The final day of any music festival is always the most difficult.
Running off emotional and physical highs from all of the fun, while also trying to maintain some sort of energy level to enjoy the acts on that day can be difficult, but, hopefully, adrenaline—and coffee—will get you through.
After (barely) making it through the first two days of this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, here are the final things that I was able to see, completing a raucous weekend that couldn’t have gone any better.
8. Viv’s Ice Pops
Just as she did on Saturday, seven-year old Viv found herself setup just outside other food trucks besides Poquito’s, serving Vita Cold Brew and Six Strawberries ice pops.
With all of the money raised benefitting Virginia Buck—a young girl whose dream is to visit Disneyland—Viv sold over $956 worth of treats, and, with Vita matching, was able to raise a total of $1,912 for Virginia, who is battling Huntington’s Disease.
7. Nick Dimengo’s Adventures
For all of you following along all weekend, as Vita’s Storyteller, I had quite the journey ahead of me at Block Party.
Giving up my mind, body and soul, I had our fans choose my adventure through social media by tagging #VitaCHBP in responses to choices we gave.
Looking in the mirror and seeing my Richard Simmons outfit, while taking three tequila shots, chowing on three slices of pizza and, eventually, getting a tattoo was not one of my high points in life—but I would do it all over again.
6. A Tattoo Artist
If you didn’t already know, Vita likes to be a bit irreverent. That’s why we hired a tattoo artist to give out free ink during our Midnight Supper, allowing guests to get something meaningful—or regretful—tatted on themselves.
I have to admit, this was one of the most unique things Vita had going on at the supper.
5. Brent Amaker
Although his band didn’t perform at Block Party, the lead singer of Brent Amaker & The Rodeo did come hang out with us all weekend.
Whether it was sharing a story or three with us at Via Trib during the headliner’s each night or singing on stage with various artists during our Midnight Supper, Brent Amaker seemed to be everywhere.
4. The War on Drugs
Before taking the Main Stage and playing their big set, The War on Drugs performed on our Bean Room stage, doing about a 30-minute show that included a handful of songs.
It may have been a private show, but you couldn’t tell it by the flood of people in attendance, who sung and danced around to the band’s bluesy rock n’ roll beats.
3. Raz Simone
Hands-down, one of the best performances of the entire weekend—and that’s saying something.
Not only did Raz Simone kill it by hitting the Vera Stage with his unique sounds, but then he won my personal, “Performer of the Festival” Award by getting the crowd involved, rapping between them as they huddle around him, and then walked across their hands while spitting his lyrics.
2. An Artist Collaboration
At the aforementioned Midnight Supper that Caffe Vita hosted, we didn’t just get one or two artists up on stage to perform. Instead, we were lucky enough to get a group of them, with some of Seattle’s finest musicians taking our Bean Room stage and collaborating on a number of different songs.
If that wasn’t enough, the mega-group got the entire audience involved, with guests singing each word to the popular songs that the artists were performing.
1. The Last One Standing
At the end of it all, there was only one—and it happened to be Gretchen and myself walking the vacant streets of Capitol Hill.
After three days of listening to great music and mingling amongst the crowds, all that was left were the two of us, wandering around as workers began the cleaning up process—which began at about 3:30am.