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January 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to perform at halftime on Sunday

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll meets with rap star Macklemore. Photo by Dean Rutz. Seahawks’ Coach Pete Carroll just tweeted the news that Seattle’s own Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform at halftime during Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Macklemore riled up 49ers’ fans this week when he posted this…

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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.

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June 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Macklemore to host Summer Jam, performances by T.I., Trey Songz and 2 Chainz

Macklemore returns to the Gorge this weekend to host Summer Jam, though likely not by boat.

Macklemore returns to the Gorge this weekend to host Summer Jam, though likely not by boat. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner.)

After their victory-lap performance at Sasquatch! two weeks ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are already headed back to the Columbia River Gorge. This time it’s to host Summer Jam, KUBE 93’s annual showcase of mainstream rap/R&B stars, which is returning to the Gorge for the second consecutive year this Saturday.

After a temporary stint at the White River Amphitheatre stemming from a 2002 shooting that resulted in Grant County officials banning the concert from the Gorge (Summer Jam’s original setting since it began in 1996), Washington’s premiere outdoor venue began playing host to Summer Jam once again last year. This year’s lineup features some of radio rap’s biggest names to accompany the sunshine, scenic views, campsite parties and scantily clad attendees of all sorts.

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May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So long, Sasquatch! 2013, and thanks for the surprises

Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

The crowd was a little bewildered Friday night at Sasquatch!, when, right in the middle of Macklemore’s set, the Seattle rapper left the stage and everything went dark. A man in coveralls came on, pushing a broom. But as soon as the man began to whistle the familiar hook to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” the audience erupted.

The man turned out to be Wanz, who sings the super-catchy “I’m gonna pop some tags” chorus of the megahit. A moment later, Mackle­more, donning a lavish fur coat, came coasting out on a scooter. The reaction was deafening.

The 29-year-old sounded like the happiest man in music as he addressed the sold-out Sasquatch! crowd thronging the mainstage amphitheater at the Gorge, saying there was no other place he’d rather be.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are now touring the world behind their certified-gold album, “The Heist.” (By the next day, he had tweeted, “Now on a plane to Dublin.”)

It was Macklemore’s moment, but there was plenty of love for the festival in general.

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May 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Sasquatch! 2013 Friday night: Macklemore and Vampire Weekend UPDATED

Macklemore

Photo by Christopher Nelson / Live Nation; all other photos by me

It’s Macklemore’s world right now. You know that, right? The Capitol Hill rapper is super famous at the moment, with his songs “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” having blown up nationally, crossing over from kids to their parents, making him a household name. Every other person at Sasquatch! is a 22-year-old wearing a Macklemore “My City is Filthy” t-shirt. He’s Kurt Cobain famous.

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