Category Archives: City Arts Festival

City Arts Fest: Lost in the Trees @ the Crocodile 10/20

For my last City Arts Festival show on Saturday October 20, a friend who rarely attends shows asked me to join her at the Crocodile to see Lost in the Trees, headlining with Horse Feathers, Midtown Dickens, and Dana Buoy. I knew nothing of any of those bands, but I was happy to accompany myRead more…

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City Arts Fest: Reignwolf @ Laser Dome

I kept trying to start this post about my experience seeing Reignwolf at the Laser Dome and having to stop because I wasn’t sure where to begin. So let’s start here: I had never seen Reignwolf before, nor had I been to the Laser Dome. I also wasn’t supposed to be at the show, weRead more…

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City Arts Fest: DeVotchKa @ the Moore Theatre 10/20

Photos and review by Victoria Holt On Saturday, October 20th, DeVotchKa graced the Moore Theatre with their transcendent, romantic instrumentation for the City Arts Festival. Singer Nick Urata cooed lyrics of love, loss, and exploration of the inner self, transporting the packed audience to a nostalgic place. A few crowd members could barely contain themselves,Read more…

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City Arts Fest: Thursday 10/18

On Thursday, October 18, I took advantage of the proximity of two venues to get a better sense of the variety that the City Arts Festival brings, by bouncing between two very different shows. The Crocodile had a fairly typical rock show, with Gold Leaves, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Throw Me The Statue,Read more…

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City Arts Fest: Ghostland Observatory @ Showbox SoDo 10/19

On Friday, October 19, I went down to the Showbox SoDo for what promised to be the biggest show I’d see at City Arts Fest: Ghostland Observatory. Technically, this was my second time seeing them, as I was at their performance at the 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party. But that time, I was so farRead more…

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City Arts Fest: Mos Def & The Physics @ Showbox SoDo 10/18

If you live in the Pacific NW, chances are you know about The Physics, the young up and coming rap group from Seattle. And if you like rap or poetry and are between the ages of 50 and 10, you probably know who Mos Def is, the liminal poet/rapper who brought slam poetry to theRead more…

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City Arts Fest: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ 5th Avenue Theatre 10/17

Back in 1984, in an interview with himself, Talking Heads’ David Byrne stated that he would tour again “when there is something new to say to an audience.” While the songs themselves need not be new, the performance should be fresh and inventive, which in those days meant donning an oversized suit, serenading a floorRead more…

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Live Around Town This Week

It may have turned for the worse outside, but there’s still plenty to see inside. City Arts Fest dominates most of the schedule with an amazing week of music ahead in almost every venue in town. It’s a busy week with a ton of great choices for everyone. On Monday night Beth Orton sets theRead more…

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KEXP suggests: City Arts Fest 2012, October 17-20

In three years, Seattle has watched City Arts Festival grow with a tenacity that few festivals have held. Each year, the arts spread across the city for one massive celebration of what Seattle has to offer (plus some additions from elsewhere). This year, the lineup for City Arts Festival looks stronger than ever, and forRead more…

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2012 Heineken City Arts Fest Announces Initial Lineup!

The initial lineup for the 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest has been announced, and it’s packed with a diverse range of acts that will be sure to fill up the numerous venues taking part in this year’s activities. Alongside the already announced headlining show from David Byrne and St. Vincent, the festival will host performancesRead more…

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