Capitol Hill Block Party
July 21-23, 2023
By Aubrey Oliver; Photos by Alley Reutzel
My first trip to the Capitol Hill Block Party was pretty amazing.
As me and my friend entered the festival grounds in the heart of Seattle’s Pike/Pine corridor on Sunday afternoon, we got a few drinks at Bobaholic and looked around a bit to take everything in. We quickly found a Polaroid booth and got a few photos while we waited to hear a set we might enjoy.
Eventually we walked over to where Mavi was performing a set of laid back hip-hop… and we ended up staying for the whole thing. His stage presence was very welcoming, and I heard a few songs I really liked. The Charlotte, North Carolina musician was great at getting this Seattle crowd involved too. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Right after Mavi, we ran to see Drama, a Chicago artist I hadn’t heard much about. She performed on the mainstage with a DJ, two backup singers and psychedelic graphics in the background. The stage was lit up nicely which made it easy to see everything even if you weren’t super close. Me and my friend really loved watching her set.
Right after Drama was Rico Nasty, the artist I was probably the most excited for. My excitement only grew as her performance went on. Everyone in the crowd was enjoying themselves and the set was very high energy, with people moshing near the front of the stage. She looked and sounded amazing, and I would definitely love to see her again.
Next we ran over to catch the last of Slayyyter’s performance, which probably was my favorite set of the day. Although not everyone knew all the words, she kept the energy high and gave her all. Her voice live was incredible – better than I would’ve ever expected – and I loved hearing her new song “Miss Belladona” live and dancing with my friend.
The Sunday lineup for this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party was full of talented artists. The crowd was happy and respectful, decked out in fun outfits and tall shoes. Between the music and the atmosphere, it was impossible to get bored. This was my first ever music festival and it definitely makes me want to go to more of them.
Editor’s note: Aubrey Oliver is a 17-year-old artist and musician based in Everett. She recently released her first single, “Mary Janes.” This is her first time covering live music for NadaMucho.com.