Beat Connection Talks Capitol Hill Block Party: Hawaiian Shirts & Randy Savage, Beat Boxing & Punching Cats"/>
?Capitol Hill Block Party is upon us this weekend; in anticipation of the big event, I decided to ask some of my favorite local musicians playing the fest a few important questions. On Monday Casey Catherwood gave us details on Witch Gardens' set; on Tuesday we checked in with Justin Deary of The Rolling Stones; yesterday we had Chris Cunningham talking about Ravenna Woods' performance; today, to round out the series, are my two favorite co-eds, Reed Juenger and Jordan Koplowitz of Beat Connection. Take it away, boys:
SW: What fresh & exciting things can we expect from your Block Party set?
BC: Literally everything... We don't want to ruin the surprise, but there will be some extra people on stage with us who you've never seen before and some new songs and a cover. We're trying to make CHBP the Northwest Coachella, ya know?
Will you be rapping?
Jordan will be rapping, but it won't be onstage. Likely in a little beat box circle in the back of some random bar while he's drunk. He'll be that guy. Reed will be backing him up with beats/hype man rag spinning and also live tweets, don't worry.
Do you have a fun summer outfit planned?
Jordan: Khakis, Hawaiian shirts, and Tevas.
Reed: I'm more of the pretentious loafers kind of guy myself.
If you could have any celebrity be in your audience, who would it be and why?
Jordan: Easy; Macho Man Randy Savage. Pretty self-explanatory.
Reed: Lauryn Hill, slightly more cryptic than Jordan's response.
If you look into the audience while you're playing and see Eric Grandy shake his head in disgust and walk away, what will you do?
Come on, Erin, you know your opinion is the only one we care about!
What's the one other set you're most excited to see?
Jordan: It's hard to pinpoint just one, because I'll be supporting all of our bros and local homies, but probably Explosions in the Sky. I've been a huge fan since I was a small lad and have never seen them.
Reed: Tough question. Battles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold Cave. All the locals.
Who would you rather run into in the beer garden, Thurston Moore or Bethany Cosentino? Why?
Jordan: Bethany Cosentino, because she'll probably have her cat with her and I want to punch it in the face.
Reed: Thurston Moore. I would ask him about the artistic poetics of Sonic Youth's re-contextualization of Piano Piece #13 for Nam June Paik. (Imagine me saying that super-deadpan).
Beat Connection will be playing Capitol Hill Block Party's Vera Stage this Saturday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m. They will also be DJing at the Closing Party at Neumos on Sunday, July 24. They will be punching cats all weekend.