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Its Festival Season!

| July 2, 2013

Summertime.  We already attended and were proud to serve Vita’s finest to musicians in the artist’s tent at The Governor’s Ball in NYC.  Soon there will be a sonic boom tagged specifically to Pike Street here in Seattle, as yet again we’ll be fully submerged in the going-ons of the Capital Hill Block Party.  This year’s festival takes place on July 26th, 27th and 28th, and some of our favorite local businesses like Off The Rez and High 5 Pie will be front and center, providing tasty treats for artists and festival goers alike.  You can still purchase tickets HERE, or head to the CHBP website for more information and a full list of participating artists and vendors.  You can also follow CHBP on Facebook and Twitter!

Block Party

We were just recently engaged in another music festival called Make Music LAan eleven hour celebration of musical creativity that took place on June21 throughout the entire county of Los Angeles. Many of the city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards became the backdrop or stage for free concerts.

Caffe Vita SIlverlake provided an area inside for both artist and patron.  The day started with host and stand up comedian Kevin Corcoran who performed short 10 minute sets in between all the band’s.  First off, they heard from a talented young singer/songwriter named Justine Abigail.  After that was ParrisHarris performing a completely open, improvised series of pieces, the titles of each piece being made up on the spot.  Bren played a solo set of his original music, and at 5pm The Lady rocked the house with her quartet, featuring LA Vita’s Mike Lockwood on percussion.  Later, Swim Lessons played a short lo-Fi rock set followed by Widower, an outfit that  includes Kevin Large, another long time Caffe Vita Barista.  Orange Tulip Conspiracy is a band formerly based in Seattle. Now based in LA, OTC brought in a ton of people off the street, shredding their original electric Balkan gypsy jazz rock, featuring Ryan Perrish on saxophones and fellow vita barista Mike Lockwood on drums.  To close the day, the roof was torn down by LA grind punk trio AKA!

Photo by KT Pierce.

Photo by KT Pierce.

Learn more about Make Music LA from their website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Caffe Vita will be also participating in the Doe Bay music festival August 8-11th.  Doe Bay Resort and Artist Home are proud to present their SIXTH ANNUAL DOE BAY FESTIVAL at The Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island, WA. The weekend festival features an extensive line-up of musicians, local cuisine, camping and activities in one of the most picturesque venues the Northwest has to offer.  Follow Doe Bay on Facebook and Twitter!


Sunday – CHBP 2011

| July 29, 2011

The Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 with KEXP in the Bean Room featured live performances from The Posies, The Cave Singers, My Goodness, Kung Foo Grip, and Brothers From Another.

Check out our photos from the front row and then see the KEXP blog for more about the bands that played the Bean Room on Sunday:

the posies

the posies

the cave singers

my goodness

photos by Lori Paulson

Friday – CHBP 2011

| July 29, 2011

Can we find the words to say how much we love hosting KEXP’s broadcasts from the Bean Room? It’s an honor to have visits and performances by such talented artists all weekend long. The Bean Room is a fairly normal (and quiet) warehouse almost every day. Its transformation into a mini-venue and recording studio is a special treat — maybe even for the coffee beans, too.

fucked up by Lori Paulson

The Head and the Heart by Lori Paulson

Friday featured Bean Room performances by Fucked Up and The Head and the Heart. You can listen to The Head and the Heart’s live performance on KEXP, here on their website.

Here are more photos from Friday, Day 1, including scenes from our La Famiglia Lounge (our Block Party upstairs bar) and from performances by The Fresh & Onlys, and Thurston Moore.

slideshow by Lori Paulson