Capitol Hill Block Party has announced additions to the 2012 lineup — plus other changes that may alter the face of the annual music festival.
Headliners announced in April included Neko Case, Diplo and Fitz and the Tantrums (complete initial list here). New names released today: Allen Stone, Beat Connection, Don’t Talk to the Cops, The Briefs, Gold Leaves, Grand Archives, Western Haunts, Battleme, Reignwolf, Imaginary Cities, Nouela, Ava Luna, Keyboard Kid, Spac3man, Helms Alee, Lesbians, Constant Lovers, Haunted Horses and Alicia Amiri.
Other CHBP news: The three-day festival is expanding beyond music with the addition of visual arts programming and a short-film contest. Sunday-morning family programming is also in the works, with free ice cream, lemonade and double-dutch — plus a performance by Caspar Babypants.
Behind the scenes, longtime Capitol Hill Block Party organizers David Meinert and Marcus Charles are handing over the reigns to Jason Lajeunesse. A part owner of Neumos, Moe Bar, Big Mario’s Pizza, Barboza and Pike Street Fish Fry, Lajeunesse is the former programming director of CHBP.
The festival runs July 20-22 on and around 10th Avenue and Pike Street. Ticket info is here.
(CHBP 2011 photo by Joel Hawksley.)