After four years rocking a free music festival in Capitol Hill, Summit Block Party took a break in 2016, leaving it uncertain if it would return.

It won’t.

Now a new — also completely free — concert block party is slated to hit the corner of East Mercer Street and Summit Avenue East this summer.

“I love Summit Block Party, I really do,” said Charlie Deane, talent buyer for the Mercer X Summit Block Party. “This is not Summit Block Party.”

Planning for the Mercer X Summit Block Party started last August, said Patrick Dougherty, manager at Summit Public House, where the festival’s main stage will be posted on Saturday, Aug. 19.

“We’d always thrown around the idea of throwing an event like this in the neighborhood,” he said. “We wanted to do something to give back to the actual community.”

Deane, who also does music bookings for Chop Suey, said his involvement in Mercer X Summit Block Party started with a phone call from Dougherty.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, totally, absolutely, this is right up my alley,’” he said, ‘I’d love to do it.’ I think once we started booking it, we were met with overwhelming support from the artists.”

The schedule is still being worked out, but the lineup includes Smokey Brights, So Pitted, Black Whales, Mirror Ferrari and Haunted Horses.

Deane also worked with Adam Way on a few iterations of the Summit Block Party, but said he doesn’t want people drawing comparisons. He said he respects all the people that put so much work into making those festivals happen.

“There were some things, operationally, that I just knew were going to work,” Deane said.

Much like the Summit Block Party, Mercer X Summit was partially a response to the more expensive concerts in Seattle, such as Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party ($150 for a three-day general admission pass).

“We wanted to do something, so people could come and really enjoy this great little neighborhood up here in North Capitol Hill,” Dougherty said.

Sponsors include Freakout Records, Pabst Blue Ribbon, The Vera Project, KEXP, Do 206 and neighboring Single Shot and Generations.

A retail shop flipped into an event space, Generations will be providing its own stage for 10 bands at Mercer X Summit, Deane said, and will keep the party going once the main stage has to come down at 10 p.m.

The final act of the night will be Lovfmly (Don’t Talk to Cops).

“They’re flying a new member out from New York,” Deane said, “and it’s going to have the Don’t Talk to Cops vibe going on over there.”

Mercer X Summit will close off Summit Avenue East, just a little south of Mercer and north to Roy Street. Local businesses will join the festival outside, with food and entertainment for the all-ages event.

Deane encourages people interested in attending to RSVP at Those that do will receive occasional updates, plus be entered into a raffle for prizes.

“You get a free festival, and then get some more free stuff,” he said.

Organizers are still gathering more sponsors, Dougherty said, to cover final touches on the block party.

While creating an outside music festival from scratch feels like diving into the deep end, Dougherty said, “We’ve been doing really well with the swimming, I feel like.”