Music Fest

Belle and Sebastian, Big Boi Headline Heineken City Arts Fest

Free mag’s first-ever music and arts fest boasts Gogol Bordello, Blue Scholars, and more.

By Laura Dannen August 4, 2010

Gogol Bordello play Sasquatch! Music Fest in 2009 (pictured), and coheadline the first City Arts Fest. Photo courtesy Sean Pecknold.

Well done, City Arts. For its inaugural music and arts festival in October—part of Seattle’s City of Music initiative—the free mag has some pretty big recruits: Belle and Sebastian (a coup, considering the indie pop act hasn’t toured behind a new studio album since 2006), gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello, Big Boi (minus Andre 3000), Seattle hip-hop legends Blue Scholars, plus a ton of standout local acts like Star Anna, the Maldives, Head Like a Kite, Macklemore… (see the full list below).

Give a bit of credit to creative directors Steven Severin and Michael Hebb, who’ve also arranged "fireside chats" at the Sorrento Hotel (a la Hebb’s Night School) with writers, dancers, and artists from choreographer Amy O’Neal to the Stranger’s Charles Mudede; conversations on rap’s relationship to chamber music with Tilson, Paul Rucker, and Chamber vs. Chamber; and performances by Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pat Graney Company. You get the idea.

Heineken City Arts Fest takes place in 15 venues across the city from October 20-23. Wristband tickets ($60, access to one mainstage show, guarantees no cover at CAF shows) go on sale August 7 at 10am at cityartsfest.com; individual performances go on sale August 28. Check back here for updates.

City Arts Fest Artists

Belle and Sebastian, Blue Scholars, She & Him, Gogol Bordello, Big Boi, Blitzen Trapper, Brother Ali, The Vaselines, Foals, Roky Erickson, Emeline Michel, DBR, Dum Dum Girls, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, DJ Spooky, Joshua Roman, Macklemore, Chase Jarvis, James Carter, John Medeski, Ryan Lewis, Sera Cahoone, Atomic Bombshells Burlesque, Head Like A Kite, The Maldives, The Weepies, Alloy Orchestra, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Theresa Rebeck, Fresh Espresso, The Head and the Heart, Paul Rucker, The Pica Beats, Seabear, Esben and the Witch, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Mash Hall, Massy Ferguson, Our Lady J, Tilson, C. W. Winter

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