Kung Foo Grip @ Upstream: The highlight of my entire summer was having Seattle rap duo Kung Foo Grip yell in my face at the second annual Upstream Music Festival in Pioneer Square. Greg Scott and Eff is H leapt from the side to side across the stage and into the crowd, directing verses at individual audience members from inches away. High energy fun for all.
Great Grandpa @ Capitol Hill Block Party: Great Grandpa performs relatively infrequently in Seattle so it’s always exciting to see them pop up. Closing out the Vera stage on Saturday night, the up-beat sound of their screams left me re-energized and excited for the third and final day of the fest.
Gymshorts @ Freakout: Gymshorts is a band I hadn’t previously heard of and hadn’t planned on attending… until I receive a “get to Conor Byrne right now” text from a friend. The Rhode Island- based band is fronted by Sarah Greenwell who provides fun banter with the audience between songs. Before launching into (the NSFW song) Ding Dong Ditch, she assured the crowd “it’s not a love song… but it is about your mom.”
Giants in the Trees @ the Sunset: Three of us ventured out to Gray’s River, Washington at the beginning of the year to interview Giants in the Trees at accordion/bass player Krist Novoselic’s (formerly of Nirvana) studio. They were so welcoming and fun, we were stoked to see them live and they did not disappoint. Jillian Raye shrieked her lyrics from behind a banjo and Ray Prestegard smiled along while playing a box guitar in front of a crowd of Nirvana-T shirt clad fans.
Fruit Juice @ Ballard VOX Anniversary Party: Fruit Juice surprised us with a Happy Birthday song (and video) prior to our first anniversary party and it was probably the best surprise any of us received individually all year. The whole Ballard VOX team crowded onstage back in February while they serenaded us. They always put on a fun show and was a definite highlight for me in 2018.