What are your top 10 favorite records of 2012? E-mail your list to Easy Street Records and they will donate $5 to the Vera Project for each list they receive. Plus, they will round up the overall top 25 lists and post them on their website at the end of the year. The Vera Project is Seattle’s own all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera strives to fulfill its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experimental learning, and volunteer opportunities for all ages.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
One of the premier music festivals in the country returns to the Pike/Pine corridor this weekend, featuring performances from national acts as diverse as Major Lazer, Diplo, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, and more. What makes the festival special for many Seattleites, however, is the local talent on display – more than 50 acts performing at this year’s festival hail from the Emerald City.
The 3-day event happens this weekend, from Friday, July 20, to Sunday, July 22. For more information on all the local artists performing, visit the links below.
Deadkill (Neumos, 4:15 PM)
Kung Foo Grip (Vera Stage, 5:00 PM)
Alicia Amiri (Cha Cha Stage, 5:45 PM)
SPAC3MAN (Vera Stage, 6:00 PM)
Black Breath (Neumos, 6:30 PM)
Vox Mod (Cha Cha Stage, 6:45 PM)
Fly Moon Royalty (Vera Stage, 7:00 PM)
Colonies (Barboza, 7:30 PM)
Blood Red Dancers (Cha Cha Stage, 7:45 PM)
Crypts (Vera Stage, 7:45 PM)
Nouela (Barboza, 8:15 PM)
Allen Stone (Main Stage, 9:15 PM)
Eighteen Individual Eyes (Barboza, 9:30 PM)
Keyboard Kid (Vera Stage, 9:30 PM)
Constant Lovers (Cha Cha Stage, 9:45 PM)
Fresh Espresso (Neumos, 10:15 PM)
Blue Sky Black Death (Vera Stage, 10:45 PM)
Nacho Picasso (Vera Stage, 10:45 PM)
Nordic Soul (Neumos, 11:30 PM)
Stephanie (Vera Stage, 2:00 PM)
Nightmare Fortress (Neumos, 2:00 PM)
Absolute Monarchs (Main Stage, 2:15 PM, Barboza, 5:30 PM)
Pollens (Neumos, 3:00 PM)
Lemolo (Barboza, 3:30 PM, Vera Stage, 8:30 PM)
Silly Goose (Cha Cha Stage, 3:45 PM)
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (Neumos, 4:00 PM)
Beat Connection (Main Stage, 4:45 PM)
Hot Bodies in Motion (Vera Stage, 5:00 PM)
Slow Dance (Cha Cha Stage, 5:45 PM)
Tom Eddy (Vera Stage, 6:00 PM)
Pony Time (Cha Cha Stage, 6:45 PM)
Night Beats (Vera Stage, 7:15 PM)
Sandrider (Barboza, 7:30 PM)
Spaceneedles (Cha Cha Stage, 7:45 PM)
Western Haunts (Barboza, 9:00 PM)
Helms Alee (Cha Cha Stage, 9:45 PM)
Caspar Babypants (Neumos, 10:30 AM)
Freighms (Vera Stage, 2:00 PM)
FEET (Vera Stage, 3:00 PM)
Gold Leaves (Barboza, 3:30 PM, Vera Stage, 6:00 PM)
Kithkin (Vera Stage, 4:00 PM)
Crime Wave (Cha Cha Stage, 3:45 PM)
Mass Games (Cha Cha Stage, 4:45 PM)
Kris Orlowski (Vera Stage, 5:00 PM)
Haunted Horses (Cha Cha Stage, 5:45 PM)
Murmurs (Cha Cha Stage, 6:45 PM)
Skarp (Cha Cha Stage, 7:45 PM)
Dude York (Vera Stage, 8:20 PM)
Grand Archives (Barboza, 8:30 PM)
RA Scion (Barboza, 9:45 PM)
Don’t Talk to the Cops (Neumos, 12:25 AM)
Spring Classic Vol. 1
Spring Classic Vol. 2
If you watched Macklemore’s rousing performance at the Mariners’ opening day game, you may recall seeing members of Garfield High School’s drumline proudly backing the local rapper. School music programs need funding now more than ever, and the Spring Classic 2011 performances seek to benefit the drumline programs at Garfield High School, Washington Middle School, and Madrona K-8. On Saturday, April 30, you can catch Spring Classic Vol. 1 at the Crocodile with Big World Breaks featuring Black Stax, Xperience, Hi-Life Sound System, and DJ Miguel Rockwell. Spring Classic Vol. 2 will be held at the Vera Project with Big World Breaks featuring Massive Monkees, JusMoni, Turtle T, Vicious Puppies, Bulldog Horns, and the Garfield High School Drumline. Both performances will be hosted by Jerm of Helladope. Credit goes to One Family Inc., Reign City and The Town Entertainment for putting together the shows. Click the links above for times and ticket prices for both events.
Noise for the Needy
From June 7-12 you can support Real Change with one simple act: going to see a concert. This year’s Noise for the Needy (NFTN) music festival is spotlighting the newspaper aimed at empowering homeless individuals. Since 2004, NFTN has helped raise more than $100,000 for local non-profit organizations. Past beneficiaries include Teen Feed, New Beginnings, Urban Rest Stop, and Parent Trust of Washington. A variety of venues all over the city will host 21 shows over six days. Highlights include a dance party at Belltown’s Underground Events Center with Soft Metals, Ononos, and eight other bands, as well as an all-ages show at the Vera Project with Ramona Falls and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. For those wanting a more interactive experience, The Crescent Lounge will host Karaoke for the Needy on June 8 and donate a portion of the bar sales to NFTN. Tickets for all NFTN shows will go on sale the week of May 2. Interested in helping out? Visit the NFTN volunteer page for more information on how to get involved.
College Battle of the Bands
On Thursday, April 21, the Vera Project will play host to the Seattle leg of the 3rd Annual College Battle of the Bands. A total of 11 cities are participating in this musical competition, which is presented by Chegg.com, GRAMMY U, AT&T and SESAC. Like an older sibling to EMP’s wildly successful Sound Off! competition, 10 bands from around the Northwest are vying for three coveted spots on Thursday night’s bill. Genres range from the Top 40-inspired party hip-hop of Seattle University band U Crew to the edgy and infectious rock of University of Washington band (and Sound on the Sound favorite) Land of Pines. The artist with the most plays on the College Battle of the Bands’ Seattle website gets a guaranteed spot at the Vera Project show; the other two slots will be filled by judge selections. Winners will be showered with music gear and prizes from contest sponsors, in addition to securing an opening spot on Live Nation’s upcoming Textbooks & Tickets Tour. Bands that submit songs with a social justice theme are also eligible for a $5,000 grant furnished by the Elfenworks Foundation. Notable alumni of the College Battle of the Bands contest include Los Angeles indie rockers Local Natives and North Carolina-bred hip-hop artist Mike Posner. Keep an eye on the Vera Project’s website for tickets to what promises to be an awesome showcase of young talent. For a taste of what the evening will be like, the promo video below is a worthy introduction to Flula Borg, the event’s animated host.
Behold Seattleites: Just when you thought your Monday could not get any more glorious (gloriouser?), we bring you Champagne Champagne’s music video debut,“Tropical Trina.” Hop on the link above and feast your eyes on this animated masterpiece and remember that it’s not too early to get stoked for their Vera Project show on April 23.
The Vera Project
Seattle all-ages venue and center for artistic awesomeness is turning ten years old this month and wants your input. Voice your love of Vera on Facebook or Twitter and your comments could be seen at the tenth anniversary art gallery. The birthday bash will include a musical performance on January 30 with Street Eaters, forgetters and Mutiny Mutiny at 7:00pm. As an extra special birthday present consider becoming a volunteer for Vera events. Click the link above for more info on the tenth anniversary show and art gallery.
The Vera Project
The Vera Project, Seattle’s all-ages music space, is looking for a new intern. The Booking and Promotions Intern assists The Vera Project’s Booking Manager with all aspects of booking and promotions. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with an integral part of Vera’s programming operations. The booking and promotions assistant will distribute posters once a week for upcoming shows. They also will work on new and interesting ways of promoting and staying on top of the promotions that already put Vera in the public eye. Promoting shows is very important to Vera and will be an integral part of this position. Priority for this internship will go to someone 16 to 24 years of age. For more information, follow the link.
All-Ages Music Manualfesto
IN EVERY TOWN: an All-Ages Music Manualfesto is available for purchase. Collecting the knowledge and insights of organizers and activists from successful projects big and small, from inner cities to small towns, it’s 304 pages packed with practical advice and inspiration, covering everything from collective leadership models and booking advice, to tips on fundraising, finding the right space, and building community relationships. Written and compiled by Shannon Stewart, one of the founders of the Vera Project, this book stands as a how to guide for building an all-ages music organization and scene. Learn more about the book, including chapter previews at the link.
Vera Project’s week-long fundraiser, “A Drink For the Kids” is a series of nights at bars in which a portion of drink proceeds go to Vera Project, capped off by a set from Brite Futures (formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) at Neumos. Tonight, the drinking begins at West 5. Vera’s got all the details. To help fuel the excitement of the week, Nick Turner, co-director of Vera, spoke to Seattle Weekly about KEXP, vitaminwater, and why we won’t be drinking for the kids at Vera anytime soon. Check out the full interview at the link, and be sure to head over to Vera’s site for a full listing of the hosts of “A Drink For the Kids.”