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

Jenn Champion Brings Unique Synth Pop to Capitol Theater

By Adam McKinney For over two decades, Jenn Champion has been making open-hearted music...

Keb’ Mo’

By Adam McKinney Legend has it – and legends have everything – that Robert Johnson...

Always Something Worthwhile at Rhythm & Rye

By Adam McKinney Olympia has never been short on entertainment options; the city’s...

Emerald City Music Presents: Four Seasons

By Adam McKinney As fall approaches, we see also the arrival of Emerald City Music’s...

Music in the Park – En Canto

By ADAM McKINNEY En Canto, a seven-piece, Brazilian-dance band, is infused with an...

Lounge on Fire at Rhythm & Rye

by Adam McKinney If you saw a band list a collection of absurdly disparate influences,...

Music in the Park – Blind Facsimile

By ADAM McKINNEY If there’s any wonder why cover bands have played a consistent...

Bridge Summer Concert Series

By ADAM McKINNEY There’s an ongoing movement around the world to foster positivity,...

Music in the Park – Michelle Taylor Band

By ADAM McKINNEY As a unit, the Michelle Taylor Band rides atop an effortless wave of...

Music in the Park – Joe Blue and the Roof Shakers

By ADAM McKINNEY Comprising a murderers’ row of blues veterans, the five-piece ensemble...

Music in the Park – Sonic Funk Orchestra

By ADAM McKINNEY Anyone who ever trashed disco has been proven wrong by decades of...

Music in the Park – Micaiah Sawyer

By ADAM McKINNEY Blessed with a clear, strong and achingly vulnerable singing voice,...

Alex and Reid

By Adam McKinney The very first track on Alex Creamer’s latest LP says it all:...

Music in the Park – Hook Me Up

By ADAM McKINNEY Washington is no slouch when it comes to quality and quantity of jazz...

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...




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