Brian Echon

This weekend would be a great time to get cozy with Capitol Hill's Cairo, a gallery and all-ages show space with an appreciation for all things DIY. On Friday, August 27, three local labels (GGNZLA, Highfives and Handshakes, and Don't Stop Believin' Records) are hosting a barbecue, label sale, and showcase, where their entire catalogs will be on sale (T-shirts, records, tapes, whatever else they can pull from the massive mountain of merchandise filling up their storage spaces and/or living rooms), while bands representing each label's roster perform live. It'd be really great if sumo wrestling suits were involved, but I think it's more a celebration of local music than a competition.

On the bill is Strong Killings (representing team Don't Stop Believin'), Christmas (from Highfives...), and the skivvy-flaunting PartMan PartHorse (at bat for GGNZLA).

I've heard exactly one song by Christmas, but it has two great things going for it: One, it's called "Pies" and pie is delicious; two, it was produced and engineered by K Records artist Arrington De Dionyso. It's a surfy, psychedelic noise experiment, and so far as I can tell it has nothing to do with pie. But it's intriguing enough to convince me that their sonic freak-outs will be interesting to watch (and if wrestling does come into play, they might be scrappy enough to win).

On Sunday, August 29, another music festival hits Cairo: Carousel Fest. Carousel Fest is a three-day event at various low-key venues throughout the city—Black Lodge, the Greenhouse, the Josephine, the new Hollow Earth Radio Space—and it features dozens of local artists. Cairo's lineup includes not only a short film festival (3:10–4:10 pm), but also sets by Kids and Animals and Butts, the newish project featuring Rachel Ratner of PartMan PartHorse and Shannon Perry of Katharine Hepburn's Voice. More about Carousel at www.myspace.com/carouselfestival.

Viva la Cairo!

Recommended All-Ages Shows

Fri Aug 27: PartMan PartHorse, Christmas, Strong Killings at Cairo, barbecue starts at 4 pm, music starts at 8 pm, $5.

Sun Aug 29: Carousel Fest with Butts, Grave Babies, Kids and Animals, Secret Colors, and more at Cairo, 1 pm, $5–$7.

Sun Aug 29: Carousel Fest with Ravenna Woods, Constant Lovers, Carson McWhirter, Cold Lake, and more at Black Lodge, 7 pm, $5–$7.