CHS Pics | Summit Block Party 3 keeps the party on the block

SONY DSCSONY DSCThe anarchic bohemia of drinking an ice cold Rainier from a brown paper sack on a city street powered the third annual Summit Block Party to another successful free and wonderful and slightly later than planned crescendo Saturday night. Pictures of the fun times are below.

Admission was free except for those who also attended Capitol Hill Block Party — their $61.11 admission price for the July festival has now been prorated to $30.56.

CHS told you here about the past, present, and uncertain future of the annual DIY and fully local block party. And here we visited the Summit Inn – symbolic clubhouse of the avenue where halfway houses and Capitol Hill-relative affordable apartment living meet. Saturday as temperatures reached the 80s, revelers and residents found mini-skate ramps, Parker Edison performing atop a van, the Bad Tats stripping in the street, and The Pharmacy playing its final show ever. If you’d like to get involved supporting the annual event, check out summitblockparty.com for more information.
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3 thoughts on “CHS Pics | Summit Block Party 3 keeps the party on the block

    • Hey, Brian
      Dude…I totally get where you’re coming from with that sentiment. However, I would like to call to your attention a couple mitigating factors. 1) the person who started the whole thing is vehemently anti-CHBP, or anything else that smacks of corporate money grabbing cultural commodification. 2) all the people involved in organizing and volunteering are pretty much in line with that thinking and are people (broke ass artists) from this neighborhood. 3) one of the main tenets of the SBP mission statement is that it will NEVER cost to get get in. As I understand it, it is to be fully funded and operated through donation and volunteer work. And if those things don’t happen, then the party doesn’t happen. As opposed to charging cover to keep things in motion.
      It’s really easy to become pessimistic about these type of things as a result of seeing how they’ve gone in other situations. CHBP, for example. I remember when that party had a couple ramps in the street, Gas Huffer was the biggest band on the bill, Krist Novaselic totally ate shit on the ramp, trying to skate while wearing a suit tie getup for his political career. It’s turned into a national music festival, basically. With profits ruling the day. That will never be a concern on the 1700 block of Summit Ave!! Hahaa… I’m a property manager on this block, and I can say that these guys have done something great for this neighborhood. There hasn’t even been a single fight at this event in the 3 years it’s happened! That’s impressive!

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