Cultivora's 5 Top Picks for Capitol Hill Block Party
Photo: Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 via the Festival's Facebook
Seattle, Washington -- The Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off this Friday, so now is a good time to get your schedule in order. Now in its 17th year, Block Party has grown from a small neighborhood get together into a full on, three-day festival. What sets this fest apart is the community and location. Block Party only occupies about 3 blocks of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which makes for a lot of close contact with other festivalgoers, but also keeps the action right in the heart of Capitol Hill's most musical area. The grounds encompass six stages, along with dozens of bars, restaurants, and stores. While it may be a bit cramped, you'll experience the best aspects of the Seattle music scene, all in one festival.
Photo: La Luz 2013 by Kelly O
I first heard of La Luz a few months ago when they opened for The Thermals. Since then I haven't been able to get enough of them. Their surf-influenced pop sound is catchy and mesmerizing; the perfect summertime soundtrack. Mixed with their riot grrrl-esque, DIY sensibilities, these four ladies bring something new to the table, which is definitely worth a listen, or 900.
La Luz plays Saturday, July 27 at 2:15pm on the Main Stage.
Pure Bathing Culture
Photo: Pure Bathing Culture by Parker Fitzgerald
The soothing tunes of Portland's Pure Bathing Culture are the perfect way to end the festival on a Sunday night. Etherial, melodic tunes flow perfectly with Sarah Versprille's haunting, delicate vocals. Scout out a seat in Neumos upper level, grab a drink, and let the beautiful lullaby take you away.
Pure Bathing Culture plays Sunday, July 28 at 10pm on the Neumos Stage.
Fly Moon Royalty
Photo: Fly Moon Royalty by Janae Jones
This Seattle duo is on a steady up swing in the local music scene. Combining jazz, hip-hop, funk, and electronic elements, topped off with smooth vocals by Adra Boo, this combo is one you should definitely catch at Block Party. Grab your friends and boogie down to these upbeat, soulful tunes.
Fly Moon Royalty plays Friday, July 16 at 5:45pm on the Neumos Stage.
Photo: Katie Crutchfield by Ryan Russell
Katie Crutchfield is the sole force behind Waxahatchee, and a powerful one at that. Her singer-songwriter style harks back to similar female performers of the 90's, but with a little extra kick.
Waxahatchee plays on Friday, July 26 at 7pm on the Vera Stage.
Run The Jewels
Photo: El-P and Killer Mike at Sasquatch! 2013 by Kelsey Stoulil
My excitment for this collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike has been growing ever since their outstanding performance at Sasquatch!. They released their debut album for free on Fool's Gold in late June, causing quite the buzz around their summer tour. Catchy beats and hard-hitting lyrics fuel this duo, and they don't seem to be running out of steam any time soon.
Run The Jewels play Saturday, July 27 at 6pm on the Main Stage.
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