Pick Up Caffe Vita and Six Strawberries For a Cause at CHBP

| July 25, 2014

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For those at Capitol Hill Block Party this Saturday, be sure to stop by Six Strawberries popsicle stand at 1111 East Pike St. from 1-3pm to get ice pops and Caffe Vita cold brew for a cause! Hosted by a local seven-year old, all proceeds benefit Virginia Buck’s dream of going to Disneyland.

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At age two, Virginia was diagnosed with Juvenile Huntington’s Disease (HD), which is a hereditary, degenerative neurological disorder that has been called the most devastating disease known to man. For children who have the juvenile form of HD, the decline is severely accelerated. Despite the pain and uncertainty of her illness, Virginia continues to fight with courage, smile every day and remains to be an inspiration to everyone.

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Six Strawberries was enthusiastic at the chance to support Virginia by donating artisan ice pops this Saturday. The ambitious seven-year old girl hosting the stand has a goal to raise $7,000, while Caffe Vita will match funds raised up to $1,000.

To learn more about Virginia Buck’s Magical Disney Trip and how to donate, please visit giveforward.com.

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Block Party Appetizer: Shy Girls

| July 24, 2014

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James Blake, The Weeknd, How To Dress Well. All these sounds have one thing in common—they’re sultry and sexy. And you can now add Shy Girls to the list of modern R&B crooners taking over the music scene as of late.

Shy Girls is actually Dan Vidmar, a Portland native who began his journey back in 2011 while working at an emergency room during the day.

After Dan saw a void in the Portland music scene—which was dominated by indie rock—he vowed to do something different. His hushed falsetto-like vocals do just that, taking listeners straight into ’90’s slow jam territory. Just don’t call it baby-making music, which he thinks is a cop out.

His influences range from Boyz II Men and Backstreet Boys to Luther Vandross, claiming he’s, “able to find musical value in a lot of material that my friends scoff at.”

For those feeling like a chilled-out makeout sesh at Block Party? Head on over to Shy Girls’ set on Friday, July 25th at 4pm on the main stage to feel some good lovin’.

Block Party Appetizer: Holychild

| July 24, 2014

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Liz Nistico and Louie Diller are the experimental-pop duo Holychild—and their one mission is to rock your face off!

Meeting during a dance class while both were attending George Washington University in 2011, Liz and Louie have been honing their craft since, bringing incredible sounds to each performance that are sure to get the crowd wild.

A catchy, bouncy baby signed to Glassnote Records and based out of L.A., don’t let their sugar-coated pop fool you, as the group is essentially the equivalent birth child of Sleigh Bells and tUnE-yArDs, bringing sounds that fans will love.

Their album, Mind Speak, is a feminist commentary about social pressures that women put on themselves and each other, with Liz’s frustrations on being “pressured to look, act and speak a certain way,” very much reflected in many of the lyrics on the album.

Revel in being a woman, loving women, and/or some unadulterated pop by seeing Holychild on Friday, July 25 at 8:15pm on the Vera Stage.

Block Party Appetizer: SOL

| July 23, 2014

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SOL certainly has come a long way since starting out in the local Seattle rap game back in 2008, hustling his way towards becoming one of the best-known rappers in the city—and, eventually, around the globe.

Solzilla—as his fans like to call him—has released several EPs over the years, with his full-length album, Yours Truly, landing him several hits that would help put him on the map.

While his first LP may have broken doors down, it was later in 2012 that he literally found himself all over the map, as he toured 10 different countries around the world after being awarded a $20,000 Bonderman Travel Fellowship from the University of Washington.

Sol came back to Seattle with a fresh perspective that inspired an EP about his travels called Eyes Open, allowing fans a perspective on his journeys and learning experiences.

Dubbed “the next Macklemore,” by The Seattle Times, fans can check Sol out on the main stage on Saturday, July 26th at 6pm.