PNW: City Arts Magazine Names Seattle's Top 50 Culture Makers

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In their January issue, City Arts Magazine lists Seattle's top 50 power players in the arts. Among the list is PNW Governor Michael Jaworski, The Vera Project's Shannon Roach,  Adam Zacks, James Keblas and more! Their blurbs are below. Full list HERE. Congrats!


48 Mike Jaworski
Michael Jaworski would humbly laugh off the notion of being a tastemaker, but he's become one of the important people on the ground floor of the local music industry, thanks to his work as a musician, booking agent and record label owner. The Omaha-born singer/guitarist for the Cops and Virgin Islands took over talent booking at the city’s biggest little club, the Sunset Tavern, three years ago, maintaining the club's penchant for securing up-and-coming local and national acts. And Mt. Fuji Records, the label he began as an outlet for his own music, has evolved into a much-buzzed-about outlet for talent thanks to acts like alt-country shining stars the Maldives (whose recent release could become the label's tentpole) and promising newbies Point Juncture, WA. TK


37 Shannon Roach
The Vera Project is the rare all-ages venue that actually lives up to its all-inclusive title, and Shannon Roach, whose knowledge of all-ages venues followed her from Redmond’s Old Firehouse Teen Center in 2005, can take a big chunk of the credit. Since Vera moved to its current digs in Seattle Center three years ago, the number of participants has grown exponentially, topping fifty thousand last year. Her efforts have recently been recognized by the larger arts community, gaining Vera funding from organizations like ArtsFund, Poncho and the National Endowment for the Arts. KC


3 Adam Zacks
Since founding the Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2002 on a self-described “hunch,” Adam Zacks has turned the annual Memorial Day weekend shindig into a rite of passage for any Northwest music fan and the unofficial kickoff to the nation’s festival season. He has snagged the first North American show for two of the bigger reunions in the last two years (Jane’s Addiction and Pavement), while also paying close enough attention to what is happening in Seattle to stage big-time festival debuts for more than a handful of local up-and-comers. Zacks’ magical touch has also been employed by the organizers of the No Depression Festival and Sub Pop’s twentieth-anniversary celebration a few years back. He also brings top talent to STG’s stages, which starting this spring will include the Neptune Theatre. MB


2 James Keblas
When James Keblas took his position as director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music in 2005, the long-time punk scenester and Vera Project founder was tasked with the challenge of making Seattle better known for two of its most important, but not fully realized, assets: film and music. “If Seattle is a great place to make film and music, my job is to make Seattle a great place to make a living making film and music.” Since taking over his office, he and his team have successfully begun to make a “scene” around that development with, among other moves, starting the monthly industry happy hours and establishing the City of Music Awards. In 2009 he also spearheaded and helped pass the City of Seattle’s Live Music Incentives, which made live music venues exempt from the 5 percent admission tax, and he is currently working to help see through Mayor Mike McGinn’s proposal to move bar closing time to 4 a.m. He has recently been named the interim director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, so the entire arts community could soon benefit from his vision. BH