While we’d argue the rest of this list is in no specific order,this Seattle rap duo definitely earned a spot as our #1 set of Upstream. It was so much high-energy fun, we felt revived and ready for more acts after watching rappers Greg Scott and Eff Is H hop all over the stage, into the audience, and in our very own faces.
Seattle punk-rock quartet earned a spot on our top five due to their colorful, energetic performance. Emily Nokesexuded care-free, fun vibes and there was not a single person in the crowd standing still as she worked the stage with her tambourine.
Seattle bands really killed it at Upstream and Great Grandpa was no exception. Alex Menne transitioned easily between singing softly and yelling aggressively, a necessary skill given that each of the band’s songs soundcompletely different from the previous. You never know what you’re going to get with Great Grandpa, and we like being kept on our toes.
Zola Jesus sauntered onto the stage draped in bright red chiffon, foreshadowing the powerful, captivating performance to come. Her voice sounded incredible and, though she performed to a packed main stage crowd, the audience remained nearly silent and clearly in awe of her commanding performance.
You can guarantee that a Giants in the Trees show will be filled with fans enamored of Krist Novoselic. You can also guarantee that from the minute front-woman Jillian Raye sings the first word of their opening song, “Sasquatch,” the audience’s attention will shift from admiration to the bassist/accordion player to appreciation of the whole band and their nature-centric songs. The energy was high and the smiles – from the crowd and the band – were plentiful.