Music Madness: Capitol Hill Block Party

Come check out the best of the Northwest this weekend on the Hill.

The Capitol Hill Block party showcases 100+ of the best local artists around the NW, National artists, and DJs on six stages over three days every summer in Seattle’s musically stimulated South Capitol Hill. CHBP has a way of cherry picking an array of local artists before they make it big,  like Allen Stone and the Head and the Heart, and I have a feeling this year’s line up will not disappoint. I wrote about garage band turned poppy R&B boys Pickwick back in January, and if you missed them at the Showbox, you won’t want to miss out on their funky performance this Saturday.

Other artists of note this year include hip hop mashing guru A Trak, and don’t miss the Dirty Projectors at Neumos on Sunday. This year festival organizers has upgraded their sound system to hopefully control the bass thumping throughout the neighborhood (we’ll believe that when we hear it). In years past, the main stage only had one speaker tower on either side of the stage, and this year there will be a tower near Neumos to evenly distribute the sound. There will also be a three camera stand on the mainstage with a projector screen broadcasting the performances on the back of the stage, as well as the festival schedule- oh and did I mention they expanded the beer gardens?

Friday: Girl Talk

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After his release of Feed the Animals, things took off for the famed sample-obsessed energetic DJ. Gregg Gillis celebrates 10 years as Girl Talk, now on his 5th album, many argue to be his best of heavily and eloquently layered mixes. He’s played at Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lalapalooza, and Sasquatch, and if you’re looking for some awesome house party music, he never fails to deliver an epic performance time and again.

Saturday: Pickwick


Local artist Pickwick not to be missed at CHBP, their popularity surged around Seattle this year, and we have an inkling they’re right on the cusp of something extraordinary, as they embark on their first headlining US tour. They recently experimented with recording a 1/2 inch tape on an 8 track purposefully to capture the surrounding sounds, which resulted in a unique sound, much different than anything they’d produced before. Check out Can’t Talk Medicine available on itunes.

Sunday: Flaming Lips

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You can’t help but love an Oklahoma City  psychedelic rock band who occasionally brings a huge blow up vagina with them on tour. They’ve been rocking out since the early 80’s, and after signing with Warner Brothers in 1993 came out with their first (and really only) US hit single She Don’t Use Jelly. Internationally they’ve gained a strong following over the years, and after three Grammys, a remake of the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon, and countless venues and stages later they’ve landed in Seattle as CHBP headliners this year, we hope they really test the limits of the newly updated sound system.

Tickets: 3 day passes sold out, single day tickets on sale now $40 here

Capitol Hill Block Party | Friday July 26th- Sunday July 28th |East Pike Street & 12th Ave