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Capitol Hill Block Party 2011: lineup, thoughts
Posted by Andrew Matson
Photo by Seattle Times, from last year's extensive and lovingly packaged live/mobile CHBP coverage
The 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party — Seattle's in-the-streets music festival, aka Bumbershoot edited for hipness — happens July 22 - 24. Tickets go on sale May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at capitolhillblockparty.com.
The lineup is below, with more announcements to come.
Local bands are bolded, counting the whole Pacific Northwest as local. If I missed some, please let me know in the comments and I'll make changes. I've starred bands I'm personally excited to see.
My general impression of the lineup: weak headliners, excellent middle tier and local acts. Selections in some cases appear to reflect what booking agencies are pushing this summer, and some are managed by companies that Block Party organizers have a stake in. But mostly we are looking at a very strong lineup of regional talent.
Luckily for Capitol Hill Block Party, the scene in/around Seattle is cracking these days, and musicians really do see playing the festival as a big deal, a rite of passage, something that matters. That all works to the CHBP goer's benefit, especially those interested in music, and not just the amorphous "festival experience."
And to clear up an inevitable confusion: "The Rolling Stones" is a Seattle Rolling Stones cover band featuring members of Truckasauras, Flexions, Blood Brothers/Past Lives and Whalebones.
TV ON THE RADIO
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
THE CAVE SINGERS*
RA RA RIOT*
LES SAVY FAV*
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS*
THE FRESH AND ONLYS*
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA*
DON'T TALK TO THE COPS*
THOMAS WRIGHT TRIO
THE FIRST TIMES
HE WHOSE OX IS GORED*
LAND OF PINES
THE FIRST TIMES
"THE ROLLING STONES"*
YUNI IN TAXCO
FOUR COLOR ZACK
DJ SEAN CEE
Dec 31 - 6:30 AM Premiere: 'Seattle Party' by Chastity Belt
Dec 31 - 6:00 AM 'Stop Biting' night at Lo-Fi now an album, mini doc
Dec 29 - 11:52 AM Were you there? 'The Rolling Stones' and Shabazz/THEESat
Dec 28 - 6:00 AM Top 40 of 2012, Seattle and beyond
Dec 27 - 6:00 AM Shabazz / THEESat: a history of high-concept Seattle shows