The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.
Gearing up for this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), SPIN has hand picked 6 Northwest bands playing the three-day festival that music-lovers should keep their eyes and ears on. Of the 70 plus bands playing the CHBP, the majority call Seattle their home. Some favorites pointed out by SPIN include the garage-influenced duo My Goodness, electronic wunderkinds Beat Connection, and the rollicking acoustic trio Ravenna Woods.
The Seattle Times
In case you didn’t know (at this point, we find that unlikely), the 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off tomorrow. A weekend of music, sun, and parties galore, The Seattle Times‘ Andrew Matson presents his top picks for the anticipated festival. In addition to visiting bands like Battles, Handsome Furs and Best Coast, Matson highlights some under-the-radar Northwest artists like dance pop act Craft Spells, atmospheric rock outfit Witch Gardens, and playful punk group TacocaT.
Capitol Hill Block Party takes place July 22-24 in (you guessed it) the Capitol Hill neighborhood between Broadway and 12th Avenue East. Once a small one-day affair, the event has expanded into a three-day extravaganza of local and national acts that draws crowds from all over the country. Q13 Fox News spoke to SSG Music editor in chief Nikki Benson about the history of the festival, her website, and what acts to catch at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party.
The Seattle Times
The Gotta Have It! Rock & Roll Auction is auctioning off a collection of rare items from some of music’s most celebrated artists. Seattle-based rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain both have a slew of memorabilia up for sale. Hendrix’s guitar strap from the guitar he burned onstage at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is currently going for $50,000; there are also authentic arrest documents from a visit to Sweden, signed photographs and ticket stubs, handbills and photo sets up for auction. One of Cobain’s smashed guitars from 1993 is on the block as well (for a cool $50,000), in addition to a Nirvana set list hand-annotated by the tragic frontman and original photos of the band.
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. The monthly Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network and build a unified community. Join us for Happy Hour tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown. See you there, Seattle!
KEXP is know for being an authority on local up-and-coming music. But the non-profit radio station’s DJs are also experts on the historical aspects of the music scene in Seattle and the Greater Northwest. Lately, the station has aired several KEXP documentary segments on the grunge movement. The most recent piece focused on the deeply talented but ill-fated band Tad. Led by frontman Tad Doyle, the group had a heavier sound than many others in the grunge scene, but that didn’t stop Tad from gaining the ardent support of a promising new label called Sub Pop Records. Although Tad was championed by fellow scene pioneers like Soundgarden and Nirvana, due to a number of factors they never broke big like their musical counterparts. Listen to the full story here, and click the link above to hear segments on Melvins, Screaming Trees, Alice In Chains, and more.
Out To Lunch
Summer in the City in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association is curating a the 2011 “Out to Lunch” free concert series this summer. The program consists of free concerts on Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1:30. The hootenannies will go down at various open-air locations about the city including the Bank of America Plaza, the Federal Courthouse, the Harbor Steps, Park Place, Occidental Square, Two Union Square, Waterfront Park and Westlake Park. This is your chance to check out some of Seattle most amazing musical talent, scot free and under the summer sun. Artists such as The Moondoggies, Hey Marseilles, Choklate, The Maldives, Kris Orlowski and the Passenger String Quartet, Show Brazil, The Dusty 45’s and Seattle’s favorite funk band Wheedle’s Groove! Take a nice long lunch break and enjoy the positive vibrations in the sun with Summer in the City (of Music).
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Musicians of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply to be part of the first-ever Concerts at the Columns series. The performances are scheduled to take place every Friday throughout July and August at the corner of Pike Street and Boren Ave. Acoustic musicians are preferred, as there will be no power supply available for bands to perform. Buskers and other solo performers are ideal candidates. Don’t miss this chance to provide musical entertainment to Seattleites during the most beautiful time of the year.
Teen Tix Blog
Seattle youth are encouraged to voice their opinions about this past year’s arts offerings as part of Teen Tix’s Teeny Awards 2011. Teen Tix provides affordable access to film, dance, theater, and other performances for teens ages 13-19. The Teeny Awards categories are both straight forward and irreverent, ranging from Best Art Exhibit to Best Bathrooms to Best Date Venue. Among the nominees are some fantastic film organizations (National Film Festival for Talented Youth, SIFF, NWFF, and more) and excellent musical performances (Sound Off! 2011 at EMP, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Seattle Symphony, and more). Voting is open to Teen Tix members only, so those qualified to participate should head on over to the Teen Tix blog and check out the full list of nominees.