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Fremont Fair Solstice Concert Series feat. Built To Spill [Seattle]
June 20, 2014 @ 5:00 am - 1:00 am$20 adv / $25 at the door20 - $20 adv / $25 at the door25
I lived in the Fremont district of Seattle for years and, for the first couple of them, my apartment was in a location that could easily be considered ground zero for the area’s annual Solstice Parade. I lived on the bottom floor of a building where my front porch looked right out onto the street where a huge parade would traipse through. Being able to the pull the speakers of my turntable outside and play Fatboy’s records, grab beer from my own fridge, and sit on whatever random couch(es) were brought out by the neighbors in my building were luxuries not afforded to most attendees. I was spoiled. It wasn’t until I moved outside of the area that the true chaos of the festivities became more apparent. Each year parking becomes more and more impossible, while the crowds become larger and larger. It’s great for kids if you get there early enough, but eventually it’s hard to find a place for them to see anything and, it’s a great place to drink in the streets, but difficult to maneuver through if you have a child with you. Naked painted-up bicyclists tear through the streets along with elaborate floats, and the only reason that it’s grown to become as chaotic as it has is because it’s an institution. The committee works all year to bring this to the community and it’s an event in every sense of the world, but then… after the parade, everything seems to be over. Sure, folks are still wandering around nude for no discernibly good reason and the nearby Gasworks Park fills up, but it always felt like there should be more for people in the area to keep things going. This year it’s really being stretched out to more of a 3-day weekend with the Fremont Fair introducing the brand new Solstice Concert series and, in it’s inaugural year, they’re bringing in one my all-time favorite bands: Built To Spill.
I’ve been seeing Built To Spill for 20 years now and, miraculously, Doug Martsch’s crew has only managed to improve on already tremendous beginnings. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Boise’s golden boys live over the years, but I caught them as recently as December and they sound better than ever. Few bands have been as influential as Martsch’s pioneering indie rock outfit over the last 2 decades and few frontman as humble.
Opening for the legends are a handful of popular local acts, helping to transform the Solstice into a series of legitimate all day events for the first time ever. The sun is finally coming out in this damn city, so do what you crazy kids do and cut your pants down into shorts, throw your PBR tallboys into a paper lunch bag and shuffle down the hill of Fremont Ave to relax outside all weekend, raging into the warm summer evenings. Enjoy yourself now, because the rain and cold will be back in no time.
Set times below.
Built To Spill ( 9:30pm to 10:45pm)
Campfire OK (8:00pm to 9:00pm)
TacocaT ( 6:45pm to 7:30pm)
Young Evils ( 5:30pm to 6:15pm)