Despite threatening weather early in the day, last week’s Concerts at the Mural kick-off event turned out to be a huge success. The sky was clear and the air was cool as Elliott Brood, Grand Hallway, and Gabriel Mintz entertained a huge crowd with the Space Needle towering overhead. Sharlese Metcalf will host this week’s event as Brite Futures, State of the Artist, and Noddy will come to the Seattle Center in what should be a high-energy, get-on-your feet party. The shows will run from 6-8 pm, but the beer garden will be open at 5, so get out early. And of course, it’s all FREE…except the beer.
Since changing their name from Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head to Brite Futures a few months ago, the youthful local pop stars have not been shy about getting out and promoting their new handle. They played a show at Neumos a month ago, made an early appearance at the Caffe Vita Bean Room at the Capitol Hill Block Party, and now they’ll be playing a free show at the Mural Amphitheater on Friday as part of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural series. If you thought people were dancing for Grand Hallway and Elliott Brood last Friday, wait until you see the Brite Futures faithful bouncing around to their sparkly dance pop, including the recently released single “Dog-Eared Summer.” Let’s just hope it’s sunny out, because I couldn’t imagine this band playing under overcast skies. Their music alone might have the power to keep the gray clouds away for the night.
STATE OF THE ARTIST
Local hip hop trio State of the Artist will add to the get-up-and-dance vibe at this week’s Mural shows, a stark contrast to last week’s wonderful but more down-temp billing of artists. SOTA recently released their debut album Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladopeness that aptly features cameos from a familiar cast of local hip hop artists. Like Brite Futures, SOTA played a short set at the Caffe Vita Bean Room during the Capitol Hill Block Party (which can be seen here), showing off their range with the reflective tenderness of “My Shine” and the more in-your-face braggadocio of “Hey Hey.” SOTA has the range, the name, the style, and the support of the burgeoning local hip hop community they’re quickly becoming cemented in. Should be a good show on Friday.
Noddy is Man Plus frontman Jared Mill’s solo project. Also from Seattle, Noddy plays dark but energetic pop laden with throwback beats, synths, and video game effects. He just released a new album Remora, Remora featuring the excellent and interminably catchy single “By Hook or By Crook.” Despite the often bleak sounding vocals and overtones, Noddy somehow manages to come off as high-spirited, and like Brite Futures and State of the Artist, he should have everybody on the lawn in front of the Mural Amphitheater up and moving.