Tonight in Seattle: Capitol Hill Block Party, Buildings on the Moon, Shearwater, City Faire, Leni Stern and more!

Bebe Besch / July 20, 2012

Capitol Hill Block Party @ Capitol Hill, Seattle | 7/20, 7/21, 7/22 | 3p.m. – TBA | $30 – $85 (Get Tickets) | All-ages

Image courtesy of Capitol Hill Block Party

It’s finally here! Capitol Hill Block Party will be kicking off tonight with and bunch of talented worldwide and local acts. Tonight the block party will host Youth Lagoon, The Oh Sees, Allen Stone, The Fitz and the Tantrums, Fresh Espresso, Crystal Stilts, Colonies, Nouela, Imaginary Cities, Nu Sensae, Keyboard Kid and Fly Moon Royalty, to name just a few. We’ll have a team making the rounds all weekend at the festival, so keep an eye out for our Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 coverage. We suggest you get out to the party early to catch the first main stage performance by none other than Father John Misty, sharp at 4p.m.

Buildings on the Moon, Pacific Nomadic, Disastroid @ The High Dive | 7/20 | 9:30 p.m. | $7 | 21+

Photo courtesy of Buildings on the Moon’s Facebook page

This Friday night, progressive rock band Buildings on the Moon will return with some new tunes! In February the foursome held their release party for their Worlds Away EP at the High Dive, and now they’re back to showcase a few new songs they’ve been working on. The Hard Rock Café recognized the rigor of the band when Buildings on the Moon made it to the top 12 of their Seattle Battle of the Bands competition, beating out over 800 bands in the area. Their melodic tunes are stellar live – if you’re into loud sets then this lineup is for you!

With Buildings on the Moon will be Pacific Nomadic, who will bring a softer, shimmery rock to the stage with their heart-on-their-sleeve tactics. Priding themselves on their honest creations, Pacific Nomadic will be a charming second set. Taking the stage first will be Disastroid from San Francisco, who clearly have a sense of humor, or are just brutally honest – they describe themselves as “three utterly boring men playing completely lame music”.

City Faire, Down North, BattleCry Melody, Brian Marshall BandNectar Lounge | 7/20 | 8 p.m. | $6 Adv (Get Tickets) | 21+

Photo by Bebe Besch

830 miles later, local funk/soul group City Faire make their way home to Seattle after playing a handful of shows throughout the state.  The bluesy tunes of City Faire have taken a positive turn recently with the addition of Ayesha Brooks on vocals as they debuted in May. Fortunately, I was able to attend this last show, where I noted that Brooks on vocals

“seemed to blend with the rest of the band as if they had been creating music together for years. Often times Brooks spent leaning on or feeding off of bassist Jacob Yackshaw to her left, or playfully assisting guitarist Larson Haakenstad to her right before he shifted off on a mesmerizing solo.”

Members of the band have also taken their dedication to the next level – some quitting their day jobs to solely focus on their passions and efforts for the band. This show on Friday night will be the last in Seattle for City Faire before they embark on a journey into the studio this August to record their new sound. Check them out this Friday at the Nectar Lounge, and with them see Down North, another groovy rock collective, BattleCry Melody, who will be celebrating their album release for Vanquish, and Brian Marshall Band.

Leni Stern and her Trio of African Master Musicians @ The Royal Room | 7/20 | 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Leni Stern

Having a diverse background in music and firm, Leni Stern traveled from Germany to the United States where she attended school at Berklee, she later moved to NYC and contributed to many musical projects including jazz outlets, but now she’s working with her trio of African master musicians made up of Kofo (talking drum, vocals), Alioune Faye (percussion), and Mamadou Ba (bass). The combination of all four is an experience of it’s own as they spin through the melodics found on Stern’s Sabani, released earlier this year. If you’re looking for something truly original tonight in Seattle, this is the show to peek into.

Shearwater, Husky, Shenandoah Davis @ The Crocodile | 7/20 | 9p.m. | $12 (Get Tickets) | All-Ages

Photo Credit: Robin Dua

Preview by Nikki Benson:

Sub Pop darlings Shearwater are returning to Seattle after their triumphant Sasquatch! 2012 appearance.

Over the past few years, Shearwater has simplified their sound from a multi-piece chamber rock band to much more conventional three piece. The new flavors of their sound can be heard on their February 2012 release, Animal Joy.  Jonathan Melburg’s vibrato-augmented signature sound remains unchanged, but there is a marked positivity that has transformed the feeling of the band. Though there are fewer members in this version of Shearwater, they still manage to cram in as much as possible. Listen to Animal Joy below.

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