Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1 – Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1 – Seattle, WA

Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1

Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1
Photos by Lori Paulson

Coverage of CHBP Day 2 here
Coverage of CHBP Day 3 here

Seattle couldn’t have looked finer for day one of the Capitol Hill Block Party on Friday afternoon, which was completely sold out. The three-day music festival kicked off on the main stage with local hip-hop phenom, Macklemore, who showcased his ability to get any crowd going right off the bat. While Young Evils, a lo-fi boy-girl pop group, played to a packed ChaCha Lounge, Bear in Heaven and Shabazz Palaces kept the main stage energy high as perfect companions to the sunny summer day.

Young Evils
Bear in Heaven
Shabazz Palaces

Over at Neumos, Unnatural Helpers, slayed their loyal audience and proved that they are definitely some of the best punk Seattle has to offer. Chris Pureka, out of Massachusetts, (very charmingly) broke everyone’s heart over at the Vera stage with her guitar and soul-wrenching lyrics.

Unnatural Helpers

Chris Pureka

As the sun began it’s slow descent and the majority headed to the main stage to see Brooklyn’s Yeasayer(whose last Seattle concert quickly sold out), it became much harder to move around as everyone suddenly learned exactly what a sold-out Block Party looks like. Pike Street became a human can of sardines from Broadway to 10th and, introduced as “The Yeasayers” by Washington Congressman, Jay Inslee, Yeasayer, took the stage to a wild audience. Not even the most professional of people could stop themselves from dancing; there wasn’t an empty window or balcony in sight.


Holy Fuck! seamlessly took over the main stage as the sky went dark, sending the crowd (now fully packed up to 11th) into a dancing frenzy with their intense experimental rock and perfectly readying the crowd for the first day’s headliner, MGMT. When MGMT took the stage, the majority of cheers turned to praise for lead singer, Andrew VanWyngarden, who seemed quite excited about the audience’s reception. They started out with incredible energy as they played some of their biggest hits, including Flash Delirium and Electric Feel, however, as the set went on, their energy seemed to fade and the set became slightly mundane.

Holy Fuck!


Overall, though, day one of Block Party was a near impeccable example of why Seattle is such an ideal location for all things music.

You can see our coverage of CHBP Day 2 here

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