Adam McKinney

Adam McKinney

Adam McKinney has been writing professionally for over seven years. Before and during his time as a writer, he’s been involved in the South Sound arts scene, beginning with his stint as a volunteer and, later, projectionist at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema. For a couple of years, he was the director and booker for a five-day music festival called Squeak and Squawk. Music, movies, comedy and podcasts take up most of his life, and he takes great pride in talking people’s ears off about the art he loves.

Contact any member of the OLY ARTS writing staff at editorial@olyarts.com.

Writing by Adam McKinney

Procession of the Species 2018

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS The annual return of two Olympia institutions is...

Las Cafeteras: Eclectic Big Band Tastes Like L.A.

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS One would be hard-pressed to find a band more intimately...

Ethnic Celebration Returns to Lacey

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS The Lacey Ethnic Celebration returns in 2018 with a bevy of...

Folk Musical Legend John McCutcheon at Traditions

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Since his emergence on the folk scene in the ’70s,...

Old Time Festival: Brograss

by Adam McKinney and Tom Simpson for OLY ARTS Our music has a grand tradition of passing...

Old Time Festival: Hawk Proof Rooster

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Old-time string music, with origins dating back to the late...

Old Time Festival: Spencer & Rains

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS When we talk about old-time music, there’s an...

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

by Adam McKinney for OLY  ARTS There aren’t many popular musical institutions more...

The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed – Messiah Sing-Along

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTs As the winter months descend on the world, the cold and...

Man Forever: Percussive Art in Olympia

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Man Forever represents something of a music nerd’s...

Andy Akiho

Emerald City Music Grooves With Andy Akiho

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Emerald City Music has recently started its second season....

Olympia Waldorf School

Olympia Waldorf School Concert

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Olympia’s Fall Arts Walk is chock-full of...

Dave Mason, photo by Chris Jensen

Alone Together With Dave Mason

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Some musicians have managed to Zelig themselves throughout...

Marcus Volk

Marcus Volk: A Man and His Guitar

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Performing as one person with one acoustic guitar, it can...

Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band

Rhythm & Rye: Funk, Folk and Fun

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS As the dog days of summer descend on the Pacific Northwest,...

Vince Brown

The Ever-Dapper Vince Brown

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS “I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t...

Di and Burt Meyer

Burt Meyer, 1941-2017

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS It’s a dream, for many, to have their presence keenly...

Rodney Crowell

A Music Fan’s Musician: Rodney Crowell

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS It’s not uncommon for certain members of musical...

John Welsh Band

John Welsh Band at Lacey in Tune

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS With cultures mixing and matching with increasing...

Sundae + Mr. Goessl

Sundae + Mr. Goessl at Lacey in Tune

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Ideally, duos should possess the kind of magnetism and...

Blaze and Kelly

Blaze and Kelly at Lacey in Tune

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Sometimes it’s easy to hear the connection two...

MissyG Band

MissyG Band at Lacey in Tune

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS While there are certainly plenty of talented country...

Derek M Johnson

Olympia Experimental Music Festival

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS It’s easy for one’s ears to get comfortable...

America's Classic Jazz Festival

Hot Grooves at America’s Classic Jazz Festival

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Few genres inspire more passion and reverence for tradition...

Pigs on the Wing

Pigs on the Wing Take Flight

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS The Wall, a flamboyant, nearly 90-minute concept album, is...

Lacey Ethnic Festival

Lacey Ethnic Celebration 2017

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Humans, of all animals, are encoded with the unique ability...

The Canote Brothers

2017: The Canote Brothers at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Music history is lined with family bands, with qualities...

Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music: Strings Attached and Bridget Kibbey

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS It’s a sad fact that a lot of people, even those who...

old-time music

2017: Gimme That Old-Time Music

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS (Featured ART: Maybelle Carter by Paula McHugh) As an art...

Table Sugar

The Surprising Sounds of Table Sugar

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS For some bands, messiness can be a virtue. Not everyone...




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