Plugged In: City Arts Festival

 What’s in your cup? When do you try your luck?

Get ready for another year of Heineken City Arts Festival. Put on your scarf and boots for this one. The festival takes place just as the temperature drops. You can catch the shows scattered around town at venues like Neumos, Fred Wildlife Refuge, Culture Club, The 5th Avenue Theater, The Triple Door, and more. The schedule also includes secret shows, art showcases, and special happy hours. Feeling lucky? Grab a warm drink and your pass and choose your own adventure.

All artist bios/stories can be found on the festival website. So, we skipped the usual topics and moved onto the fun stuff.

Joshua Radin

You’ve heard his music in films and commercials and on TV shows such as Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, and American Idol. The international chart topping artist plays with A Fine Frenzy on Thursday at the Moore Theater. Show starts at 7PM.

What’s in your cup? English Breakfast in the morning. Whiskey in the evening.

When do you try your luck? Always.


We’ve seen a lot of the dream-pop duo this year as they play the local festival circuit, from Capitol Hill Block Party to Music Fest NW in Portland. Named one of the “Best New Seattle Bands” by Seattle Magazine, the girls are becoming that sound that Seattleites love sharing with others.

Lemolo plays Thursday at The Triple Door along with Slang! Show starts at 6:30PM.

What’s in your cup? I’ve most likely got two shots of espresso with a little cream from Cafe Vita.

When do you try your luck? Late at night, throwing dice, in alleyways and back bars.

Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band

The indie rock quartet is back! After two full-length albums, hundreds of shows played across North America, and a break from the world, they released the Prehistory EP in June. Fans who loved their first release may find something they like in this year’s EP. If not, that might be okay too for the band that prides itself on reinventing itself.

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band plays Wednesday at Barboza with special guests: Pollens, The Syntony, and Western Haunts. Show starts at 7PM.

What’s in your cup? Hot chocolate with whipped cream (Benjamin of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band).

When do you try your luck? Generally about 10PM, but sometimes as late as 2AM (Benjamin of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band).

Keyboard Kid

Along with DJ Darwin, the local producer will warm up the stage for Friday’s Showbox SoDo headliner, Ghostland Observatory. Show starts at 7PM and also includes Gold Fields and Sports.

Keyboard Kid built his name on “cloud rap” landing collaborations with artist over the internet. But we’ve seen a lot of him in real life lately. Surely, a good sign.

What’s in your cup? Depends.. peach Ciroc and lemonade… might be leanin’… maybe water.

When do you try your luck? I would have to say always try your luck. Can’t win if you don’t gamble.

City Arts Festival |October 17-20 |Click here for tickets