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Rising indie-star Kris Orlowski performs free concert

Kris Orlowski, rising star of the Seattle indie singer-songwriter scene, will bring his soulful band and subtly powerful songs to City Hall’s outdoor plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., for a free, all-ages concert, 12 to 1:30 p.m., this Thursday Aug. 16. Orlowski has been turning heads and rockin’ crowds across the country while touring and recording. The show is part of Seattle Presents, a free, lunchtime summer concert series. Check out the complete lineup here.

Drawing comparisons to Paul Westerberg and Elliot Smith, Orlowski is known for his “uncanny flair of crafting emotionally rich songs that will have you tapping your toes as your heartstrings are being tugged,” writes music critic Barbara Mitchell. Along with his band members banjo/pedal and steel/guitarist Mark Isakson (of band Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden), keys/glockenspiel/vocalist Torry Anderson (of band Washington Mile), bassist Tyler Carroll, and seasoned drummer Aaron O’Neil (of bands Painted Hills and Devotion), Orlowski delivers unguarded and sincere performances.

Jeff Talbot, Western Washington University concert series program coordinator, said Orlowski’s “live show comes across with an earnest sense of honesty, passion and emotion, which translates into a sincere, authentic live set for show-goers.”

Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District, and Triamp Group.