The Jimi Hendrix Park Finally Becoming A Reality

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

It has taken four years of planning and fundraising. But it looks like the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix Park will finally become a reality at least in part very soon.

Officials with the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation announced this week that after much negotiation, The City Of Seattle is now pursuing a contract with construction company ERGG, Inc. to start work on the park, honoring one of the city’s favorite sons. ERGG, Inc. was chosen from a pool of five bidding companies to build the 2.5 acre park in the city’s Central District. The park will be located adjacent to the city’s Northwest African-American Museum. Construction on Phase I is expected to begin in April with opening of the park’s new features expected for this fall. Phase I of the park’s growth, designated “Little Wing,” will include a new stairway and grand entrance at the southeast corner of the park at the intersection of 25th and Massachusetts. It will also feature a chronological timeline of Jimi’s life and career, paved pathways, new landscaping that will feature new trees and native plantings, seat wall benches, improved fencing, ADA accessible walkways, rain infiltration gardens, a butterfly garden, and central plaza for community gatherings and performances.

Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie Hendrix is Founder and Director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. She shared her thoughts on this week’s major announcement noting her hopes that the park will be more than just another tourist trap. Rather, she hoped that it would become a site that would pay homage to Jimi’s life and legacy, noting, “It is our hope that for generations, it will exist as more than an attraction or point of interest, but a place of homage to one of Seattle’s own. The landscaping, the artistic design, and the ambience all mimic the vibe of the persona of Jimi, whom this park honors.”

Rosanna Sharpe is Executive Director of the Northwest African-American Museum. She shared Jamie’s high hopes for the park, especially being that the park will be located so close to the museum. “The Northwest African-American Museum looks forward to the opening of the new Jimi Hendrix Park,” she said. “Together we form a premier cultural destination that celebrates African-American art, history and culture, and the living legacy of an iconic musician who helped the world expand its definition of “black music” and continues to influence musicians today.”

Fundraising by the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation started in 2012. It raised a total of $1.4 million for the first of the park’s two phases. Fundraising for the second phase of the park’s development is ongoing. The second phase of the park’s development includes: additional pathways, pedestrian lighting, improved fencing, construction of a central shelter and centerpiece feature, and a “shadow wave wall” that depicts iconic silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix. Anyone that would like to donate to the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation’s work on the park’s second phase can do so online via the Foundation’s website at http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org/donate.php. The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered public charity (EIN 27-3599916). A schematic design of the park in its completed state is noted below.

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

Major financial assistance for development of Phase I came from: Hard Rock International, Parks and Green Spaces Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Janie L. Hendrix, King Conservation District, Seattle Parks Foundation, KISW 99.9 FM, Northwest African-American Museum, Nisqually Indian Tribe, and Fender Musical Instruments Co.

More information on The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is available online along with information on how to donate to the second phase of the park’s construction, and all of the latest developments on its construction at:

Website: http://www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimiHendrixParkFoundation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JimiHendrixPark

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Blues For Jimi Is A Fitting Tribute To Hendrix, Moore, & Mitchell

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It’s been over four decades since the passing of Jimi Hendrix.  To be precise, it’s been just over forty-two years since his untimely passing.  In the time since this music legend’s death, his legacy has continued to thrive as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.  In honor of this unwitting rock star, the music world has been paying tribute to him throughout 2012, opting to celebrate his life rather than his death.  November 27th will have been seventy years since Hendrix’s birth.  In anticipation of his birthday anniversary, a handful of releases have been put out on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD.  As the big day nears, audiences are being treated with another tribute to Hendrix thank to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s release of Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi.

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Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi is a tribute not just to Hendrix, but also to his former drummer Mitch Mitchell and to Gary Moore.  This concert, recorded at the London Hippodrome in 2007 archives, is a wonderful performance to say the least.  It archives a legend paying homage to a legend along with two other legends.  The way that Moore churns through each song in this near hour and a half long show seems like he’s channeling Hendrix himself.  And were they listening to this show, not knowing, audiences would swear that bassist Bill Cox was Hendrix, too.

The concert runs a grand total of roughly an hour and fourteen minutes.  In that time, audiences are treated to something special.  As already noted, the way in which Moore plays, it’s as if he’s channeling Hendrix himself.  Audiences can tell in watching both the DVD and the Blu-ray presentation of this concert how much fun the late musician was having.  One of the best moments in the show comes as Moore is joined by Billy Cox and the now late Mitch Mitchell on ‘Red House.’  This show would be one of the last that Mitchell would ever perform before his death in 2008.  The jam session that the trio breaks into in this song is well worth the total eleven and a half minute run time.  What Hendrix show would be complete without a rendition of perhaps Hendrix’s greatest songs, ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)?’  Just watching Moore interact will both Mitchell and Cox shows the respect that he has not just for Hendrix’s legacy, but for both Mitchell and Cox, too.  They looked like three kids just jamming out having fun.  And that fun translated to the audience as well.  Even audiences at home will feel that same energy and joy.  It will make the show feel like it was over just when it began.  That is a sign of a great concert.

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The DVD and Blu-ray presentations of this archived concert are great for home viewers.  The concert looks especially great on blu-ray.  Fans can also take the concert with them anywhere they go as it’s also available on CD.  The CD presentation is exactly the same as the DVD and Blu-ray presentation.  So audiences won’t have to worry about losing anything in translation.  It still has all the same enjoyment as the DVD and Blu-ray.  The CD, DVD and Blu-ray presentation are all available in stores and online now.  Fans can order it direct via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.

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