UPDATE: Thousands of people lined Broadway Wednesday night to be part of the latest big show put on by Seattle pop rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo came to Capitol Hill to film a music video for their bestselling album, The Heist, and brought Broadway to a halt with a production that stretched from Broadway and Denny to Broadway and Thomas — and until 1 AM. The shoot — for the track “White Walls,” an ode to the Cadillac — involved the tag team cruising Broadway and dancing atop the venerable Dick’s Drive-In. CHS coverage and pictures of the buzz and the shoot, plus plenty of images from the phone-packing crowd are below.
Original report: Some people are in the know. The rest of us will just have to listen for the screams of adulation. Rumors of a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis video shoot at the Broadway Dick’s Drive-In have spread to the point where there will be a lot of enthusiastic teenagers on Capitol Hill’s main drag Wednesday night — video crew or no.
King County Metro appears to be playing along, sending out an alert to riders of routes affected that Broadway will be closed for three hours starting at 8 PM.
Seattle’s Reddit community has also been abuzz about the possibility:
“Secret” Haha. macklemore performance tonight on top of the dicks drive in roof at 6pm on cap hill.
Capitol Hill home turf has served Macklemore and Lewis’s video needs before, of course, with the Baby’s Got Back-level breakout clip for Thrift Shop being shot at various Pike/Pine locales including Unicorn and, naturally, Value Village.
The pairing of the nostalgia-loving rapper with Dick’s is also a natural as the Seattle institution prepares to begin celebrating 60 years of business. A rapper’s crew or two has also stopped by over the years.
Meanwhile, the 17th annual Capitol Hill Block Party begins just down Broadway later this week.
Word spreading thus far is telling people to show up by 6 PM. Given Metro’s closure plans — said to be a City of Seattle closure via Metro’s social media account — expect a long shoot.
UPDATE: These folks in the know say, yup, it’s on. Apparently you learn a few things slinging coffee on Capitol Hill and in the Central District.
UPDATE 6:15 PM: The crowd is already described as “enormous” and police have been dealing with trying to keep it off of Broadway until the scheduled 8 PM closure. Dick’s sent out one important message about the event: “The Drive-In will be open for business,” according to the chain’s social media folks.
Metro is routing buses around the area. If you are planning to attend, parking in the immediate vicinity is not recommended.
UPDATE 9:06 PM: A mostly peaceful crowd of more than 2,000 has filled Broadway waiting for the video shoot to begin as the area around Dick’s has been cleared. Meanwhile, many watch from above from the various apartment balconies and rooftops in the area with a view of Broadway E.
UPDATE 9:57 PM: The crowd is still awaiting the start of the shoot but things are getting a little hairy. There are reports of “unauthorized people” on area rooftops and some people have been spotted jumping into the adjacent Sound Transit construction site for Capitol Hill Station to use the chemical toilets. Good news: Dick’s management is tossing free burgers into the crowd to calm the throng. Meanwhile, we’ve seen a report of two of Macklemore spottings nearby as the production prepares to load the hip hop star into a limo and shoot a rap video on Broadway.