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$AP Mob will finish its work with rapper Rakim Mayers shaking E Pike.
Take advantage of the opportunity. A$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.
Producer Jason Lajeunesse, by the way, is already looking at 2015. He sent us the picture below from CHBP photographer Jim Bennett.
“There is poignant juxtaposition…. residential development and music festival. Next year there will be people living in those apartments,” Lajeunesse writes. CHS wrote here about the Block Party’s relationship to the neighborhood’s changes. We’ll have more soon about what developers are — and aren’t — doing to coexist with Pike/Pine’s nightlife.
CHS intern Rayna Stackhouse caught up with Lajeunesse at the festival Sunday. “It’s been the smoothest year to date,” he said.
Production staff estimate the weekend’s attendance will come around 34,000 people.
A less depressing trend? This is the first Block Party with legal pot in Washington. It’s not legal to smoke marijuana outside, however. CHS can report that it is impossible to tell if there is an uptick in the amount of reefer smoke wafting about CHBP in 2014 vs. 2013. But we can say we haven’t noted any increase in reports of police citations for drugs around Block Party. Cal Anderson and Bobby Morris? Police have been a little busier in the park, according to records. What has been on the rise at CHBP? Weed marketing.
You might smell marijuana at Cal Anderson Sunday — but that other smell? That’s victory. The annual Bat ‘n’ Rouge charity softball game begins at 1 PM.
CHS will again be roaming the Block Party on Day Three to see what’s up and what’s going down. You can follow @jseattle on Twitter for notes as we hear about them. Let us know what you see, too. You can email us or call/txt (206) 399-5959.