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Saturday, July 26, 2008

This is What Capitol Hill Block Party Looks Like

posted by on July 26 at 17:38 PM

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BS. That's an Obama rally.

Posted by El Seven | July 26, 2008 6:03 PM
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nope, that is 1/10 the size of an obama rally.

and not nearly as racially diverse.

Posted by holz | July 26, 2008 6:37 PM
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a sea of smelly hipsters... too boring for school...

Posted by teddy b | July 26, 2008 6:39 PM
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Kids, cocaine is awesome.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 26, 2008 6:47 PM
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Last year I enjoyed the headbanging of Himsa and the barbecue.

Not even an all-access bracelet tempted me this year. I hear they're letting in people who AREN'T EVEN FROM CAPITOL HILL.

Bogus.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | July 26, 2008 6:59 PM
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wow. thanks.
glad i'm not there!

really really really really really glad.

Posted by Poptart | July 26, 2008 7:18 PM
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Exactly. Why would I pay $18 to be surrounded by thousands of drunk screaming hipsters?

Posted by Magic Space Goggles | July 26, 2008 7:25 PM
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hahaha, swimming at the lake is soo much better than drinking $10 beers in a huge crowd of vapid posers listening to the stranger editors friends bands like it's some sort of privilege.

Posted by Super Jesse | July 26, 2008 7:30 PM
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i was paying $4 for beer, which is about 1.2 as much as previous shows i've attended.

Posted by mike | July 26, 2008 7:42 PM
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1/2, not 1.2

Posted by mike | July 26, 2008 7:43 PM
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Are you kidding me, commenters? It looks like a lot of fun. I wish I could go.

There's always next year. I say that every year.

Posted by tabletop_joe | July 26, 2008 9:40 PM
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I hope some year they get smart and rearrange it so that crowds coming through the main entrance don't have to go *through* the crowds watching the main stage to get to the rest of the party. Brilliant layout!

Posted by bob | July 27, 2008 12:45 AM
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i havent paid for cocaine since 88'

Posted by broadway todd | July 27, 2008 2:33 AM
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Seattle was built on hipsters

Get over it

Posted by CM | July 27, 2008 9:42 AM
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Where's Waldobama?

Posted by Andy Niable | July 27, 2008 10:51 AM
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I loved waiting 45 minutes in line to get in on Friday just in time to catch all the remaining horrible bands. Fortunately, I was able to bribe one of the security guards to let me and my friends cut through the line. Sorry, everyone who was ahead of me.

At that point, I sure needed a beer instead of listening to this crap - oh but there is a 20 minute line to get into the poorly placed beer garden followed by another 30 minute line to get beer.

Screw that. Fortunately the Cha had $2 tall boy PBRs - and better bands playing.


Posted by Ihatelines | July 27, 2008 11:04 AM
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I WANT the CHBP to be awesome and excellent. I really really do. And I even bought tickets again this year even though I left early both days last year. Here's the deal - if that's a picture from Friday, I'm in the back with no possibility of getting anywhere closer to the stage due to an impressive crush of humanity. And I can't even HEAR the damn stage. Shouldn't live music be loud enough to appreciate?

So once again, I left early Friday and didn't even return Saturday. Even though I've been looking forward to the Hold Steady and DeVotchKa for weeks, I knew I'd just be disappointed. Thanks Stranger, thanks KEXP, I'll know better than to buy tickets next year.

Posted by Bee | July 27, 2008 11:18 AM
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YOU KIDS STAY OFF MY LAWN, you hear me?

To the people who didn't go: thank you. We did not miss you. Believe me. No one cares that you don't like crowds, or hipsters, or beer, or music. I know that the internet has made it so you can share you crotchety oldness with a much larger audience now, but that doesn't mean you should. Please go back to complaining about "Kids these days" in the privacy of your own hermitage. Thank you.

Also: the tickets went on sale in April. I don't feel sorry for people who had to wait in line to get one.

Posted by exelizabeth | July 27, 2008 6:19 PM
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The only thing missing is a tanker truck full of gas and a book of matches.

Posted by omg look at my 2 toned hair! | July 27, 2008 6:55 PM
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Oh, exelizabeth, it's not a rant about kids these days. (Though that hipster blonde in the front does have an especially douchey headband on.) It's two things: quality of the purchase (I expect to be able to HEAR the bands I bought a ticket to see) and safety. Poor little Christopher Frizelle, who is NOT little, was lifted off his feet by the crowd. I had the same thing happen last year in the same spot. It's dangerous to put soooo many people into such a small space. I'm just saying it's not safe, and I no longer choose to participate by throwing my money around a death trap of an event. And I bought my tickets in April, thank you.

Posted by Bee | July 28, 2008 10:46 AM
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It saddens me to say I will also no longer go to the block party. I bought my tickets the day they went on sale. Yet it is organized SO poorly I couldn't deal with it. On Friday the 21+ wrist bands ran out early so I couldn't go to the Neumos stage, the one place I wanted to be. Staff didn't bother to shout this to the large groups of people who were still standing in line for a wrist band. Also they had no way of tracking the capacity. It was a HUGE mess.

Posted by a.d. | July 28, 2008 2:53 PM
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Block parties are like Christmas; I am always hopeful and inspired in November, and somewhat disappointed and exhausted in January. I always promise myself of necessary changes in my approach to the next holiday, and I move on.
Kimya Dawson was amazing, truthful, inspiring, and a refreshing presence in the debunked world of "hip" music. Devothchka played wonderfully, but I was distracted by a group of 10 coked out hipsters splashing energy drink into the crowd while dancing in a fashion only severe inebriation can produce.
Block Parties should be about community, celebration, great music, shared interests and a great way to spend your free weekend. Sure sometimes we get sticky, and the music doesn't sound like a $100,000 home stereo system, but think about all of the other great things that did occur. People came out of there homes and tried to have a good time in their own way. Beer was consumed, businesses were supported, economy was stimulated, laughs were shared, connections were made, and all we had to do was spend $18 and wait in line for a bit? I can do that.

Posted by Stephen | July 30, 2008 9:04 AM

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