All the Live Art I Witnessed in 2018

I consume a lot of culture in various forms, but one that I only recently began to track online is live art.

What is live art? Well, in my world, it is anything that is performed, experienced, or interacted with solely in a live setting. It can be a play, a concert, or a museum exhibition. It can be a comedy show, a lecture, or a podcast taping. It doesn’t really matter, so long as it is happening in front of me, and I am there to see it in the moment.

This list will not be as extensive as some of my others, mostly because these things cost money and time, in a way the other culture consumables do not, but I still managed to engage with more than a fair share of live art over the course of 12 months. It is a list which I will organize in chronological order, and categorize thusly:

visual art


1/12 Spoon — The Showbox
1/18 St. Vincent — Moore Theatre
1/19 K-Flay — The Showbox


2/3 Jessica Lea Mayfield — Tractor Tavern
2/8 Mamma Mia — 5th Avenue Theater
2/28 Bully — Neumos


3/7 Hamilton — Paramount Theatre
3/13 Cornelius — The Showbox
3/29 Beth Ditto — The Showbox


4/4 Haim, Lizzo — WaMu Theater


5/9 Nada Surf, Chris Staples — Neptune Theatre
5/12 Urinetown — Shorecrest High School
5/23 Familiar — Seattle Rep


6/2 Jawbreaker — Upstream Mainstage
6/11 Janelle Monae — Marymoor Park
6/19 Michael Bennett with Jesse Hagopian — First Baptist Church
6/28 Gomez — The Showbox


7/2 Camp Cope, Petal — The Vera Project


8/5 Swearin’, Mike Krol — Chop Suey
8/8 Pearl Jam — Safeco Field
8/10 Pearl Jam — Safeco Field
8/11 Shabazz Palaces — Alki Beach/SPF30
8/11 Wolf Parade — Alki Beach/SPF30
8/12 Jenn Champion — Sonic Boom
8/24 Smashing Pumpkins — Key Arena


9/7 Arthur Buck — The Crocodile
9/11 Waitress — Paramount Theatre
9/15 Blood Orange, Empress Of — Moore Theatre
9/25 Japanese Breakfast, Ought — Neptune Theatre


11/2 the lachrymose report (book launch) — Nii Modo
11/3 Goo Goo Dolls — Paramount Theatre
11/5 Mountain Man, The Dead Tongues — St. Mark’s Cathedral
11/10 Pride & Prejudice — Shorecrest High School
11/17 Cat Power — The Showbox
11/24 The Tallest Man on Earth — Neptune Theatre
11/30 JIMMY CARR — Neptune Theatre


12/11 CONAN & FRIENDS — Moore Theatre