Alas, with Seattle’s beloved Decibel Festival will not be returning this year. It may not be gone for good, bur as founder Sean Horton relocated to LA, it was put on extended hiatus. But worry not, music fans. Starting this Wednesday, September 28, there’s a new digital sheriff in town. Hark, Chance of Rain, an Urban Arts and Music Festival, where “sun, rain, art, dancing and friends are in the forecast.”
Here’s a rundown of events. Most are free with your festival pass, or you can purchase tickets for individual shows. All events are 21+. Festival passes are $125. See the official website for full details.
Wednesday, September 28
On Wednesday, the party kicks off Wednesday night at Q Nightclub (1426 Broadway) with Jacques Greene. According to Q Nightclub’s website: “In fewer than two years, this enigmatic young producer from Montreal has given the current musical landscape progressively deeper ideas of what music can mean in the new decade. With a slew of remixes and original releases that haven’t skipped a beat, the talented songwriter has already collaborated with Radiohead, Katy B, and Jimmy Edgar.” Tickets are $11.
Thursday, September 29
At Q Nightclub
Thursday’s festivities include a personal favorite of mine, Detroit’s own Derrick May, along with Decibel pioneer Nordic Soul. From Q Nightclub: “The future was discovered long ago. More than 30 years have passed since Derrick May and best friends Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins attended Belleville High just outside of Detroit, Mich. The three teenagers would change the world forever by inventing a futurist approach to dance music and sound design that they would call Techno.” Tickets are $15.
Also on Thursday, head to Re-bar (1114 Howell St) for Pacific Waves, co-presented with Peloton. Festival organizers describe the line-up as: “an 18-track showcase offering a portal view to the minds and hearts of the left coast’s spirit and charitable mindset, encouraged music for environments and purpose with all online donations going toward Ocean Conservancy.” Tickets are $20.
Friday, September 30
The party continues at Re-Bar on Friday with an amazing showcase of underground sounds, Bottom Forty, featuring NYC’s JD Samson. “Local Bottom Forty residents round this out to be a night of wild abandon! Join us, we’re going late!!” Bottom Forty was founded by local artist/DJ/provocateur Nark (AKA Kevin Kauer) and is consistently one of the most exciting dance parties in town. If you want to end your September on a high note, don’t miss this one. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, October 1
At Blu Grouse
If you haven’t been to Blu Grouse (412 South Orca St) restaurant in Georgetown, Saturday’s Chance of Rain lineup has 7+ reasons to break the fast. From noon to 9pm, experience a day of house music with Viva Recordings artist Rennie Foster, along with Jalverez, Brian Lyons, Wesley Holmes, Almond Brown, Trinitron and Justin Collins. Tickets are $10.
On a boat
Starting at 2pm on Saturday, hop aboard Hypnautilus at Islander Yacht (1611 Fairview Ave E). From festival organizers: “Chance of Rain Festival is proud to be teaming up with our friends at Uniting Souls Records to bring you a rocking boat party! Straight out of LA, Music is 4 Lovers founder Saand is sure to please, not to mention our very own, Pezzner, with support from Uniting Souls residents. Lets go boating, shall we?”
This one’s not included in your festival pass and likely to sell out quickly. Tickets are $25. Boat loading is at 2pm and departs at 3pm.
At Artifact Gallery
If FREE is more your speed, you won’t want to miss the AME’ Pop Up Art & Fashion Show at Artifact Gallery (313 First Ave) from 7-11pm. Be a lamb and RSVP on their Facebook page.
At an undisclosed location
TESTIFY with Michael Serafini, Daniel T and Julie Herarra goes down at 10pm, location TBD on the day of. Tickets are $25.
At The Crocodile
Or head to The Crocodile (2200 2nd Ave) for Modern Machines, with Tropic of Cancer, Circa Tapes, Collin Strange and Bloom Offering. Tickets are $20.
But that’s not all. SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, MUSIC FANS!
The after-party continues at Re-Bar at 2am with CONVECTION aka ERP Live, Doubt Live, Michael Manahan, Miles Mercer and Kinjo. Tickets available soon for $20.
Sunday, October 2
At Monkey Loft
Time to kick it down a notch with Divine, a yoga and meditation experience with Gina Turner and Tim Rothschild (music by Recess). Chill happens from 10am-2pm at Monkey Loft (2915 1st Ave South). Tickets are $20 and are not included with your festival pass.
Concurrently at Monkey Loft: “Chance of Rain Festival and Seattle based Shameless team up to bring you yet another rooftop episode of the B̶r̶e̶a̶k̶fa̶s̶t “Brunch” Club! On Sunday, October 2nd, we take over the roof deck and the Monkey Loft for a day and evening of amazing house, techno and shenanigans. This lineup speaks for itself, see you at the Monkey Loft for the Brunch Club!” This event is free with your festival pass; no pre-sale tickets available.
Finally, wind down the festival all night long at Re-Bar with the Wicked 25 Year Lunar Boogie. The party goes from 9pm-4am. From CoR: “Wicked, aka Jenö, Garth, Markie and Thomas are west coast legends, hailing from SF and early 90s warehouse and full moon parties that set the stage for much of what we consider the West Coast house sound. Arrive early, we’re going to capacity and its gonna get sweaty!” Tickets are $20 and expected to sell out fast.
Chance of Rain: Urban Arts and Music Festival 2016
When: September 28-October 2
Where: Various Venues
Festival passes are $125, all events are 21+