Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have received overwhelming responses from Seattle fans as they have managed to quickly sell out shows and draw in massive crowds with surprise appearances, shutting down streets.
What started off as a rumor resulted in an overwhelmingly large crowd of fans waiting, all gathered to find out if what they hoped for was true, and it turned out to be the worst kept “secret.” On July 24, Macklemore was set to record his next music video, for his next single titled “White Walls,” on the roof of Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle’s iconic hamburger chain.
Thousands of fans crowded Broadway East on Capitol Hill. Filming was set to start at 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m., but because crew and police weren’t expecting so many people the permit to close the street had to be extended. Fans climbed trees and sat on parking meters and construction walls waiting to get a glimpse of the rapper who finally came out at 11:30 p.m. and finished production at around 1 a.m. The following day, Macklemore surprised 1,600 interns during the Microsoft Intern Signature Event with an unannounced performance.
Nearly a month after two unexpected appearances, Macklemore is returning, scheduled to sit down with Elliott Wilson, the founder and CEO of the popular website Rap Radar, for a laid back one-on-one conversation as part of its CRWN series. The two are scheduled to have the chat in front of a live audience at 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12 at Falls (ACT) Theatre.
Wilson has also previously interviewed rappers Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake and The Notorious B.I.G., among others. CRWN guests include Tyler The Creator, J. Cole and Wale as part of the web series, which can be viewed on YouTube.
Even with sold out concerts and throngs of fans coming to see them, the equal rights advocates Macklemore and Lewis have continued giving back to the community. The two were recently among many musicians who joined co-founder Bono’s ONE’s agit8 campaign to fight against extreme poverty. The duo recorded a version of their single “Same Love” for the campaign.
Macklemore’s U.S. fall tour kicks off this October in Portland and closes in Seattle’s Key Arena in December. His first Seattle show sold out in 15 minutes, prompting a second show, which sold out in less than two hours. Finally, he decided to open a third show for fans.
With an immense amount of love coming from Seattle, it’s no wonder tickets for the Wilson-Macklemore chat have already sold out. However, standby tickets are available for those chancing to take the vacant seat of a ticket holder.
WHEN: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Falls (ACT) Theatre
700 Union St,
Seattle, WA 98101
TICKETS: Standby tickets can be purchased by telephone at 206-292-7676.