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July 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Capitol Hill Block Party 2013: Saturday highlights

Big Freedia, a "Bounce" rapper from New Orleans, performs at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Big Freedia, a “Bounce” rapper from New Orleans, performs at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle Saturday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Day two of CHBP 2013 is just about over, and all the tired party people are heading home to rest up for another day Sunday. But as they lay their heads down on their pillows, they’ll have some memories to savor from this sunny Saturday.

Some highlights of the day, from our live coverage:

Joseph Sutton-Holcomb wrote: “Big Freedia got her dance on, in spectacular fashion, and her backup dancers were top notch. And if the mainstage had a roof, Killer Mike and El-P would’ve torn it off in seconds.” (Follow Sutton-Holcomb on Twitter at @analogmelon)

Andrew Matson: “Suddenly on the mainstage at 2 p.m., due to a mysterious scheduling reconsideration, local narcotic-surf band (new term) La Luz was perfect. [They weren't scheduled to play until later.] Around the corner was Seattle rock quartet Chastity Belt, groaning elegantly and debuting contemplative yet swaggering new music.” (Follow Andrew Matson on Twitter at @AndrewMatson)

A-Trak played as the sun set on the mainstage, and Mike Ramos noted: “A-Trak’s mixing skills and song selection put [Friday's] Dillon Francis set to shame, but might not be wompy enough for EDM [electronic dance music] teens.” (Follow Ramos on Twitter at @RAMOS206)

Meanwhile, Trash Fire delivered a no-messing-around set of guitar-bass-drums rock ‘n’ roll at the Cha Cha Stage. And Naomi Punk made local bands look good with a hard, smart set at Vera Stage.

Purity Ring entranced listeners at the mainstage with an ethereal performance, and then Pickwick brought them home at the end of the night with songs that sounded even more-than-usually soulful, after a day heavy on electronica and hip-hop.

For a visual recap, check out today’s Seattle Times photo take — with a link to yet more CHBP photos — here.

Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday. See you there, then.

 

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