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Timber! Fest is coming next weekend…and we have tickets to give away!


Timber! Outdoor Music Festival is coming up next weekend in lovely Carnation, Washington. It’s in its second year. Last year, Tony wrote that it “looks to be one of the indisputable highlights of the summer concert season.” By all accounts, it’s a fun time with a great music lineup (Charles Bradley! J. Mascis! Damien Jurado! The Physics! Tea Cozies! Grynch! Full schedule here!) and plenty to do outside of watching live music, like outdoor movies, hiking, kayaking, and more. Basically, it’s like a summer camp weekend with beer and great music.

This all goes down next Thursday through Saturday (July 24-26). So we’d like to send one of our readers (and a guest of their choosing) to Timber! Fest next weekend. It’s easy, just send an e-mail to before 9am on Tuesday morning (July 22) with “Timber!” in the subject line. We’ll draw one name at random and then notify them shortly thereafter. It’s all ages (and fun for the family!).

You can also purchase tickets here, should you not want to leave your weekend plans to chance.

West Seattle Fest has its best lineup in years


Now that we’re into July (July 1 is the first day of Summer in Seattle), it looks like Summer Music Fest Season is upon us, whether we like it or not.

The lineup for the West Seattle Summer Fest came out yesterday – and it’s pretty great! The Helio Sequence! The Moondoggies! Carrie Akre! STAG! OK then. This is all going down from July 11-13. The full lineup looks like:

1:00 PM – Squirrel Butter
2:00 PM – Rat City Brass
3:00 PM – Sweet Jesus
4:00 PM – Killer Ghost
5:00 PM – Magic Mirrors
6:00 PM – Country Lips
7:00 PM – Hobosexual
8:00 PM – Yada Yada Blues Band

12:00 PM – Two Story Zori
1:00 PM – Sundae + Mr. Goessel
2:00 PM – Fysah and the Soul Acoustic
3:00 PM – Vaudeville Etiquette
4:00 PM – Charms
5:00 PM – The Fabulous Downey Brothers
6:00 PM – Spinning Whips
7:00 PM – Dude York
7:40 PM – Vox Mod
8:00 PM – The Moondoggies
9:00 PM – Vox Mod
9:30 PM – The Helio Sequence

2:00 PM – Carrie Akre
3:00 PM – Stag
4:00 PM – The Darci Carlson Band
5:00 PM – The Foghorns
6:00 PM – Billy Dwayne and the Creepers

The SunBreak sponsoring the Bluegrass: Hot Pickin’ and Harmonies showcase at Folklife

SunBreak staffers will be all over the Northwest (and beyond) this Memorial Day weekend. Kelsey and Josh are going to the Gorge for Sasquatch!, I’ll be at SIFF, Tony will be moderating panels at Crypticon, etc. But our presence will also be felt at Seattle Center for the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. We’re media sponsors, with the very benevolent folks at KSER 90.7 in Everett, of the Bluegrass: Hot Pickin’ and Harmonies showcase. It takes place on Saturday, May 24 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the Mural Stage. Please do come for our shout out from the stage, but stay for the exceptional bluegrass music.

Here’s the agenda:

  • Cliff Perry Band, 1:05 PM – 1:35 PM. Folklife sez: “Cliff sings lead and harmonies, for 50 years performing and teaching bluegrass, founded Southfork B-G Band, performs with Laurel Bliss, teaches B-G Band at Shoreline CC.”

  • FarmStrong, 1:50 PM – 2:20 PM. Folklife sez: “Bringing together about 150 years of bluegrass performance experience, with bands Prairie Flyer, One More Ride, Blue Rooster, Janglebones, Armstrong Lawton Katz, Rural Delivery, Brother’s Keeper, Me & the Boys, and Runaway Train…”

  • Barleywine Revue, 2:35 PM – 3:05 PM, Folklife sez, “Barleywine Revue, based in Tacoma, was started in 2010 by several musicians who shared a passion for songwriting and performing high-energy bluegrass music.”

  • Renegade Stringband, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM, Folklife sez, “From their base in Portland, Oregon, Renegade Stringband plays hard driving bluegrass on stages and in the streets. Their repertoire runs the gamut from original ballads to covers of songs by Tom Waits, and Ella Fitzgerald.”


Downtown Library turns 10 this month, celebration to follow


The downtown Seattle Public Library is turning 10 years young this month, and it deserves a celebration. Mayor Murray has declared next Friday (May 23, it’s official 10th birthday) “Seattle Public Library Day” and it was featured on PBS’s new architecture program “Cool Spaces!” last night:

As for how to celebrate, that begins tomorrow. Here’s the full agenda:

Joshua Prince-Ramus presents “Agency” – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium. Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-architect of the Central Library, will discuss the impact that the library has had on other important buildings and public spaces.

Central Library Exhibit – Thursday, May 15, Central Library 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 8 Gallery. View photos and documents showing the history of all three library buildings on the existing Central Library site. See the evolution of this Central Library from early design to completion.

Harry and the Potters – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3. Doors open at Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. Join us as Harry and the Potters bring their wizard brand of rock to the Library! For all ages.

Caspar Babypants – 10:30 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3. Dance, wriggle and laugh to a live musical performance of funny songs featuring sing-along lyrics and call-and-response interaction. For ages 6 and younger.

“Authors Gone Wild: A Celebration of Bookish Proportions” – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a lively program featuring music, entertainment, performances, author readings and more by Seattle7Writers and the band The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses). Authors Erik Larson and Garth Stein are the masters of ceremony. Get your photo taken in the Central Library in the free photo booth. Book signing from 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: “Building the Central Library – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium. The people behind the design of the internationally acclaimed Central Library will talk about their vision, their challenges, and their dawning realization that the new building would make history, as well as discuss the future oflibraries.

Panelists include: Joshua Prince-Ramus, co-architect of the Central Library and principal of REX in New York City; former City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, now head of Global Libraries for the Gates Foundation; Sam Miller, partner at LMN Architects in Seattle; Gilbert W. Anderson, former Library Board member and emeritus member of the Library Foundation board of directors; and City Librarian Marcellus Turner. Moderator is Eric Liu, former Library Board member and current member of the Library Foundation board of directors.

Central Library Anniversary Day Fun – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Fourth Avenue Plaza

  • 10 a.m.  – Party kicks off with an exciting Lion Dance by Kung Fu Northwest and Fitness, Fourth Avenue Plaza. Enjoy free mini cupcakes and get a free 10th anniversary tote bag.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Take your photo with Lulu the Library Book Fairy, who will be on the plaza and in the children’s area. She will hand out temporary tattoos of the Central Library and will use her wand to encourage reading and to honor young readers.
  • 10:15 a.m. – Docent-led building tour. Meet at Level 3 Welcome Desk by Fifth Avenue entrance. (Space limited to first 20 people).
  • Noon – Music by brass band Tubaluba, free mini cupcakes and free 10th anniversary tote bags.
  • 12:15 p.m. – Docent-led building tour. Meet at Level 3 Welcome Desk by Fifth Avenue entrance. (Space limited to first 20 people).
  • 2 p.m. – Music by brass band Tubaluba, free mini cupcakes and free 10th anniversary tote bags.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Docent-led building tour. Meet at Level 3 Welcome Desk by Fifth Avenue entrance. (Space limited to first 20 people).
  • 4 p.m. – Music by brass band Tubaluba, free mini cupcakes and free 10th anniversary tote bags.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Building tour. Meet at Level 3 Welcome Desk by Fifth Avenue entrance. (Space limited to first 20 people).

{Photo from Wikicommons, by Moody75.}

Win a prize pack, including vinyl and tickets, from KAIROS and Fin Records


We have a contest! This is very exciting!

Our friends from Fin Records have offered to give a lucky reader of The SunBreak two tickets to see the big CD release party for KAIROS at the Crocodile on Monday, May 19, plus a copy of the KAIROS EP on vinyl, and a Fin Records t-shirt.

KAIROS is the solo project from Lena Simon, who is one of the most talented musicians in Seattle. She’s in the bands Pollens (probably my favorite Seattle band at the moment), Tomten, and La Luz, plus she was even on “The Tonight Show” in January, performing with Mary Lambert. I plan on writing more about Lena Simon and KAIROS in the coming weeks, but wanted to post this contest prior.

To enter, please just send an e-mail to before 9am on Thursday, May 15 with “KAIROSTIME” in the subject line. The show’s all ages, so anyone can feel free to enter. A lucky winner will be drawn at random sometime after Thursday morning and notified shortly after that. Tickets can be obtained here for $8, and other merch can be found on Fin Records’ website, should you not want to leave things up to chance.

Below is the new single “Dirt & Grit,” that was just released yesterday:


Here’s this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party lineup


This morning, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup was unveiled on a radio station or something. We were given an advance copy of who will be playing this year (on the promise that we not post it until 9am. Since we can’t usually get our shit together until sometime in the mid-afternoon, that seemed fair enough), and it looks pretty great! Dum Dum Girls will headline the Vera Stage one night, which we’re told is to be an “expanded stage.” Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin, EMA, Robert DeLonge, and Man or Astroman? will also play the all ages Vera Stage. The full lineup is:

A$AP Rocky // Spoon // Chromeo // Matt and Kim // The War on Drugs // ODESZA // Budos Band // A$AP Ferg // Dum Dum Girls // RAC // Beat Connection // The Julie Ruin // Star Slinger // Sol // Robert Delong // Tanlines // xxyyxx // Man or Astro-man? // Angel Olsen // Poolside // EMA // Cymbals // Slow Magic // Small Black // HOLYCHILD // Shy Girls // Hundred Waters // Pillar Point // Raz Simone // Iska Dhaaf  // The Chain Gang of 1974 // Wild Ones // Kithkin // Cataldo // Weed // Special Explosion // Childbirth // Katie Kate // Tangerine // Sandrider // Otieno Terry // Lemolo // Natasha Kimeto // Pollens // Ayron Jones & The Way // Constant Lovers // Shaprece // Gaytheist // Country Lips // Fox and the Law // Ricky and Mark // Dub  Thompson // Audacity // Manatee Commune // Hand of the Hills // Tennis Pro // Dude York // Tom Eddy // Wimps // Pony Time // The Pharmacy // Vox Mod // Deadkill  // Eternal Bad // Trash Fire // Grave Babies // Cabana // Tacos! // Monogamy Party // Theories // Sex Blister // Great Goddamn // Bad Motivators // The Beach Boy // Sashay // Blood Drugs // Power Bottom // Wolfgang Fuck // So Pitted // Stickers // Haunted Horses // The Dip // Paralyzer // Murmurs

In other important details:

Starting at 9 a.m. today, three-day passes can be purchased at a discounted price of $125. Single-day ticket information and details regarding the visual arts program, creative installations, digital activities and more will be announced in early June. CHBP will continue to offer a limited number of VIP tickets for $250, while supplies last. VIP Packages include express entry, limited edition apparel, a CHBP poster, gifts from event sponsors, and access to the outdoor VIP beer garden with hosted snacks and beverages.”