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
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) August 1, 2016
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
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
The 2016 Capitol Hill Block Party is being advertised as the 20th edition of the music festival, but it might be older than that.
It all depends on who you ask.
“I started the Capitol Hill Block Party in 1997 because I was frustrated with the corporate feel of Bumbershoot and the amount of baby carriages,” Jen Gapay tells CHS. “I also wanted to create more of a cool party scene in an urban environment like Capitol Hill.” Gapay said that she wanted people to have a chance to drink, listen to music, and listen to street performers “in an actual street.”
The Block Party’s origin is attributed to Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions, though a skate shop and longtime Pike/Pine business Crescent Down Works may have hosted some version of the event before Thirsty Girl’s first party in 1997.
Meanwhile, current Block Party producer Jason Lajeunesse says he only has one regret about his reign as king of the CHBP. Lajeunesse, who has been involved in the event since 2006, says the times Block Party has gotten wet are what keeps him up at night. “I would go back and make it not rain,” he tells CHS. Continue reading
Capitol Hill Block Party marks 20 years as a music festival starting next week on Friday, July 22nd but the neighborhood’s love for music is already leaking out and some wacky things are happening… like Rancho Bravo as a performance venue.
The 2016 edition of CHBP will include an expanded footprint and some free fun outside the fences. This year’s Block Party is set to feature free nightly shows at Unicorn, daytime performances and Sunday morning yoga at Chophouse Row, and a poster show at the V2 space as part of Thursday’s Capitol Hill Art Walk: Continue reading
HONK! Fest West is extending its reach to Capitol Hill.
The free outdoor music festival started in Seattle in 2008, and this year it runs from June 16 to 19 with a visit to Capitol Hill in the middle. Capitol Hill will have its day Friday with professional brass bands playing free live concerts at four locations on the Hill. Festival organizer Mike Antares estimates that about 26 bands will play on the Hill.
“HONK! Fest is about the accessibility of music, which is why they’re in parks, streets, and public spaces,” Antares said.
This is the first year that the festival has included Capitol Hill. Festival organizers were brainstorming earlier in the year about how to reach out to other communities in the Seattle area. “Capitol Hill was at the top of the list,” said Antares. Continue reading
Faced with limited street space and growing popularity, producers of the Capitol Hill Block Party are slightly expanding their footprint in 2016 with a new slate of programming inside neighborhood venues.
As part of Tuesday’s full band lineup announcement for the July 22-24 event, CHBP also revealed how it may continue to grow one of the few ticketed music festivals that takes place on a city’s public streets. This year’s event will include free nightly shows at Unicorn, daytime performances and Sunday morning yoga at Chophouse Row and a poster show in conjunction with the Capitol Hill Art Walk.
“Capitol Hill is the artistic and cultural epicenter of Seattle,” said owner Jason Lajeunesse in a statement. “This year, we want to activate the entire neighborhood and community to celebrate arts and culture with us.”
As usual, the 20th anniversary of the three-day event will bring a mix of big indie acts that won’t completely overwhelm the handful of dense Pike/Pine blocks. Tuesday’s full lineup announcement included the addition of rapper Mick Jenkins and the band Washed Out, who recorded the summery theme song to the TV show Portlandia.
Three-day passes are currently on sale for $174.72 (including taxes and fees) and single-day passes are $63.21. You can buy yours and learn more at capitolhillblockparty.com. See the full lineup below. Continue reading
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The SCMS Summer Festival runs the entire month of July in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall and features a FREE concert at Volunteer Park in the Bandshell on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 7pm and will last approximately one hour. Free family events will begin at 5:30pm. Also on site will be two food trucks for the convenience of concert attendees.
The performances tonight will include:
Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 being performed by Erin Keefe, James Ehnes, Benjamin Beilman, Andrew Wan, Beth Guterman Chu, Rebecca Albers, Julie Albers, and Raphael Bell
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 being performed by Benjamin Beilman, James Ehnes, Andrew Wan, Erin Keefe, Rebecca Albers, Beth Guterman Chu, Raphael Bell, and Julie Albers.
The event is growing in popularity each year, so arrive early and claim a section of lawn!
All performances and artists are subject to change. Chamber Music In The Park may be cancelled due to inclement weather. See seattlechambermusic.org for the most up to date information.