Capitol Hill Block Party 2011
Our coverage of Capitol Hill Block Party 2011 started with a pre-festival live webcast and rolled through with photos, videos and reviews. Here's the complete collection:
The music was good -- mostly rock, with some hip-hop, dance and experimental styles mixed in -- and the party raged. The big story was the weather. People got sunburned and ran to the store for sunscreen. And by Monday morning, it was over. The sky was once again gray and rainy.
Hausu does something uncommon for a young Pacific Northwest pop rock bands these days -- practices guitar a lot. As the Reed College freshmen's large-hearted anthems bled openly in the mid-day sun, guitarists Ben Funkhouser and Alex Maguire harmonized chain mail armor around them, fingers flashing up and down their instruments' necks, notes glinting off each other.
A music festival is wasted if you don't listen to word of mouth and see something you hadn't planned to. That's why I dropped in on F-ed Up, the Toronto, Canada, hardcore punk band, eventually giving in to my friends' evangelism.
- Video of day one performances: Craft Spells, THEESatisfaction and "The Rolling Stones"
- Photos from day one at Capitol Hill Block Party
At 5 p.m. Friday, crowds were already streaming down Pine Street like a crusading army, heading for the gated nightlife area of the Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle's three-day summer bash of beer and bands. "It's the elusive sunny weekend," said Naomi Helblinger, hanging out with her friends outside the nightclub Neumos, by way of explaining the mass hypnosis that seems to overtake Seattleites for this event.
Brace yourself for the 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party, the yearly outdoor music festival and party-hardy heart attack that happens smack in the main artery of Seattle's unofficial live-music district: Pike Street in Capitol Hill. It's like Bumbershoot, but smaller and hipper, and less family-friendly. It happens Friday-Sunday, covering four stages on two full blocks, with more than 70 musicians.
- Capitol Hill Seattle Blog | Geek's guide to the 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party
- Archive | Photos, videos, tweets from last year's Block Party
Thurston Moore performs on the Main Stage on Friday. (Photo by Joel Hawksley/The Seattle Times) Click on the photo above for the pop-up photo gallery.