Sound Check! The Music We Make @ Wing Luke Museum

Dive into AAPI music history 🎸

📸: Courtesy Wing Luke Museum

📅 October 15, 2023 – September 24, 2024
📍Wing Luke Museum: 719 S King St, Seattle
🎟 $0 – $17

Runs through September 24th
Before Geo Quibuyen opened Hood Famous with his wife, Chera Amlag, bringing ube cheesecake and Filipino-inspired baked goods, bar food, and more to the CID, he was one half of the Seattle-based duo, Blue Scholars. Formed out of the University of Washington in 2002 along with Sabzi (Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi), Blue Scholars helped expand the hip-hop scene in Seattle. Aside from shining a light on their hometown (and being “pro-Sonic revival”), the duo was also known for being unafraid to cover everything from gentrification to racism, to policy issues and addiction in their music. Starting October 15th, you’ll be able to take a deep dive into their history, work, and the influence it’s had along with many other AAPI artists at Sound Check! The Music We Make.

This new interactive exhibit opening at Wing Luke Museum “celebrates the significant contributions of AAPI artists in music,” with behind-the-scenes photos, framed artworks, podcasts, artifacts, storylines, audio, and video. Produced in partnership with KEXP-FM, the Music of Asian America Research Center, UTOPIA, and Smithsonian NMAH, Sound Check! is planned to highlight the stories of both lesser-known AAPI artists and “brand names in the industry.” Just some of the featured artists include Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden, singer-songwriter Carly Ann Calbero, jazz drummer Akira Tana, musician Roger Rigor, and many more. Entry to the exhibit is included with general admission to Wing Luke Museum.

The Wing Luke Museum supports the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.