Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3

Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3

Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3
Photos by Graham Lee

Coverage of CHBP Day 1
Coverage of CHBP Day 2

For those still standing, Capitol Hill Block Party day 3 started off with Texas based pop-rockers, Harlem.  They gave a good effort, but after seeing so much talent over the past two days they left me feeling like I needed some coffee.

Then there was Steel Tigers of Death on the Neumos stage and it started to pack out for it. With a name like that, you’d better be brinin’ it… and ya, they did.  Four middle aged guys in rabbit suits rocking it out with punk flavor; exactly what the crowd was in the mood for.  The sheer spectacle alone was worth watching.

Steel Tigers of Death

Seattle local alt-country act The Maldives took it to the main stage around midday.  They drew quite a crowd which isn’t surprising considering they work the Seattle club scene relentlessly.  They put on a very mellow set but  again it’s Day 3 and we needed a reason to wake up. Their musical prowess was never in question but there wasn’t a bunch of visual liveliness.

The Maldives

Mad Rad took the main stage next.  If the only thing you got for the $30 you spent to come to Capitol Hill Block Party was Mad Rad, than you got your money’s worth… and if you missed them, you missed out.  Mad Rad is a local hip-hop trio from right here in Capitol Hill.  They got the crowd going big time.  Spin Magazine called Mad Rad Seattle’s best kept secret, and it’s obvious why.  The energy was incredible.  These guys are pure entertainment on so many levels.

Mad Rad

Perhaps the most successful hip-hop group from Seattle since Sir Mix a Lot took the main stage next:  Blue Scholars.  These guys have a huge local following and the crowd really packed it in.  MC Geologic started the set by coming out on stage and photographing the crowd as they rabidly chanted ‘Blue Scholars’.

Blue Scholars

The main event and closing act of Capitol Hill Block Party was Dead Weather.  There was an electric energy in the air and when put in the context The energy from the crowd was amazing.  The band took the stage with Jack White on drums and Alison Mosshart from The Kills on vocals.  The two took turns singing and even had a duet in store.  The garage rock sound was exactly what you would expect from a Jack White project:  straight to the point.  Mosshart’s stage swagger was pretty Jagger-esque, whipping her hips and hair all over the place. As the set ended and the crowd filled out with a warm post-coitus like afterglow upon them, it became clear that Capitol Hill Block Party might be the best value of any festival in the world.

Dead Weather

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