Heineken City Arts Festival returns

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The lineup for the second annual Heineken City Arts Festival has been revealed and it boasts an impressive array of music programming that is sure to make for a fantastic weekend of arts appreciation in Seattle.

The festivities takes place between Oct. 20 and 22 and all-access wristbands go on sale for $69 Aug. 5. The arts programming was directed by Sara Edwards and Steven Severin returned to serve as music director (last year he had help from former City Arts executie editor Mark Baumgarten) and he managed to rein in an impressive array of  musicians for the three-day event.

There’s definitely something for everyone on festival’s menu with a few of the  musical highlights including shows by Robyn, Ryan Adams (his only US show announced so far for this year), Built to Spill, Crystal Castles, Mudhoney (with the Fastbacks opening), Blackalicious and the Long Winters.

In all, the festival features more than 65 bands playing across 19 venues spread around town which makes the Heineken City Arts Festival Seattle’s most unique and diverse festivals. Aside from the aforementioned bigger names, here are a few choice highlights for the event:

  • The Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome will be used for a venue. Man Man, The Helio Sequence and the School of Rock will play sets there with the School of Rock delivering a set of grunge classics.
  • An all-star tribute to the Replacements will happen at the Comet. No word on who will perform as part of this all-star tribute but it’s sure to be a fun time, especially if you’re a fan of the Replacements. Also, the Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed will screen at NWFF as part of the festival.
  • Speaking of all-star performances, NW Hip-hop Redesigned at FRED Wildlife Refuge looks to be an interesting event. According to the festival’s website it’s an event where “25+ of the best MCs in the Northwest meet two DJs.”
  • There are lots of up-and-coming local artists on the bill. Allen Stone, Shelby Lynne, Seapony, Smokey Brights, Lemolo, Dyno Jamz, Virgin Islands, Lovesick Empire, Pickwick and Kris Orlowski are a few of the Guerrilla Candy favorites who will be performing at the festival. It’s too bad many of their sets will be spread across the city, conflicting with one another and on separate days.

On the arts side of things, the festival will feature four Seattle premieres. They are:

  • Wooster Group & The Foundry Theatre performer Steve Cuiffo in his one man show Steve Cuiffo is Lenny Bruce
  • Daniel Barrow, a Montreal-based projection artist will make his Seattle debut with his show Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry.
  • Theatre Off Jackson will host My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow, a performance by Erin Leddy of Hand2Mouth Theatre and the world premiere of Seateeth by Jose Bold (John Osebold of “Awesome”).

Here is the full music lineup for Heineken City Arts Festival:

Ryan Adams** Robyn** Built to Spill** Crystal Castles** Ozomatli** Blackalicious** Freestyle Fellowship** The Long Winters** Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine** Mudhoney** Shelby Lynne** The Fastbacks** Thao and The Get Down Stay Down** The Felice Brothers** Fences** The Boxer Rebellion** Pogo** Allen Stone** Male Bonding** Seattle Laser Dome performances with Man Man, The Helio Sequence & School of Rock** Campfire OK** USF** William Elliot Whitmore** Cobirds Unite** Pictureplane** Grand Hallway** Theoretics** The Cops** Disco Doom** Seapony** Picoso** Black Whales** Pickwick** Caitlin Rose** Thee Emergency** Daydream Vacation** Lemolo** That 1 Guy** Sons of Warren Oates** Joseph Giant** Smokey Brights** Crypts** Lovesick Empire** Unnatural Helpers** Virgin Islands** Hi Life Soundsystem** Birthday Suits** Strong Killings** Tea Cozies** Midday Veil** Witch Gardens** Dyno Jamz** F***ing Eagles** Whalebones** Don’t Talk to the Cops** Cataldo** Yuni in Taxco** Fly Moon Royalty** Blue Sky Black Death** Bryan John Appleby** Daniel G. Harmann & the Trouble Starts** Big Spider’s Back** Nightmare Fortress** Kris Orlowski** All Star Tribute to the Replacements** Factory: NW Hip-Hop redesigned** Horde and the Harem**

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.