Capitol Hill wouldn’t be the same without its vast music offerings, and Capitol Cider has built music into our foundation. It’s no easy task to maintain a quality line-up of artists on stage in the Ballast Bar downstairs, here at Capitol Cider.  Our in-house Music Curator, Alex Dugdale does exactly this all the while maintaining himself as part of the quality line-ups around Seattle on a nightly basis.

We are proud to announce that Alex Dugdale is nominated for a Golden Ear Award: Emerging Artist of the Year by Earshot Jazz for 2016. Voting has already begun, and ballots are due March 8th. Show your love and vote for Alex Dugdale for Emerging Artist of the Year!

Get inside the mind that brings the sounds to Capitol Cider, we sat down with Alex for a short Q&A. Don’t forget, you can always come meet the man in person at our Monday Cider Jam Sessions beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the downstairs Ballast Bar!

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You’re a man of many talents, musician, music curator, and teacher, how do you balance it all?

I balance it through healthy and happy living — taking time for myself to relax and recharge or go out and socialize. As long I keep myself healthy and happy, there is nothing I cannot do. These things all take time out of my schedule, but I never feel tired while I’m doing all these things because I love it.

Tell me about your personal music, what inspires you to create?

The things that inspire me to create are events in my life that have had a profound impact on my emotional status. Things that cause deep happiness and overwhelming sadness. And sometimes it’s just listening to other music and saying “I want to write a tune that feels like XYZ”.

Where can people see you perform?

I perform at Capitol Cider on Monday Nights, and the Seamonster Lounge in Wallingford, The EuroPub on Capitol Hill, and Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz club in Belltown. I also perform with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for all of their concerts.

What artists inspire you?

Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Dexter Gordon, Cannon Ball Adderley, Johnny Hodges, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, George Gershwin and Dvorak.

As Capitol Cider’s music curator, what do you look for when booking bands and artists?

I look for bands that are original, easy to work with — soulful, serious performing artists who have fun. And of course, they need to bring a crowd!

What do you see as the future of music at Capitol Cider and the music community around Capitol Hill?

Consistently high quality, eclectic and sometimes positively eccentric as part of our lives on the hill.