WHEEDLEDEDEE: The 33rd year of the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series gets down with a midday performance by Wheedle’s Groove, a collective noun for a group of musicians who spent the late ‘60s and early ‘70s putting hot soul to cheap wax. Unrecognized in their own time, the Wheedles would have slipped into obscurity if not for local label Light in the Attic’s tireless work seeking out rights, tracking down original players, and interviewing those who were there. The result was 2004’s self-titled release, a resurgence of a scene that most thought forgotten, and this noontime celebration of righteous R&B.
Friday 12:00 PM – 01:30 p.m. // Westlake Park // FREE
IT’S A MURICAL!: KEXP kicks off their Concerts at the Mural series tonight with a sweet bill, a chocolate store tab: The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, and Black Whales. The event is free and promises the biggest sugar rush you’ve had outside of that time you ate that entire Chunky Monkey carton on a dare, but without the crushing repercusions.
Friday 6:00 p.m. // Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center // FREE
GLITTER IN YOUR CURLIES: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the brash kabuki beauties who tend to appear out of nowhere with fabulous advice and unfailing joy, will once again face Quake Rugby (our local, amateur rugby team, which you all, we’re sure, realized we had) in a game of friendly kickball. Jockstraps will be auctioned and the umpire will take bribes, with all funds raised going to the Sisters’ Granting Fund and the Quake’s continuance. And because it’s fun to grease palms. Which reminds us: the victory after-party will be at The Cuff.
Saturday 5:00 p.m. // Miller Playfield (19th Ave E. and E. Thomas) // FREE (Donations accepted for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Granting Fund and Quake Rugby)
RARE MINT: The Northwest Film Forum hosts the Seattle premiere of the new documentary Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century. Featuring live concert footage and exclusive interviews from Neurosis, Isis, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pelican, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, this will be a post-rock lover’s dream that doesn’t involve apocalyptic visions.
Sunday 3:30 p.m. // Northwest Film Forum // $7
WALLINGFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL: The 1st Annual Wallingford Music Festival will transform the Meridian playground into a swirling burble of musical genres. In addition to the BBQ pits, playground, and community garden always on hand, you can also hear the heavy rock of VALIS, Sebastian Clark, the reggaejazz of The Highlife, The Swan Burgers, recent transplants The Hoot Hoots, Fountain of Circles, The Diving Bell (with former members of Sister Psychic, The Lawnmowers, Attachments, and Pure Joy), blues scuzzers The Springboards, and the evangelical brothers of The Gentlemen Gluttons.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Meridian Playground // FREE