October 1st, 2011
It’s been years since Seattle’s sound was something that could be easily defined. Artists throughout the Emerald City vary so greatly, there is no longer a single unifying -or flannel- element. You’ll find influences immigrating here from the entire nation, joining the local talent and expanding the “scene” to form distinct pockets of creativity. We have throwback punk bands like Virgin Islands, folk-pop like Gold Leaves, whimsical rockers the likes of Spurm, and New Jack Swing stylings of Mash Hall. How can you ever hope to get an handle on it all?
Well, Next Saturday, Oct 8th, all of these different avenues of Seattle’s sound converge onto one spot for the single most categorical experience of local music, Seattle Weekly’s REVERB Festival.
This is one day I look forward to most every year. It’s not because the bands showcased are the hottest or the biggest the city has to offer, but because its a chance to see the roots of the industry. To see OUR local bands spilling their guts out for our pleasure. These are the bands that keep Seattle music evolving and revered nationwide. Every year, REVERB Festival crashes into the sleepy little condo villa of Ballard and draws heavily on it’s stockpile of venues, even expanding into neighborhood restaurants and infiltrating the mysterious Eagle’s hall.
A mere $10 gets you an all access pass to the 69 bands performing at 9 venues throughout the neighborhood. You can find a handy-dandy map with band listings on the REVERB site. This year, I feel there is much more integration of styles at each venue. You can find the hip-hop of Dyme Def and lo-fi of Witch Gardens happening on the stage at the NY Fashion Academy. PartMan PartHorse mostly naked punk rockers will be sharing the same dark corner in the Sunset Tavern as the psychedelic rappers Metal Chocolates. I dig this melding of genre, twisting even what is considered normal for a venue. Plus there is the distinct possibility I can plant my ass in just one spot for the day and take in all the city has to offer.
By the way, all of the bands mentioned above can be found playing the festival. You can get your tickets for the Seattle Weekly REVERB Festival here, or you can get wristbands day-of at the info booth or at any of the venues just before their first show.