Santa Breakfast Mini Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker  It’s always a family affair!  This season DASSdance rings in the holidays with a traditional spirit.  Meet Santa Claus while DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker.

Together with a delicious Continental Breakfast ( bagels / Muffins / Fruit plates / OJ / Coffee / Tea ), door prizes, balloon twisting, and pictures with Santa and the Nutcracker characters, this local holiday event will please, inspire, and leap into your heart.

91-year-old Capitol Hill house of worship lives on as At the Church performance space

As one old area church appears destined for demolition at 14th and Spring, a large brick church built in 1925 still sits at the corner of E Olive St. and 13th. But while the building may still look like a church, its function has changed.

The building now hosts congregations of a different sort in its new life as performance venue At The Church. The mysterious venue has been hosting events since at least 2013.

While its ownership declined to be interviewed for this story, according to its website, At the Church is “one of the most unique” venue spaces in Seattle available for live performances and other events.  Continue reading

CHS Pics | The Boss on Capitol Hill

In New York City, Bruce Springsteen did his book event at a Barnes and Noble. New Jersey, too. In Seattle, the American rocker came to the basement of Capitol Hill’s indie bookseller the Elliott Bay Book Co. for his “selfie” tour where fans got a chance to pose with The Boss and some were lucky enough for a kiss. Tickets for the event which included a pre-autographed copy of Springsteen’s new autobiography, Born to Run, were snapped up as soon as they were made available online weeks ago. Some paid hundreds of dollars for their place in line. Some paid $37.50. Springsteen didn’t perform or read at the event but he did draw quite a crowd with lines wrapping around the block. Continue reading

Novel Laddy Groove based on days as a mod kid on Capitol Hill

"Dive into the world of new kid on the block Trevor, king of the mods Andy, and goth princess Lucy, for a wild ride through the Seattle youth scene on the tip of the grunge explosion."

“Dive into the world of new kid on the block Trevor, king of the mods Andy, and goth princess Lucy, for a wild ride through the Seattle youth scene on the tip of the grunge explosion.”

Scooters, parties and music made up the Seattle mod scene in the ’80s and ’90s.

Jerry Boak lived it — much of it on Capitol Hill — and wrote about it in his new novel, Laddy Groove.

“I have some great memories of that time and some really incredible friends,” Boak told CHS.

The narrator of the book is the principal character’s younger brother, who shares stories his brother, Trevor, told him.

Readers follow Trevor, who recently moved to North Seattle from Los Angeles with his recently divorced father. He hates the rain and suburbia, but digs a smart, back-talking, goth girl named Lucy. Trevor meets up with Lucy at a party, who takes off with Andy, king of the mod crowd with his suit, scooter, and flock of followers. The coming of age story follows Trevor as he joins Andy and the mods and the escapades that ensue, which include a stolen car and Swedish mobsters. Continue reading

Sound Transit begins pilot allowing buskers at Capitol Hill Station

A busker at Capitol Hill Station's grand opening earlier this year

A busker at Capitol Hill Station’s grand opening earlier this year

Just like a real big city neighborhood, Capitol Hill now has a subway station. And like a big city of the future, you can use your phone in the subway tunnels. Starting today, our subway will get another important feature — station buskers.

Sound Transit began a six-month trial Thursday allowing busking on Capitol Hill Station and University of Washington Station property:

Sound Transit believes that allowing buskers to perform at the University of Washington and Capitol Hill light rail stations will help retain existing users, as well as attract new users, and is consistent with promoting transit-related activities. Accordingly, Sound Transit is adopting this pilot program for a 6 month period to assess the feasibility of adopting a permanent policy regarding performances by buskers.

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CHS Pics | Seattle Acoustic Festival at All Pilgrims

Newly expanded to three days — “We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit” — the Seattle Acoustic Festival’s 2016 edition started off Friday with small crowds and a non-amped-up night of music inside Broadway’s All Pilgrim. The festival continues through Sunday night. Continue reading

Seattle Acoustic Festival quietly grows to three days at Broadway’s All Pilgrims

The Seattle Acoustic Festival returns to Capitol Hill this week with pay what you can pricing, a gloriously underrated musical venue in Broadway’s All Pilgrims, and an expanded three days of performances.

“We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit,” organizer and musician Elijah Dhawan tells CHS.

The 2016 festival starts Friday and runs through the weekend across three stages at All Pilgrims, 500 Broadway E. This is the third year Dhawan and co-organizer Paul Mauer have held the festival. The two also organize an annual acoustic festival in Olympia. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Block Party ready to welcome Paul Allen-backed Upstream to Seattle music festival scene

As Capitol Hill Block Party owner Jason Lajeunesse decompresses from the 20th edition of the annual E Pike music festival, it’s hard not to turn an eye to 2017. The CHBP crew have already started the process of booking bands for the 21st installment of the event, but planning this time around is coming with a little more urgency and trepidation than in years past.

Last week, Paul Allen announced Upstream, a large South by Southwest-style music and ideas festival that will takeover a massive footprint in Pioneer Square from May 11th-13th.

With a goal of booking 200 artists, primarily drawn from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the festival has the potential to lock-in bands with contracts that prevent them from playing other nearby festivals or venues during the summer. Continue reading

On the List | Linda’s Fest turns 7, Summit Block Party takes 2016 off

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A Linda’s Fest moment past. Rock on. Etc. (Image: CHS)

Outdoor summer events on Capitol Hill roll on in August with an E Pine staple of stiff drinks and loud music. Saturday, six bands will take over the back parking lot of Linda’s Tavern for the 7th annual “raddest free rock show of the summer.”

Linda’s Fest goes down August 20th and features a slate from Seattle’s punk scene:

  • Fred & Toddy of Dead Moon
  • Acapulco Lips
  • Steal Shit Do Drugs
  • Sashay
  • Bad Future
  • World Bank

This year’s festival will also be the first to be surrounded by a fully occupied Pike Motorworks building. CHS previously wrote here about the flood of new apartments towering above Capitol Hill’s nightlife venues.

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CHS Pics | 206 Zulu Park Jam in Cal Anderson

Zen Seizure gets off the ground in his set at Sunday's Park Jam

Zen Seizure gets off the ground in his set at Sunday’s Park Jam (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Capitol Hill’s parks were busy this weekend. Saturday, the inaugural Lusio light art festival added its glow to Volunteer Park’s nighttime shadows. Sunday, Cal Anderson also hosted a first time ever event.

206 Zulu brought its Park Jams series to Capitol Hill for the first time and filled Cal Anderson Park’s meadow bowl with local DJs, musicians, and visual artists.

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For first time, 206 Zulu Park Jams make Capitol Hill stop

13320010_10208439208153407_1791696448705913684_n (1)With Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 passed, this weekend brings free music to Cal Anderson Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy the “the four elements” — DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and graffiti art not filtered through the Pike/Pine scene.

Sunday evening, Cal Anderson will play host to local DJs, musicians, and visual artists as part of its turn to host a 206 Zulu Park Jam. The jam is organized by nonprofit volunteer organization 206 Zulu, the Seattle branch of a group started in the 70s to bring live music, particularly hip hop, to parks as a way to create a safe place for young people in the Bronx. Zulu has since extended its mission to providing family-friendly music and arts programming in cities throughout the United States. Continue reading

Born and raised on Capitol Hill, now playing Capitol Hill Block Party

Musician Joe Gregory was born and raised on Capitol Hill and can remember attending the Capitol Hill Block Party when it was a tiny, alternative, upstart music festival.

On Sunday he and his band J GRGRY are joining the ranks of CHBP performers. “It’s really exciting to actually finally 20 years later be a part of it,” said Gregory.

It has been a quick rise for the group. J GRGRY has been around for about a year. The group was asked to play CHBP earlier this summer after several successful shows at Neumos.J GRGRY consists of Gregory, guitar player and Gregory’s longtime friend Robert Cheek, drummer Andrew King, and bass/key player Ryan Leyva. The group’s first performance together was at The Crocodile in December 2015. After that first show, J GRGRY submitted for the opening slot for Geographer at Neumos.

“So many people came out for us and we sold a ton of presale tickets – it was just an overwhelming response and the club was like, ‘Holy shit, who are you guys?’” said Gregory. “It ended up being such a cool show, and then I think because of my onstage aesthetic they thought about asking me for the Prince show.” Continue reading