Grand Archives play with Rocky Votolato at the GreenNote Festival July 25.
If you like your music acoustic and your festivals environmentally friendly, then you'll want to skip the Capitol Hill Block Party in favor of the GreenNote Festival at Seattle Center. Planned for July 24 and 25, GreenNote is striving to be "greenest festival Seattle has ever seen." It's completely acoustic (which means less electricity consumed), any generators they do use will run on bio-diesel, and all food and drink (only sold by all vendors with sustainable and vegetarian options on all menus) will be served on compostable plates and cups.
Admission to the festival to totally free, unless you want to see Philadelphia musician Amos Lee play July 24. Tickets are $25 for that perofrmance, but proceeds support environmental non-profits.
But for no money at all, you can see a slew of folk-y Seattle performers, including Rocky Votolato and Grand Archives on July 25, Sound Off! winner Great Waves and finalist Hooves & Beak, Lincoln Barr, and Jack Wilson. Full lineup available at the festival's website.
If you can't wait until then to see Grand Archives (GreenNote is the only local show they play this summer, besides Doe Bay Fest), the band has a new and totally free EP of five previously released songs for download. Called The Story So Far, it includes five songs from their self-released album and first and second Sub Pop releases.