Hip Hop Showcase at Beatwalk


For our third installment at Columbia City Beatwalk, we brought the four elements of hip hop — the DJ, rap, b-boys/b-girls, and graffiti — to The Royal Room. Upendo Moore represented the first element as our DJ for the evening, spinning his own beats as well as bringing on the rappers who represented the second element, including Chief Lonnie the Godson, Hero, HirschUrMouth, and Keali`i (pictured above). B-boy crew The Rush (mentored by none other than Jeromeskee of Massive Monkees) took over the floor to bring the third element, while graffiti artist Malcolm Procter spread colors on recycled canvas during the entire show, selling his live piece to a lucky audience member at the end. Hip hop is alive and well, thanks to Columbia City Beatwalk. Give the youth a place to create, and the art lives on. Final Beatwalk of the season is Sunday, October 11th at Lottie’s Lounge – don’t miss it!


Chief Lonnie the Godson

Malcolm Procter


The Rush

The Rush

Chief Lonnie the Godson and Upendo Moore

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Columbia City Beatwalk: Recap!

By Noah Rajswing

Our first Columbia City Beatwalk Youth Initiative show on Sunday July 13th at The Royal Room went off without a hitch! Based on the overall positive review and energy from the crowd, it was obvious that everyone had a great time and really appreciated the raw passion and creativity that went into each performance. For the fantastic experience we have the 2015 Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Team, Eva Walker on banjo and guitar, the band Ezrael Sarmiento and the Bros (including a couple solo performances from Ezrael himself), and a local upcoming DJ Close to the Sun to thank.


Youth Speaks:

First, we would like to thank our amazing starting performers of the night, the 2015 Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Team. Their performance was not only from the heart and full of deep-seeded meaning but also took a comical tone to better pull in and entertain the crowd. We hope they, and all the past, present, and current Youth Speaks participants continue to speak their minds and tell the world what they think of it!

Check out their website HERE


Eva Walker:

The second performer we would like to thank is the lovely and talented Eva Walker, otherwise known as the Black Tones, who bravely got up on stage by herself to sing her heart out and not only played two instruments including the guitar and the banjo, but also played an entire song simply by clapping and stopping her feet. The crowd soon followed and kept her tempo as they thoroughly enjoyed her high-energy performance. Someone with such a background in music is sure to thrive in this world of entertainment!

Check out her website HERE


Ezrael Sarmiento and the Bros:

The third act of the night included frontman Ezrael Sarmiento on guitar and vocals with his bros Noah Predko on bass, Wyatt Carlock on drums, and Jacob Martin on keyboard. Being brought up and raised in a musical background, Ezrael has used the passion and drive he felt from his grandfather to inspire him to become the frontman of his own band! With each song that they played, you could see the emotion behind it, whether it was a cover or an original piece. We are sure Ezrael and his bros will continue to grow and soon become a well desired act all throughout Seattle and then some!


Close to the Sun:

Finally we would like to thank our last, but not least, act of the evening. With his high-energy performances and constant desire to entertain his crowd, Close to the Sun showed us that to truly be a skilled and talented DJ, one must go out of their comfort zone and use several mediums of music to express their passion for the craft. We hope to see him again around Seattle with much more to come!

Check out some of his music HERE


There is no doubt that each and every one of them will continue to grow from their respective experiences to later become even greater musicians and be able to truly follow their dreams. Until next time!

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