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. Yesterday Casey Catherwood gave us details on Witch Gardens' set; today we're checking in with Justin Deary of Seattle's The Rolling Stones.
SW: What fresh & exciting things can we expect from your Block Party set?
Deary: Death, Afterlife, Rebirth. An as-of-yet-unplayed-by-us Stones ripper.
Will you be rapping?
The Stones won't be. However, I will be. It will probably be when we're all walking to the show from my house. I like to rap about exactly whatever mundane thing is happening at any given moment. I like to use flowery language to describe average stuff--hot dogs, chainsaws, cats, pants, etc. I'm really into this dude Bangs. He's from Somalia but lives in Australia. He's probably the greatest Australian rapper, from Africa, in the world. Girls love it when I rap to them in the Bangs voice. Marielle especially.
Do you have a fun summer outfit planned?
Yeah, those giant body condoms like in Naked Gun.
If you could have any celebrity be in your audience, who would it be and why?
Levon Helm. He's one of my favorite dudes. '68 comeback-era Elvis would be pretty cool.
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?
Cry. For him.
What's the one other set you're most excited to see?
I'm pretty excited to see Pink Mountaintops. Steve is my buddy and I haven't seen PMT in a few years. And Kurt Vile.
Who would you rather run into in the beer garden, Thurston Moore or Bethany Cosentino? Why?
Thurston Moore is Thurston Moore. He's a humble legend. It would be good luck to shake his hand.
The Rolling Stones will play Capitol Hill Block Party's Cha Cha Stage this Friday, July 22 at 11:30 p.m. It is sure to be riotously packed. Good luck.