The 4th annual Olio Festival kicks off next week, from the 19th-23rd. There is a shitload of shit(technical term) going on. Feel overwhelmed by a monster lineup, and don’t know where to begin? I’m here to guide you through the best of the best of the fest. For more info check out at www.oliofestival.com and follow for updates on Twitter at twitter.com/oliofestival.
Flosstradamus w/Dillon Francis
This is the easiest decision you’ll have to make during the whole festival. Mostly cause it’s a Wednesday night, and there’s nothing competing with this show, but beyond that, it’s gonna get goofy at the launch party for Olio. Descriptions of trap music always get kind of embarrassing. If you’ve heard it, you know what it sounds like. It’s down tempo and you’re gonna hear ‘hey’ a lot. If you don’t dance at this show, I don’t even know what to say to you. Check out a hype jam with Danny Brown below.
Better Than Something – Jay Reatard Documentary
Better Than Something is the story of southern icon/punk rocker Jay Reatard. I’ve heard nothing but good things, and can’t wait to final check this out. Eerily shot in the months/days leading up to the last days before his passing, in that spooky ‘The Crow’ kinda way, this is the movie to check out during Olio. Hit the trailer.
With possibly one of the most mismatched name:music dynamics since Savage Garden, whatever you would think King Dude sounds like, it’s probably not like this. The Dude who everyone in Seattle seems to have one degree of separation from, puts out a unique blend of acoustic folk/occult jams. Like those really slow, mellow Smiths tracks, only just acoustic guitar, a bit of a Tom Waits voice, and lyrics about Satan. Don’t even front like that’s not super compelling. Check out the depressing as fuck ‘Please Stay(In the Shadow of My Grave)’ below.
BeatRoute Magazine and WinnieCooper.net present their official Olio Festival Showcase
You sorta had to see this coming…CAUSE IT’S GONNA BE RAD. But for real, this is going to be pound for pound one of the funnest shows of the whole deal. 7 acts, all night long, then the WC DJs take over late.
Pump Trolley Comedy
Oh yeah, there’s comedy too. Contrary to popular belief, sketch comedy didn’t end in 2002. On the heels of playing a show a day for the last bunch of weeks at the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festivals, you’ll be able to see an appropriately oiled, 8 headed, efficiency/comedy juggernaut. It’s ‘alternative’ comedy. What does that mean? Who knows. Come hang out at The Biltmore, laugh like you did the first time you blew into your crazy straw in a glass of chocolate milk, and still have lots of time to check out tunes somewhere else on Saturday night. Watch the video below.
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