I have left this poster up on my tabs this week not only as a reminder to post it to Yow Yow! but because it is so beautiful! The colors!! Oh my goodness, everyone knows that I have a major soft spot for this music festival because in a way, it sort of helped shape my youth. This was the event that I looked forward to every summer, more than Capitol Hill Block Party (early on at least) more than Seafair (because that has never been my thing ever) and more than the Bite of Seattle. Bumbershoot has always been a family friendly music festival that brings musical and comedy acts from all over the world into one place. There is also a huge emphasis on local acts. This year, I’m especially excited to see Portugal. The Man so high up on this lineup.
It isn’t hard to push out a post when I need to. They can range from anything to a YouTube video to a song on Spotify or a quote against a printed background in an interesting typeface on Pinterest. While I like to think that varying lengths of posts make Yow Yow! really interesting, it’s those essays that I spend the most time on that I’m proud of. 2017 was a year of changes not only for me personally, but for Yow Yow! There was a lot happening in the world that I wanted to share an opinion about and I’ll admit, I don’t always get it right. I’ve received some criticism over the last year for some of the pieces that I’ve written, which challenged me, but I also received positive feedback as well. Overall, it felt like a step in the right direction. As much as I love writing about food, music, and fashion, I can’t let Yow Yow! only be about that. And the reason why is just because that’s not what I’m only all about. Thank you all for letting me stretch my creativity with this and for continuing to stick with us.
This December, ping pong social destination, SPiN will be expanding to a prime location in downtown Seattle, Washington. SPiN, originally from New York is a place where friends can gather together to play ping pong in a more social setting.
SPiN Seattle will open its doors at 1511 6th Avenue and will occupy nearly 10,000 lower level square feet of the historic Decatur Building. Originally built in the 1920’s, this Seattle landmark will offer tournaments, monthly programming, private lessons, corporate parties and casual play.
“SPiN’s culture inspires and connects people through ping-pong while celebrating creativity, diversity and inclusivity.” Says SPiN CEO, Pieter Vanermen. “We chose Seattle as the next city because of its rich culture, technological innovation and a growing community devoted to originality that aligns with the SPiN brand. We are absolutely thrilled to launch and invite the public to come witness what SPiN is all about.”
Designed by the architectural firm, Barker/Nestor, the new Seattle location will be a mecca and playground for all ages. The newest location will offer 12 Olympic-style ping pong tables, private lounge spaces and a full-service restaurant and bar that can accommodate anywhere from a few people to 300 guests. The space includes the perfect setting for intimate connecting thanks to plush lounge seating and extraordinary art features-perfect for any celebration or group activity.
If you’re looking for a spot to host your next party or outing, this will be it. There’s also a SPiN location here in San Francisco and this post is reminding me that I still need to check it out myself!
Every time I hear the word cerulean, I think of that infamous scene from The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda rips Andy a new one for calling two belts similar. It’s one of my favorite scenes from the film. I’m in this camp that I sometimes believe that you can make a photo out of anything – any wall, any backdrop, etc. But sometimes, I feel so compelled to some walls more than others. I love bold colors, prints, and things that you may not come across often. While I was in Seattle for the holidays, Veronica and I grabbed chili for lunch in Ballard – apparently at one of the oldest places ever known for its famous chili. Across the street was this cerulean wall and as soon as I saw it, I knew that THIS WAS IT. I didn’t bring a lot of clothes home with me when I returned for the holidays so this was pretty much my uniform every day.
This is a great lineup, but secondly – how great are the colors being used for this year’s festival?! Designgasm… I just made that word up. I hope that’s okay. As most of you know, Capitol Hill Block Party has always been very near and dear to my heart and this lineup looks SO good. Should we fly home for it? Answer y/n.
In news that warmed my heart this morning, the city of Seattle announced the lineup for Upstream Music Fest + Summit! This will be the first time that the city is doing something like this other than prev. City Arts Fest, but this event is actually meant to be more of a SXSW for the Northwest. One pass gets you good access to nearly 200 acts and you’ll be able to view shows around Pioneer Square at 25 different venues. What I love about this (and what I love about all Seattle music festivals to be honest) is just that there is such a focus on highlighting Seattle talent. Okay so AlunaGeorge is not a Seattle native, but for the most part, many of these acts are from the Pacific Northwest, which is AWESOME. For more information on purchasing a pass and what you’ll be eligible to see, click here.
When I learned that one of my favorite bands growing up, Minus the Bear, was releasing a new album – 14 year old me couldn’t contain my excitement. We may be delayed in delivering this news to Yow Yow! but the news came straight to my inbox about four weeks ago. The day that we found out, I spent the entire work day listening to every single album – yes, starting with Highly Refined Pirates. No, it’s not their first album, but it was the first time I ever heard “We Are Not A Football Team” and I thought it seemed fitting to begin where we first met.
Minus the Bear is not only one of my favorite bands coming out of Seattle, but they’ve been the band that I’ve loved the longest. They were my concert tickets for my 17th birthday present from my best friend Lexi. They were also the band that I so badly wanted to book in my years of working in music. Nothing broke my heart more than in my last year of booking I realized that this just wasn’t going to happen for me. And now we’re just out of it completely!
Getting back to the album – Voids will be out March 3rd and shortly after the band will be headed out on their tour for March-April. Tickets are on sale now! Minus the Bear will return home to Seattle on April 15th at the Showbox to close out their tour. Be sure to support them and show them the love! Also if you missed it, today’s Song of the Day is the first single off of their new album, “Invisible.”