City Arts Fest 2012: Q13 FOX News Preview HighlightsPosted by Melissa Daniels
SSG Music’s Features Editor Melissa Daniels was on Q13 FOX News This Morning talking about our top picks for City Arts Fest 2012! If you weren’t able to tune in, check out the list below. You can also see a full list of all our City Arts Fest coverage here.
If you’re looking for a chance to rock out, Reignwolf is where’s it at. Originally from Canada, but now a Seattle resident, Jordan Cook is one of the most authentic live performers to date. His grinding guitar and explosive energy on stage is so intense that his crowds usually can’t help but being suckered in from start to finish. The music is raw and it speaks for itself.
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, was one of the leading forces in underground hip-hop in the 90s. He’s known for his introspective style that has been heavily influenced by his hometown of Brooklyn and the culture he grew up in. He’s a product of the Golden Age of hip-hop, and his social and political activities have influenced his music to the point of him being recognized as one of music’s leading lyricists. Opening for Mos Def will be Larry Hawkins, Thaddeus David and DJ Swervewon.
80s giant, David Byrne, formerly known for his influential work with Talking Heads, teamed up with St. Vincent back in 2009 for their recently released project Love This Giant. Together they’ve produced an album backed by a brass band, instead of the traditional rock lineup, with all original material that spans a variety of genres. Both artists are known for their stark lyrics and unique flavors, which means both of them together on stage is sure to ignite something that should not be missed.
SSG Music’s Semi-Acoustic Party - 10/20 @ The Crocodile Back Bar | 5pm | Free
The SSG Music Semi-Acoustic Party is part of City Arts Fest’s Happy Hour Showcase series. The Semi-Acoustic Fest is a free show that will feature a unique blend of Ravenna Woods, Lemolo, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and Motopony, who will be playing debut collaborations. The bands will be playing stripped down versions of each other’s music, as well as collaborative pieces that have yet to be performed in front of an audience.
This showcase will be a special opportunity for fans to experience something out of the ordinary with Seattle’s top up and coming bands. Originally inspired by The Round, SSG Music wanted to provide fans with the chance to connect with their favorite local bands on a more intimate level, so they’ll be seeing some semi-acoustic versions of each band’s original material, as well as an mix of new stuff.
The format for the show is an open structure with no band set times. The Semi-Acoustic Fest will give fans a front row seat in a unique jam session setting, where they’re sure to hear new original songs from a mishmash of talented musicians from the Northwest.