West Seattle Summer Fest 2014: Saturday report #2

July 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Saturday report #1 here; Friday #1 here, #2 here)

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
That’s Fysah and The Soul Acoustic, performing a bit earlier this afternoon onstage at West Seattle Summer Fest 2014. Here’s the music schedule for the rest of today/tonight, including the festival headliners:

Sweet Jesus (started at 3 pm)
Charms, 4:00 pm
The Fabulous Downey Brothers, 5:00 pm
Spinning Whips, 6:00 pm
Dude York, 7:00 pm
Vox Mod, 7:40 pm
The Moondoggies, 8:00 pm
Vox Mod, 9:00 pm
The Helio Sequence, 9:30 pm

Next up on the stage at GreenLife – the sustainability-focused zone off the west side of California just north of Edmunds – instead of the previously scheduled beermaking workshop at 4 pm, which was canceled at the last minute, Sustainable West Seattle‘s Chas Redmond tells us there’ll be an environmental poetry slam. Meantime, good news – it’s not (so far) as hot as feared – though the 80s aren’t exactly a cold spell, so you might want to know about yet another booth ready to cool you off – WestSide Baby:

So what else can you do at Summer Fest? Get your face painted …

Get a caricature of yourself:

Shop for something you can’t find anywhere else …

By the way – in case you need a reminder – the festival zone will be part of the West Seattle Grand Parade one week from today (11 am start at California/Lander, heading south on California to Edmunds). P.S. Tomorrow – the West Seattle Farmers’ Market IS ON, as always, 10 am-2 pm, at 44th/Alaska, integral part of Summer Fest.

4:45 PM UPDATE: Dinnertime approaches. Yes, you can get fair food – deep-fried PB&J sandwiches, a Krispy Kreme burger, elephant ears, big tangle of french fries – and you’ll also find some local restaurants offering items in the food-stand area, along Alaska from California to 42nd. But what’s even more fun is to experience a favorite restaurant in a new way – with the temporary patios lining both blocks of California – while you’re here.

5:14 PM: Just seen headed eastbound on Alaska:

5:37 PM: Quick clip of The Fabulous Downey Brothers, onstage right now:

And a photo:

(According to their website, you’ll see them in next Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, too.) Back in the booths, many have games and other reasons for you to stop and say hi – including Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor):

6:25 PM: Summer Fest from the air! Courtesy of Long B. Nguyen:

It’s been fun again today talking to so many people who’ve stopped by to say hi – thank you! We’ll be in the Info Booth until just past 7; the Summer Fest focus then moves on to the stage and beer garden in the north part of the festival zone (here’s the music schedule again). If you’re planning to come tomorrow, remember that it starts an hour later than Friday/Saturday – everything revs up around 11 am on Sunday.

7:24 PM: Thanks to Diane for the reminder – there’s also live music at Elliott Bay Brewery tonight, until 10 pm with The Back Porch Apostles, celebrating EBB’s 17th anniversary.

ADDED: Thanks to Dave for the photo from Dude York‘s performance:

That’s Claire. According to the Dude York Facebook page, their upcoming gigs include the Capitol Hill Block Party later this month. And Saturday night’s last act was headliner The Helio Sequence – thanks to Leroy for this photo:

They’re due back in Seattle in August for a Tractor Tavern gig while touring with Liam Finn. Sunday music at Summer Fest starts with Carrie Akre at 2 pm.

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  1. Oh so bummed I missed the band “The Soul Acoustic” too much yard work today.

    Comment by sillygoose — 3:36 pm July 12, 2014 #

  2. Fysah and The Soul Acoustic sounded really, really good. Even as I was listening in the hot sun, she made me feel cooooool.

    Comment by Mookie — 4:10 pm July 12, 2014 #

  3. So many Hipster acts, I love it!

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 5:54 pm July 12, 2014 #

  4. Shout out to Papa Bois food truck on the east end of the food row. Super jerk chicken -yum!

    Comment by Raincity — 8:25 pm July 12, 2014 #

  5. Anyone know what happened to the folks brawling on the south end of the festival a little before midnight? Seemed pretty scary when I hurried past. A couple of guys were curled up on the pavement while a whole group of men kicked the crap out of them….

    Comment by Al — 10:44 am July 13, 2014 #

  6. We sent someone over to check it out. It broke up and no one would accept medical aid, according to authorities. It was just before midnight and the festival itself was closed.

    Comment by WSB — 11:08 am July 13, 2014 #

  7. I have a problem with all the people that think
    their pets are really interested in this street
    fair. It is cruel making a dog walk along the
    route, dealing with other folks and other dogs.
    Kids want to pet every dog they see, some dogs
    don’t want it, and then the poor animals smell
    all the food and can’t have any. Most can’t.
    I really think there should be some new thoughts
    on this subject. NO ANIMALS ALOUD AT THE STREET
    FAIR AT ALL, AND ALSO AT PARADES. Don’t get me
    wrong, I love animals and this is why I wrote
    this to the chamber/blog. With our pets in mind.
    Thank you,

    Comment by mls — 10:09 pm July 13, 2014 #

  8. MIS – Just fyi, the Chamber has nothing to do with Summer Fest (aside from providing some volunteers to help in the Info Booth today, as did the Kiwanis on Saturday and the Rotary on Friday) – it is presented by the West Seattle Junction Association. Contact info at http://wsjunction.org – thank you! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:12 pm July 13, 2014 #

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