Get ready for a performance that’s truly out-of-this-world.  

What happens when five musicians and former NASA Astronauts team up with a vocalist? You get Bandella! Get ready for a performance that’s truly out-of-this-world. Bandella is an all-spacefarer music group founded in a basement bar in Star City, Russia in 2003 by NASA astronauts Chris Hadfield, Cady Coleman and Steve Robinson as they trained for their trip to the ISS. Bandella has been performing for over 18 years. 

But music isn’t their day job. While performing two sets of professionally-rendered folk, Americana, bluegrass and jazz music, the band shares tales from their years in the astronaut corps, complete with a Q&A session. Featuring inspired vocals, acoustic guitars, flute, stand-up bass, piano and an occasional banjo, Bandella’s music nods to astronaut life in ways both subtle and authentic. 

We are so excited for Bandella to bring their musical stylings to Earthlings with two performances at The Museum of Flight!

Note: The Museum's galleries will be closed to attendees during the concerts. General Museum admission is not included in the concert ticket price. If you wish to tour the Museum prior to the concerts, you will need to purchase admission and tour between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The Museum will ask all guests to leave the Museum between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM so we can clear the galleries and set-up for the concerts. Thank you for your understanding.

Presented as part of the Museum's new Art+Flight exhibition on display June 10, 2023 through January 7, 2024.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Showtimes: 6:30 PM (SOLD OUT) and 8:30 PM (SOLD OUT) (Show is about 1.5 hrs.)

Location: William M. Allen Theater

All Ages; Casual attire recommended
Cash Bar (21+); Snacks and soft drinks available for purchase.

Note: All attendees are required to have their own ticket, this includes kids of any age.


General: $50/person
Museum Member: $40/person


Showtime Information

Please check your tickets to make sure you have the correct showtime. Have your tickets printed out or pulled up on your smartphone to ensure a smooth and quick check-in.

Doors open at 5:10 PM for the 6:30 Showtime
Doors open at 8:00 PM for the 8:30 Showtime

Have questions or ticket issues? Please reach out to

Chris Hadfield Book Signings

As a special treat, Chris Hadfield will host a Book Signing before the 6:30 PM show and after the 8:30 PM show. Chris will only sign copies of his books purchased in the Museum Store. Books will be pre-signed and Chris will personalize each one when you greet him. Only guests with books purchased through the Museum will be allowed in the signing line. Note: Stock is limited and books may sell out. 

First Showtime Book Signing: 5:10 PM to 6:00 PM
Second Showtime Book Signing: 10:00 PM to 10:45 PM

Available Titles: 

  • Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • The Apollo Murders
  • The Darkest Dark 

Purchase In-Store: Friday (7/28) - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday (7/29) - 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Pre-Purchase via Phone: Call 206-764-5704; 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Please pick-up your pre-purchased titles in the Museum Store prior to entering the signing line. 

Books are not available to purchase online.

Bandella Lineup:

Six musicians on a stage holding various instruments and singing with an image of a space shuttle launch in the background.

Image courtesy of Bandella