The 5th Annual KEXP Summer BBQ w/ Cloud Cult, Pela, The Blakes and more!

bbq2006.jpgGhostland Observatory at the 4th Annual KEXP Summer BBQ
photo by Gregory A. Perez

Coming up on August 18, 2007, is The 5th Annual KEXP Summer BBQ at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn, with Cloud Cult, Pela, The Blakes and some very special guests. Tickets are on sale now!

Last year’s Summer BBQ was a huge success — what with the great weather, the blistering sets by Thee Emergency and Ghostland Observatory, the European romanticism of DeVotchKa, and (I quote MSN here) the “nearly accessible candied rock sound” of The Long Winters. There was much rockin’, beer drinkin’, and barebeque eatin’ to be had.

While the crowd filled the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn for great times with great people and great bands, over at the station, just two blocks away, we were giving tours up the wazoo, so many in fact that we had to hunt down more people to give them! You can read about the festivities on John Richards’ blog post written on the following day — though between you and me, I think he still had a bit of that rum in him when he wrote it!

Here are last year’s headliners performing The Long Winters performing “Fire Island AK” from the 2006 KEXP BBQ:

While all four of last year’s bands were fantastic, this year looks to be even better! For The 5th Annual KEXP Summer BBQ, we’re really excited feature the emotional folk and electronic influenced pop of Cloud Cult, the passionate, anthemic alt-rock sound of Pela, and perhaps the most-hyped and exciting garage rock coming out of Seattle right now from The Blakes, whose blazing live set will have you pumping your fists and shakin’ your booty.

For the price of admission, you get all of this plus some very special guests, who are so special that we can’t even name them yet, but who are known regularly sell out their live shows. You aren’t going to want to miss it, and you don’t have to:

Tickets go on sale today for $20 in advance. You can purchase them from Brown Paper Tickets online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. You can also pick them up at the Southcenter and Crossroads Mall Silver Platters Records stores.

This all ages event will have a bar available for those with valid ID. The doors open at 2 pm, and the show starts at 3. Go to our Events page for more details.

While you’re picking up your tickets, here’s some listening music from the confirmed bands:

Pela – Lost to the Lonesome (MP3)
Pela – Lonesome Hearts [Cassettes Won’t Listen Remix] (MP3)
Pela – Holiday [Pixies cover, Live @ Mercury Lounge] (MP3)

Cloud Cult – Pretty Voice (MP3)
Cloud Cult – Your 8th Birthday (MP3)
Cloud Cult – Outside of Your Skin (MP3)

The Blakes – Don’t Bother Me (MP3)
The Blakes – Street (MP3)
The Blakes – Two Times (MP3) – thanks to Sound on the Sound!

And check out this gallery of fantastic photographs from esteemed KEXP photographer Gregory A. Perez:

Makes you want to be there, don’t it? Great, I’ll see you then!

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  1. Posted June 30, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    I missed the NOMO studio performance yesterday! ARRGGGHH! Will it show up in the live performance roster soon?

  2. Posted June 30, 2007 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Vicki — you can listen to the NOMO performance on our streaming archive for two weeks after the event.

    Here’s the Streaming Archive.

    And here’s the NOMO performance.



  3. Posted November 9, 2007 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the streams, Jim!


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