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A party ain’t a party til’ its ran all thru, and Pike Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue got its fair share of foot steps this past weekend at Capitol Hill Block Party. This year’s festival was unique in many ways, with new venues, including a newly remodeled Neumo’s, as well as tons of parties right outside of the gates keeping things throughout the neighborhood interesting.

Thundercat at CHBP Main Stage by Brooklyn Benjestorf

Day 1 was nothing short of incredible; kicking off with sets from Lion’s Ambition and Cuff Lynx. Shortly after, NoName graced the main stage in what would turn out to be one of the breakout sets of the weekend.  Thundercat and Mura Masa took to main stage later into the evening as block party’s first day began to fill in with people. The block was definitely hot; with the temperature clocking in at an eternally ideal 80-ish degrees with a slight breeze. The newcomers to the city were able to witness why summers in Seattle are amongst some of the most revered on this planet or probably any other. For those that already knew the deal, Neumo’s had a serious roster cooking up inside, including Theoretics and Gifted Gab gracing the stage. Day 1 closed out with Run The Jewels taking everyone on a wild ride with their relentless energy and smartass(in every way you can interpret that) lyricism and bravado.

Prom Queen at Barboza by Brooklyn Benjestorf

Saturday marked the true beginning of the weekend, and the city of Seattle came out in full force nice and early. It was a dance party from start to finish with acts like Phantoms, Manatee Commune, Calico, Kung Foo Grip, and Jai Wolf maintaining the tempo. Prom Queen was one of our favorites from Saturday, with her amazing mix of modern cinema sound and doo wop classic melody. Check out her most recent project Stranger Peaks here.

Danny Brown at CHBP Main Stage by Brooklyn Benjestorf

By Sunday, everyone had a feel for their favorite places to frequent, and the weather remained as beautiful as the first hour of the weekend. Plastic Picnic and DJ100Proof came thru early with some sunny vibes, and then Danny Brown took it up a notch from there. Snakehips followed up Danny Brown with remixes on remixes. We snuck away from main stage for a bit to check out Mykki Blanco over at the Vera Stage, and he did not disappoint. Diplo set it all the way off to close out the weekend. Showing mad love while doing so rocking an old-school Shawn Kemp jersey. All around, the vibes were undeniable this year, and for those that haven’t had a chance to trek up to the corner pocket of the Northwest, do so next year in July. Capitol Hill Block Party has the streets on smash.


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