Sasquatch! is over, but the Capitol Hill Block Party (July 27 and 28) is coming up fast. We're right in the midst of festival season, kids, and things might get a little crazy.
The CHBP is still adding artists, but the lineup is already incredible, with Aesop Rock, Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, Blue Scholars, Blood Brothers, the Whore Moans, Grand Archives, Kane Hodder, Speaker Speaker, the Pharmacy, Siberian, and whole lot more (go to www.the-stranger.com/blockparty for the latest info).
And Bumbershoot is, of course, on the horizon, already boasting names like Wu-Tang Clan (ain't nuthin' to fuck wit), the Shins, and Panic! At the Disco (ew). But with all the big-name music fests battling it out for your attention (and cash, which rules everything around me), a newer little brother in the summer music fest scene might be escaping your radar: the Georgetown Music Fest.
Happening this weekend, June 2 and 3, the GMF has pulled together more than 40 local acts and thrown 'em on four different stages (located along 12th Street between Airport Way South and South Bailey Street). And like any good music festival, there will be beer gardens, plenty of food options, and, of course a lineup worthy of baking in the sun for.
On Saturday some of my personal picks (With Friends Like These, Hungry Pines, and Tiny Vipers) are playing at the 21+ areas, which is sad for the children, but there's still underage action to be had with Iceage Cobra (a fantastically raucous and garagey rock-n-roll band playing at 4 pm), Boat (the quirky, poppy They Might Be Giants–meets–Neutral Milk Hotel indie-rockers playing at 4:30 p.m.), and the Trucks, whom you can see on the main stage at 6:40 p.m. if you're into that pseudo-feminist sex kitten à la Peaches sort of thing, which I am not. Despite my dislike for the Trucks, though, it's an inarguable fact that the young ladies work their asses off to make sure everyone has a good time during their shows.
To cap off the evening, Voyager One and Earlimart go on at 7:20 and 8:00 p.m., respectively.
As for Sunday, Patient Patient (really tight, spacey indie rock) play the early slot at noon, and Capitol Basement hit the stage an hour later. They'll give you a good dose of the Seattle sound circa 1994—bluesy, deep rock tinged with some grunge. The Lonely Forest plays at 3:00 p.m. (I've gushed about them enough lately), and Idiot Pilot go on around 3:30 p.m. This is the first local show the electronic duo has played in quite some time, as they've been in L.A. recording their sophomore release with Ross Robinson (whose resumé includes Korn, the Cure, Glassjaw, and yes, Vanilla Ice). No release date has been announced for the new album, Wolves, but I'm sure it's safe to assume they'll be playing some new material during Sunday's set.
Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the gate, and a weekend pass is available for $25. Visit www.georgetownmusicfest.com for a complete schedule and more information. Don't forget to stay hydrated.