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8 Things We Saw on Day Three of CHBP

| August 2, 2014


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 Juvenile 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 response to choices we gave.

Looking in the mirror and seeing my Richard Simmons outfit, while taking three tequila shots and chowing down on three slices of pizza 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 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.


Courtesy of Ben Lindbloom

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 Tribunali during the headliners 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 a 30-minute show that included a handful of songs.

It may have been a private show, but you couldn’t tell by the flood of people in attendance, who sang and danced 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.


Courtesy of Ben Lindbloom

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 they were performing.


1.  The Last One Standing

At the end of it all, there was only one—and it happened to be Gretchen walking the vacant streets of Capitol Hill.

After three days of listening to great music and mingling amongst the crowds, there she was, wandering around as workers began the cleaning up process—which began at about 3:30am.

8 Things We Saw on Day Two of CHBP

| August 1, 2014


As I mentioned in my piece yesterday that spoke about my experience on Day One of this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, I’m a pretty lucky dude.

Getting the chance to travel around and spread the Caffe Vita love byway of music festivals can be a tough job, but someone has to do it.

With everyone in attendance battling the scorching heat on Day Two, here are eight things that I saw while walking around and enjoying some of the tunes.


8. The Vita Family

In case you weren’t aware, us here in the Vita family are fortunate to work with some incredible people.

With three different areas serving coffee and cold brew all weekend, and a private area for us to bond during the headliners at Via Tribunali, it wasn’t uncommon to see friends old and new taking pictures and enjoying each other’s company while rocking their Vita gear all weekend.


7. Katie Kate

At first glance, one might assume that singer Katie Kate and her band will be some sort of soulful group, bringing vocals similar to someone like Katy Perry or even Adelle.

But then she belts her lyrics out and you realize that this girl is rapping, straight flowing as if she has got something important to say.

Playing on the Vera Stage, Katie Kate blends pop and rap together to make music that everyone will not only like, but be blown away by.


6. Hollis

She may not have been performing, but the musician Hollis was still coming to support good music—and Pearl was lucky enough to meet her.

Known for her lyrics on the song “White Walls” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Hollis was seen in our Bean Room catching a few of the private performances, while also walking around to other stages to see some of the artists.


5. Kris Orlowski

Being from Nashville and, at one point, working for CMT, I’ve met some great people in the music industry—both as performers and people.

And after watching and then meeting Kris Orlowski following his private show in Vita’s Bean Room, I can say that he’s towards the top of the list.

Not only did he and his band get fans grooving thanks to his folk-like sounds, but then his genuineness when I met him afterwards proved that he’s the real deal.

For those who enjoy the sounds of Mumford & Sons with an indie twist, check this guy out.


4. Beat Connection

Not only did the talented group called Beat Connection take the Main Stage to perform and get the crowd going, but we were lucky enough to have group member, Reed Juenger, hang with us in the Vita Loft prior to his set.

Wearing a NEON ZINN necklace that was made by Seth Damm, Reed kicked it with us and let us snap a few pics of him before flipping a switch and going into performer’s mode onstage.


3. SOL

Not only did I get the opportunity to see Seattle-based rapper SOL at Sasquatch a few months ago, but after writing a preview and watch his private performance in the Vita Loft as part of our Loft Sessions Series, I was anxious to see him again.

He lived up to the billing, too.

With the audience in a frenzy and singing and moving along, SOL brought the energy up to a whole new level on the Main Stage.

He has been mentioned as the next Macklemore because of his talent and Seattle roots, so you’ll want to jump on the train early and check him out!


2. Viv’s Iced Stand

Thanks to an idea by an influential seven-year old girl, Caffe Vita and Six Strawberries came together to give her support by donating cold brew and ice-pops.

Raising over $700 her first day, Viv’s idea and everyone’s kindness led to a donation of more than $1900 to Virginia Buck, a young girl trying reach her dream of going to Disneyland as she battles Juvenile Huntington’s Disease.


1. Chromeo

If there’s one-way concertgoers want to be sent home for the night, worn out from dancing and singing is the way to do it.

That’s exactly what electro-funk, group Chromeo did by headlining the Main Stage on Saturday night, with everyone shaking it anywhere they could—including us Vita people, who were asked a number of times to clear the sidewalk outside Via Tribunali to allow walkers to pass by.

10 Things We Saw on Day One of CHBP

| July 31, 2014


As the Storyteller for Caffe Vita, I get a chance to do some things that most of my friends consider to be pretty rad.

Whether it’s traveling to surf events with a partner in Los Angeles—which I’ll be doing in a few weeks for A Walk On Water—jetting to New York for the Governor’s Ball—as I did last month—or any of the other hundreds of happenings that Vita participates in, I’m pretty darn lucky.

And my most recent (foggy) memory was this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, which happened this past weekend.

A three-day music festival that was headlined by such names as Spoon, Chromeo and A$AP Rocky, the party was nonstop for everyone in attendance, with bands jamming on two different stages all weekend long.

And because there was something awesome happening every single second of the 72 hours, I’m giving you 10 things that I saw each day while there. Let’s start with what Friday was like.


10. Lots of Vita Baristas

With three different places to snag coffee and cold brew for the thousands at the festival, we had baristas from our many locations around Seattle pulling shots and making drinks.

Here’s a selfie of Allison and Chelsea, as well as a pic of Chrissy and Maggie while enjoying the amazing weather and great music.


9. The Constant Lovers

The rock band, Constant Lovers, may have played the Neumos stage in the afternoon, but Pearl was able to catch them hanging behind the Main Stage for a few hours, chatting them up and snapping a picture.

If you get a chance to see these guys in action, you won’t regret it, as they don’t hold back in any aspect while performing.


8. Q13 FOX News’ Bill Wixey

As a good friend of Vita’s Rick Friel, we were lucky enough to have Emmy-winning anchor Bill Wixey sporting his Vita snapback all day, hanging out and taking in the good vibes inside our Capitol Hill café and Bean Room.

Based off a few of his tweets, it sounds like he had a great time soaking it all in, too.



After writing a preview for the band ODESZA prior to the event—and listening to their music on repeat—I knew that this was one group I wanted to check out.

They didn’t disappoint.

Playing on the Main Stage in the early evening, the two-man group of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight brought their smooth sounds and hooks that was a perfect appetizer to the bands that followed them.

I dare you to listen to their music and not nod your head back and forth; you just can’t help but do it.



Typically, when I see someone wearing doctor scrubs, I just assume they can save my life.

But when I saw the three girls of CHILDBIRTH performing on the Vera Stage, the only thing they were saving me from was standing still, as they brought a heavy dosage—no pun intended—of their grungy rock that got the crowd jumping around.


5. Robert DeLong

As the first of three separate, VIP acts that took our Bean Room stage, Robert DeLong brought his electronic beats to set the mood for how the entire day—and festival—was going down.

Tabbed as a “2013 Artist to Watch” by places like MTV, Billboard and Vibe Magazine, DeLong’s sounds proved why, as there wasn’t a single person who was standing still while he performed.

He later closed out the Vera Stage, playing another 45 minute set in the evening.


4. Iska Dhaaf

Just returning to town after an intense tour around the country, Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes of the band Iska Dhaaf hopped on our Bean Room stage prior to their set a few hours later on the Vera Stage.

Blending a few of their older songs with some new material, the crowd was feeling it from the very beginning, bobbing their heads and dancing around.


3. Matt and Kim

Of all the cool stuff I did during Block Party, meeting Matt and Kim backstage may have been one of the best experiences.

Not only were both down to earth and mega-rad, but they hit it hard with their set on the Main Stage just a few hours after I got to meet them.

Hell, Vita’s Shawn and Kim even joked about wearing the same type of underwear, so, yeah, they didn’t really have much of a filter when it came to chatting with any of us.


2. Macklemore

Seattle’s favorite son, Macklemore, was backstage to check out his buddy A$AP Ferg, who performed during the afternoon on the main stage.

Not only did I snap a selfie with him—as did most people who got the chance to meet him—but we even saw him fueling up by drinking our coffee before taking a pic with Pearl.


1. Spoon

With all of the different private Bean Room sessions that Caffe Vita had the opportunity to host, the band Spoon’s lead singer Britt Daniel and guitarist Alex Fischel performed a few of the group’s songs during their set.

As if that wasn’t rad enough for the fans who were able to get passes to the VIP show, the entire band headlined the first night of the festival on the main stage, playing a set that lasted just over an hour and sending festivalgoers home with a bang.

What We’re Diggin’ on July 29th

| July 29, 2014


After a weekend full of memories from Capitol Hill Block Party, who’s ready for some coffee to help them recover?

We can say that we definitely all are.

Packed with running around to catch shows, meet and greet the bands who played private performances in our Bean Room and trying to still have as much fun as possible, we’re ready for a long nap.

Fortunately—or unfortunately if you like to sleep—there are still plenty of things that are going on with us, which is why we’re sharing a few of the things that we’re diggin’ on.


Bob PrinceBrand Champion/Sales Leader: “I’m diggin’ outdoor eating and drinking! Ray’s back porch on Shilshole Bay, Bar Del Corso’s hidden patio in Beacon Hill. People watching at Tulio on 5th Ave. Going to Hitchcock Deli #2 in Georgetown, Rione XIII on Capitol Hill, Mistral Kitchen on Westlake and Le Pichet in Pike Place.”

Beth O’Brien, PR Coordinator: “I’ve been digging this beautiful weather and can’t wait to go hike Rattlesnake Ledge this weekend!”

Ross Beamish, Head Trainer: “I’m diggin’ on bringing Farm Direct coffees to my hometown Farmers Market! The Elma Farmer’s Market will carry Caffe Vita coffees starting next week. Elma has needed a place to shop for local goods and produce for years now, and Scott and Ryan Phillipi have answered the call.”

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Skyler Locatelli, Sales Rep: “I’m diggin’ the lineup announcement for the second annual Hypnotikon: Seattle Psych Fest, that I co-founded/curated, happening November 14th and 15th at the Triple Door.”

Sarah Ilgenfritz, HR Coordinator: “I’m totally diggin’ this killer weather and figuring out where to snag a Six Strawberries popsicle to cool off. Follow them on Facebook to see where to grab a Caffe Vita popsicle from their mobile cart! Yum!”

Nick Dimengo, Storyteller: “I’m diggin’ on festival season. We’ve got a ton of events coming up that have me stoked to go to for Vita. Nothing like kickin’ it with some great folks.”

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