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Around Town: Heineken City Arts Fest

A Fest Is Born

Seattle welcomed the inaugural Heineken City Arts Fest with open arms, pumping fists and moving feet on Wednesday, October 20, as hip-hop took over the Paramount Theatre, Scottish indie rock invaded Benaroya Hall and gypsy punk blew the lid off Showbox SoDo. Those three main events kicked off the four days of music, film, literature, theatre and dance that filled some of the city’s most iconic rooms with some of the world’s greatest talent (much of it homegrown). This issue of City Arts went to press before the end of the weekend, but we were able to capture the first-night euphoria before putting this baby to bed and enjoying the rest of the festivities.


Inside the Paramount, Macklemore gets up close and personal with the near-capacity house.


Belle & Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch receives a mid-song makeover from eager fans at Benaroya Hall. Two songs later the Scot would have fans dancing in the aisles of the orchestra hall.


Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hutz incites the packed crowd of revelers at Showbox SoDo. The audience would continue to dance through an amazing three encores.


Photographer Chase Jarvis snaps a photo before introducing Representative Jay Inslee at the Opening Night Party at CreativeLIVE Studios, where Jarvis’s Seattle 100 project is on display.


Blue Scholars emcee Geo and DJ Sabzi take the stage. “Blue Scholars will forever be synonymous with hip-hop in the town,” tweeted buildstrong. “Local hip-hop institution.”


Geo takes a snapshot of the marquee at the Paramount Theatre before Blue Scholars’ headlining set.


“Our name on the marquee at the Paramount,” Sabzi tweeted earlier in the day. “Super dope. Thank you Seattle!”

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