GUESS THE BEAT: Oooh, now here’s a bill that gets our pulses kicking: The Polyrhythmics, Seattle’s original 8-piece Funk and Afro-beat Orchestra, and Spekulation, producer/emcee who brings together live horns and hip hop with a jazz influence. The former fuses music from all over the world, with a focus on heavy grooves and fearless improvisation, while the latter will bring a live band to fill out his sound, featuring DJ Absolute Madman, acoustic-bassist Nate Omdal, vocalist Michele Khazak, Jose Gonzales on keys, Jason Parker on trumpet, Mike Dodge on saxophone, and Steve Nielsen on guitar. If you ever wondered how funk could taste so sweet, test Nectar tonight.
Friday 8:00 p.m. // Nectar Lounge // $10 (21+)
BUNNARCHY!: This Easter, why not celebrate with a few hundred of your closest friends in the purest fashion we know of: dressed as bunnies, maurauding through Belltown and Pioneer Square. It’s Bunnarchy! Taking its cues from Santacon, Bunnarchy is the day when strangers, bound together only by their cottontails, bar hop up and down 1st Ave. Details are still under wraps (we’re guessing just to cut down on the possibility of pot boilings), but you can follow the bunny parade on Twitter @Bunnarchy. And if dusting off your Harvey isn’t your thing, all costumings of the season are welcome: chickens, robins, ducks, even carrots and giant eggs. Get sprung on spring.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. // Pioneer Square and Belltown // FREE
WORLD RHYTHM FESTIVAL: Beat the drum and learn from the best at the the 18th Annual World Rhythm Festival this entire weekend at the Seattle Center House. Listen and learn at over 120 performances and participatory workshops in the world music traditions of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, the Middle East, and more. Featuring Northwest Taiko, N’Nato Camara, Grupo Quetzalcoatl de Olympia, Naby Camara, and Sham el-Nissim, to name just a few, it’s time to bust out your boogies shoes, your djembe and get connected. Check out Friday’s schedule here (pdf) and Saturday and Sunday’s here (pdf), then tap up your tattoo. We’ll be listening.
Friday – Sunday Various Times // Seattle Center House // FREE