Seattle hosts two music festivals this month. One is the Capitol Hill Block Party, which attracts local and national names that connect with the Seattle hipster crowd (I'm looking at you TV on the Radio, Ra Ra Riot, and Explosions in the Sky). The second fest, only in its second year, is not so well known. It's called the GreenNote Music Festival.



The GreenNote Music Festival celebrates "sustainable music and culture," with mainly paperless promotions, all acoustic sets, and food stands going with compostable cups and plates. Basically, think of it as hippies that bathe.

Unlike other "festivals for a cause," GreeNote features artists that usually play the Paramount. GreenNote starts off with a free all-local acoustic set. Artists include Brian Ellefson, BC Campbell, Roman Holiday, and Stephanie Roberts. Roman Holiday sounds like Coldplay and Kings of Leon's lovechild, and Hawaii native Brian Ellefson cites Bob Marley and U2 major influences.

Matt Nathanson headlines Saturday at the first ticketed show. Nathanson will be opening for the upcoming Maroon 5/Train tour, so this is a good chance to see him in case you don't want to go to the White River Amphitheater.

The festival ends Sunday with two great acts for an all-piano show- Jon McLaughlin and Five for Fighting. Tickets for both of these shows are less than $30 each. Buy them here.



Seattle Center, Friday-Sunday, 5pm-10pm

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