Cap Hill Block Party Roundup, Final Day of Awesome

Frightened Rabbit at Capitol Hill Block Party

Frightened Rabbit at Capitol Hill Block Party

I may have been spending a majority of my time at the “alternative” to CHBP (Capitol Hill Block Party), Timber Music Festival, I made sure I had time to get up Monday morning, hop back into the city and catch the last day of Block Party. After all, two of my favorites (Frightened Rabbit and Flaming Lips) were performing so there was no way I was missing out on that.

Just taking a gander at some of my fellow photographer’s images from Friday gave me the willies. The crowd was massive and all packed in together like sardines. Luckily, I got there on Sunday and the attendees had thinned a little (or at least spread themselves out a bit more) to make it feel a little less claustrophobic and a lot more fun. Not to mention, one of this year’s VIP sponsors was Jameson. Yea… you read that right, one of the most delicious whiskeys out there, Jameson. I spent some quality time getting to know their newly released Black Barrel and dancing to some really quality DJs. Seriously, I wish I’d caught the DJs’ names because they had the whole room shakin’ their booties all day long (relying heavily on 80s and 90s hits).

Drinking aside, I always have such a good time capturing the spirit of festivals, mostly by capturing the faces, hopping feet, flailing arms and wiggling butts as music thumps up and down the streets of Capitol Hill. Vera Project stage brought the all-ages gems as per usual with Learning Team bringing a particularly great set mid-day. Speaking of gems, Hey Marseilles is one of those bands that you forget you love so much until you see them again and Matt throws that little lip-curled smile or Philip pulls you in with his charming up-beat accordion parts. I found myself with a big grin through the whole set and hoping they’ll grace us with another performance in Seattle soon, though it looks like another tour out into the big world is on the horizon starting in October.

Finally the best part of the evening started up with Frightened Rabbit, one of Scotland’s best exports, as they took the stage. I will never get tired of their adorable,

Flaming Lips at Capitol Hill Block Party

Flaming Lips at Capitol Hill Block Party

if not a little bit awkward and dirty, banter as they tune their guitars or wait for popped string to be replaced. Those accents… good lordy, those accents. Some of my favorites were played with abandon and as much as I wanted to, I waited till I got out of the photo pit to dance my feet off.

Last and certainly not least was the weird, wonderful and always entertaining Flaming Lips. This time they nixed what I have dubbed “the hamster ball” and instead front-man Wayne Coyne brought on what looked like a baby doll on which he played. He also used it to make his performance a little more creepy by rubbing its little plastic hand on his face and seemingly kissing/cooing to it throughout the set. That’s pretty much par for the course with these guys though, isn’t it? Coyne donned a metallic blue suit with matching lipstick, but the most unique part was seeing him projected onto the buildings down Pike so not only could the fans see the performance a little better but to also add a light show to entertain us. It didn’t hurt I ended up running into a Frightened Rabbit  or two in the beer garden to chat up while the show came to an end. All in all, a pretty epic Sunday and CHBP did a stellar job bringing the fest to a close.

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