Outdoor Pop-up Program Brings Music & Arts across the City!

COVID-19 has impacted every industry on the planet. But live music and theater, in particular, have taken a hit. Shuttered music venues and stages have left many local musicians and actors out of work since March 2020. The Renton Road Show initiative, hosted by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, is designed to bring art and culture back to the city after the coronavirus pandemic has brought much of the industry to a standstill.  The effort will bring a series of pop-up performances and arts events across Renton starting February 22.  The goal is to bring live music to anyone that stops to listen. 

On January 8, 2021, Governor Inslee issued the “Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery” State recovery plan, which implements a phased approach for reopening by region. As of February 1, the Puget Sound Region has been approved to move into Phase 2 of the plan, with some limited outdoor entertainment allowed. The Renton Roadshows program will follow the Phase 2 guidelines for Theatre & Performing Arts as outlined by the Governor’s office.

Pop-up performances will be held outdoors at spaces that can be flexible and adapt to social distancing protocols.  Led by Arts Commissioners, Dave Samek, Marsha Rollinger, Bill Huls and Neil Sheesley, Renton Road Shows will support local artists who will perform 1 to 2 hour sets at locations across the city.

Thursday, May 6 - Santa Fe Mexican Grill 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1170 Sunset Blvd NE, Renton, WA 98056

Enjoy the deck at Santa Fe! Celebrate the day after Cinco de Mayo with Daniel Pellegrini and the Mexican cuisine of Guadalajara, Jalisco prepared with fresh and local northwest ingredients.

Monday, May 10 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Guitarist/singer-songwriter Danny Godinez has been a mainstay in the Seattle music scene for over a decade. He has played with a wide variety of musical figures including Carlos Santana, Jason Mraz, Tim Reynolds, and Johnny Lang. He has toured throughout Europe, Alaska, and the lower 48, and is known for his inventive and inspiring solo shows.

Monday, May17 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

A singer-songwriter and an anthropologist, Denise Glover's life work is centered on people, communities, stories, love, and social justice. Musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Mark Knopfler. Originally from New York and New England, the Pacific Northwest is where Denise has made her home for over 20 years. You can hear a preview of her music at deniseglovermusic.com Denise will be joined by artist Julian Smedley for this special duo performance.


Thursday, May 20 - Bickerson's Brewhouse 6pm to 8pm

4710 NE 4th St #C105 Renton, WA 98059

We had so much fun at Bickerson's Brewhouse we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to return for a second show at this inviting local taproom in the Highlands. Joining us under the tent this time will be Daniel and Erik of D'Generic. So grab your four-legged friends and kiddos and pop out to enjoy an evening out on the town.

Monday, May 24 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

MattLock, the lead singer and songwriter for MattLock and The Keys, was born and raised in Hoquiam, WA, next door to the birthplace of Kurt Cobain, an artist that MattLock identifies with due to their similar upbringings. He has been compared to Chris Stapleton, another vocalist with a powerful and soulful delivery. His writing style is story based, and draws from the trials and tribulations he has encountered throughout his life. He will be performing with one of his bandmates at St. Matthew's on the 24th. "Come vibe with us!"

Friday, May 28 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Averaging 45-50 shows per year, the Kennydales are not only one of the hardest working bands in the area, but also one of the most popular. If you are looking for "one hit wonder" classics, this is the band to see! Pull up a deck chair on the dock's of the Hyatt Regency and enjoy the views of Lake Washington at this lake-side Road Show!

Saturday, May 29 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Paula Boggs Band cuts through jazz, rock and Americana. Debut album "A Buddha State of Mind" dropped a decade ago and "Carnival of Miracles," in 2015. Their sound is "Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass"and the band performs nationally. In 2017 the band released "unplugged" EP, "Live at Empty Sea, Songs of Protest & Hope” and 3rd studio album, Elixir, The Soulgrass Sessions. “Mistletoe & Shiny Guitars,” the band’s first holiday song released in 2018. EP “The Electrokitty Sessions” released in July 2020 and single “America 2020” in September 2020, produced by multi-Grammy nominated producer Tucker Martine. Paula Boggs Band is sponsored by Deering Banjos, Breedlove Guitars and Radial Engineering Inc. The band is now working on a 4th studio album and 2021 release.

Sunday, May 30 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 2:00pm to 4:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Join Daniel Pellegrini for fun in the sun on the docks of Lake Washington!

Sunday, May 30 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Take a trip back to the 80s when Madonna, the GoGo's and the Bangles ruled MTV. Distant Station delivers female driven pop rock in fine form. Lead singer, Gina Seal, is also a solo recording artist.

Monday, May 31 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 2:00pm to 4:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Back-to-back guitar solo performances by artists Abel Ames and Paul Kroger. Abel will kick off the music on the docks at 2pm and Paul will close up the afternoon happy hour with his set beginning at 3pm.

Monday, May 31 - Dock and Drink at the Hyatt 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Keeping the holiday weekend going on the docks, we have another double-feature starting at 6pm. Henry LaVallee will take the first hour and Denis Wilcox will keep everyone smiling into the evening with his performance starting at 7pm.

See what you missed!

Monday, April 26 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Growing up in Northern California, not far from the rocky coast, the beautiful Sierras, and the Golden Gate City, Sofie Mae yearned for adventure. She began singing at a young age; participating in school plays and accompanying her dad as he played jazz standards on his guitar. Jazz became a major influence in her love for music. As a young woman, she left to travel across the United States, by way of thumb or freight train, playing music wherever her feet carried her. Soon, music carried her to the alluring City of New Orleans. New Orleans inspired her to improve her song writing and guitar playing skills. Traveling around the country, relying on busking as an income, allowed her time to craft her own unique sound. A true singer-song writer, she sings from her heart, bringing joy through her song to listeners.

Saturday, April 24 - The Brewmaster's Taproom 6:00pm to 8:00pm

2000 Benson Rd S, Renton, WA 98055

It's a double hitter! Join us at the Brewmaster's Taproom for a Saturday two-for-one road show special! The dynamic guitar duo, D'Generic, will be joining us once again on the Road Show circuit, and this time, they are bringing their friend, Abel Ames. Abel is one of the most sought after guitarists in the PNW. With roots in Kirkland, Abel has performed and toured for several bands around the area and is currently the lead guitar for the popular Renton-based band, the Kennydales.

Monday, April 19 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Denis Wilcox was raised in a musical family and began performing at 4 years old. His band ‘Elbowed Out’ has performed in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and Morocco, and recorded on the U.K. record label Soul Junction Records. ‘Elbowed Out’ performed in concert with James Brown, Kool And The Gang, B.B.King, Cameo, and the Bar-Kays,and Denis has performed with Stevie Wonder, Robert Palmer, Chaka Khan, and Toto member David Paich. A seasoned artist and performer, Denis Wilcox knows what it takes to make the audience go home happy

April 17 roadshow

Saturday, April 17 - Celebrate "Hatch Day" with the Rooftop Dragon 2:00pm to 4:00pm

824 S 3rd St, Renton, WA (in the lot next to Four Generals Brewing)

Our friendly neighborhood dragon Erasmus is celebrating a hatch day! What does that mean? We’re not eggsactly sure but we do believe it represents how many years Erasmus has eggsisted, which is unknown! We do know that Erasmus landed on top of that building in Downtown Renton three years ago today, so in honor of that, let’s celebrate! Come visit Erasmus on the 17th and enjoy two performances featuring more local talent; Abel Ames and Neo Soul Sensation, Luna Lunabby.

Thursday, April 15 - Renton Chamber of Commerce 12:00pm to 2:00pm

625 S 4th St, Renton, WA 98057

Dick's Drive-in is returning to the Chamber and the Road Show will be there to keep you company while you wait for your burger and fries! Join us by the fountains to celebrate Tax Day with artist Henry LaVallee.

Monday, April 12 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Twin-flame rock ‘n’ roll duo, Aline & Wes, are like a sonic hearth. Just as dual stars glowing in the dark night sky, the musicians blend the best of their musical essences to present a single-minded glow that lights everything in their wake. Powerful and thoughtful vocals mix with gravely electric guitars to bring forth an illuminated sound both new and numinous. It shines.


Thursday, April 8 - Bickerson's Brewhouse 6pm to 8pm

4710 NE 4th St #C105 Renton, WA 98059

Who's ready for a return to the 80s? Celebrate the pop styling of Daniel Pellegrini as he regales the audience at Bickerson's Brewhouse for a Thursday happy hour on April 8. Bickerson's is a family-friendly, locally owned microbrewery so bring your little ones, your thirst and your appetite for live music and come sit outside and enjoy this safe performance with your Renton family.

Monday, March 29 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Gianni Aiello is a band mate of Henry LaVallee and the last to join the Naked Giants trio in 2014. According to Aiello, "they thought I looked really cool, and they liked my moves, and they said I could play the bass really well." A musician of many talents, Aiello also plays a mean keyboard, performing with local jazz band, Pablo's Legs. Aiello brings his classical training to the Renton Road Show for the last performance in March.

Monday, March 22 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Henry LaVallee is an artist of many talents! He lends his skills as a drummer to the popular Seattle-based touring band, the Naked Giants. On his own, Henry is an extremely talented solo artist on acoustic guitar and vocals. He performs songs from artists such as Johnny Cash, the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, March 18 - Renton Chamber of Commerce 12:00pm to 2:00pm

625 S 4th St, Renton, WA 98057

Back by popular demand, Daniel Pellegrini will be performing at our first Roadshow at the Renton Chamber of Commerce. If you haven't heard Daniel's version of Girl's Just Want to have fun you are truly missing out.

Drive by, stroll by, and come grab a burger and fries! Dick's Drive-in is parking their food truck next to the Chamber from 11am to 2pm on the 18th.

Monday, March 15 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Artists Daniel Clark and Erik Olson together are the duo band D'Generic. Their acoustic covers include a wide range of styles from 3 Doors Down and Beck to Stone Temple Pilots and Jane's Addiction. These two are all about gorgeous harmonies and quality guitar. Their popularity around the region is growing and they are excited to be returning to perform in Renton.

Monday, March 8 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Paul Kroeger - guitarist and vocalist, Paul has been performing across the northwest at festivals, events, weddings, and has fronted numerous bands over the years. His current band, "Poodlebomb," was formed in 1996 as an impromptu band hired for a friends' birthday party. Paul carries the title of "alpha poodle," and fills the roles of guitarist, lead crooner and Whistler.


Monday, March 1 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm

1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Daniel Pellegrini is a guitarist/vocalist from Issaquah. A childhood love of all music grew into something more when Daniel discovered artists like Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and Michael Jackson, which prompted him to explore all kinds of rock ‘n’ roll. It was at the age of 9 that he first picked up a guitar. Daniel is inspired far more by 70’s and 80’s rock than present-day styles, an influence that is unmistakably present in his original songs. His music has been described as having a distinctively vintage flavor that pulls in older fans, while its modern edge to appeals to younger fans as well.


Monday, February 22 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 5:30pm to 7:30pm
1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton, WA 98056

Partnering with Sustainable Renton and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, the first Renton Roadshow will feature solo artist, Steve Biscarret performing at the Renton Free Grocery in the Highlands this coming Monday. Steve is a veteran of the greater Seattle music scene. He's handled guitar, mandolin and vocals for too many bands to recall from a variety of genres. Steve's current band is "North of 50."

Drive, stroll or pop over to St. Matthew's this Monday to hear the classic rock and country stylings of Steve Biscarret.

Interested in performing in a Road Show, or want to bring a road show to your neighborhood?

Reach out and let us hear from you!