Show Preview: Capitol Hill Block Party – Day 1, Fri. July 25th

Capitol Hill Block Party begins Friday, July 25th! We’ll have a special page on Back Beat Seattle devoted to the festival, but here’s the first of a preview of each day. As always CHBP has put together an inspired lineup of bands you actually want to see, so get on it and buy your tickets already.

CHILDBIRTH @ the Vera Stage

Catch CHILDBIRTH, a Seattle super group for sure, featuring Stacy Peck of Pony Time, Chastity Belt’s Julia Shapiro and Bree McKenna of Tacocat, as they begin this year’s party. With quick, awesome songs such as “I Only Fucked You as a Joke,” “How Do Girls Even Do it?” and “Crossbitch,” they will rock, I mean, punk rock you.



Small Black @ the Main Stage

New York’s Small Black snagged a Main Stage spot with their extra good pop sounds. If you like synth-infused music (I do! I do!), you should see this band.

Small Black – photo by Autumn Northcraft


A$AP Ferg @ the Main Stage

In addition to having a really cool grill, A$AP Ferg has some solid rap skills. The Harlem born rapper hits the Main Stage after Small Black – that’s an interesting show order! – and will get the audience going with all his songs. Okay, maybe not his entire catalog, but we can dream of that, right?

A$AP Ferg


Tacos @ the Cha Cha Stage

Heavy metal duo Tacos – hey, there’s only two of them in this band, and that’s plenty to rattle your bones – help break in the Cha Cha Stage. Have a listen to their material over on bandcamp, and I defy you to tell me you don’t want to see this band.

Tacos – photo by Seattle Music Photography

Iska Dhaaf @ the Vera Stage

The set by Iska Dhaaf will probably be one of the more popular of Friday, so get there early. This duo is totally on fire with their ’60s-tinged absolutely awesome melodies. What happens when one Benjamin Verdoes and Mad Rad’s Nathan Quiroga get together? Magic, that’s what happens.

Iska Dhaaf – photo by Abby Williamson


Duke Evers @ the Barboza Stage

I admit I had never heard of this local act, Duke Evers, before I began working on previews for CHBP. Based on the little I have heard, this is a band very worthy of your attention. The vocals are deep and rich, and I need to get a copy of their debut, which came out last year. You should get a copy, too.

Duke Evers


ODESZA @ the Main Stage

I don’t know why, but for some reason, based on their name, I thought ODESZA was a metal band. Even though people I know who don’t like metal, and like this band, I just thought it was some metal band exception. So, they are not a metal band, instead they are a delightful sounding synth band. And they are from Seattle, what?

ODESZA – photo by Bronson Snelling


Eternal Bad @ the Cha Cha Stage

But sometimes I do enjoy the heavier stuff, too! This is the case with Seattle’s Eternal Bad, whom I had also never heard of. You can’t know about every single band all the time, but wow, how did this band escape my talons? They’re freakishly great!

Eternal Bad

Alicia Amiri @ the Barboza Stage

Singer-songwriter Alicia Amiri (who is also a member of Nightmare Fortress) has a solo show at the Barboza Stage for CHBP. Amiri has a gorgeous voice, and I am looking forward to seeing her very much.

Alicia Amiri

Matt & Kim @ the Main Stage

A favorite everywhere they go, the lively Matt & Kim get a sweet spot on the Main Stage on Friday night. You can dance to their stuff. And keep dancing.

Matt & Kim – photo by Kirk Stauffer


Crypts @ the Barboza Stage

I’ve listened to Crypts before and found them. . . not so enjoyable. But then I listened to them last night and something clicked. I started liking their weirdness and the strange discomfort plus distress they were causing me. Go see what I mean on bandcamp, and have a gander at them at Barboza.


Robert DeLong @ the Vera Stage

I liked Robert DeLong’s music right away, however. The Vera Stage is a good one for him, as DeLong has young fans (hey, and some older than 21, thank you very much). DeLong’s a fun performer and definitely worth your time at CHBP.

Robert DeLong – photo by Dagmar


Shaprece @ Neumos

The final show I’m recommending for Friday night is Shaprece’s. She’ll be at Neumos to perform her beautiful, soulful, electronic, R&B, orchestral music. An excellent way to end a hot evening.



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