Dick’s ‘block party’ celebrates 60 years on Broadway

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It’s been a big summer for the Broadway Dick’s Drive-In. Thousands clogged the street in July to be part of a massive Macklemore video shoot at the legendary burger stop.

Sunday, Broadway between John and Denny will again be part of a drive-in party as Dick’s and the Spady family celebrate 60 years of business on Capitol Hill:

Dick’s Drive-In 60th Anniversary Broadway Block Party
Dick’s Drive-In is excited to announce our first ever FREE Broadway Block Party. Come out and help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary in true Capitol Hill style with:



We can’t wait to share the entire lineup with you but we’re excited to announce our first 5 bands with more to come!

– motopony
– Don’t Talk To The Cops
– Tilson XOXO – http://vimeo.com/73185544
– Radio Raheem
– Sammy Witness & The Reassignment
– Dick’s Facebook Block Party Band Winner*
– Recess Monkey [Kids & Family’s] 2:00 PM
– More to be announced soon!

*Want a chance to kick-off the party on Broadway? Submit your best band youtube video on our Facebook Page before September 3rd. We’ll choose our top bands and then let YOU decide who’ll perform!


Don’t miss out on our great local Change for Charity Beer Garden featuring $5.00 beers from delicious local breweries INCLUDING:

– Elysian Brewing
– Georgetown Brewing
– Silver City Brewery & Taproom
– Hilliard’s Beer

944777_10151899270186349_159718851_n (1)If you’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy a Dick’s burger, a cold beer and a local band, here’s your chance.

Earlier this summer, CHS talked with the Spadys about the big anniversary. “The idea is to have six local bands that would each sell out Neumos,” he said. “We can have a block party that won’t cost $160 to get in,” Saul Spady said.

The Broadway Dick’s opened in 1955 and was the burger joint’s second location after opening in Wallingford one year earlier. The Broadway building has remained essentially unchanged since it opened even as development on the neighboring lots moves forward and the Capitol Station light rail stop rises across the street.

UPDATE: Here’s the updated press release for Sunday’s party — “Two surprise performance guests”??

On Broadway it’s the ultimate Block Party for Dick’s 60th Anniversary
In Seattle style, Dick’s Drive-Ins to bring live music, craft beer, and Broadway’s biggest posse ever as fans gather to celebrate the hometown favorite burger joint

Seattle – It’s the ultimate Broadway Block Party complete with local Seattle bands, craft brews, and two surprise guests for the biggest posse gathering in the company’s history. Dick’s Drive-Ins announced today that they are closing Broadway Avenue between East John Street and East Denny Way this Sunday, Sept. 8 to celebrate the company’s 60th Anniversary. The event begins at noon with live music from 2:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“What better way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers and celebrate Dick’s strong connection to the people and places we love than by throwing the ultimate block party,” said Saul Spady, the party’s emcee, and grandson of Dick Spady, co-founder and president of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

“No matter your taste in music, the band lineup covers Seattle’s music spectrum from hip-hop, to folk, to alternative rock and includes Motoponyand Don’t Talk To The Cops, and we’ve even got music for the kids with the super-popular, family-friendly band Recess Monkey to kick things off at 2:00 p.m.,” Spady said.

Spady added, “We always have a focus on our fans and on charity and this party is no different. Thanks to the generosity of other great local companies, all beer garden proceeds and water sales will go to our 8 “Change for Charity” organizations that serve the homeless in Seattle and Edmonds,” Spady said.

Dick’s Change for Charity program has raised almost $800,000 through customer donations to help local charities that serve the homeless. A list of charity organizations is available on the website http://dicksdrivein.com/giving

Companies that donated beer include Elysian Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing Company, Hilliard’s Beer, Silver City Brewery & Taproom, and Xpedx Distributors donated the bottled water.

Fans will select Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. act through a Facebook contest between the following bands at https://facebook.com/dicksdrivein. Voting continues until midnight on Thursday.

Broadway Block Party Band lineup in reverse order from the finale band performance to kick-off act:

  • Motopony
  • Don’t Talk To The Cops
  • Tilson XOXO
  • Radio Raheem
  • Sammy Witness & The Reassignment
  • Funky 2 Death
  • Dick’s Facebook Block Party Band Winner
  • Recess Monkey kicks-off for families at 2:00 PM

Two surprise performance guests, so stay tuned…

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One thought on “Dick’s ‘block party’ celebrates 60 years on Broadway

  1. Dick’s! What a great way to truly celebrate our kick ass neighborhood that is Capitol Hill! Thank you for showing how it ought to be done!! It’s on my agenda fo’ sho’!