As community members meet with organizers Thursday night to discuss the neighborhood impact of a bigger-than-ever Capitol Hill Block Party, one area business owner is planning a music event of her own. And, unlike the fenced masses a few blocks over in Pike/Pine, people who attend this block party won’t have to pay 20 bucks to get in.
Laura Olson, the entrepreneur behind the Po Dog hot dog chain (a CHS advertiser), tells CHS that she is planning a free outdoor music event to help celebrate the opening of her new bar, Auto Battery, on E. Union. The only hang-up she foresees is in the state liquor board permit process but Olson says she expects to have that worked out in time for a free show the same weekend as Block Party.
“It’s not a big secret by any means,” she told CHS. “I’m still waiting on a call back from the liquor board but I didn’t happen to see anything in the book about special permits.”
Olson’s planned show could help address one criticism of the main Block Party event as it has become more and more a large music fest like Sasquatch and less and less about the neighborhood by providing a free alternative to locals. The likelihood of smaller, local acts would also help round out the bill as Block Party’s mainstages will be manned by a mix of national and, rightly so, big-time local acts. Meanwhile, it might also add to issues in the neighborhood related to noise and crowd control during the weekend.
While the opportunity to showcase more local acts is there, the only evidence we can find of a band making plans to play on E. Union during CHBP weekend is a Tahoe-based hip hop act Continental Soldiers. MySpace says they’re scheduled for a show Friday night, July 23 in Seattle. Twerk Ethics is also rumored to be involved with the hot dog show.