When you live in a city that issues a heat advisory at 90 degrees—a mid-August temp considered normal in most other places in the country—you know people can't take the heat. Now in its second year, Cairo's Vibrations Festival, like the multipurpose arts space itself, is nothing but chill. Building on the success of the EXPO series of microfestivals, one of Cairo's curators, Ian Judd, created Seattle's best free summer festival. This year, nine acts will take the stage at Volunteer Park's amphitheater, mostly within the Cairo-friendly niches of art pop, garage rock, and ambient/electronic music. The fest also touts readings on the lawn (with authors TBA), DJs from KEXP, Second Sight, and Hardly Art, and video/art installations from I Want You (formerly Dumb Eyes) and Max & Graham.
Whatever you do, don't miss Erik Blood, the local musician/producer currently riding the hype-wave on Touch Screens, his second full-length as a solo artist, released earlier this month. The album is wildly cross-genre, but its carnally crafted pop remains constant: "Today's Lover" is disco-soul lacquered in filth ("I can't just see it, I have to feel it"), while the shoegazey pop of "Share Your Love" sounds like it should be on My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything, or even their earlier jangle-gaze EPs. If his live show rekindles anywhere near as much raw energy, you should have no problem "feeling it." Watch out for the collaborative set from Portland psytrance act White Rainbow and local hiphop producer OC Notes, which might take you to the astral plane if you're not careful. Vibrations also sheds light on Seattle garage talent, with the psychedelic disaster whirl of Night Beats and the noise-pop effervescence of Detective Agency. So if you want to flaunt your prism peacock back piece, pyramid-shaped jewels, or "seapunk" coif—or if you just want to "feel it"—the heat is at Volunteer Park this Saturday, all day. Bonus: FREE POPSICLES! Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 2–10 pm, free.