Your Weekend Events

HONK!: If you happen to be in Boston this weekend, there’s really only one place you should be: wherever the marching bands are. Saturday and Sunday, the 27 bands of HONK! will take to the streets of Davis and Harvard square (along with points between) for a celebratory reclamation of public spaces with badass beats and insistent horns. If you can, you must. With hundreds of musicians playing joyously to spontaneous dance, for free, out of love for the music and community, HONK! is a revelation, an inspiration, and just really good for your soul.
Saturday, and Sunday Various Times // Davis Square, Somerville, MA // FREE

FUNK OWL: New Orleans and Ireland. Po’ boys and potatoes. Tubaluba and Owl N’ Thistle. Tonight, brave your way down 1st to witness one of Seattle’s best funk hip-shakers sweat up wood paneling. 14-piece Tubaluba (three tubas, three trumpets, two trombones, three saxes (alto, bari, tenor), and then on one: keyboardist, drummer, and singer) is sexy and talented, tackling old soul covers at a swagger and slinging hash-hot originals. They’re good, is what we’re saying. And in the Owl N’ Thistle? They’re gonna cook.
Friday 10 p.m. // Owl N’ Thistle // FREE

SPEAK ALEXIE: It really seems like Sherman Alexie shouldn’t need an introduction in this town. He’s been Seattle forever, a tall leader with a voice of mythical distance. Chances are good you (or someone you know) has read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven or seen Smoke Signals. (And if not, get on that, would you?) They are works of a man who has tales of things he’s seen, and for all the ways he’s found to realize them, the best is in him talking to you. Seize this rare opportunity to be a part of Alexie’s audience, to be taken into his confidence.
Saturday 2 p.m. // Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch // FREE

DB BEATS UP THE PARK: Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Decibel Festival steps out of the clubs for an afternoon in the park. Starting at noon, Volunteer Park will thump and unz until attendees erupt in ecstatic dance. The line-up includes San Fran native Comma, label boss and DJ Salva, Warp artist Eprom, Portland’s Danny Corn and Natasha Kmeto, along with our own Ill Cosby, DJ Sonny Chiba, and Hz Donut. This is just one of many events Decibel is throwing this weekend (View the entire schedule here (pdf)), but if you want a free all-ages sampling, this is the one for you.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Volunteer Park (Chop Suey if raining) // FREE

EAT AND TRUCK: You’ve danced all weekend. Hung over, wrung out, blissfully exhausted from debauchery too strong for memory. It’s Sunday and you need food. May we suggest The Mobile Chowdown, the recurring food truck invitational, this time with Marination Mobile, Where Ya at Matt, Skillet, Maximus Minimus, Veraci Pizza, Parfait Ice Cream, Lumpia World, Walla Walla truck, Andrae’s Kitchen, Raney Brothers BBQ, Street Donuts, Big Food Mobile, Pretzelwagen, Snout & Co., and A Lunch in Hand. Doesn’t that list basically promise at least one fortifying delectable? Some perfect vector of quick and care that you can purchase and eat. Your stomach will thank you.
Sunday p.m. // West Seattle Junction // Free

SeaCompression is Coming! Come to SeaCompression!

The 10th Annual SeaCompression returns with a new venue, awe-inspiring art, booty-shaking music, and you on Saturday, October 15th! This is Seattle’s official decompression party, now with two acres stuffed with theme camps, interactive art, fire spinners, DJs, live music and performers, dance, art cars, grilled cheese, suspension rigs, small blimps, neon rainbows, and every other thing we can pack into an empty city block.

As you might imagine, an event like this requires the work, energy, and assistance of a great many people. It needs you!


  • To volunteer (at the door, at the bar, with food, for clean-up, and so on), click here
  • If you’d like to perform, sign up here
  • To bring a theme camp or art car, sign up here
  • And if you’d like to bring your large scale art, sign up here

After the last few years out at Magnuson Park, SeaComp is moving to The B/Ias Site down in Burien. If that sounds like a jaunt too far (which, really now, it isn’t), SeaComp Producers have arranged for a private shuttle there and back. Shuttles leave at 6, 7:30, 9, and 10:30, and your round trip ticket guarantees you a seat home when the party ends at 2am.

We look forward to seeing you in your finest German Sparkle Party Pants!

Seacompression 10: Mocktoberfest
Saturday, October 15, 2011
500 SW 151st Street, Burien, WA
(aka the Burien Interim Art Space or B/IAS site)
6pm – 2am
Tickets: $25 / $40

Your Weekend Events

HAWK ROCKERS: Not your typical cheerleaders, Blue Thunder is a rolling force, both the largest NFL drumline and the only performance group fully supported by a franchise. This weekend, they’re playing throughout Washington state to amp us up for Gameday. Check them out tonight at Seattle’s King Street Bar & Oven, Saturday at the SunFair Parade and Central WA State Fair in Yakima, and then down at the stadium on Sunday. Don’t worry. You won’t have any trouble finding them.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday // Various Locations // FREE

SHACK SHAKER: KEXP hosts the the evocatively titled Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball all this weekend at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. This will be the 24th year Dr. Leon Berman has headed the Ball (which is exactly the sort of phrasing the good doctor would love), which is the longest running rockabilly festival in the United States. Featuring performances from Nikki Lane, Knut Bell & The Blue Collars, Captain Jeffrey and His Musical Chumbuckets, and Hillbilly Casino, among many others, this should be the perfect way to set what’s left of Summer on fire.
Friday and Saturday 8:00 p.m. // Tractor Tavern // $20

GET ON THE COUCH: Over the course of four years, Couch Fest has expanded from a weird little event where you watch odd little films in strangers’ Seattle-area homes to one where you watch odd little films in strangers’ homes all over the world. Plus ça change, right? This Saturday, Couch Fest returns for a full day of eating snacks and watching movies in your new friends’ houses. Remember, while it might feel just like you’re at home, pants and good people manners are required.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Various Locations // $5 per house

THROWN FRUIT: Finally, an event that requires you sign a waiver. Our favorite kind! Tomato Battle takes over the Pyramid Alehouse (and, we suspect, a wet, red radius around it) this Saturday for a full-scale food fight. Wild rumpus music will be provided by Titanium Sporkestra and Bat Country, and costumes are encouraged. We’re not really sure how well this work, but we’re totally willing to let you find out. Go throw a tomato!
Saturday Noon – 9:00 p.m. // Pyramid Alehouse & Restaurant // $59.99

Support PRONK!

Coming soon to a street near you! On Monday October 3rd, 2011, the sounds and sights of street bands from here and around the country will fill our fair city as part of the fourth annual Providence HONK (PRONK) Festival. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign to help take care of some of their logistical costs, and we urge you to support them if you can.

And just who are these characters? We are a victory riot of local favorites like the Extraordinary Rendition Band and the What Cheer? Brigade. We are a cacophonous street celebration with out of town brass bands like the Springville All Star Marching Band from New York, Environmental Encroachment from Chicago, Titanium Sporkestra from Seattle, the Minor Mishaps from Austin, Texas and more. We are a street intervention like no other, with outfits and misfits from Rhode Island and beyond – musicians, artists, makers, and community groups – taking over Wickenden Street as part of the Providence HONK Parade.

PRONK is a grassroots, community event made possible by the support of local folk like you. None of the bands will be paid for participating in the festival. Instead, they are inspired to travel great distances at personal expense to joyously celebrate their music in public spaces. Your contribution of dollar$ will go directly to feeding, housing, and hospitalizing (er, showing hospitality to) the bands.

Our goal is to raise $1250… so throw us some cash and some dance moves and we will see you on the 3rd!

Your Weekend Events

THE DUDE ABIDES: Central Cinema, Seattle’s best second-run theater, devotes three days to The Big Lebowski, The Coen Brothers eminently quotable masterpiece about a stoner detective (“New shit has come to light, man”), his aggressive Vietnam vet friend (“I can get you a toe”), nihilists (“We cut off your johnson”), a pedophile bowler (“Don’t fuck with the Jesus”), a sexually-secure heiress (“Does the female form make you uncomfortable, Mr. Lebowski?”), and a missing trophy wife (“Brandt can’t watch though, or he has to pay $100”). Now that we think about it, we can’t believe this isn’t a quote-along. Oh well, just do what everyone else will be doing: drink White Russians and sub-vocalize the script. It’ll tie the room together.
Friday – Sunday 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday 9:30 p.m. // Central Cinema // $6 advance ($8 day of show)

WRITING LETTERS TO THE ARMY: The Blue Moon hosts an evening of the spirited experimental and willfully eclectic when they invite Corespondents, Nu Klezmer Army, and Erev Rav to the stage. A three-top of multi-instrumentalists, Corespondents make Morricone salad, buzzed ragtime, and circus dreams for poets and drunks. Erev Rav traffics in an even blend of traditional tunes and original compositions that run through funk, reggae, bee bop, rock, latin rhythm, and gypsy jazz, while Nu Klezmer Army claim they were formed within a Siberian prison camp after being directed by a burning shrubbery. Who says no to that?
Saturday 9:30 p.m. // Blue Moon // $6 (21+)

RUMBLE BUMBER: It’s Labor day weekend! Time to take a little respite from work, and head out to Bumbershoot, Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Festival, and if you’ve never been, you should check out our survival guide. We heartily recommend the 1 Reel Film Series, the new DECIBEL-curated After Dark series, and KEXP‘s secret lounge performances. Go, wander, listen, loiter, people-watch, and repeat. The weather is slated to be beautiful, so you won’t even need the thing for which the festival is named.
Saturday – Monday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Seattle Center // $35 – $300