary Peacock, as well as, Charlie Banacos and has been on about 30 records over the past 30 years. 

For more information about Steve, click here to visit his website.

909 Coffee and Wine
909 SW 152nd St
May 7th, 2015 6pm-9pm

New City Dancers and Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara will be performing at Burien Library for the May Beat

For May's student art month, the Burien Library will be hosting two dance groups in the multipurpose room: the New City Dancers and Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara. 

At 6:30pm, New City Dancers will perform. New City Dance studio is located at 408 SW 153rd St. They teach a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Students of all ages attend this studio with classes for ages 3 - adult. 

At 7:30, the Grupo Folklorio Guadalajara will perform. Grupo Folklorio Guadalajara has been performing in Seattle for years. Come visit the library to see traditional Mexican dance.

New City Dance Company and Grupo Folklorio Guadalajara
Burien Library Multipurpose Room
400 SW 152nd St, 6-9pm

Thanks for attending our April Beat! Check out photos from the event on our Flickr.

Thank you all for making April's B-Town Beat a success! We had a really great turnout for the first event of the year. One of our volunteers, Robbie Howell, was out taking pictures of the event all night. Check out her work on our gallery page, or our flickr site!

Our next event is Student Art Month on Thursday, May 7th. Stay tuned for more details!

Good news! Jason Goessl is playing at Primo for the April Beat.

Guitarist Jason Goessl will be performing at Osteria da Primo for the night of the April B-Town Beat. 

About the artist:

Playing only one style of music has never sated Jason's appetite. His move from the midwest to Seattle found him with a telecaster draped over his shoulder, steeping himself in country swells and surf-stylings and coming full circle back to the jazz of the 1950s that fueled his earliest musical drive. 

Today Jason continues to reside in Seattle; a pervasive presence in the the Ballard neighborhood. He can be heard playing guitar several nights a week deftly traversing a musical terrain that moves from country to electronic to jazz to pop and all the spaces in between.

For more information about Jason Goessl, visit his website!

April 2nd, 6-9pm
Osteria da Primo
631 SW 152nd St

In April, Marie White's office will be hosting artist Simone Nolan

Marie White will be hosting artist Simone Nolan for April's B-Town Beat. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Make sure to stop by!

About the artist:

Ms. Nolan found that art allowed her to learn, express her life experiences at the metaphorical level, and receive wisdom and answers. An expert in working with charcoal, she is responsible for working with dreams, daydreams, memories and channeling. She also creates drawings and paintings with charcoal, oil paint, ink and mixed media, and helps other artists explore their spirituality, be themselves, and recognize their potential.
Ms. Nolan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts). She attributes her success to her love of art and allowing herself to be present in her art. Looking toward the future, Ms. Nolan hopes to step forward as a recognized professional artist and offer her services to the world.

April 2nd 6-9pm
Marie White Attorney at Law
415 SW 152nd St

Page 2 Books will be featuring artist Laura Scheuffle for April's Art Walk

Page 2 Books's April artist is Laura Scheuffle of Revolution Gallery in Issaquah. She paints a variety of subjects using acrylic, watercolor, and pen & ink. Her work will be on display and for sale at Page 2 Books throughout April. She also has greeting cards featuring her art. We are delighted to be able to showcase the talent of Laura at Page 2.

Page 2 has local authors in frequently. In April, they have Blaine Harden, with his book The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot on the 9th at 7:00pm. Saturday, April 11th is a Day of Mystery at Page 2 with 10 different local mystery authors. Jayne Ann Krentz, writing under the name of Amanda Quick, will be signing copies of her latest book, Garden of Lies, at noon on the 21st. If you are looking for ideas of things to do in the area, Athima Chansanchai will be at Page 2 at 1:30 on April 25th with her book, 100 Things To Do in Seattle Before You Die.

April 2nd, 6-9pm
Page 2 Books
457 SW 152nd St

Burien Library will be hosting a Poetry Booth for April's Beat

Come to the Burien Library and celebrate National Poetry Month by visiting the library’s Poetry Booth in the lobby. Check out poetry books and/or create your own poetry!

A painter, who lived in Great Britain,
Interrupted two girls with their knittin'
He said, with a sigh,
"That park bench--well I
Just painted it, right where you're sittin'."

April 2nd, 6-9pm
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd St

Berkshire Hathaway will be hosting Jazz Pianist, Gregg Robinson

Berkshire Hathaway will be hosting Jazz Pianist, Gregg Robinson

Gregg has played professionally in Chicago and Seattle for over 35 years. In addition to composing and arranging, Gregg has accompanied singers, worked with big bands, and done cabaret and theater work. In Seattle, he also plays with the Jump Ensemble and the Momentum Jazz Quartet, and has worked with Hadley Caliman, Rick Mandyck, Stephanie Porter and Perry Robinson, among others.

Make sure to stop by Berkshire Hathaway in Olde Burien to hear Gregg play!

April 2nd, 6-9pm
Berkshire Hathaway
930 SW 152nd St

For the April Beat, Phoenix Tea will be featuring poetry readings from PoetsWest

Phoenix Tea will be featuring poetry readings from PoetsWest for April 2nd's art walk.

You can learn more about PoetsWest from their website:
"PoetsWest, a Seattle-based nonprofit literary organization, links the poet with readers and listeners in the broader democratic community. Although poets write their poems in solitude, they do take pride in their craft and usually want to share their poems with an audience. PoetsWest coordinates a variety of reading venues, provides a network for poets and poetry, and produces a weekly radio program of poetry, stories and music from the studios of KSER 90.7 FM in Everett, Washington."

April 2nd 6-9pm
Phoenix Tea
902 SW 152nd St

Bassist Emmanuel del Casal will be performing at 909 for the April Beat

Emmanuel del Casal will be playing at 909 Coffee and Wine during April's B-Town Beat. He is a professional bassist and a Highline High School Alumni!

Thursday April 2nd from 6-9pm
909 SW 152nd St.

About Emmanuel:

I was born and grew up in Seattle.  There was a brief five year period from 12 to 17 years old when my family moved around to different parts of the country living in Montana, New Orleans, and Idaho during that time.  Living in New Orleans made a tremendous impact upon my musicality and ultimate direction that I would take in my life.  It was the birth place of jazz music and I soaked up all the musical influences that it offered the two years I lived there.  We resettled back to Seattle during my senior year of high school where I graduated from Highline High School in 1984.  From there I went to the University of Washington and studied in the School of Architecture and Jazz Music Studies.


Hello, 2015!

Hello, 2015! The B-Town Beat is back for the season starting Thursday April 2nd from 6-9pm. This year, the art walk will be running on first Thursdays from April through October, with other special events throughout the year.

Make sure to stop by your favorite participating Burien businesses, and try one you've never been to. The Beat is a great way to explore your neighborhood and get to know your local business owners.

Stay tuned for the specifics at each Burien business.

The Dickens Carolers will be performing at ReMax for December Art Walk

The Dickens Carolers will be performing at ReMax on December 4th from 6-9pm for the December B-Town Beat. This quartet of carolers consists of two lovely ladies decked in velvet dresses and two gentlemen in tailcoats and top hats. Singing both modern and classic holiday songs, you won't be able to help but sing along. 

ReMax has been a consistent and vibrant venue for the entire 2014 B-Town Beat season. Make sure to stop by for this treat on December 4th from 6-9pm at 636 SW 152nd St.

Kids Crafts and Performance by Andrea and Cheth Rowe at ReTreasure

ReTreasure is one of our newest businesses on SW 152nd St and is a great addition to our kids activities on the Beat. This month, ReTreasure will have live music by Cheth and Andrea Rowe as well as a make and take votive candle craft using upcycled sheet music. Suggested donation for the craft is $10.


Andrea Rowe is a soulful singer with a pure, warm, and extraordinarily powerful voice. Performing as a duo, she and her husband, Cheth, play original, heartfelt blues, folk & rock, plus an eclectic mix of covers. Andy, as her friends call her, has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell. While on vocals, guitar or conga, she is accompanied by Cheth on piano, harmonica and accordion. Their chemistry lends a uniquely united quality to a highly enjoyable show.

Make sure to stop by ReTreasure at 627 SW 152nd St.

Exciting events at Skinperfect for November's Art Walk


Skinperfect is proud to feature furniture artisan Rebecca McIvor of Urban Dupre, jazz vocalist Amy Kramer Hawks, and painter Jennifer Sturgeon for November's Art Walk & Holiday Open house. 

Rebecca McIvor is a lifetime Burien-area resident and has recently started a furniture restoration company, Urban Dupre. What began as a creative outlet has become a passion and trans formative experience. Rebecca up-cycles forgotten and unloved furniture and brings them back to life with fresh hardware, coats of paint, and a little elbow grease.  Along with the pieces for sale at Skinperfect, Urban Dupre will also accept custom work. Visit Rebecca at the art walk or contact her at 206-498-0458 or for more details.

Amy Kramer Hawks will be performing a live set of Holiday Jazz to get you inspired and holiday ready!  Amy is a proud Burienite and is looking forward to meeting her fellow neighbors! She was recently featured at the Ballard Jam House as well as The Pacific Jazz Institute. 

Jennifer Sturgeon is currently enrolled at Seattle Central Community College studying music and art. She also is an experienced Aesthetician and finds that painting allows her to separate herself from everyday life while bringing color & passion into the lives of others. Although she has lived on Maui for a spell,  Seattle has always been her home as she was born and raised here in the Northwest. She finds inspiration in nature and enjoys the various natural sceneries  that are pocketed all throughout Seattle.

Help support the November 6 Beat & Transform Burien Food & Clothing Drive by spreading the word!

Help support the November 6 Beat & Transform Burien Food & Clothing Drive by spreading the word!

The November 6th B-Town Beat Music & Art Walk and Transform Burien Food & Clothing Drive is just under a week away and we would love your support spending the word about the event in this final stretch. 

There are a number of easy ways that you can help us get the word out and we've made tools to help with a few of them: In person, with our Facebook event and finally, with images on your favorite social media platform. 

Read more after the break!

Olde Burien Open House happening during November Beat!

Olde Burien Open House

It's great when cool events coincide! In addition to November 6th's regularly scheduled Art Walk events, including a Transform Burien clothing and food drive, Olde Burien is holding a holiday open house.

On November 6th from 5-8pm, participants can pick up a stamp card at any of the participating Olde Burien businesses. Art walkers who visit every business on the list (no purchase necessary) will be entered to win one of three gift baskets! Some businesses will be offering specials, discounts, and treats as well as live music and art for the B-Town Beat. 

See the complete list of participating businesses after the break.

Participating businesses include:

RSVP for the event on the Olde Burien Holiday Open House Facebook event here.