A City Arts Memo
City Arts Fest is doing Seattle a major solid this year with some special Laserdome shows and having a least a few groupings of venues that you can walk between. Off the official schedule are a few items y’all should really know about too though, and on the official schedule are some things that could use a little added context.
Just announced for Wednesday is a Happy Hour at MOE Bar with Tomten and Radiation City. Hang out afterward, get a greasy fish fry and then you’ll be in moseying distance of everything going on that night.
Thursday it’s worth heading over the Fremont Abbey early to catch a free Damien Jurado and Kelly Rozich collaborative Art Show at the Fremont Abbey, showing on the first floor of the venerable Fremont performance space. After that showing up early for Slang! at the Triple Door will net you a kicking hour with a cover group made up Portlanders Janet Weiss and Drew Grow. I know you want to see Janet Weiss sing Hall and Oates.
Friday really has something for everybody and represents a strong local showing all around. Truckasaurus and OC Notes at FRED Wildlife Refuge would be the hotspot on the Hill if Fresh Espresso weren’t headlining Neumos with of some of 2012′s local rising rap names, most notably to this writer Kingdom Crumbs, but also including Key Nyata and The Good Sin. Reignwolf at the Laserdome will no doubt be a sight to see, though I think this night I might prefer the sweat-soaked psychedelia of Howlin’ Rain headlining Barboza since I’ve yet to see them.
As far as this writer is concerned, bouncing around the Neumos/Barboza compound on Saturday is the winning move to cap the weekend. Early Barboza hosts a few of this blog’s favorite local axemen in Hobosexual and Hounds of the Wild Hunt followed by “The Rolling Stones” (not the actual Rolling Stones) closing out that stage. Neumos then hosts what for this writer is the culmination of the fest: the Maldives Record Release Show featuring My Goodness, the Grizzled Mighty and Davidson Hart Kingsbery. As expected the new record from the Mayor’s house band has some major gravitas, so it’s fitting they have such an epic bill to lead up to their set.