Submitted by Olympia Downtown Alliance
The Olympia Downtown Alliance is powering a street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations from local artists, local community groups, and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse and cider from Whitewood Cider Co. LoveOly Summer Fest 2022, is presented by the City of Olympia. The first SummerFest of the year will take place this Saturday, August 6, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has partnered with the Olympia Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the festival. Supersuckers will headline the Main Stage on Saturday, and Speedealer and the Stuntmen will open.
Supersuckers were formed in Tucson, Arizona, in 1988 by high school friends Eddie Spaghetti (born Edward Carlyle Daly III, bass, vocals), Ron Heathman (guitar), Dan “Thunder” Bolton (guitar), Dancing Eagle (born Dan Seigal, drums), and Eric Martin (lead vocals). After playing the local scene for about a year under the name the Black Supersuckers, the band moved to Seattle, ostensibly in search of a climate more conducive to leather jackets. Martin left the band not long after, and Eddie Spaghetti took his place on lead vocals. Shortening their name to the Supersuckers, the band recorded singles for several indie labels, including eMpTy, Sympathy for the Record Industry, and Lucky; these were collected on the eMpTy compilation The Songs All Sound the Same, which became the band’s first CD release in 1992. That year, they signed to Sub Pop and issued their proper debut album, The Smoke of Hell, which was produced by Jack Endino and featured cover art by renowned comic artist Daniel Clowes. Featuring one of the band’s best-known songs in “Coattail Rider,” the record also spun off the single “Hell City, Hell,” whose B-side was a fan-favorite cover of Ice Cube’s “Dead Homiez.”
In addition to Main Stage acts, August 6 is full of other activities to choose from!
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: LoveOly Youth Musicians Band Showcase. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Love Oly Summer Fest opening remarks by Olympia Downtown Alliance Board President Todd Monohon, City of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, and Squaxin Island Tribe Chair Kristopher Peters. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: LoveOly Summerfest welcomes Speedealer to the Main Stage. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: LoveOly SummerFest welcomes The Stuntmen to the Main Stage. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: LoveOly SummerFest welcomes Supersuckers to the Main Stage. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.
Kids and Family Activity Area
Here’s What’s Happening in the Activity Area on 5th between Capital and Washington for Kids and Families from the Hands on Children’s Museum.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Circus Entertainment, provided by Lauren Sitz, Sky Cosby, Anthony Szabo, Theo Jerdes and Katie Chaney
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Face Painting by Claire Arbaugh.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Balloon Animals by Mr. Twister
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Pegboard Engineering Powered by Hands On Children’s Museum
Community Groups: Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team and Thurston Climate Action Team.
Biergarten Area: Biergarten featuring beer from Three Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse and cider from Whitewood Cider Co. Location: On Washington Street between 5th and Legion.
Makers: Out of the Woodworks, Ronee K. Parsons Art, Snail Bear Art, Julieanne’s Mosaics, Charlie June Customs Oly Pots.
Who: Powered by the Olympia Downtown Alliance, produced by the Olympia Film Society and Hands on Children’s Museum. The event is presented by the City of Olympia. Thank you to Mixx 96 FM, our media sponsor.
What: LoveOly Summer Fest 2022
When: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Olympia Federal Savings Entertainment Area, Capitol Theater outdoor stage, Downtown Olympia, 5th Avenue and Washington Street
Cost: This is a free event, thanks to the support of our sponsors!