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Inaugural Upstream Music Fest and Summit

Inaugural Upstream Music Fest and Summit

Check out the Upstream Music Fest May 11-13, 2017
in Pioneer Square

May 2017 marks the first year of Paul Allen’s Northwest answer to Austin’s SXSW. It features a line-up of over 200 emerging Northwest acts performing across 25 stages. Headliners include Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces and AlunaGeorge. The list also includes local favorites like the Maldives, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Shelby Earl, Chris Staples, DoNormaal, Tangerine, and a variety of others.

The Summit is a gathering for the music industry with talks from industry icon Quincy Jones, rapper Macklemore, and others.

Tickets Available Now
UpstreamPasses for the event are on sale now at Festival passes run from $110 to $135, ones that include the summit range from $225 to $325. VIP options are available at $425.

VIP tickets offer a fast pass so you can jump the line. Some of the venues are small so will fill up fast. It also offers meet-up opportunities and exclusive access to VIP lounges through the Fest (21 and older).

Historic Pioneer Square Neighborhood
The locale for this epic outdoor music event includes a main stage at CenturyLink Field’s North Lot, a free public stage in Occidental Park, and more than 25 smaller stages throughout the neighborhood. Passes give access to all stages.

The festival’s Pioneer Square location makes your stay at a downtown Seattle vacation rental home a smart one.

Pioneer Square is the second most walkable neighborhood in Seattle, according to Walk Score. Stations, tunnels, terminals and stops are embedded throughout the neighborhood. This downtown Seattle neighborhood also offers car sharing, bike sharing, and ride sharing options from private companies like Car2Go, Lyft, ReachNow, Uber, and ZipCar.

If you’d rather have your car, check out for parking locations throughout the neighborhood.

The Summit
UpstreamIndustry experts, emerging artists and creative collaborators from the Northwest and beyond talk about how to succeed in the changing music economy. The Upstream Summit gathers at WaMu Theater.

Maclamore is part of Maclamore & Ryan Lewis, a Seattle-based hip-hop duo with two number one hits, four Grammy Awards, and a variety of other accolades.

Seattle native Quincy Jones is a music industry icon. His titles include composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producers, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is the most nominated Grammy artist of all time, has the most Grammy Awards of any living person, and is one of 17 people to complete an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Dr. Portia Sabin is a cultural anthropologist who will lead a discussion with music industry leaders at the Summit. She is the host of a radio show and podcast about the music business. It’s called The Future of What.

Whose Idea Was This Anyway?
The Upstream Music Fest and Summit is the brainchild of Paul Allen. He co-founded Microsoft and is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, author, Seahawks and Blazers team owner, neuroscience supporter, space pioneer and guitarist. He’s also the 40th richest men in the world.

The festival is a collaboration between Paul Allen, radio station KEXP and the Alliance for Pioneer Square.

Seattle’s Award-Winning Restaurants

Seattle’s Award-Winning Restaurants

James Beard Foundation 2017 Restaurant and Chef Semi-Finalists

The James Beard Foundation awards have been called the Oscars of the North American food world. In February, the prestigious James Beard Foundation released their list of semi-finalists for the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

With nineteen 2017 James Beard Foundation semi-finalists, your downtown Seattle vacation rental home is perfectly located near a variety of stellar dining experiences. Here’s the official list of Seattle’s 2017 James Beard Award semi-finalists by category.

Best Chef, Northwest
These chefs have set new or consistent standards of excellent in their respective regions. Nominees may be from any kind of dining establishing and must have five years’ experience, with the three most recent years spent in their region.

Eric Donnelly is the executive chef at RockCreek Seafood & Spirits. This Freemont neighborhood restaurant and bar centers around globally-sourced seafood from well-managed fisheries.

Mike Easton is chef/owner of Il Corvo. Handmade pasta and daily specials make this downtown Seattle Italian restaurant perfect for lunch or dinner.

Edouardo Jordan is chef/owner of Salare, a chef-driven, Ravenna neighborhood restaurant blending exotic influences with classic American fare.

Kotaro Kumita is chef/general manager at Wataru, which focuses on Edomae-style sushi.

Nathan Lockwood is the chef/owner of Altura, an Italian fine dining restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Shaun McCrain is chef/owner of Copine, a contemporary American restaurant utilizing classic French techniques.

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are chef/owners of Joule. Here they blend Korean flavors and classic techniques.

Outstanding Chef
Nominees are North American chefs, with five years’ experience, whose careers have set national industry standards and who inspire other food professionals.

Matt Dillon is the busy chef of Sitka & Spruce in Capitol Hill, Corson Building in Georgetown, and Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square.

Blaine Wetzel is head chef of Willows Inn and Lummi Island which prides itself on a prix fixe menu that is seasonal and local.

Outstanding Baker
Nominees have at least five years’ baking or pastry chef experience and serve as a national standard-bearer of excellence.

Evan Andres bakes at Columbia City Bakery, which also supplies area farmer’s markets with their tasty baked goods.

Rising Star Chef of the Year
These chefs are 30 years old or younger, display impressive talent, and are likely to make a significant impact on the industry.

Jay Blackinton is chef, farmer, and co-owner of Hogstones Wood Oven on Orcas Island. They craft wood fired vegetable dishes and pizzas from locally-sourced ingredients. Menu changes weekly and often daily.

Best New Restaurant
Restaurants opened in 2016 that display excellence in food, beverage, and service and are likely to make a significant impact on the dining scene.

No Anchor in the Belltown neighborhood is a beer bar and Pacific Northwest restaurant focusing on fresh, local, sustainable ingredients.

Upper Bar Ferdinand in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row focuses on pairing small production wines and spirits with a simple food menu including dry aged and cured meats, local seafood, bread, and vegetables.

Outstanding Restauranteur
Working restauranteur with ten years’ in the restaurant business who sets high national standards in operations and entrepreneurship. Cannot have won a James Beard Foundation chef award in five years.

Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants has a stable of over a dozen restaurants, including Staple & Fancy, Tavolata, and Anchovies & Olives.

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirts Professional
Professional making significant national impact on the industry.

Wayne Carpenter with Skagit Valley Malting is a custom malt house ushering in a new, modernized era of malt.

Outstanding Wine Program
Restaurant at least five years old serving as national standard bearer for excellence in wine service with a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and customer education focus.

Canlis was established in 1950 and has defined contemporary Northwest cuisine. They have one of the finest cellars in the world and feature 5 sommeliers, 2,5000 selections, and 18,000 bottles.

Wild Ginger has a temperature-controlled cellar with over 30,000 bottles. Their knowledgeable wine team oversees a wine program that consistently wins awards from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Washington Wine Commission, and more.

Outstanding Bar Program
Restaurant or bar demonstrating excellence in cocktail, spirits, and or beer service.

With over 3,500 labels and counting, Canon has the western hemisphere’s largest spirit collection. This Capitol Hill cocktail bar is also a restaurant serving upscale American cuisine.

Get to Know Denny Triangle

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Get to Know Denny Triangle

A Vibrant Downtown Seattle Neighborhood

One of the best things about staying in a vacation rental home in downtown Seattle is getting to experience all the highlights of a robust, urban downtown and feel like a local. Downtown Seattle is a mix of neighborhoods that all have something special that begs to be explored.

So, take a short jaunt from your vacation rental home and get to know Denny Triangle.

Meet Denny Triangle
One of downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Denny Triangle is a triangular shaped area that connects the Retail Core to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Professional and residential communities stand shoulder to shoulder with restaurants, public parks, and unique shops, all connected by the Seattle Streetcar Line.

Fun facts! Denny Hill is also called the Gateway District. It started as the Denny Hill Regrade project, which was the removal of Denny Hill, one of the proverbial seven hills of Seattle. The regrade occurred at the turn of the last century and made developing the neighborhood possible.

Amazon’s Biospheres
Amazon is one of Washington State’s top 10 employers and is expanding into Denny Hill. Amazon is building three crystal biospheres that will each stand 100 feet tall and will be part of their new 3.3 million square foot complex, which is also under construction. The domes are due to be filled with plants and opened in 2018.

All-Day and Kid-Friendly
PlayDate SEA is an 8,000-square foot indoor playground that has an attached café for parents. This Denny Hill spot offers an interactive dance floors, laser tag, plus a variety of climbing and crawling activities for kids up to 12. A separate toddler area keeps everyone safe and happy. Weekend prices for kids 3 and under is $12, for kids 4 and older, it’s $18. Parent’s aren’t charged for admission.

Restaurant Recommendations
Denny Hill neighborhood is filled with restaurants from mobile food trucks to fine dining and everything in between.

FareStart – Get your dining experience with a side of heart at this restaurant. Part of the proceeds from the restaurants’ lunches, dinners, and catering services go to help disadvantaged people. More than that, though, it’s also a culinary job training and placement program for disadvantaged and homeless individuals.

Palace Kitchen – Cozy booths and an open kitchen ensure your experience at this chef Tom Douglas’ restaurant will be just what you want. Whole trout and chickens grilled over an Applewood grill or a lush plate of local vegetables are all perfectly prepared to please.

Mistral Kitchen is a fine dining urban bistro offering lunch Monday to Friday, happy hour service Monday to Saturday, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Reserve a spot in the Jewel Box Bar and sip from their signature handblown glassware created by Pennsylvania-based artist Michael Schunke.

Gopoke – poke bowls are the perfect customized lunch or dinner. Layer any number of vegetables and meats over a base of your choice for a fresh take on eating.

Top Pot Doughnuts – Hand-forged doughnuts and coffee make this a This Seattle-based chain has locations within Seattle and their doughnuts are offered in cafes in western Washington and Dallas Texas.

Tech-Savvy Seattle


10 Tech Companies That Call Seattle Home

With stunning views of Puget Sound, strolls through Pike Place Market, incredible food, and landmarks galore, the pleasures of your trip to the Emerald City are inevitable. But you’re here under the guise of business travel, so it’s wise to learn a little about the companies that live and play here, too.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest is home to companies that will feed your intellect and career curiosities. In recent years, Seattle has emerged as a major frontrunner and tech hub. When hopeful startups share space with some of the biggest players in the world (think: Facebook and Google), both are certain to become game changers of technology.

Consider this top 10 list to be an inexhaustible beginning to a list of all that Seattle has to offer in the way of technology.

The Techies You Know
snapchat#1 Snapchat: Headquartered in California, Snap Inc. officially moved its engineering operations near to Pike Place Market in early 2016. With around 200 million users, Snapchat has forever popularized the notion of “talking” through pictures.

#2 Twitter: Though 2016 was a lackluster year in terms of growth and profitability for this succinct storytelling medium, Twitter is a still-leading, ever-promising social network. Popular with celebrities and a pastime for POTUS, Twitter is Facebook’s slightly less popular pseudo-friend. Parked above Pike Place Market, Twitter prides itself on keeping employees happy and healthy in the engineering office of Seattle.

#3 Dropbox: A quickly-growing file host, Dropbox offers accessible, user-friendly cloud storage. Its engineers have proudly been calling Seattle home for the last couple of years.

#4 Nintendo: Nintendo’s remarkable history began in the late 1880s, when the original founder created playing cards in Japan. From these humble beginnings, Nintendo would become the largest and most profitable video gaming company in the world. They are now housed in the beautiful Seattle metropolitan area.

#5 Expedia: A leader in its industry, Expedia is a behemoth international online travel company, the parent of, Travelocity, Trivago, and Hotwire, to name just a few. The company is headquartered in the greater metro area.

#6 Microsoft: Employing tens of thousands of employees in just the Seattle area, Microsoft is one of the largest and most renowned technology companies in the entire world. It’s also one of the top 25 best places to work, per Glassdoor, and one of the highest-paying tech companies in the country. Remember, their happy employees may turn into your terrific business associates.

Tech Gurus You May Not Know…Yet
#7 F5 Networks: F5, a high-paying, highly-respected specialist in web applications, prides itself on making “apps go faster, smarter, safer.” Empowering employees to “work hard” and “stay geeky,” F5 endeavors to create career employees and lifelong partners and customers.

#8 Blue Origin: Founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin builds aerospace equipment and – better yet – “offers aspiring astronauts a glimpse of the future” in a real rocket that crosses the boundary between earth and space. Builders, engineers, and business minds all come together to create the Blue Origin workspace, just south of Seattle.

#9 Redfin: Using the internet to make the home-buying (and selling) process seamless for its clients, Redfin is making waves in the real estate and tech industries, after recently announcing its expansion into mortgage loans.

#10 Moz: The goal of this up-and-comer is to boost your visibility and online presence through employees’ collective passion for marketing analytics and search engine optimization. The fun and energetic teams at Moz have a lot to offer, for both you and your organization.

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