Ready for another Capitol Hill music festival? Vibrations returns to Volunteer Park

558273_10151170275526351_935403658_nProrated over the entire slate of Capitol Hill’s summer music festivals, Block Party’s $60 ticket prices are downright reasonable. You can start to achieve that actuarial discount Sunday, August 3rd as the Vibrations festival makes a triumphant return to Volunteer Park.

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This spring, CHS told you about festival organizers Cairo reviving the free summer music festival with a crowdfunded version of the event free of corporate sponsorship. While the online drive generated only a fraction of the $10,000 goal, producers have moved ahead with the free day of music, art — and summertime dancing on the Volunteer Park grass. Continue reading

Broadway bank held up in reported armed robbery — UPDATE: Suspect photos

photo (36)Police are looking for an armed man who held up the Capitol Hill branch of Homestreet Bank Monday morning.

According to police radio dispatches, the suspect entered the bank in the 700 block of Broadway E around 9:30 AM in the hold-up. He was reportedly armed with an “old revolver.”

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, around 6′ with a medium build, and wearing a red jacket, blue ball cap, blue jeans and black plastic, square-framed sunglasses. He left on foot headed northbound from the north Broadway bank. The suspect’s red jacket was found discarded outside the bank.

There were no reported injuries.

UPDATE 1 PM: SPD has posted a brief and photos of the suspect –

A man wearing a red jacket and brandishing a handgun robbed a Capitol Hill bank this morning.

The suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, walked into the Homestreet bank in the 700 block of Broadway East, displayed a gun and demanded money. Seattle police officers arrived within minutes, but the suspect had fled, ditching the jacket he was wearing.

Robbery detectives and a K9 unit responded and are searching for the man. If you know the suspect, or have any helpful information, please call 206-684-5535. The man is armed, so if you see him call 911 immediately.

Seattle making plans for new downtown school

The new Northwest School building -- complete with rooftop sports field -- could be a model for a new downtown school at 2nd and Spring (Image: CHS)

The new Northwest School building — complete with rooftop sports field – could be a model for a new downtown school at 2nd and Spring (Image: CHS)

Monday night, Seattle Public Schools will host a meeting to discuss a proposal to create a downtown elementary school by taking over the former Federal Reserve building at 2nd and Spring. It’s not exactly Capitol Hill news except for the fact E Mercer’s Lowell Elementary currently serves as the district’s destination for downtown families. Continue reading

How will new apartment dwellers mix with Pike/Pine nightlife?

The Capitol Hill Block Party's Vera stage had a new background in 2014

The Capitol Hill Block Party’s Vera stage had a new background in 2014. By 2015, there will be hundreds of residents in the new building at 11th and Union. “There is poignant juxtaposition… residential development and music festival. Next year there will be people living in those apartments,” CHBP producer Jason Lajeunesse told CHS. (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

If residents in new Pike/Pine buildings weren’t aware of both the fun and the noise of the nightlife-focused neighborhood they moved into, they certainly got a full dose of it during the weekend’s 18th annual Capitol Hill Block Party. With hundreds more apartment units slated to come online in the dense nightlife corridor, existing bar and club owners are hoping their new neighbors will be down with the sound. Even with soaring rents, turns out building developers aren’t doing much more than hoping the same thing, too.

Architects and other experts tell CHS that few, if any, new developments within Pike/Pine are especially equipped to dampen street noise from rattling inside units. With few affordable solutions and no regulatory mandates, there seems to be little incentive to equip units with high performance windows or soundproof insulation or to design the buildings to better serve the existing neighborhood. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Dykes vs. Drag Queens, Sisters kickball, 20th SummeRun highlight Hill-style sports weekend

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

(Image: Jim Simandl for CHS)

A double-header of LGTBQ friendly sports and a run/walk helped raise money for good causes on Capitol Hill over the weekend. Images from Saturday’s Jockstraps and Glitter rugby kickball match, Sunday afternoon’s Bat ‘n’ Rouge softball game and Sunday morning’s SummerRun and Walk are below. You’ll also find a bunch of great photos from the events in the CHS Flickr pool.

CHS wrote here about the longtime favorite Bat ‘n’ Rouge fundraiser pitting Dykes vs. Drag Queens playing out its game for the first time just a block from the Capitol Hill Block Party in an effort to drum up new interest in the annual event. Bat ‘n’ Rouge benefits Hill-based Seattle Area Support Group. Check out sasgcc.org you’d like to give or learn more about the organization. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Day Three Open Thread

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky closes down CHBP 2014 (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky closes down CHBP 2014 (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Ashley Genevieve/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Ashley Genevieve/CHBP with permission to CHS)

You can’t call it a quieter Sunday finale for Capitol Hill Block Party but Day Three 2014 will wrap the 18th edition of the festival without the typical “big name” on the main stage. Instead, the A$AP Mob will finish its work with rapper Rakim Mayers shaking E Pike.

CHS CHBP 2013 | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

Take advantage of the opportunity. A$AP Rocky joins a Day Three that seems likely to extend Saturday’s feel of a really busy night in the Pike/Pine nightlife district with the occasional concert going off out in the street.

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

(Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

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Bus Stop | The 11

14765836483_568c2957f4_cThe neighborhood of Madison Park was once the place to catch a ferry across Lake Washington to Kirkland much like residents of Bainbridge Island catch a ferry downtown today. And Madison Street is still the only street that connects Lake Washington to Elliott Bay.

What was once a cable car connecting these two bodies of water is now a bus, though it doesn’t go straight up Madison. Instead it makes a beeline through our neighborhood, providing our residents with a shuttle to Madison Beach, or what some affectionately refer to as the Capitol Hill Riviera. This is the 11. While you can take the 8 to get to Madison Valley, this is the only way to get to the beach.

With highs near the 80s this week, this might be your bus of choice. Because summer!

In planning possible cuts in Metro service, the 11 is barely affected. Still service could end earlier in the evening starting next spring if the ballot measure being tossed to the voters is not approved in the fall.

Sharon and family waiting at an 11 stop on Pine Street

Sharon and family waiting at an 11 stop on Pine Street

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Blotter | Police search for shooter after 12th/Marion gunfire

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • 12th/Marion shooting: Police say one victim was reported grazed by a bullet in a 2 AM shooting in an E Marion just off 12th Ave early Sunday. SPD units spread throughout the area to search for a suspect last seen wearing a white and orange striped polo as he fled. Police found a white Mercedes at the scene believed to have been driven by the shooter and an uncooperative female passenger. A K9 unit tracked the shooter to a nearby construction site but a search of the area did not turn up the man who reportedly opened fire. Police found one handgun ditched near the scene and a Glock magazine at another location, according to East Precinct radio dispatches. There were reportedly at least two guns involved in the incident. Police had been called to the area just prior to the shooting to a report of a fight across from Seattle University.

    UPDATE: Here’s a Seattle U security bulletin on the incident. SPD hasn’t yet posted any additional info. Curiously, SU’s bulletin doesn’t mention firearms:
    On 07/27/2014, at approximately 2:03am a non-SU affiliated male assaulted 2 non-SU affiliated females at 12th Avenue and E. Marion St. after a verbal argument. The male was described as dark skinned, 6 feet, medium build, wearing an orange t-shirt, blue jeans, and white and orange tennis shoes. The male was last seen inside a white Mercedes sedan leaving the area in an unknown direction. Seattle Police responded and investigated the incident. DPS has increased patrols in the 12th Avenue corridor.UPDATE: SPD reports the primary suspect was tracked down and another suspect was also arrested in the incident:

    A man was grazed by gunfire and three people were arrested on Capitol Hill early this morning.

    Officers were called to the 1300 block of East Spring Street around 2 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When police arrived they found a man on the ground who had been grazed by gunfire. The man was treated at the scene by Firefighters.

    A K9 officer and bicycle officers tracked a man believed to have fled the shooting scene inside a construction site and took him into custody.

    A car linked to the shooting was stopped with several people inside. The vehicle was searched and a stolen gun was located. Two of the people inside were arrested for investigation of being felons in possession of a firearm.

    Officers found shell casings and a handgun a few blocks stashed in some bushes from where the shooting occurred.

One year ago this week on Capitol Hill

IMG_00891-600x400Here are the top CHS posts from this week in 2013:

  1. Bauhaus securing new 2-year Capitol Hill location, ready to mark 20 years at Melrose and Pine this fall
  2. Tavern Law sibling The Old Sage arrives — a few months older than planned
  3. Man busted for voyeurism at Capitol Hill Block Party
  4. Recent Capitol Hill heroin ODs part of larger trend
  5. With renewed investment, Pike Motorworks project gets a re-start
  6. Man held up at gunpoint at 11th and Pine
  7. The Mayor of Capitol Hill: 5 questions about the Hill, from the Hill (+ one bonus question!)
  8. What the 7-story development at 600 E Pike will look like

 

Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Day Two Open Thread

Day One's main stage crowd (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

Day One’s main stage crowd (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Unlike in 2013, producers could not claim Day One of Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 sold out. No matter. The weather was perfect, the beats, funky, the crowd (even with the knuckleheads drawn to drinking in large groups of people) awesome and full of Pacific Northwest characters.

CHBP 2014 Open Threads: Day One / Day Two

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

(Image: Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

Excellent pants, Kim (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

Excellent pants, Kim (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky meets CHBP (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

A$AP Rocky meets CHBP (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Holy Child autograph session  (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Holy Child autograph session (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

Saturday at Block Party won’t sell out either. The rhythm of the festival schedule remains the same with Day Two’s slate full of deeper cut acts and smaller fan bases. Dance funk by way of Montreal from Chromeo sets the tone but the day is more about the local PNW acts that dominate the stages. More images and notes from Day One and Day Two, below. Let us know what you found at CHBP 2014. We’ll update here and there through the day so help keep us posted.

  • Hot: The National Weather Service says Seattle is on pace for one of its hottest Julys ever. Saturday will help. Highs are expected to sniff 80 F. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000 22,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line – our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.


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Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Day One Open Thread

The Vera Stage is bigger and better this year -- and has a telling new view in the background (Image: CHS intern Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

The Vera Stage is bigger and better this year — and has a telling new view in the background (Image: CHS intern Rayna Stackhouse for CHS)

Spoon loomed large Friday night (Image: CHBP with permission to CHS)

Spoon loomed large Friday night (Image: Jim Bennett/CHBP with permission to CHS)

In the wee hours of Friday morning, Jason Lajeunesse and the Block Party crew initiated the tightly coordinated sequence of events needed to prepare Capitol Hill Block Party 2014 for liftoff. Before the first glimmer of sunlight touches Pike/Pine on Friday, streets needed to be closed, stages erected, and wires ran every which way.

With less sweat, but just as much determination, we present our annual pre-party ritual: the launch of CHS’s Block Party open threads. CHS will update through the weekend on the people making Block Party happen, the crowds, and the community around the festival.

You can also follow @jseattle for updates. Let us know if you see anything — or anybody — interesting, too. You can email us or call/txt (206) 399-5959 for the *really* interesting stuff to let us know what you’re seeing. Or hearing.

  • Luckily, rainfall earlier in the week seems to have purged crummy weather conditions heading into Block Party. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks ideal, with temperatures in the mid-70s through the weekend afternoons and sunscreen-worthy clear skies.
  • Three-day, two-day, and single day passes are still on sale here. You can also purchase tickets at the gate or at the E Pike Caffe Vita. There are also various local businesses giving away tickets as prizes or offering them as a gift with purchase. Check out the CHBP Facebook page to find the latest promotions.
  • With an event as large as Block Party in an area as dense as Pike/Pine, unofficial spinoffs are part of the fun. This year some people are setting up a hip-hop BBQ, promising “meat, heat, and blunts.” Let us know if you see any other interesting things along Block Party’s peripheral blocks.
  • Call him Billy Gates but don't trust A$AP Rocky was actually hanging at Linda's (Image via Linda's Facebook)

    Call him Billy Gates but don’t trust that A$AP Rocky was actually hanging at Linda’s earlier this week (Image via Linda’s Facebook)

    Music kicks off Friday afternoon with Shy Girls on the Main Stage and Lemolo on the Vera Stage. Lemolo’s Meagan Grandall, who graduated from Seattle University, will also be the first of a hand full of musicians to play CHBP with strong Capitol Hill ties. Benjamin Verdoes of Iska Dhaaf has a daytime gig teaching at Nova High School. Childbirth has Pony Time’s Stacy Peck and Kithkin has former CHS intern/current Seattle Weekly reporter Kelton Sears.The members of Constant Lovers and Gibraltar are known Hillebrities.

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