This weekend, July 22-24, Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) will celebrate its 20th birthday—and as we all know, every new decade of life brings new ideas and possibilities.
For 2016, the three-day event will feature more than 100 artists on five stages—a whopping transformation from its humble beginnings twenty years ago. Seattle has always provided a dynamic backdrop for the ultimate pop-up music festival. Now an internationally recognized affair, Block Party is growing into something greater than a single weekend, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Marketing and design director Reed Juenger shared his perspective on the maturation of the festival. It grows as the neighborhood grows, and so has the potential to be “the sparking point for that conversation about how the hill is changing.” Block Party has remained loyal to Capitol Hill, making a conscious effort to give back to the neighborhood that pumps life into Seattle’s art community. By featuring artists of various genres, cities and countries, the weekend, as Juenger puts it, “brings international artists into dialogue with local artists,” and ultimately puts a global spotlight on the area that CHBP has called home all of these years.
As we are all encouraged to do in our twenties, Block Party is taking steps to expand its horizons and venture into new spaces. This year’s festival is offering extended programming, breaking the confines of its usual 6-block radius and entering into some fresh local venues. Just before gates open on Friday, Capitol Hill Block Party will hold a free panel series at Grim’s, in hopes of educating local, budding artists on how to get their music noticed and make a living. You can RSVP for the event here. There will also be free evening shows at Unicorn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and yoga at Chop House Row on Sunday morning.
So when you take to the streets this weekend, you’re encouraged to venture between spaces and explore the neighborhood. Between the shows spread amongst the usual stages and the extended programming, a misstep may just lead you to a hidden musical gem of Capitol Hill Block Party.
Check out highlights from last year’s festivities to get a taste of what we’re in store for.
Capitol Hill Block Party
When: Friday, July 22-24
Where: E Pike Street & 12th Ave
Tickets range from $50-$300