PHOTOS: KEXP’s 2015 West Seattle ‘Hood-To-Hood’ party

(SCROLL DOWN for updates; event schedule is here)

12:58 PM: KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters is on the air live from The Junction, just north of the Walk-All-Ways intersection, as the Hood-To-Hood “West Seattle Day” street party gets going. Quiet now but likely to be a much-different scene by mid-to-late afternoon. 1st live music is John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, starting in a few minutes (1 pm) – rest of the schedule is here. If you can, it’s a good time to come down and meet some of your neighbors – organizations here in the early going include West Seattle Bike Connections, with a bike rodeo and safety-check zone …

Meet cool people like Kathy from WSBC …

… and Kristina from the White Center Food Bank.

Speaking of bikes, Seattle Police officers are patroling on 2 wheels.

We’ll be checking back later in the afternoon.

2:05 PM: Looks like the crowd started showing up in time for John Darnielle’s set:

We’re heading back soon to The Junction, where the street party is on until 6, with Miami Horror up next, live at 3 pm; then at 6 pm, nine West Seattle venues are “taken over” by KEXP DJs, and the event wraps with 9 pm live-music showcases at Feedback Lounge (6451 California SW) and The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).

4:10 PM: Just starting, an acoustic set by Telekinesis.

(WSB photo, substituted for previously published KEXP tweet)
Among the fans during that set:

The crowd in The Junction has picked up as the day’s gone on. On the air right now, West Seattleite Kevin Cole, who got a visit from Matt Vaughan, proprietor of steps-away Easy Street Records.

We got back here in time for part of Miami Horror’s set last hour – some of the showgoers danced in the sunshine, and Daniel Whitechurch left the stage to dance with them:

Still adding more photos.

6:23 PM: Street party’s over; we’ll check on the street’s status a bit later.

7:46 PM: Tweeted from one of the KEXP DJ “takeover” venues:

8:21 PM: And from another:

9:09 PM: California SW has just reopened between Alaska and Oregon.

16 Replies to "PHOTOS: KEXP's 2015 West Seattle 'Hood-To-Hood' party"

  • sam-c May 29, 2015 (1:52 pm)

    Bummed to miss it! :(
    My afternoon meeting got pushed back to later in the afternoon. Oh well. Have fun out there!

  • trickycoolj May 29, 2015 (2:47 pm)

    Do people not work Fridays anymore? I would have loved to go, on a weekend. :(

  • bummed May 29, 2015 (3:01 pm)

    Is anyone there? Doesn’t look like much from the pictures. Seems odd that they would do this during the day when most people are at work. Would have loved to go if it was on a weekend…

  • David May 29, 2015 (3:30 pm)

    So people who actually work during the day don’t get to see the bands ? The live music should have gone until 9pm.

    • WSB May 29, 2015 (3:58 pm)

      Certainly let KEXP know your thoughts … especially if you’re a donor! Anyway, the live music here in The Junction goes until 6, then there are showcases at Feedback & Skylark starting at 9. Looking back at our coverage the last time KEXP did this in West Seattle, the main difference seemed to be that they started early – live music at Easy Street at 7:30 am, plus, as we were reminded during a conversation by the KEXP booth just now, a kid-music showcase at Cupcake Royale. (Otherwise, that also was on a Friday, and the Junction events also wound up around 7 pm. But I don’t recall a road closure that year, and our coverage doesn’t show one. So this is a different format. Beer garden too, BTW.) – TR

  • Mary S May 29, 2015 (4:20 pm)

    Freelancers and other layabouts like us are there! The crowds fill up when the bands are playing, then disperse in between. Could use a bit of condensing — move the booths closer to the bands, etc. But super fun.

  • RachaelB May 29, 2015 (4:24 pm)

    Wow! Had a great time even though there’s lots more left! Thanks to KEXP for bringing bands out on a day, people who have to work weekends can enjoy!!

  • concert goer May 29, 2015 (6:04 pm)

    I work nine, 9 hour days and today was my day off. Enjoyed the music. Too bad more people couldn’t make it.

  • LS May 29, 2015 (6:31 pm)

    Drove by this morning and noticed road closed and things being set up but did not have a clue as to what was going on. A little more advance communication would have been more helpful.

  • JEM May 29, 2015 (6:54 pm)

    I took a part day off to come enjoy this event. Warming up for street fair!

  • John Q Lincoln May 29, 2015 (7:54 pm)

    Worked part of the day from home today. Hit the junction around 2:30 and enjoyed the heck out of that Miami Horror set. Telekinesis was really good as well. KEXP has been advertising this for at least a couple weeks. Beautiful sunny afternoon with great music at the junction!

  • Wsgal May 29, 2015 (8:01 pm)

    Super fun, super mellow as well. We definitely are not Ballard as far as density and music gong is concerned. You can see by the “take overs” choice of venues. Thank you KEXP for putting our money to good use! You guys rock and are well respected in this community.

  • Sunuva May 30, 2015 (8:51 am)

    This looks like soooo much fun! I too was stuck working and could only listen in vain. I tried to get out of work early enough to see at least one band, but the day just wouldn’t let that happen.

    I love KEXP for doing this, but please choose a weekend day next time!

    West Seattle Rocks!

  • Quiz May 30, 2015 (2:44 pm)

    Thank you KEXP.

  • redblack May 30, 2015 (3:38 pm)

    i had to bomb out of work in belltown at 3, run errands, and just caught telekinesis – a pop rock staple in my playlist. that guy is a genius, and we’re lucky to have such a talented act on the peninsula.
    thanks KEXP and WSB!

  • ChefJoe May 30, 2015 (7:16 pm)

    come on guys, KEXP has been doing these on a Friday for several years now….

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