The folks at the Capitol Hill Block Party were gracious enough to give me a VIP press pass (read: maybe free cheese and crackers, definitely unlimited Jameson), so I’ll be able to report and experience this beautiful festival, all in your favorite hyper-gentrified neighborhood. I’ll have the privilege to push through sweaty swarms of bros to capture the Block Party’s most intimate moments. For those of you who will be there, I’ll be wearing an obnoxious white Adidas t-shirt if you want me to snap pictures of you and your friends being belligerent in the pit.
So let’s get to it: this weekend I’ll be sharing our favorite picks at the Times, and a few of my personal favorites* as well. Here’s where I’ll be Friday:
Lemolo | 4:00 pm @ The Vera Stage
Seattle’s dream pop duo Lemolo took off a few years back when vocalist Meagan Grandall collaborated with drummer Kendra Cox in Seattle University’s “Battle of the Bands,” competition, continuing on to play dozens of shows throughout the greater Seattle area and Western Washington, as well as being featured in reviews and interviews for local radio station KEXP. In the midst of working on her sophomore album, Grandall is now working with new drummer Emily Westman to produce the atmospheric, upbeat pop sounds coupled with vibrant, colorful percussion she’s made a name with.
Why I’ll be there: Because I spend most of my time listening to music with dark and/or aggressive energy, and Lemolo will surely start off the festival right (and hopefully convince the sun to come out). Check out our interview with Lemolo HERE.
The James Apollo Five | 4:30 pm @ Barboza
The James Apollo Five are a folk/indie rock band led by singer and composer James Apollo (duh). We got the chance to interview him yesterday, which you can find right below.
Why I’ll be there: ‘Cause I’m just trying to chill out to some folk music until Ferg comes on, man.
A$AP Ferg | 6:30 pm @ The Main Stage*
A$AP Ferg (name: Darold Ferguson Jr., now you know where the “Ferg” came from) is a rap/trap artist hailing from Harlem, New York. He is a member of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, which includes Sunday’s headlining performer A$AP Rocky, and delivers a hard-hitting and ominous trap style incredibly well. His biggest hit single, “Shabba,” was named after Jamaican dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, recapturing what it means to “get jiggy” and even self-proclaimed himself in a Pitchfork interview as “the modern day Shabba Ranks.” So get yourself over to the main stage tonight and see if he lives up to the title.
Why I’ll be there: Ferg is one of the main reasons I’m at this gig. Folk and alternative is cool and all but I’m tryin’ to get wild.
Ayron Jones & The Way | 12:45 am @ Neumos Stage
Ayron Jones & The Way is led by Seattle singer-songwriter Ayron Jones (duh), a local up-and-comer who combines what’s been frequently described as “Urban Rock,” or a combination of blues, hip-hop, and punk energies, while still maintaining a Seattle sound.
Why I’ll be there: I’ve genuinely heard good things about this band. I’m excited to hear something a little more creative and out of the ordinary as the night winds down. You can find our interview with Ayron Jones HERE.