West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, second report

(QUICK LINKS: Music here, food here, vendors here, kids zone here, bus reroutes here)

3:27 PM: Flash-mob-style synchronized show just happened at California/Alaska in the middle of West Seattle Summer Fest day two:

Jennifer Cepeda‘s fitness classes have been wildly popular for a long time. Jennifer tells us she’s been working on that since January!

Also big this afternoon – quite the crowd for West Seattle’s own THEM:

Here’s the music lineup for the rest of the day/night:

3 pm – Rub (replacing Emily Stranger)
4 pm – Johnny Nails
5 pm – Mark Pickerel & the Peyote
6 pm – Mala Suerte
7 pm – Chong the Nomad
8 pm – Battlestar Kalakala
9 pm – True Loves

And at 7 pm at Elliott Bay, Down North. Also happening: come meet Seal Sitters here in the Info Booth. … More coverage to come; the festival continues until 8 pm tonight (music until 10)!

4 PM: Breaking weather news – it’s now partly sunny, after a mostly overcast day. …. As you wander Summer Fest, you’ll notice that the booths are a mix – some fair/festival stalwarts, but also some local businesses whose stores/offices are elsewhere in West Seattle, here to introduce themselves to more neighbors. Among them, several West Seattle sponsors – Camp Crockett is a home away from home for your dogs, with locations including Delridge and Upper Morgan:

That’s Vanessa from Camp Crockett. We also said hi to Ramone and Alice from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Northwest, which serves West Seattle and vicinity from offices in Jefferson Square:

Nina is at the festival for Canna Culture Shop, between The Junction and Morgan Junction:

Longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits is having a sidewalk sale outside its shop at 4540 California SW – including these West Seattle = Best Seattle T-shirts in partnership with Alair (we reported previously on their intent)

The sidewalk display at Click! also includes earrings, which along with the T-shirts are part of a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of co-founder and artist Frances Smersh. … Another WSB sponsor with a special feature for Summer Fest, Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW) has a drawing you can enter:

Not far north of us at California/Alaska, meantime, the trombone-playing busker is back for a second day …”

… as is what we could call the proselytizing busker. Though Summer Fest planning has been under way for months, there are always some surprises along the way.

5:51 PM: (Added) Here’s a clip from Mark Pickerel’s set earlier this hour:

Close to dinner time. Judging by what people are carrying, looks like roasted corn and the light-bulb boba tea are very popular. Also of note, the sun went back into hiding and it’s a bit breezy, so you might want a sweater tonight. Festival maintenance is happening too – takes a lot of behind-the-scenes help to power an event of this magnitude:

Here at the Info Booth, we have info about more than what’s happening at the festival – we have a poster for the return of West Seattle Outdoor Movies too – they start next week, five Saturday nights in a row:

There’s a change since first word of the series – the July 23rd movie will be at Camp Long, then the subsequent four at Hotwire Coffee’s courtyard (long-ago longtime home of the series) – see you next Saturday!

6:54 PM: Lot of interest in the late-substitution band Down North performing at Elliott Bay at 7 pm, judging by inquiries here. Also, we’ve continued a long tradition … any candidate who stops by the info booth gets a photo – first and only candidate we’ve seen is State Sen. Joe Nguyen, so here’s the pictorial proof:

This year’s primary is just 2 1/2 weeks away – anybody running for office, come see us at the Info Booth during the festival (we’re here again tomorrow). … Other sightings in the past few hours included Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell, proprietors of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), who are a week away from presenting the return of the Float Dodger 5K, before the West Seattle Grand Parade. Still time to register to walk/run in it (go here to sign up) – proceeds benefit the West Seattle Food Bank.

8:24 PM: Back at HQ, we’re adding some music clips from earlier – some in line above – but first, here’s Down North at the Elliott Bay stage:

One more time … festival music is done after tonight … the stage/beer garden zone north of SW Oregon will hold the West Seattle Farmers’ Market 10 am-2 pm tomorrow.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, second report"

  • RickB July 16, 2022 (3:37 pm)

    True Loves are great, should be a fun show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3iGzRQeo4

  • Erithan July 16, 2022 (6:30 pm)

    That busker was the best, went by when he started Backstreet’s Back. XD

  • Gloria July 16, 2022 (6:44 pm)

    THEM needs to find a new name, Van & the boys already took that one a few years ago

  • TJ July 16, 2022 (8:34 pm)

    So disappointed to miss the festival this weekend. I’ve caught covid and I’m stuck indoors isolating.  

    • WSB July 16, 2022 (10:13 pm)

      Get well soon!

  • Sheila G July 16, 2022 (10:41 pm)

    Anybody know the name of the wonderful Trombone Busker? He was very good.

  • short stuff July 17, 2022 (12:30 am)

    Such a fun music line up today. My yearly Summerfest wish, though, is that they’d set up the stage at the bottom of the hill (rather than the top where it is now), which would make it more like an amphitheater with much better views of the bands! 

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