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Category: Festivals
July 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Watershed weekend

Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum (pictured) and Jake Owen roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre this weekend for the Watershed Festival. Now in its third year, the country-music shindig has been sold-out for weeks on the strength of a solid lineup that includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Billy Currington, plus locals like “The Voice” contestant Austin…

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July 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charles Bradley leads dance party to end Timber! Fest

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley hugged me. Wading into a sea of  ecstatic revelers Saturday night at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival as the final strains of “Why Is It So Hard” played, Bradley cast his arms open wide, pulled me into an enormous bear hug and whispered his sincerest thanks for coming to watch him play. I stood there, as more people pushed to get their moment with Bradley, stunned. I have experienced very few things in my 20 or so years of attending concerts that have given me real pause, but that indelible moment of gratitude from an artist who had just spent over an hour killing himself on stage is something I will carry with me long after I’ve stopped writing about music. It was exactly the sort of moment that organizer Kevin Sur had hoped for when he booked Bradley, whom he called the most gracious performer he’d ever seen.

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July 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Sights and sounds from Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

It was a beautiful weekend for Capitol Hill Block Party. But alas, all things must end. Our writer Mike Ramos (@Ram0s206) was there to catch all the hits and misses from the weekend. And photographer Maddie Meyer took in the sights. Reminisce, or see what you missed, with this collection of posts from Twitter…

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July 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

8 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc'antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday. Slayton was celebrating her 21st birthday. The three-day annual music and arts festival hosts nationally known and local bands across six stages. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc’antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

The third and final day of the Capitol Hill Block Party is heavy on the local acts, but still has some national headliners to attract the mainstream crowd.

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July 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

10 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Saturday

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance Friday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times) See more photos from Day 1

Saturday features two way-retro headliners in Canadian ’80s-electro-funk revivalists Chromeo and New York’s The Budos Band, who make the kind of big-band instrumental funk that sounds like it belongs on ’70s kung fu movie soundtracks. Manchester, England, producer Star Slinger’s soulful sample chops and The Thermals’ Portland indie-punk add some variety to the day’s offerings, but the hidden theme for Saturday is showstopping female artists:

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July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What to see at Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

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Concertgoers take in Capitol Hill Block Party 2013. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

The Capitol Hill Block Party — Seattle’s favorite one-day actual block party-turned three-day corporate-sponsored music festival — is returning to a fenced-in Pike Street for the 17th year this weekend.

Friday’s lineup boasts headlining indie-rock veterans Spoon, who haven’t released an album since 2010s “Transference” but have a new one called “They Want My Soul” on the way that comes packed with a wannabe slacker-pop summer anthem “Do You.” Brooklyn DIY keyboard/drums dance-pop sweethearts Matt & Kim will also bring their energetic, feel-good live set to the main stage.

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July 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Timber! music fest back to rock the forest

After the success of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival last year, organizer Kevin Sur felt one emotion: a deep, abiding gratitude to everyone who had helped bring it off without a hitch.

It was a feeling that stuck with him as he chose soul revivalist Charles Bradley to top a 2014 lineup that includes J. Mascis, Damien Jurado and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. The festival runs July 24-26 and kicks off Thursday afternoon with a performance by the Shumba Marimba Ensemble.

“We felt like we had an overwhelming amount of support from the music community in making our first year a success, and that got me thinking about Charles Bradley,” Sur said.

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July 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Light in the Attic provides cool sounds on a hot day

For those seeking a little outdoor fun, while staying out of the sun, Light in the Attic’s First Annual Summer Spectacular offered a great way to find some relief from the record-breaking heat.

Barry Overton's set gave LITA's event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

Overton Berry’s set gave LITA’s event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

The Seattle-based record label, known for its reissue projects like the “Wheedle’s Groove” CD and film covering Seattle’s ’70s-era funk scene, and a lavish box set by iconoclastic singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood, hosted a laid-back afternoon of live entertainment yesterday at their warehouse/record store on a quiet street in Ballard.

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June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Kraftwerk plays Paramount, its EDM progeny, the Gorge | Concert preview

(Peter Boettcher Photography)

(Peter Boettcher Photography)

Electronic music is so ubiquitous today that EDM (electronic dance music) fans may not appreciate how revolutionary the music was in the early ’70s.

German group Kraftwerk pioneered the sound, releasing the mesmerizing album “Autobahn” and its title track in 1974.

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