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This year, Olympia Arts Walk overflows with music - at least according to the 20-something events on my Facebook page. Saturday and Sunday feature everything from indie to hip-hop, to hard rock.
On the grand scale, this weekend's Olympia's Arts Walk - the twice-yearly celebration of arts of all sorts by artists of all sorts, from kindergarteners to professional artists - Offerings range from paintings, poetry and sculpture to films and performance art, plus face painting for the kids. And music - lots of it.
Capitol City Guitars, long known for their sidewalk performances, invites Gunslinger to start off the weekend with a 30-minute set of Judas Priest inspired metal Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Fitz of Depression at 9 p.m. Saturday at 4 p.m., singer/songwriter Scott Taylor will channel his mojo into the crowd, serenading passersby.
It's hard to believe it's already been four years since Old School Pizzeria created the Hard Rock Parking Lot to showcase Olympia bands during Arts Walk. This year, 13 bands will consume the pizza stage. I was going to highlight a few of the better bands, but heck, they are all awesome, so the full line up is as follows:
Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be one band on the hour with the last band playing at 9 p.m., Lit End, Shoreline Drive, The Way Finders, HellBelly, In Between Days, and a Weekly Volcano 2013 Best Cover Band, Cure Tribute Band.
Saturday, beginning at noon, with the last band playing at 7 p.m., we have The Blue, Little Red Carwreck, Big Red Sun, The Lumen, The Have At Its, The Heyfields, Hurts Like Hell and Planetary People.
Down at The Olympia Ballroom, Saturday night, there is an Intergalactic Prom - fancy attire encouraged! - with dance party rocktronica by Elbow Coulee, hip-hop from Hollywood Kill Crew and AKA and the Heart Hurt Goods, plus DJs and more. It kicks off at 8 p.m.
Friday, Olympia Film Society presents Full Moon Radio and Glass Elevator both screening their new music videos at the Capitol Theater. The Hard Way joins the bill for a well-rounded indie set. This show begins at 5 p.m.
All shows listed are free and all ages, except Intergalactic Prom, which costs $3.
For a complete list of performers, artists, musicians and businesses participating in Olympia Arts Walk, click here.