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Jawbreaker @ Upstream Music Festival

  • Pioneer Square Seattle WA, 98104 USA (map)


@ Upstream Music Festival - Pioneer Square, Seattle

3 days • 15+ venues • 200+ artists

Upstream Music Fest + Summit is a three-day music fest where attendees can discover acclaimed national artists performing alongside rising stars from the Northwest and beyond. Our open campus in the heart of Seattle’s historic arts and entertainment district allows for serendipitous moments for fans and musicians alike, and our variety of ticket options means you can curate your perfect weekend of music.

The Sound Lot features artists playing across TWO stages—the Amazon Music Main Stage and the KEXP Stage—as well as a variety of food, libations and activities to round out your fest experience. The Sound Lot is the perfect home-base for three days of endless music discovery in the heart of Seattle.

 Head into the heart of Pioneer Square to one of our 15+ venues for showcases curated by Upstream and our Guest Curators including Consequence of Sound, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Sub Pop, Starbucks and many more. Along the way you could bump into your favorite local artist crossing Occidental Park or grab a drink next to the drummer you saw perform hours before—Upstream offers a diverse mosaic of musicians and styles, for a truly unique and personal attendee experience.

In addition to three days of music, the Upstream Summit will take place on Friday, June 1st in partnership with the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter. This year’s Summit programming will pull from a committee of artists, music industry professionals, event producers and creative directors who all have significant experience navigating the music industry and programming will address the most pressing issues and challenges facing emerging artists today.



Independently minded and adhering to the old-school D.I.Y. punk mentality, West Coast punk-pop trio Jawbreaker's street-smart -- yet poetic -- lyrics, spirited musicality, and marathon live shows put them a cut above contemporaries like Green Day and blink-182. After a series of EPs and singles, guitarist/singer Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, and drummer Adam Pfahler released the band's debut album, Unfun, in 1989. Independent label San Francisco Tupelo/Communion signed the group the following year, releasing Bivouac in 1991 and their breakthrough record, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, in 1993.

As 1995 saw the first in a three-record deal with DGC, fans were split over the band's newfound success and move to a major label. But Jawbreaker were undeterred, releasing the influential Dear You, a powerhouse collection of punk, grunge, and emo that paved the way for groups like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. Sadly, the group disbanded in the late-'90s, leaving 2002's Etc., a collection of all of the group's non-album material, as their last will and testament. Dear You was reissued by Blackball in 2004.