photos by Marla Moore, Bebe Besch, and Alex Crick
Nearly a week past this event and I’m just now getting around to it.
A few months earlier when Beat Connection found out they were playing Capitol Hill Block Party, they invited me to be a part of it. Safe to say I knew about it for a while but with the release and tour of their latest album, The Palace Garden, we didn’t talk about it until a few days prior. As with Sasquatch, I had never been to CHBP. I made my way to the main stage to mill around backstage and wait for the guys to show up. There I met two lovely people, John & Sarah. These two had just been touring with Beat Connection and White Arrows, creating a documentary series on the road. They also just put out BC’s new video for Palace Garden, 4am. Other notables: I stood a few yards away from George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow (our “green room” tents were adjacent) and met Claire Boucher of Grimes. I only found out a few days later who she was. And actually, I much prefer that it happened that way.
Before we went on, I had left to get off of my feet for a while because that morning I had been picking up trash all over downtown with a bunch of lovely people. Thus, tired bones. I got back and Beat Connection was already onstage sound checking. Oops. We did Think/Feel first and Reed introduced me afterward. The whole thing was a whirl. I had a blast while I was up there but the relief I feel after I’m done is what hits me the hardest. I will never tire of thanking Jesus for these opportunities! And Beat Connection, of course. It’s amazing and still blows my mind! LIKE THIS.
I had known beforehand that Chase Jarvis would be live streaming all performances on the main stage so my sister, mother, and a few friends got to watch while I was performing. Bless you Mr. Jarvis! I was tickled and so was my mother, haha.
Once off stage, I swam into the crowd to find some faces I knew and watch the rest of their set. It was quite an odd feeling to get so many stares and whispers. I can’t really say I know what it feels like to be a celebrity but watching the recognition, surprise, and excitement on people’s faces as I walked by was a bit thrilling and very humbling. It means a lot when someone takes the time to tell you they appreciated what you did! Anyway, BC killed their set and it was evident they were having a lot of fun doing it. My little heart swells with pride over their accomplishments. I remember going to see them as a twosome, first starting out. I don’t have to explain how far they’ve come, you can see and hear it. They’re all gems with mass amounts of talent.
Twin Shadow was up next on the main stage which was fantastic. I’m not going to go into it because I didn’t catch the whole thing but it was a great performance and an honor to share the same stage. Check out the new album, Confess if you haven’t yet. I recommend Run My Heart.
The only other show I caught was White Arrows that evening at Neumos. As I mentioned, they just finished a tour with Beat Connection, thus the reason I’ve been listening to them. Also fantastic, and a great, lively performance. I only wish I could’ve heard them through the glorious sound system on the main stage. Someday, I say!
Other highlights: I heard an eagle man showed up during Neko Case (evidence, evidence, and more evidence), someone was carried out by medics during Think/Feel, and the security guards pulled water guns on the audience. I’m sure there were many more shenanigans.
If you came to see me or Beat Connection, THANKS. You’re awesome. I ran into a bunch of you before and afterward and I must say I’m really thankful to have beautiful friends like you.