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Seattle Moves to the Music During the Block Party at the Station

The annual community gathering featured some of the best hip-hop in town.

Seattleites of all ages descended on Beacon Hill Saturday to take part in the Block Party at the Station. In just seven years, the free community-focused event has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the summer, largely because of its tradition of booking the city’s best hip-hop talent. This year was no exception, as 40 performers took the single stage throughout the day. Highlights included a set focused on trans performers, curated by Jade Dynasty, as well as an appearance by mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver, who spoke to would-be constituents about her candidacy when she wasn’t rapping. The event culminated with a massive breakdance cypher that included members of the Massive Monkees, Circle of Fire, and Fab 5. While the fate of the event continues to hang in the balance, the success of the weekend appears to have at least kept the hope of an eighth installment alive. “Next year is still TBD,” says event producer Matt “Spek” Watson. “But I bet it’ll happen once I get some sleep and space.”

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