A Capitol Hill Block Party Recap From Someone Who Actually Likes Allen Stone!

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Chona Kasinger
By Keegan Prosser

Music fans of all sorts took to the streets this weekend in celebration of Seattle's annual

Capitol Hill Block Party. A healthy balance of local jams and international music acts, this year's fest featured headlining spots from Fitz and the Tantrums, Major Lazer and Neko Case. There was good, there was bad, and there was a lot in between. Here are my pick of highs and lows from this year's festivities:

FRIDAY

Highs:

Father John Misty's white boy dance moves during his afternoon set on the main stage. Brother knows how to get down, even if it takes the fifth of liquor at his feet to get him loose.

Fly Moon Royalty closes their opening day set with a sassy rendition of Sir-Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Adra Boo breaks it down, and the crowd goes nuts.

Allen Stone slays it on the main stage Friday night, proving his gritty brand of neo-soul is exactly what the hometown crowd was craving. Pure bliss.

Lows:

Scheduling Father John Misty at 4 p.m. Those of us able to ditch the last few hours of work witnessed an impressive set fueled by Tillman's spastic dance party. The rest of the world will have to depend on YouTube footage of his epic ass shaking.

Twitter was abuzz Friday night when Seattle rapper Macklemore was spotted hanging with Allen Stone backstage, prompting rumors the duo might tackle "Neon Cathedral," a

track they premiered at the Neptune Theatre last winter. Sadly, the rumor was unfounded.

SATURDAY

Highs:

Reignwolf blowing the minds of everyone at Neumos with his ability to shred like no other. This guy IS rock and roll.

Skipping out on Beat Connection for a lively set by blues-rock outfit Hot Bodies In Motion, who tore up the Vera stage with their sexy funk cuts, was a must.

Lows:

Major Lazer fans. I will be the first to admit that I love me some Diplo; but the sheer

amount of people that flooded the streets on Saturday night was enough to make a girl go crazy. It also made the pit in front of the stage a not so cool place to be. My bruised legs, crushed feet and battered psyche say ouch.

SUNDAY

Highs:

Ending with El Ten Eleven's rambunctious electro-rock set at Neumos. Best. Decision. Ever.

The Lumineers' dedication of "Stubborn Love" to the tragedy in Denver was touching, if not a bit somber--but it seemed fitting for the slower track. And the performance, aided by a chorus of enthusiastic fans, was a jaw-dropper.

Lows:

Raging too hard at Major Lazer on Saturday night found many Sunday attendees battered, tired and in dire need of caffeine. Between long lines at Caffé Vita and the wall of people napping along the fence at the main stage Sunday afternoon, I was obviously not the only person struggling with this problem.

Missing Caspar Babypants shredding it for families during his Sunday morning set at Neumos (as a result of said raging). I've yet to see the PUSA front man as his family-

friendly alter ego, but the juxtaposition of Ballew hitting the same stage that found Diplo

and Co. getting stupid--just hours before--is priceless.

 
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