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Artists struggle to stay in Seattle as cost of living soars

Artists are connecting to their Seattle communities through music, storytelling, and art.
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme perform.

This story is part of an on-going series chronicling the rising cost of living in Seattle and its impact on middle class families. Email pricedout@king5.com to share your story with KING 5.

Sometimes when you’re facing the stress of staying in Seattle amid a growing affordability crisis, you need a distraction.

Joe Simpson and Monica Barroga have alter egos in an underground funk band, Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme.

“It’s very much that cult sort of thing,” said Barroga.

“Performing is kind of our life blood,” said Simpson. “Even when we take breaks from it, we end up falling into the next project.”

Her story, and the stories of other longtime Seattleites, are being featured in a new podcast, KING 5’s Priced Out Podcast.

LISTEN: Episode 2: Sacrifice

LuLu Carpenter reaches out to her disappearing community through the radio.

“Radio is a place where we have the power to hear ourselves and the stories that matter to us to make us feel less isolated to remind us we’re not along and that people value and care for us,” she said.

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Amy Douglas creates art embracing the city’s history while she must decide if she’ll leave her hometown.

“I would like my story to continue as an artist,” said Douglas. “ I don’t want my story to continue in a cubicle with no benefits. I would like to make my own destiny.”

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