Capitol Hill Block Party Day 2 Capitol Hill Block Party Day 2

Day 2 at Capitol Hill Block PartyPhotos by Graham Lee

Day 2 at Capitol Hill Block Party
Photos by Graham Lee

Coverage of CHBP Day 1 here
Coverage of CHBP Day 3 here

The weather for the second day of Capitol Hill Block Party was about 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Main stage act Blonde Redhead cancelled due to illness which caused the schedule to get switched around. The Redwood Plan started things off at the main stage with their catchy, upbeat pop tunes.  Vocalist Lesli Wood put it all out there, fully committed to her music as if this were the last song she may ever sing.  Her energy was infectious and the crowd was quite responsive, dancing along.  Lesli Wood was definitely the star onstage as she completely outshined the rest of her band.

The Redwood Plan

On the Vera stage, WA natives Cold Lake played.  They are a perfect example of the band that I always wanted to be in during high school.  Loud as hell.  Frontman Cory Brewer is a skinny little guy but he sure can growl.

Cold Lake

If you were lucky enough to have caught wind of it, Spaceman put on an unscheduled show on the roof of HG Lodge behind the main stage.  DJ Swervewon was spinning and Spaceman did his thing.  Even if you’re not a hip-hop fan, you can’t help but watch an act like Spaceman.  He is a born entertainer and is definitely one to keep an eye on in the next couple of years.


Blitzen Trapper had quite the crowd gathered before their set at the main stage.  Their progressions are soothingly simple, in the vein of Neil Young or Wilco.  Although predictable, Blitzen Trapper sounded great live.

Blitzen Trapper

Vera stage was absolutely packed out for the hip-hop showcase featuring Grynch, State of the Artist and Spaceman.  Grynch was solid, rapping his hit ‘My Volvo’.  Spaceman put on a great performance, standing on the barricade to involve the crowd.  State of the Artist was the fan favorite.  They rapped their hit ‘Hey Hey’ and were joined on stage by several other artists including Katie Kate and P Smoov.

State of the Artist

Atmosphere started at the main stage about 15 minutes late.  The sun was setting and the crowd was more than ready.  Thousands of people packed the street pushing and shoving, testing the limits of the fencing.  Some wanted out, some wanted in and the venue was severely understaffed to deal with the situation.  Borderline mayhem set in once Atmosphere took stage.  People were hanging out of nearby apartment building windows and started showing up on the rooftops as well.  Atmosphere put on an incredibly energetic show and was very grateful towards his fans.


Day 2 at Capitol Hill Block Party had a little bit of everything, chaos included.

You can see our coverage of CHBP Day 1 here

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