Grass Widow, Purple & Green, Metal Chocolates, Seapony, and More at Cairo’s Vibrations Festival!

Sean Palmer / August 19, 2011

Cairo‘s 1st Annual Vibrations Festival featuring Grass Widow, Purple & Green, Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Stephanie, Witch Gardens, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, Seapony, Voodoo Reverb, Actual Pain @ Volunteer Park Ampitheatre | 8/20 | 2pm-10pm | FREE | All-Ages

As they continue to establish themselves as one of Seattle’s most exciting outlets for independent art, Cairo will be hosting their first annual Vibrations Festival this Saturday with an amazing line-up!

Poster by Brian Standeford and Strath Shepard

Headlining the eight hour festival are San Francisco’s Grass Widow and Portland’s Purple & Green. Supplying the local muscle are Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Stephanie, Witch Gardens, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, and Seapony. Oh, and did I mention it’s free? As far as I can tell, this will probably be the best free event of any kind this summer!

Photo by Dillon Donovan

Grass Widow are an all-female rock trio who layer vocal harmonies atop catchy post-punk jams. Since forming in 2007, they’ve gone on to release material with such acclaimed indie labels as Captured Tracks, Make-A-Mess, and Kill Rock Stars.¬†Recently, they played a private show for a lucky group of gorillas at a Boston zoo as a part of Animal Madness‘ “Music for Animals” concert series (full story here). If you miss their festival appearance, catch them at the Black Lodge with Broken Water on the 22nd!

Purple & Green are an electro-R&B duo consisting of producer Adam Forkner (aka White Rainbow) and singer Justin Johnson (aka J Green) who create “r&b soul-hop psychedelic digital funk party music”. Although they haven’t released much official material yet, they’ve been causing quite a stir around the Pacific Northwest with their energetic live performances.

Having released their latest album, Golden Fjord, through Cairo’s record label division, Flexions are a natural forerunner in showcasing some of our best local talent. The former duo are now officially a drums-laden trio who continue to play wonky electro-rock and astral dancefloor burners. They were also featured on Cairo’s Cold Jungle compilation alongside fellow festival players Witch Gardens and Stephanie.

Pushing Vibrations’ scope out even further are Metal Chocolates, one of Seattle’s most promising new hip-hop projects (which Joe Gustav and I recently spotlighted). Head over to their bandcamp page to find out why!

It’s safe to say that if you haven’t seen Stephanie perform before, you don’t go to very many local shows. They’re one of those bands that keep our community’s ventricles pumping with infectious post-punkish “SWIRL” jams. Check out the band’s latest offerings on their bandcamp and MySpace pages!

Self-described “gothic R&B” band Witch Gardens play jangly garage pop with sweet, yet off-kilter vocals that are sure to put a grin on your face. Their latest release, Alice, Agatha, Branch, & Christ, is definitely one of this year’s best ‘Seattle summer’ albums.

Despite what many will initially suspect, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV really is the name of a single musician who labels his output with his given name. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, Gebhardt plays the guitar and sings catchy folk/rock songs with titles like “Teach My Heart“. He released his latest “Romantical Folk-Pop” album, Begin Again, earlier this summer on ggnzla Records.


Having played a free show at the Mural Ampitheater just last Friday, Seapony are a band that just keeps on giving. If you’re not already familiar with their music, shame on you! After signing with Sub Pop’s Hardly Art imprint and releasing their debut LP, Go With Me, earlier this year, Seapony have quickly become one of our most popular new exports. Their uber dreamy pop songs are perfectly suited to any and all summer activities, and come winter, they’ll be providing the soundtrack for those yearning for warm beach days.

The festival’s opening ceremonies will be kicked off by mixtape revivalists Voodoo Reverb (Liz Pfriem and Kari Odegaard). Download some of their fantastic compilations here, here, there, and here. Also spinning vibes between sets will be Brush Off and Second Sight from local clothing line / mixtape hub Actual Pain.

Set times are as follows (with DJ sets throughout)

2:00 – Voodoo Reverb
3:15 – Seapony
4:00 – Charles Leo Gebhardt IV
4:45 – Witch Gardens
5:30 – Stephanie
6:15 – Metal Chocolates
7:00 – Flexions
7:45 – Purple and Green
8:45 – Grass Widow

As if all of that weren’t enough, local design genius’ Dumb Eyes will be working their projector magic once the sun sets!

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