Lineup and Advice for the Capitol Hill Block Party This Weekend

On this year’s direction …

“I think this year covers a pretty broad spectrum of the stuff we’ve always worked with. Obviously Diplo would fall into the more electronic EDM category. Obviously, Run the Jewels are more hip-hop and certainly politically relevant, right now especially. And then Friday, like Lord Huron, or Saturday sorry, they cover more of that sort of folk category. We worked with all those bands, again, for years. I think we’ve been fairly consistent with our programming, over the years. Some years might lean a little more a certain way than others, but that’s not always by complete design. There’s a lot of variables.”

On booking the big bands …

“We have a wish list. We sort of put together bands that we’re really into, that we love, that we’d love to see come participate. I mean we’re talking to agents sometimes as early as now about next year. Just the way festivals have become such a key part of musicians’ income, you know, people are planning their festival stuff a year out …

On watching smaller bands evolve …

“I think we invest in bands from when they’re doing very small shows … Honestly 60-70 percent is local, regional artists that we work with, often for years, throughout their careers. And so get to kind of build together. It’s always exciting for us when we get to see bands go from that first show at Barboza to headlining Neumos to coming and playing the mainstage at the festival. And in cases like Odesza, headlining the festival.”

On bands he’s excited about …

“I mean Run the Jewels is a really exciting artist to have. Not only am I excited about their music, I’m excited about their politics. And I think it’s going to be a great show. Angel Olsen. I really loved that last record. And I’m really excited to see how this tour is and see how her band’s developed since we had her several years ago. Wolf Parade. A band that I’ve loved. I’m probably showing my age here but … that was a band that was relevant during the early parts of my career — midcareer, I guess, in the early 2000s. And they’re also Canadian so that’s awesome. So close to my heart there. I also really love Perfume Genius, some of the stuff that I’ve heard from his new record, I really dig. And Austra is also an artist that I have a long, I guess personal history … I really loved that first record and I remember seeing her at South by [Southwest] the year that came out.”

On advice for festivalgoers …

“Stay hydrated. Check out all the bars and restaurants that are there … And don’t bring a car.”

Lajeunesse makes some comparisons of his own …

“It’s kind of a stretch, but I think there’s some really amazing arena anthems.”

If you like … Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), try My Goodness

“I think there’s some parallels there.”

 

Syndicated from The Seattle Times. Featured photo source: Capitolhillseattle.com

Capitol Hill Block Party 2017 Survival Guide

Ready your pump-up playlist and finalize your stage-hopping itinerary, because Capitol Hill’s favorite neighborhood music festival returns from July 21 to 23! The 21st annual Capitol Hill Block Party will span 6 blocks, 5 stages, 3 days, and will feature sets from more than 100 artists.

Approaching the weekend with a plan of action is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. So round up your fellow festival-goers, dust off your dancing shoes, and prepare to take some notes!

Know before you go

First things first: if you don’t already have your ticket, purchase it now to get in on the action before potentially getting bumped with the dreaded “sold out” message. Ticket options include the following:

  • 3-day pass ($150 for general admission or $300 for VIP)
  • 2-day pass (select your preferred combination of days for $110)
  • Single day pass (select Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for $60)

Ticket acquired? Have it with you when gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Shows run all day and into late evening, and performance times vary by stage and artist. The Main Stage and Vera Stage, both located outdoors, are each open to all ages, while the Neumos, Barboza, and Cha Cha Stages are exclusively 21 and over. Though attendees are encouraged to explore a variety of shows and discover new favorites, for starters, let’s review some of the standout Main Stage headliners to guide you along as you decide which shows to attend:

Friday:

Thundercat | 6:30 – 7:15
You’ve got to see the bass guitar wizard live and in-person to understand just how deep the funk runs. Thundercat is currently touring in support of his third and latest album, “Drunk.”

Wolf Parade | 9:15 – 10:15
The early 2000s Canadian indie rockers are back in the game after a 5-year hiatus. Witness the reunion for yourself at the Main Stage.

Run the Jewels | 10:45 – midnight
El-P and Killer Mike are truly a duo to be reckoned with. Get pumped with some late-night hip-hop from the pair that has brought you three full-length albums and a gift like no other: “Meow the Jewels,” the fantastically feline remix.

Saturday:

Manatee Commune | 4:45 – 5:30
Bellingham’s own Grant Eadie has been killing the festival game this year, and continues the streak onward and upward from Sasquatch. If you’re not already familiar with his up-and-coming electronic-chillwave sounds, seize this opportunity.

Whitney | 6 – 7
Led by former Smith Westerns guitarist and Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer, Whitney’s debut “Light Upon the Lake” remains the perfect summer soundtrack.

Lord Huron | 10:30 – midnight
Upbeat indie folk meets the summer evening air on the Main Stage.

Sunday:

Cloud Nothings | 3:45 – 4:30
Post-punk noise pop sparks up an afternoon party atmosphere.

Angel Olsen | 8 – 9
Angel’s angelic chops make everything from her folksy singer-songwriter reflections to her crooner-rocker anthems a joy to experience from below the stage.

Diplo | 9:45 – 11
Close out a killer weekend with electronic beats from Diplo himself.

Don’t miss out on your personal must-see shows — check out the complete CHBP lineup and schedule.

Finally, get up to speed with these bite-sized vitals:

  • Restrooms: Other than limited capacity restrooms located at some indoor venues, be prepared to use a porta potty (and to stand in potential bathroom lines).
  • Pets: Leave them safe and sound at home.
  • Transportation: Avoid the inevitable parking nightmare — leave your personal car behind and carry change to hop a city bus, use a Car2Go to access the convenient onsite CHBP drop-off zone, call a Lyft or Uber (but be prepared for possible surge pricing), or just walk to the entrance points at 12th and Pike or 10th and Pine. Bikes will not be allowed on festival grounds.
  • Weather: The event will take place rain or shine. At the time of publication, the current projected Seattle weather forecast calls for temperatures in the low- to mid-70s, light winds, clouds with a 20% chance of rain on Friday, and sunshine with a 10% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Restricted items: Review the list of what you can and cannot bring into the festival (bags will be checked upon entry).

Enjoy yourself on festival weekend

Ensure you have the best time possible. Start with these five basic tips.

1. Stay hydrated

Should you become dehydrated, you’re gonna have a bad time. Dehydration is especially accelerated in the heat and sun, and since Block Party is a largely outdoor summer event, remaining hydrated is going to require some vigilance. While glass and full, unsealed bottles cannot be brought into the festival, bring an empty reusable water bottle (you can fill it inside the festival) or an unopened, safety-sealed water bottle (which you can also refill on festival grounds once you finish its contents… and recycle should you no longer need it). The key is to continue hydrating throughout the day and evening — especially if you plan on drinking (alcohol is dehydrating), dancing (dehydrating), or otherwise enjoying yourself (moral of the story: you’re gonna want to hydrate no matter what).

2. Don’t party on an empty stomach

Drinking on an empty stomach is not only unsafe — it’s also a nearly surefire way to end up with a hangover and hinder your Block Party experience (or worse, confine you to bedrest at home). Fortunately, you’ll find a wide variety of food (and drink) options within the festival grounds.

Start the day with a cold brew or other iced coffee drink at Caffe Vita or Capitol Coffee Works, grab some lunchtime tacos at Rancho Bravo or a hearty Caribbean Roast sandwich at Paseo, or cool off with a decadent scoop at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Alternately, browse the Food Truck Rally just north of Pike Street. Don’t wait until you’re already running on empty to seek out food — lines get long on CHBP weekend (especially during peak dining times).

Once you’re properly fueled and ready to party (age and valid ID permitting), just head to the beer garden or any of several bars within festival grounds (including the wacky Unicorn, popular Purr Cocktail Lounge, and many more).

3. Dress for comfort

While you’ll surely want to don your most stylish gear, make sure it stands up to the comfort test. Since you’ll likely be walking, standing, or dancing all day and into the night, start with a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes. Dress in summer-appropriate layers (just bring a small backpack so you don’t lose your favorite light sweater). If you have sensitive ears, make a discreet pair of earplugs an essential part of your ensemble.

4. Remember sun protection

Sunblock is a Block Party-approved item, so make sure to have your SPF 30 (or higher) in your bag all weekend. Re-apply all over every two hours at minimum. Boost your sun protection to the next level with your favorite stylish hat.

5. Stay safe

Above all, having fun is about staying safe. Though security staff will be stationed onsite for crowd control, it’s always wise to remain aware of your surroundings, especially at a packed event like Block Party. Grab a festival map so you know your way around (including where the nearest exits and entrances are located), make sure your phone is fully charged to keep in touch with your group, and if you’re not familiar with this area of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, use the buddy system in case you become separated. As always, if you experience or witness an emergency, call 911.

Happy Block Party, Capitol Hill!

Featured image courtesy of The Capitol Hill Block Party via Facebook

Redhook Brewlab to Open on Cap Hill in August

By Megan Hill

Redhook Brewing will mark a return to its Seattle roots with the grand opening of its Capitol Hill brewpub, the Redhook Brewlab, on August 17. The company was born in 1981 in a former Ballard transmission shop before departing for Woodinville in 1994.

Redhook left Woodinville earlier this year when its parent company, Craft Brew Alliance, decided it no longer needed to hold onto the Woodinville brewery, which was running at only 30-percent capacity.

Brewer Nick Crandall is looking to shake up the traditional Redhook lineup, adding 16 rotating, small-batch beers like the cloudy Bicoastal IPA, a raspberry saison, tangerine IPA, and more. The aim is to brew more than 100 different small-batch beers every year, a goal that will be enabled by a state-of-the-art eight-barrel brewing system, a smallish setup in line with that of many modern craft brewers.

Also among the beers to look forward to are selections from the brewery’s new Washington Native series, which will craft IPAs with ingredients sourced from Washington.

“Redhook was built on experimentation and taking risks back in the early 80s,” Crandall said in a press release. “Redhook Brewlab will allow us to experiment and test brewing boundaries, as well as get feedback directly from our guests. We’ll see what works and what might not. Ultimately, the next generation of Redhook’s core and seasonal beers will be born at Brewlab.”

The Brewlab is also planning to host live music events, and pub-goers will be serenaded by Crandall’s selection of vinyl. The space will be large, able to accommodate some 200 people, and there’s promises of a patio for nice-weather days. There will be food, too: Chef Adam Stevens is crafting a menu centered around a stone-hearth oven.

“I’d describe the menu concept as unabashedly good bar food, the kind of food we like to eat while drinking great beer,” Stevens said. “Our stone-hearth oven, the seasons, and local ingredients will dictate the menu, which will rotate throughout the year. In this way, the food aligns with our beers — we won’t limit ourselves, we’ll be experimental, and we’ll always be having fun.”

The long-delayed project, originally announced in December 2015, was scheduled to open in fall of 2016, but construction got a late start due to permitting issues. Now the project in the Pike Motorworks building at 714 E. Pike Street is finally wrapping up. To celebrate, Redhook and KEXP are throwing a party on August 17, with live music and one-off collaboration beers.

Syndicated from Eater Seattle.