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Experience the City of Music

Introduced in 2012, the Experience the City of M​usic Program is a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork. It is a comprehensive effort to showcase the Northwest's diverse music culture and enhance the experience of millions of travelers who pass through the airport.

In 2013, the program was honored as Best Arrivals Experience by the Future Travel Experience Awards to recognize innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives and organizations in the airline industry. Travelers may experience:

  • ​Live performances seven days a week at locations throughout the terminal
  • Overhead music exclusively by more than 240 Northwest artists
  • Videos featuring clips about Seattle’s music scene and history on terminal and baggage claim
  • Multi-genre web radio available through the airport’s free Wi-Fi Network
  • Music-themed art exhibits curated by the EMP Museum.

Live Music Schedule

Week of March 13

Location ​Time ​Artist
B Gates 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tomo Nakayama
D Gates 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jason Kertson
Central Terminal 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Darrius Willrigh
Location ​Time ​Artist
A Gates 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fysah Sands
C Gates (Sub Pop) ​9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Brenda Xu
Central Terminal ​10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Side Project
Location ​Time ​Artist
B Gates 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gretchen Yanover
C Gates (Sub Pop) ​11 a.m. –  3 p.m. Mark Pickerel
Central Terminal 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Marina Christopher
Location ​Time Artist
A Gates 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Orville Johnson
C Gates (Sub Pop) ​11 p.m. – 3 p.m. Star Anna
Central Terminal ​10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Billy Brandt
Location ​Time ​Artist
B Gates ​10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Andrew Landers
D Gates 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Birch Pereira
Central Terminal 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Champagne Sunday
Location ​Time ​Artist
C Gates (Sub Pop) ​11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Star Anna
D Gates ​9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Correo Aereo
​Central Terminal ​​10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whitney Monge
Location ​Time Artist
A Gates ​9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tobias the Owl
C Gates (Sub Pop) ​11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Scarlet Parke
​Central Terminal ​​10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rani Weatherby

Pearl Jam Exhibit at Sea-Tac

Travelers may enjoy a collection of 85 posters from more than 30 artists including the Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Munk One, Ward Sutton, and others. These posters reflect the artists who created them, but they also become an extension of the band, referencing the musicians, the venues and cities in which they play, song lyrics, contemporary politics, a world of music, and a love of history and popular culture.
The display, located pre-security just outside of the B Gates, receives the rave reviews of travelers from around the globe who continue to be engaged by the remarkable exhibit that, naturally, is on display in the city where Pearl Jam began their path to notoriety and fame. 



cutting ribbon at Pearl Jam Poster Exhibit 



Pearl Jam poster exhibit 




Audio Clips​

Hear a sample of the voice announcements you may hear by Ann Wilson of Heart and Macklemore:


What's going on in the city?

Submit your music for the Sea-Tac Airport Music Program

Interested musicians should follow the instructions below for submitting music and video content for consideration. To participate by reading overhead messages, send a request to (note: please do not send music/video requests or content via email).

How to play your music LIVE at Sea-Tac Airport:

Musicians Wanted:

Play your own music, make new fans, and perform at the newest live venue in Seattle -- Sea-Tac Airport! Email and include a link to your music.
How to submit your MUSIC: 

Music Submissions:

Submit to PlayNetwork via label representative, if possible.

For FTP/digital delivery (preferred Format – 320kbmp3), please send email for login information:
Gabriel Marowitz:
You must use a FTP software interface to transfer files – such as filezilla.
For CD hardcopies, please send to:
Attn: Sea-Tac Airport Music Submission
8727 148th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
For electronic music submits for mp3’s (using transfer such as YouSendIt, WeTransfer, DropBox) or a link from a hosted site, please email:
Gabriel Marowitz:
How to submit your VIDEO:

Video Submissions:

Submit to PlayNetwork via label representative, if possible.

For FTP/digital delivery (preferred Format – QuickTime HD video files; Apple ProRes 422, 1280x720, Please send email for log in information:
Gabriel Marowitz:
You must use a FTP software interface to transfer files – such as filezilla. 
For hardcopies, please send to:
Attn: Sea-Tac Airport Video Submission
15301 Ventura Blvd.
Bldg. D, Ste 200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 
How to License your Media so we may use:


You will need to include a copy of an executed licensing agreement so we have approval to use your media. Download the form.

All music, video and messaging added to the Sea-Tac Airport playlist will be selected by a committee with members from PlayNetwork, the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Music Commission. These submissions will be reviewed quarterly for inclusion in the program. Decisions will be made based on suitability for a public audience of all ages.

Find out about one of our featured artists:

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In 2012, the Port of Seattle introduced Experience the City of Music, a music program created in effort to showcase the diversity of music culture in the Northwest and enhance traveler experience as they pass through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Since 2013, Sea-Tac has had over 58 live musicians play, accumulating over 1,800 hours of music. The genres of these artists can range from jazz to blues to folk, and even pop.

One artist in particular is a young musician by the name of Jason Kertson. He can often be seen at locations throughout the terminal, performing his songs using a loop station and a guitar. Having practiced six hours a day since he was seven years old, Kertson developed a passion for mastering the guitar. Besides the guitar, he also plays bass, drums, keyboards, harpsichord, ukulele, mandolin, and the violin.

In February of 2011, YouTube icon Ray William Johnson tweeted Kertson’s guitar cover​ of “Drifting” by Andy McKee. In 2013, he auditioned for The Voice and was featured in a five minute on-air segment, which helped him gain exposure to thousands of new fans. Kertson has been in three bands: Jason Kertson and the Immortals, a metal and hard rock band created in 2010; Pink Slips, a band founded by the daughter of Guns ‘N Roses’s Duff McKagen  in 2013; and now Kertson, an indie rock band formed under Jason’s last name.

“I knew that I had this desire to do something more with music, not just go and sing songs, but preach a message, whether it’s a quality or anything like that,” Kertson said.  “This new band was formed under the desire to be something positive, be something influential, and overall to make as many people confident and happy as possible. That’s our goal.”

Jason learned about Experience the City of Music after asking a friend to homecoming in his junior year of high school. Jason has also been working with Gigs4U for a year and a half, which had helped him land his performances at the airport.

“[The music program] gives musicians a way to express things in a way they may not be able to express otherwise,” said Kertson. “It also gives some people a chance to be in front of an audience, and being at the airport is really good practice too, especially when you’re out in the central area, learning how to interact with your audience and getting comfortable being in front of people.” Kertson is one of many artists that can be found at Sea-Tac. Look ​for other artists and their schedules.

“People are caring and wanting to support music and musicians. As far as being a musician, there’s nothing more important than the people who support you because without them you’ve got nothing,” Kertson said.

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