The Comet may be temporarily boarded up (and won’t host as many live shows when it reopens), but the grittier edges of the Capitol Hill music carry on — and are ready to celebrate the holidays. This Friday and Saturday, the “Northwest collaborative” Funk Farm is putting on the first ever Psychedelic Holiday Freak Out, designed to be a rarity among concert festivals for its overtly local focus, its low price of entry, and its unconventional calendar slot. By no means strictly about psychedelic music, the festival is bringing some 39 rock and hip hop acts to four Capitol Hill-area venues—Velocity Dance Center, Waid’s, Therapy Lounge and The Highline this weekend.
“Seattle has a lot of great summer events, between [the Capitol Hill] Block Party and a lot of the major festivals,” 24-year-old Nate Berliner, co-founder of and acting manager of Funk Farm, said. “But we just felt there was kind of a void on the calendar between Thanksgiving and Christmas…so we thought we’d be able to build a great December event.”
Indeed, Funk Farm found that bands and performers were eager to fill the festival’s schedule, Berliner said, partially because many bands did not have other shows lined up during the holiday season and partially due to the appeal of a festival where smaller local bands might have a chance to headline shows rather than just open for bigger-name touring acts, or a chance to play on a bill alongside some of their friends and acquaintances in other groups.
Headliners signed up for the festival include Seattle rockers the Tea Cozies and Helvetica, Tacoma’s The Fame Riot, and Seattle hip hoppers Kung Foo Grip.
Other notable acts in the lineup include up-and-coming LA-based blues guitarist Jared James Nichols, Portland’s The We Shared Milk, New York-based hip hop artist XVR HLDY —the only East Coast artist on the bill—and Seattle’s Vox Mod, Daniel and the Chics, Neighbors and Fox and the Law, one of two bands currently represented by Funk Farm.
While many festivals have become increasingly pricey in recent years, ticket costs for the Holiday Freakout have been kept intentionally low, Berliner said. Continue reading