A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


GreenwoodBlastsOff summer concert Sunday at Fred Meyer

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood’s School of Rock and Fred Meyer are teaming up for the GreenwoodBlastsOff Community Summer Concert from 12-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Fred Meyer.

It’s a free, all-ages event featuring The Not-Its!; School of Rock Seattle’s House Band of teen musicians; Amos Miller with Coyote Central youth; EMP Sound Off! 2015 winners One Above Below None; Tom Nook; poetry readings by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna; hands-on youth art activities facilitated by Seattle ReCreative; and live art by Greenwood muralists.

The idea is empower youth artists and musicians to help contribute toward relief and rebuilding efforts as our neighborhood continues to recover from the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50.

Information booths will provide help with household and neighborhood preparedness and safety, relief and rebuilding efforts, and local resources. Vendors include Puget Sound Energy and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (which administered the Greenwood Relief Fund after the explosion).

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood will be showing off air rockets designed by K-12th graders, in partnership with Starfish Education and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Pacific NorthwestSIXR will let youth explore virtual reality technology by capturing and sharing 360 images/videos, interviewing performing artists and musicians, and hosting a photo booth.

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School of Rock Seattle wins national battle of the bands in Milwaukee

July 5th, 2013 by Doree

School of Rock Seattle, which just moved into Greenwood a couple of weeks ago, has won a battle of the bands at a national School of Rock competition during Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s famous Summerfest music festival. Thirty bands from 17 states competed.

You can watch a Youtube video of the band playing “Stone Cold Crazy.” And you can see the winner’s announcement here.

The band will be playing what they’re calling a “victory lap” concert on July 14 at Nectar Lounge in Fremont.


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School of Rock celebrates grand opening on Saturday

June 27th, 2013 by Doree

School of Rock is celebrating its recent move from Lake City to Greenwood with a rockin’ party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show. School of Rock is now at 106 N. 85th St. in the Piper Village shopping center just east of Fred Meyer.

The celebration will feature food, door prizes, free trial lessons and live music.

Instructors also will demo the school’s newest program, Little Wing, an early childhood music education class set to classic songs that both kids and adults can love.

School of Rock offers music lessons guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboard and drums.

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School of Rock moving to Greenwood next summer

November 15th, 2012 by Doree

School of Rock is moving from Lake City to Greenwood next summer. The new space is at 104 N. 85th St., directly under Top Ten Toys in Piper Village.

School of Rock will occupy the suite at the far right of this picture.

General Manager Kristoffer Kierulff tells me the plan is to open in June, in time for summer camps.

School of Rock had originally signed a lease in Crown Hill last year, but then couldn’t proceed because of zoning issues.

School of Rock provides music lessons for children on guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, with the goal of playing a live concert.

School of Rock is also opening a location in Bellevue this Saturday.


School of Rock unable to move into Crown Hill building, looking again for space in Greenwood-Phinney

July 26th, 2011 by Doree

The School of Rock had been looking to move from Lake City to Greenwood or Phinney Ridge earlier this year, when it finally leased a building on NW 85th Street in Crown Hill. But, after four months of working with the Department of Planning and Development, it turns out that the building isn’t zoned for a school or institution, so School of Rock is now looking again for a new space, in either Ballard or Greenwood-Phinney.

From General Manager Kristoffer Kierulff’s email to our sister site My Ballard:

We signed the lease for the space on 85th and 11th around April. For the past 4 months we have been working the DPD to obtain the appropriate permits to do our construction on the space. It’s been a tedious process to say the least, but ultimately we have discovered that the zoning of the building (Residential/Commercial) does not allow for a “School/Institution” to be in that particular building without a much longer review and permitting process. A process which we have found to be too costly and risky. We are committed to finding a new home in the Greenwood/Phinney/Ballard neighborhoods, and will continue to search for an ideal locale. If any of your readers know of any good homes for us, we’re all ears!

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School of Rock moving to Crown Hill/Greenwood

April 7th, 2011 by Doree

In January, the Seattle branch of the national School of Rock told us they were hoping to move from Lake City to Greenwood, and were scouring the neighborhood for appropriate sites.

Today, General Manager Kristoffer Kierulff tells us they are moving to Crown Hill, just three blocks west of Greenwood, to 1120 NW 85th St., the former home of Pacific Interiors. They’re working on the space now, and hope to move in sometime in June.

School of Rock provides music education for kids from ages 7 to 18, with the end result of performing in front of a live audience.

Stay tuned for information on their grand opening party.


School of Rock looking to move into Greenwood

January 14th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle branch of the nationwide School of Rock is looking to move from Lake City to Greenwood.

School of Rock provides music education for kids from ages 7 to 18, with the goal being to perform in front of a live audience.

General Manager Kristoffer Kierulff told us the school has been looking around the neighborhood for a while, but hasn’t found the right space yet. They need about 2,000 – 3,000 square feet, preferably a stand-alone building, or at the end of a larger building.

We are a music school, so we make some noise, but we also intend on doing some sound attenuation. The more I’ve explored the neighborhood, the more in love with it I’m becoming, so I’m really eager to get over there.

The music school hopes to move this year. They’ve already looked at the former site of Greenwood Academy of Hair at 85th and Greenwood, but said it’s too big.

So, PhinneyWood readers, let’s hear your ideas of appropriate spaces for School of Rock.