Three Imaginary Girls: In the ‘hood

photo from the REVERBfest beer garden

The music scene of Seattle isn’t going to make us detox from our summer of great festivals (like July’s Capitol Hill Block Party or September’s Bumbershoot). Folks have engineered it so we get that jubilant high in October too! This month’s fests will take over both Capitol Hill and Ballard (our two most favorite imaginary ‘hoods) and both prove to be flickrable hootenannies of indie rock.

This Saturday the Neighborhood Hops Traveling Beer Festival kicks off its three-week roving stage in Capitol Hill with imaginary favorites BOAT (fine purveyors of catchy DIY indie-pop tunes) and The Elephants (Tacoma’s cutest trio of psychedelico-pop) supplying the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon of food, libations and music. There are four installments of the series with subsequent weeks featuring Seattle favorites Blue Checkered Record Player & Bad Dream, Good Breakfast (10/19 in Wallingford), Peter Parker & Tullycraft (10/19 in South Lake Union), The Quiet Ones & Burning River (10/20 in Queen Anne).

There aren’t that many details about how it is all going to work, but we’ve heard talk that once the truck toting around the keg of beer parks, the stage (literally and figuratively) is set for an afternoon of good times. Added bonus, all profits will benefit two local charities: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Gilda’s Club Seattle.

Ballard: REVERB Festival
Sponsored by Seattle Weekly, this music festival satisfies what the multitude of summer fests never really did: a kickass lineup of all local bands. REVERB goes down this Saturday, October 6th at nine (yes, NINE) stages throughout downtown Ballard (three of which are all-ages), and will feature over 50 Seattle bands — mostly up-and-comers, with a few more established acts thrown in. And — the ticket price won’t break the bank; it’s $8 if you get them in advance here, or $10 day of show.

As for our picks, you really can’t go wrong; there are so many bands to see in such a small vicinity, we encourage you to wander and potentially discover your next favorite band. But in case you’re interested, here are some shows topping our imaginary REVERB agenda…

12am – The Lights (Lock N Keel)
11pm – Boss Martians (TRACTOR)
11pm – The Bad Things (CONOR BYRNE)
10pm – Shane Tutmarc & The Traveling Mercies (CONOR BYRNE)
9pm – The Tripwires (CONOR BYRNE)
10pm – Pleasureboaters (TRACTOR)
10pm – Macklemore (SUNSET)
9pm – J. Tillman (Lock N Keel)
9pm – Das Llamas (BOP STREET RECORDS)
8pm – Central Services (SONIC BOOM RECORDS)
8pm – Partman Parthorse (TRACTOR)
7pm – Ms. Led (TRACTOR)
7pm – The Pharmacy (OUTDOOR STAGE)
7pm – Fleet Foxes (SUNSET)
6pm – The Valley (OUTDOOR STAGE)
6pm – Pwrfl Power (MIRO TEA)
6pm – Carrie Biell (SUNSET)
6pm – The Kindness Kind (BOP STREET RECORDS)
5pm – Throw Me The Statue {BOP STREET RECORDS)
5pm – Mike Dumovich (MIRO TEA)
5pm – Siberian (OUTDOOR STAGE)

Complete schedule here.

Clone thyself,
three imaginary girls

High iPod rotation:
The Blakes
The Lolligags

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Settle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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