Georgetown was festive Saturday, and with good reason: hometown music institution Sub Pop Records was turning 25.
“This is one of the five best jubilees I’ve ever been involved in,” said Matt Korvette, the singer of rock act Pissed Jeans, from the main stage. “You can take that to the bank.”
Under broad, sunny skies and busy viaducts, thousands of people came down to see dozens of the label’s bands perform for free. Local businesses rolled out the red carpet for the crowds, many offering “Silver Jubilee Specials.”
Sunglasses, cutoffs and go-cup beers were de riguer for the milling crowd, which ranged in age from college freshmen to middle-aged parents (and their stroller-ed children).
Likewise the lineup reflected not only the longevity of the Seattle musical institution’s output, but also the changing face of its roster.
The day began with newer acts like Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty, with the lineup progressing toward Sub Pop heritage acts like J Mascis and Mudhoney (who played the first-ever show from atop the Space Needle on Thursday to kick off the festivities).
As the sun started to dip in the sky, longtime indie rockers Built to Spill played a heartfelt set to a crowd-choked Airport Way South.
Photo gallery: Sub Pop Record’s Silver Jubilee music festival