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Culture Hub

The Sorrento is more than a bastion of hospitality for visitors. Since the very beginning, Seattle’s most invigorated minds and outsized talents—poets and playwrights, opera singers and burlesque stars—have found inspiration and audiences under our roof.

These days, the Fireside Room and the Top of the Town bustle with regularly scheduled lectures, readings, musical performances and eclectic events that transcend easy description.

Upcoming Events

Overton Berry

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his […]

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Silent Reading Party

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Invented by Stranger editor-in-chief Christopher Frizzelle, the reading party is every first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. That’s when the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel goes quiet and fills with people. The reading public. It fills right away with all these people who don’t know each other, and they sit very close, […]

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — Free

Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. No […]

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GRAY Conversations: The Sorrento Sessions
Northwest Fashion on the Rise

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  — $10

We all know the stereotype: Birkenstocks and flannel shirts. Ripped jeans and fleece jackets. The Northwest gets props for a lot of things, but fashion has never been one of them. Until now. Thanks to a cadre of creative designers, the runways are looking to our region for style trends. From clothing and jewelry to […]

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Monica Schley & Special Guest

June 12 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Sip cocktails by the fireside and enjoy the sounds of classically trained harpist, Monica Schley. Monica freelances in many styles: new music, chamber, improvisational, avant garde, jazz and rock. he has worked with Butch Morris, Evan Flory-Barnes, Jherek Bischoff, Masada, Jesse Sykes, Jim Knapp, Hey Marsailles and Kanye West.

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Evan Flory-Barnes and The Teaching

June 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring keyboardist Josh Rawlings, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and percussionist Jeremy Jones, The Teaching creates immersive and infectious improvised music as no one else in Seattle is making it. The trio formed in 2006, growing exclusively from the chemistry the band discovered on stage. The band’s philosophical trajectory was more clearly defined, as the trio shared […]

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Tomo Nakayama

June 20 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Tomo Nakayama is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Fog On The Lens is his first solo album, made after nearly a decade fronting beloved Seattle chamber-pop band Grand Hallway, and composing for and acting in Lynn Shelton’s Sundance Grand Jury nominated film “Touchy Feely”. Look and listen

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Overton Berry

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his […]

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Sundae + Mr. Goessl

July 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sundae + Mr. Goessl is a collaboration between resident Seattle, WA musicians Jason Goessl and Kate Voss. The duo embodies a spirit reminiscent of 1930s pop; repackaging classics with nuanced stylistic detours, ultimately imparting a ‘fresh’ vintage patina to the songs. Voss’s sultry and honey imbued vocals mixed with Goessl’s impossibly layered guitar work comfortably […]

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GRAY Conversations: The Sorrento Sessions
Art, Landscape, & the Public Realm

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  — $10

For this panel, presented in partnership with Interior Design Show West, designers and artists will discuss how cities create dynamic, vibrant public spaces through architecture, landscape design, and art, both commissioned and guerrilla.

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Ormonde

July 10 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ormonde is Robert Gomez & Anna-Lynne Williams. They have released 2 albums, most recently Cartographer/ Explorer (Gizeh Records) and Machine (Hometapes).

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Bernie Jacobs Trio

July 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bernie Jacobs has been a professional musician for over 40 years and effortlessly transitions between instrument and vocals through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. He performs around Seattle with his own group BJQ as well as with ensembles. Look and Listen

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Overton Berry

July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his […]

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Michel Navedo & Brazil Novo

July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm  — Free

Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. No […]

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GRAY Conversations: The Sorrento Sessions
Next-Wave Graphic Design & Branding

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  — $10

Presented in partnership with Interior Design Show West, this talk will explore graphic design and its role shaping the visual culture of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. We will discuss new frontiers in design and branding, and illuminate some of the innovative ways brands today are making a bigger impact socially, while making less […]

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Collaborators

The Sorrento is part of the humming social web that comprises Seattle, offering a dramatic stage and interested audience to the city’s skilled artisans, craftspeople and creative professionals.

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

DIFFA (Design Industries Fighting Aids)

Elliot Bay Book Company

Frye Art Museum

Historic Seattle

Northwest Film Forum

Seattle Arts & Lectures

SAM (Seattle Art Museum)

Seattle Chamber of Commerce

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)

Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film + Music

Town Hall Seattle

Washington Filmworks