Seattle’s City Arts Festival loaded with talent

  • Mon Aug 20th, 2012 9:06am
  • Life

By Steven Graham

The initial 2012 Seattle City Arts Fest lineup was already looking really great. With huge out-of-town bands like Ghostland Observatory and Two Door Cinema Club on the list with just about every Seattle band I’m in love with right now, I was all in. Now City Arts Fest just went even bigger and I can’t wait.

Recently the festival announced some more artists and special performances that are being added to the lineup to include Mos Def, Reign Wolf, Motopony and a set from Jonathan Russell of The Head &The Heart. As far as festivals in Seattle go, I think this just became the best bang for your buck.

Check the announcement below:

“City Arts is pleased to announce that Mos Def with special guests The Physics, Larry Hawkins (formerly SK), Thaddeus David, and DJ Swervewon, Devotchka with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Blind Pilot , Point Juncture, WA, Tom Eddy, The Soft Hills, Reign Wolf at the Laser Dome, SSION, Glitterbang, Nark, Fresh Espresso, Kingdom Crumbs, Key Nyata, The Good Sin, The Dusty 45s, and Vince Mira Band have been added to the music lineup.

We are also very pleased to announce the first in a series of partner shows; the free SSG Music’s Semi-Acoustic Fest Happy Hour with Ravenna Woods, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Motopony and more, the Crybaby Studios Showcase with special guests The Tempers, Eighteen Individual Eyes, Murals, Rose Windows, and Abbey Arts and Heineken City Arts Fest present Jonathan Russell of The Head &The Heart plus special guests at the All Pilgrims Church.”

The 2012 City Arts Fest lineup almost feels too good to be true. The complete lineup looks like this:

• David Byrne and St. Vincent

• Ghostland Observatory

• Two Door Cinema Club

• Joshua Radin

• Collie Buddz

• Brother Ali with Blank Tape Beloved

• A Fine Frenzy


• Lemolo

• Lost in the Trees

• Omar Rodriguez Lopez

• The Maldives

• Gold Leaves

• Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground

• Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

• Throw Me the Statue

• Gold Fields

• Zion I

• My Goodness

• Reignwolf

• Truckasaurus

• Grynch

• Neil Halstead

• Fatal Lucciauno

• Ravenna Woods

• D. Black

• Motopony

• The Rolling Stones (cover band)

• Horse Feathers

• Howlin’ Rain

• Cody Beebe and the Crooks

• Diego’s Umbrella

• The New Law

• Fly Moon Royalty

• Slang!

• Black Bananas

• Dana Buoy

• Tomten

• Sports

• Case Studies

• Fox and the Law

• Friends

• Tiny Vipers

• Midtown Dickens

• New Kingston

• Davidson Hart Kingsbery

• Kevin Long

• The Grizzled Mighty

• Hobosexual

• Spac3man

• Larry Hawkins

• Homeboy Sandman with DJ Sosa

• Stephanie

• Los Rakas

• The Holdup

• Vokab Kompany

• Marissa Novatron

• Michael Manahan

• DJ Nima Fadavi