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July 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Macklemore’s video shoot on Capitol Hill

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shoot a music video on Broadway and Olive Way in Seattle. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shoot a music video on Broadway and Olive Way in Seattle on Wednesday night. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: 12:34 a.m. | Macklemore, wearing a blue 96 Kennedy jersey (a nod to Cortez Kennedy, the former defensive tackle who played his whole career with the Seahawks), finally materialized on the roof of Dick’s at 11:36 p.m. After waving to the crowd from both sides of the roof, Macklemore prowled across it taking video of the crowd with his phone.
After that, the evening was pretty much like any video shoot. Short snippets of action. Macklemore and a small entourage that included trumpet player Owuor Arunga waving their drums and lip-synching to bits of ‘White Walls.”

By midnight the Capitol Hill crowd had dwindled to a few hundred. The street was littered with empty bottles and cans. The shoot wore on.

UPDATE: 11:54 p.m. | Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken to the roof — as promised. That’s right — the ceiling couldn’t hold them.

UPDATE: 10:48 p.m. | They really are here. In a classic blue-and-white car, led by a camera on a truck, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis went back and forth on Broadway, just north of John Street. They took turns leaning out of the windows and lip-synching for the video. Strange to watch because you can’t hear the song. Another half-hour delay was just announced. And we wait…

UPDATE: 9:59 p.m. | The unexpected crowd in the street has set the schedule back an hour and a half so far. Macklemore is still not here. He was to arrive in a Cadillac, jump out, climb to the roof and play for a crowd that swarms the building. That was the plan.

Thousands of fans congregate at Dick's Drive-In on Broadway in Capitol Hill with the hope of catching a view of Seattle musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Online rumors speculate the hip-hop artists are planning to create a music video at the iconic Seattle hamburger venue. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Thousands of fans congregate at Dick’s Drive-In on Broadway in Capitol Hill with the hope of catching a view of Seattle musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Ryan Lewis makes an early appearance behind Dick's Drive-In on Capitol Hill before a music-video shoot Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Ryan Lewis makes an early appearance behind Dick’s Drive-In on Capitol Hill before a music-video shoot Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. | The song Macklemore will be shooting a video for tonight is “White Walls”— an ode to his Cadillac, says Seattle singer Mary Lambert.

Lambert, who was featured in Macklemore’s hit song, “Same Love,” is on Capitol Hill as one of 150 extras behind the roped-off area at Dick’s Drive-In. She said police have been pushing back the more than 2,000 fans that have crowded Broadway to make way for a Cadillac that will be in the shoot.

She said Macklemore’s been all over the place and is glad he’s finally back in Seattle for a night thousands in the streets and on nearby rooftops will remember for a long time.

“He’s the hardest-working man I know,” Lambert said. “He’s just on a crazy schedule, you know.”

A man who shouted from the Dick’s rooftop asking that the crowd move back promised the video would contain shots panning the masses surrounding the drive-in.

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m. | “We’re used to crowds,” said Fawn Spady, daughter in-law of Dick’s Drive-In founder Dick Spady. She was standing in the parking lot next to the Dick’s on Broadway, where by 6 p.m., more than 1,000 people had gathered in anticipation of seeing their hometown hero, Macklemore.

Rumors had been flying all day on twitter, Facebook and the radio, that the Seattle rapper would be shooting a new video on the low, flat roof of the restaurant.

It turned out the rumors were true. By 6:15 p.m., Broadway had been barricaded by police and a dozen officers on bicycles lined the sidewalk in front of Dick’s.

To the side of the restaurant, a  long sleek Fleetwood tour bus was soon joined by a video truck, which began to disgorge generators to power what Fawn Spady said would be a late-night shoot.

“He’s becoming an iconic Seattle star,” said Spady of the rapper, whose tracks, “Same Love,” Thrift Shop,” and “Can’t Hold Us,” have made him internationally famous. “They asked us to do this and we said OK. He does a lot of shout-outs to iconic Seattle locations… I said, ‘Why shouldn’t we be  part of that?’”

As the crowd spilled out to the street, and around the small one-story building, nearly 100 people lined up for hamburgers while they waited. In line were two brothers from Newcastle, who had driven up to Seattle when they heard — surprisingly, by word-of-mouth rather than the on Internet — that Macklemore would be in town. They sang the rapper’s praises.

“I really like when he talks about life,” said Nick Nagel, 17, who attends Hazen High School. “It’s not a charade.”

His brother Nathan, 15, agreed. “He’s not afraid to talk about unpopular subjects,” said Nathan.

Seattle fans love that Macklemore sings about his hometown.

“He respects the city and doesn’t forget where he comes from, which I think is important, especially when you make it big,” said Talia Etsekson, 18, home for the summer after her first year at NYU.

UPDATE: 6:40 p.m. | Fawn Spady, of the Dick’s Drive-In family, says the Macklemore video will be shot on the roof of the Broadway restaurant between 8 and 10 p.m.

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. | King County Metro bus routes 49 and 60 will detour on Capitol Hill to avoid a Macklemore video shoot tonight at Dick’s Drive-in.

A Metro service advisory announced an “event reroute,” from 8  to 11 p.m., saying the street would be closed, though Metro spokesperson did not confirm the Macklemore shoot. Buses will be using 12th Avenue to avoid Broadway between East John Street and East Pine Street, and miss a few Broadway stops.

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. | Ryan Lewis has arrived at  Dick’s Drive-In on Capitol Hill as a large crowd begins to gather in anticipation of a video shoot by Lewis and hip-hop artist Macklemore.

EARLIER: Yes, those rumors that have been careening through the Twitterverse like electrons in a cloud chamber are true. Seattle rapper Macklemore is indeed shooting a video in Seattle Wednesday night. Or so we hear from someone who was invited to be in the video tonight but couldn’t make it, though queries to management and public relations have gone unanswered and unconfirmed.

The location appears to be Dick’s on Capitol Hill (115 Broadway E., in case you just moved here), a Seattle hip hop landmark, thanks to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Posse on Broadway.” The time is a little more slippery. But most bets are on 8 p.m.

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