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Live Music Downtown You Won't Want to Miss!

Come Downtown for a Live Show!

 Olympia is full of talented musicians, and there are plenty of places to enjoy live music downtown. "There are so many venues in Olympia that have a great reputation, and you can find high-quality live music about four to five nights in Olympia, which is remarkable,” says Ryan DiCrescenzo, the original founder of Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge. Whether it's classical, punk, or rock you're craving, there's a variety of options for all musical tastes! Here are some upcoming shows you won't want to miss!

Small Town Therapy is a collaboration between Bay Area multi-instrumentalists Adam Roszkiewicz and Leif Karlstrom. The duo plays instrumental string music that emphasizes compelling, thoughtful compositions and virtuosic improvisation.

When: Thursday, January 23, 7:30 pm - Doors, 8:00 p.m. - Show

Where: Octapas Cafe

414 4th Avenue East, Olympia, WA

Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, Purchase here:


The Blank Tapes is the moniker of Los Angeles & Joshua Tree-based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of 1960’s inspired folk-rock-surf-psych-soul-pop on Volcom, Burger Records, Antenna Farm, and others.

Their latest ’Super Bloom’ EP features Avid Dancer & Will Halsey (Sugar Candy Mountain) on drums, as well as Jason Cirimele (Guantanamo Baywatch, The Donkeys) on bass and was co-mixed by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Jim James). The band has toured throughout the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Brazil, Japan & even Costa Rica.

When: Tuesday, February 4

Where: Le Voyeur Cafe and Lounge

404 4th Ave E

Olympia, WA

Tickets: Tickets at the door, *Price TBD                                                                                           


For the first concert in 2020, the Olympia Symphony returns to the “Roaring 20s” with jazz-inspired, Broadway-blockbuster works by George Gershwin: An American in Paris (complete with honking taxi horns!) and the beloved Rhapsody in Blue — with the energetic Portland pianist Sophie Lippert as soloist. “The Chairman Dances” is a Foxtrot for Orchestra, taken from John Adams’ sensational opera Nixon in China.

And in honor of Black History Month, the OSO will present the rarely-performed Ballade by English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who found his most significant fame in the USA.

When: Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington St. SE Olympia, WA

Tickets: $60, $50, $40, $25, $12, $6

Student and Military discounts available

*Price above does not include a service fee



Performing an evening they’ve self-titled “Songs and Echoes of Home,” the award-winning all-female Aizuri string quartet makes their Emerald City Music debut.

Songs and the echoes of home form the undercurrent of this program, beginning with a selection of Dvorak’s love songs and concluding with folk songs by Komitas, whose music has become an enduring symbol of home deeply treasured by the Armenian diaspora.

When: Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

512 Washington St. SE Olympia, WA

Tickets: $40, $25

Student and Senior discounts available

*Price above does not include a service fee



Are you a budding musician? Want to try performing your own music?

The Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic is the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9 pm. Arrive between 6-6:45 to sign up to perform.

Their Open Mic Night is a chance for acoustic music lovers and practitioners to share with the community and gain valuable experience and support. This event is all ages, open genre and all acoustic.

Starting Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, the Arbutus Open Mic will be located at Percival Place (formerly Ben Moore’s Cafe).

When: 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Arrive between 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. to sign up to perform.

Where: 2020 Dates at Percival Place (formerly Ben Moore’s Cafe) 112 4th Ave. W. Olympia, WA

Event Info:





Did you know that Cascadia Grill has live music throughout the week? Here is their upcoming schedule:

  • Enjoy Latin music from sun-drenched lands with the sounds from Mario V on Friday, January 17.
  • Every Wednesday, enjoy jazz and old time music played by Smoocho Gusto.
  • Hear the sultry sounds from a local gal with world-wide talent - Kate Dinsmore - on Saturday January 18 and 25, and Friday, January 31.

Learn more on Cascadia Grill's Facebook page here


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