Out of the post-industrial ghost-lands of Buffalo, NY a media scene has emerged with an urgency, tradition and aesthetic all its own. With roots in early media activism of the 1970s, and supported by a network of artist-run initiatives, the city has only recently started to become recognized for its lo-fi, experimental and, above all, uncompromising body of film and video. This collection acknowledges the origins of this tradition, while focusing on contemporary examples of those persevering against the odds of creating media in a dying rustbelt town.
Stop by Caffe Vita on Capitol Hill Tonight @ 8PM to check out the show. $7 at the door & free iced toddy!
More Info: Tough Stuff For The Buff
2:30 Battle Hymns
3:30 The Maldives
4:30 PICA BEATS
5:30 The Moondoggies
6:30 Truckasaurus and They Live!
8:30 Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth (interview)
“Matson on Music went live today from inside Caffe Vita, kicking off our coverage of the Capitol Hill Block Party.
Starting at 3 p.m., I’ll be interviewing Block Party performers and organizers, including Maldives, Past Lives, They Live! and Dave Meinert.
I interviewed Capitol Hill Block Party performers The Maldives, Morgan Henderson from Past Lives, and Micachu and the Shapes. Festival organizers Michael Hebb and David Meinert also stopped by to close out our show.
Watch a rewind of our live stream below:
We are thrilled to announce that the proprietors of our Farm Direct
Guatemalan coffee Finca Neuvo Vinas are visiting Seattle next week!
MEET THE PRODUCER CUPPING. JULY 28th 10am
Alex and Martin Keller are tremendously knowledgeable and inspiring – and their coffee is the finest we have found in Central America. Please join us to taste their remarkable coffees. No RSVP necessary. Capitol Hill Caffe Vita.
VITA TABLE DINNER WITH FINCA NUEVO VINAS. JULY 27th
Mark July 27th on your calendar – Vita and One Pot will be bringing together a great little panel of coffee minds to spend the evening in conversation with Alex and Martin Keller to discuss what it means to grow coffee in one of the most unstable regions in the world. In a country plagued by constant rebel fighting and political unrest these two brothers (and fourth generation coffee farmers) have risen above the chaos to create a small slice of sustainable brilliance. 40% of their farm is a thriving ecological reserve, bioswales have been built to treat the coffee production waters, and they have elevated composting to a rarified art form. Expect Guatemalan Rum, a few traditional dishes, cheap beer, and memorable coffee. 7pm. Capitol Hill Caffe Vita. Gratis for our wholesale customers.
$40/person. click here to reserve a seat
Caffe Vita is proud to be a supporting sponsor of this years first Girls Rock! Camp. 40 Girls! 10 Bands! 20 Original Songs! This amazing event will take place @ 3PM on Saturday at the Vera Project.
Capitol Hill Block Party is tomorrow so get ready for an amazing weekend of great music and parties. High lights from the Block Party will include Via Tribunali dishing up Neopolitan Pizza from the Caffe Vita Bean Warehouse as well as our infamous Midnight Super taking place Saturday Night @ 12AM.
Today’s Band Of The Day: Sonic Youth!
Just a few more short days to the Capitol Hill Block Party. Tickets are selling fast and close to selling out so get your tickets while you can.
Our Caffe Vita band of the day The Lonely Forest
will be playing the Vera Stage Friday @ 7:15 PM and also a few super secret shows scattered across the Capitol Hill landscape
throughout the weekend!
Formed in the waterfront town of Anacortes, WA, the Lonely Forest center on the talents of vocalist/pianist John Van Deusen. The group came together as a quartet in 2005, when frontman Van Deusen chose to bolster his piano-driven compositions with help from guitarist Tony Ruland, drummer Braydn Krueger, and bassist Eric Sturgeon. The group’s spacy sound attracted the ear of Seattle’s Jack Endino (who, in 1989, produced Nirvana’s Bleach), and the Lonely Forest subsequently entered Endino’s studio in 2006 to cut the Regicide EP. Ruland left the band soon after the EP’s release, but the remaining bandmates opted not to replace him, choosing instead to let Van Deusen’s piano assume a larger role in the group’s sound. Retreating to their drummer’s garage, the Lonely Forest rehearsed and recorded Nuclear Winter, an indie rock concept album revolving around the themes of apocalypse and space travel. Although the album’s release was largely limited to the Pacific Northwest, it received much support from KEXP and other local outlets.
The annual Capitol Hill Block Party is coming up quick! Over 50 bands on 3 stages in the heart of Capitol Hill and at the door step of the Capitol Hill Caffe Vita.
Featured Band of the Day: MIKA MIKO
A Little Bio:
Mika Miko is an underground punk/noise band formed in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.Mika Miko has made a name for themselves by being truly on their own program. This 5 piece punk band will defend the term with all their power because they are just that, an amazing punk band, both in spirit and attitude. Pounding their way through interesting, fast pop songs that leave you wondering how they pull the steam all the way through. Imagine a high school dance where Red Cross, Black Flag, X-Ray Spex, The Slits and The Germs are all playing at with an updated flare of excitement and anxiousness.
This Friday and Saturday Caffe Vita is sponsoring the annual Capitol Hill Block Party. The Capitol Hill Block Party will be showcasing over 50 of the best Northwest and national independent bands on three stages including The Gossip, Sonic Youth and Mika Miko. Capitol Hill Block Party also helps raise money for The Vera Project and Home Alive.
Its going to be hot and sweaty so bring your sunscreen and sunglasses!
Featured Band of the Day: THE GOSSIP
One of the rarest and most remarkable coffees found in Central/South America, Pacamara is an Arabica hybrid of Pacas and Maragogype varietals developed in El Salvador during the 1950′s.
On our most recent Farm Direct journey to Guatemala, Caffe Vita was able to source roughly 1500 pounds of the total 7800 pounds of this very rare and extraordinary coffee produced by Finca Nuevo Vinas this season. Grown in high elevations, Pacamara yields less fruit on the coffee plant, yet the fruit produced is of exceptionally large size, resulting in an enormous bean abundant in flavor and complexity.
Rich aromas of caramel, citrus, nougat, hints of tobacco and subtle baking spice lead in to a medium bodied, moderately acidic cup. Well balanced flavors of cocoa powder, citrus, caramel and almond with sweet undertones of cigar box and baking spice. A clean, crisp aftertaste evaporates with traces of cocoa powder, citrus and tobacco in the finish.
We have a Very Limited Supply click here to buy online or you can also pick up a bag of this remarkable coffee at any of our 5 Caffe Vita Locations.