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.

This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day!

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This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day! For one day only, temporary mini parks pop up throughout the city for Seattleites to turn on-street parking spaces into public places. The pseudo-parks offer a variety of public enjoyment from live music, coffee & lemonade stands, visual and interactive art initiatives. Seattle’s PARK(ing) day is a part of a larger,  international awareness program that hope to remind people how to repurpose our streets to create a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.

This is the biggest year yet for the event, as over 50 pop-up parks are slated to spout up across Seattle. With extended hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm, you’ll have all day to go check out how your favorite neighborhoods are using their spaces to give back to the city.

Click here to find out where the pop-up parks are in your neighborhood!

Below are the parks happening in Capitol Hill! Check them out!

Zipcar Capitol Hill 504 E Denny Way Zipcar will provide a peaceful, zen-centered space with guided yoga, icy beverages, and chill-out space for everyone.
Samantha Fisher Capitol Hill 500 E Pike St Like a regular lemonade stand, but on the moon! Features space-themed food and drink.
Sustainable Capitol Hill Capitol Hill 414 E Pine St 8 tools will be selected for the Tool Championship Finals. Watch them face off each hour. Only one tool will be victorious! Plus bike cleaning/maintenance and juggling.
The West Studio Central District 847 Hiawatha Place S Themed adventure nature play for kids to build and explore with natural materials such as bamboo and water. Accessible ramp provided so everyone can join in on the fun.

HEADS UP: SDOT Plans Installation of DYNAMIC MESSAGE BOARD

Heads Up!

On the corner of 24th Ave East and East Galer, the SDOT wants to install a dynamic message board, similar to the giant ones seen on highways.

It’s unclear what information they plan to share on the board,  maybe, tell people about traffic on Montlake?  Nonetheless, it will be big, ugly and out of character for our neighborhood.  You can see photos at the facebook page below.

We are urging neighbors to write to SDOT and the city council.

You can join the FACEBOOK group No DMS on 24th at this link or email nodmson24th@outlook.com if you have any questions, thoughts or insights.

3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, May 29th – May 31st

10924228_824020597690690_2799304422795667153_oThis weekend the 3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, takes place from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st. This food bonanza and street festival takes place in Capitol Hill and will be the mecca of all things Greek.

From souvlaki to baklava, you will find the most authentic and delicious Greek cuisine around. They will also have music and dancing too! You don’t want to miss this… or else you might be saying “Opa!”

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
1804 13th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, May 29th 4 -10 pm
Saturday, May 30th 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, May 31st Noon – 6 pm

Skate at Cal Anderson Park

Are you looking for a fun, winter activity for the whole family to enjoy this season?  If so, Capitol Hill is where you need to be.  The 1st Annual Ice Rink is now open in Cal Anderson Park, and ready for skaters.  The synthetic ice rink is 50 x 80 feet and located above the basketball court.   Skaters will enjoy holiday décor and music, as well as food and refreshments from local vendors.  The rink is open from 11 am to 10 pm every day, now until December 24th.  Adult admission will set you back $12.00, and only $6.00 for kids 8 years and younger.  For more information, please visit the official Ice Rink website.  Happy skating!!

Christmas Ship To Visit Madison Park

It’s that magical time of year again in the Northwest and what better way to bring in the holiday season than the 62nd annual Christmas Ship Festival from Argosy Cruises.  The festival features the ever popular Christmas Ship decked out with décor, filled with music and brimming with holiday spirit.  The Christmas Ship sets sail on 25 nights this season and stops at many Puget Sound waterfront locations.  If you live in Capitol Hill, see the ship on Saturday, December 17th when it’s at Madison Park on the shores of Lake Washington.  The ship will be there between 4:55 and 5:15 pm. Onboard the Christmas Ship, riders can enjoy chorus performances from The Dickens Carolers and a visit from Santa Clause.  You can also ride on one of the dinner cruise boats which trail behind the Christmas Ship.  On the dinner boat, riders can experience all the sights and sounds of the night.  If you didn’t spring for a ticket this year, don’t worry because Madison Park is a great place to simply watch the ceremony and see the ship with your family.  If you live in Capitol Hill or nearby neighborhoods, make sure to stop by. If you would like to purchase tickets for a Christmas Ship cruise, see a full schedule of events or to find more information, please see the website.  Ticket proceeds will benefit the Seattle Times Fund for The Needy.  Happy Holidays!

Tunnel Boring in Capitol Hill Causes Mess on the Street

The Capitol Hill tunnel boring project is making quite a mess on the streets above, in the form of grey sludge.  A manhole created for soil sampling on Boylston Ave and E. Pike St. spewed soil and soapy water onto the streets and on cars yesterday, leaving a grayish film on the surroundings.  The mixture is used to soften clay soil for the drill.  Those who ended up with dirty cars have been provided vouchers for car washes.  For more info, see the full article here.

City Proposes New Parking Payment Plan

Do you hate standing in the rain at a slow meter paying for parking?  I do too, but the City of Seattle has proposed a new system for the process involving, of course, a cell phone.   As part of the new 2012 budget, the city is proposing a Pay-by-cell plan which will allow for payment through cell phones.  Users will enter time and payment info and be alerted when their time is near expiration.  At that point, you can extend your time without going back to the meter and/or car.  I think this is a great idea (avoid the rain, avoid ditching a lunch date), but some officials feel this will result in less revenue for the city.  The system could lower parking violation fines which typically bring in a big chunk of change.  Pay-by-cell could begin as early as next year.  For more info, please see the full article from Seattle Pi.