So this happened.

On Saturday afternoon, Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters gave an impromptu performance at Pike Place Market, surprising fans.

“I looked over and I was like: ‘Oh my, that’s Dave Grohl!” said Matt from Anacortes, who was at the Market and who declined to give a last name.

Dani from Milwaukee, who also declined to give a last name, said she and Matt were wandering around at the Market and chanced upon the performance. They saw a crowd of people clustered around at the intersection of Pike Place and Pike Street, right in front of the “Farmers Market” sign, and went over to see what was happening.

They caught two or three songs, and it seemed like Carlile and Grohl played for about 15 to 20 minutes, Dani said, with them closing out with Grohl playing “Times Like These.”

“Neither of them spoke at all,” Dani said, when asked if the musicians said anything to the fans who gathered to watch.

Carlile alerted fans to the Saturday pop up jam session by broadcasting a few minutes of it live on her Facebook page. She later posted an Instagram photo about it too, saying, “Got nostalgic and decided to swing by my old busking spot at Pike Place Market with the twins and Dave Grohl. … honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life.”


Carlile, a Ravensdale native, has spoken fondly of how she used to busk at Pike Place during the early days of her music career. The 37-year-old singer has had a big year. She won the first three Grammy Awards of her career in February and delivered a highly-lauded performance of “The Joke.”  Earlier this month, she performed with Dierks Bentley at the American Country Music Awards, and she’ll be performing at the Gorge Amphitheater on June 1.

Fans captured their own videos and photos: