In today's new issue of SW, you can read about the Cairo community that Aimee Butterworth, Joel Leshefka, and Ian Judd, and the rest of their colleagues have been building. Because space limitations are always a killer, here's a bit more of Judd talking about his biggest project to date, Cairo's Vibrations Festival, which is taking place this Saturday at Volunteer Park:
Joshua Huston From L to R: Cairo co-owners Leshefka and Butterworth, booker Judd.
On the Cairo family:
Judd: It feels like we're in a pretty unique position right now. We're getting some good, positive recognition. To be involved with these bands and have a relationship with them is really special. To know that this is a space that they like to play and that they're involved in, it's really cool. I don't really see that kind of relationship between a lot of bands and the spaces that they play.
On choosing Volunteer Park as the site for Vibrations Festival:
I love Volunteer Park. I think it's superior to almost any other park. I feel like that amphitheater is underused. It's perfect; it's an amphitheater with a built-in stage. I'm surprised that more people haven't tried to do festivals there. And so I've been wanted to it for a while. I've talked about it with so many different people over the past few years.
On booking out-of-towners Grass Widow and Purple & Green as festival headliners:
We could have just had every band on the [Cold Jungle] comp play and been done with the lineup in 20 minutes. Within our budget and our time frame, [Grass Widow and Purple & Green] are two groups that we knew would be amazing to have involved. And they were also reachable. We knew we wouldn't have to shell out a couple grand to fly them out here and give them lobster and a spot at the Marriott. And Grass Widow, I feel like the music they make is so in league with what we do. It's really unique, and they're approaching music in a completely different way. There's something really off kilter about a lot of the bands that play [at Cairo]. Witch Gardens, maybe the most accessible of the bands that play here a lot, I mean there's like fourteen different melodies in every song, and sudden tempo changes, and really creative arrangements. And that's why we like it so much. We're really into groups that are being really unique and going against the grain. And Grass Widow totally embodies a lot of that. Purple & Green just brings the party. They have a take on R&B music that's really profound.
On making the festival free:
It would just be really special to have as many people have access to all this music that we're really, really excited about, and have it at a venue that we're really, really excited about. It just makes it a bigger and more special thing. I think people are going to have a really fun time. I'm really excited that we can provide this for the city of Seattle.