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