Amazing lights! Amazing shoes.

TEAM BIRTHDAY: Block Party Day 3 Recap

Show Date: July 24, 2016

By day 3 I realized how much more I need to make exercise a part of my daily life. We leisurely strolled from stage to stage (because I could not do anything but be in leisure) in our Sunday best as we enjoyed these final hours of CHBP.

A big thanks to CHBP for the fun weekend! Can’t wait to see you next year, when we are even older. Team Birthday out.

Highlights:

No More Weak Dates is my anthem lately. The tracklist is seriously too accurate, detailing the weird spaces humans make around each other in love, dating, and the vague gray. I was so excited to see SassyBlack in action being, well, sassy as F. Even though we only did a quick drive-by viewing of this hypnotizing lady, her opening call of “I’m so sassy” felt like a declaration of independence.

SassyBlack

SassyBlack

“I’m sorry, I get to preachin’. It’s a Sunday after all.” PREACH!

“I’m sorry, I get to preachin’. It’s a Sunday after all.” PREACH!

Sorceress Sassyblack beckons me forward into her hypnotizing shirt.

Sorceress Sassyblack beckons me forward into her hypnotizing shirt.

SassyBlack

SassyBlack

Joy Formidable is a band that no one can disagree with you for liking because they don’t particularly offend anyone’s tastes and if you were stuck in a car with someone for six hours you could at least pop them in and both of you would probably not hate each other and maybe even find some common ground on what car game to play while you’re stuck in traffic and you would make an effort not bring up that One Thing you shouldn’t bring up because Politics. That’s their charm, y’all! They bring all kinds of people together! But they also rock really, really hard. The live experience of Joy Formidable is so different than the listening–in a good way. While their big sound feels like it’s fighting its own confines in their latest album Hitch, on stage Ritzy Bryan and co. cavorted so hard I’m surprised they didn’t get whiplash.

Ritzy Bryan wows us with her range of guitar-induced facial expressions.

Ritzy Bryan wows us with her range of guitar-induced facial expressions.

Joy Formidable

Joy Formidable

She calls this look the "MY GUITAR STANK IS TOO GREAT."

She calls this look the “MY GUITAR STANK IS TOO GREAT.”

Not to be one-upped Matthew Thomas throws his face into the ring too.

Not to be one-upped Matthew Thomas throws his face into the ring too.

Joy Formidable

Joy Formidable

REAL MVP IS THE REAL MVP BECAUSE HE IS HAPPIER THAN ALL OF Y'ALL.

REAL MVP IS THE REAL MVP BECAUSE HE IS HAPPIER THAN ALL OF Y’ALL.

If you weren’t at CHARMS you were in the wrong place. Like a harbinger of what was to come, they started their set by blowing a fuse, which was appropriate because there was so much rock happening I thought I was gonna get MY FACE BLOWN OFF.  A lady mosher started the party in the pit and it seemed like the only encouragement the crowd needed at a time when they were aching to jump in. Yeah yeah, lady mosher! At some point E.J. Tolentino noted how much Block Party tickets are selling for these days which was a good reminder of how lucky we all are in Seattle to catch these same bands around town for (usually) a fraction of the price. Coincidentally you can catch CHARMS play again on Tuesday, August 2 at Chop Suey.

At the end of the set, we all wanted more, including the real real white guy next to me screaming “UNO MAS! UNO MAS!” as he fist-pumped toward the heavens and I gave him extreme side-eye. Okay, guy. They played “Gold Statue,” which was one of my favorites of the night. A final note: they just joined Killroom Records, so a big congrats to them!!

CHARMS

CHARMS

Several holes opened between our earth and the underworld upon the unleashing of this war cry.

Several holes opened between our earth and the underworld upon the unleashing of this war cry.

CHARMS

CHARMS

CHARMS

CHARMS

Kblanq manning the sweet light show from the wings. Side note: are you single? Get at me.

Kblanq manning the sweet light show from the wings. Side note: are you single? Get at me.

Even though STRFKR has been here a veritable buttload of times I’d never been to a show until this day, which is a shame, because if I had known about the confetti I would’ve been there way sooner. Even if it was kind of Flaming Lips Lite in terms of the theater (as in, less baby dolls being cradled), just dang! Those flamingos! The astronauts! A floating human raft!

STRFKR

STRFKR

Mid-show nap to re-fuel for the big finish.

Mid-show nap to re-fuel for the big finish.

STRFKR

STRFKR

Pearl from Champagne Champagne makes an appearance riding on the heels of a majestic dinosaur.

Pearl from Champagne Champagne makes an appearance riding on the heels of a majestic dinosaur.

The most efficient way to get anywhere; inflatable flamingos will soon replace the Prius.

The most efficient way to get anywhere; inflatable flamingos will soon replace the Prius.

The moment that one in that one car commercial started playing.

The moment that one song in that one car commercial started playing.

Guy up front is like grandma during Christmas all like DON'T THROW THAT PAPER AWAY I CAN USE THAT.

Guy up front is like grandma during Christmas all like DON’T THROW THAT PAPER AWAY I CAN USE THAT.

The 2016 headliner Chvrches was just so goshdarn cute. Lauren Mayberry is one of those tiny people who look good in anything so that even when she was talking about a bird shitting on her earlier that day I still responded with “Awhhhhh.” They played all the hits, including “Never Ending Circles” and “Leave a Trace.” The set was accompanied by killer light show that was the perfect, uplifting end to a weekend full of great music.

The tiny but mighty Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches.

The tiny but mighty Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches.

Amazing lights! Amazing shoes.

Amazing lights! Amazing shoes.

Chvrches

Chvrches

Chvrches

Chvrches

Chvrches

Chvrches

(Photos by Brady Harvey.)

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