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’.
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.
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.
Combine breezy electro-pop with percussive disco-dance beats and you get the magic that comes from the group Beat Connection.
Comprised of Seattleites Reed Juenger, Tom Eddy and Jarred Katz—along with Mark Turner when performing live—the group broke onto the scene with their 2010 debut EP, Surf Noir, and their latest single, “Hesitation,” has them moving in a new direction, with Juenger admitting that the track is, “about letting go and trying new things.”
Beat Connection, while still making laid back dance grooves, are a little funkier these days, bringing together many different sounds that will appeal to all different fans who share a love for a variety of genres.
The sexy airy vocals of lead singer Tom Eddy carry the listener to a tropical isle party, which will get the entire Block Party audience psyched to be in attendance to experience.
If you’re ready to get your dance on, check out Beat Connection on the main stage, Saturday, July 26th at 7:30pm.