There’s no doubt that technology made the world smaller – far-flung corners of the globe have become virtually accessible – but on another scale the world has become smaller through the “local” movement. Eat local, shop local… and celebrate local music.

The Seattle Weekly’s Reverb local music festival is the biggest yearly showcase of local talent, with more than 60 bands playing in 10 venues during one day in Ballard. You can read about the birth of Reverb in 2004 on the Seattle Weekly website and learn more about the bands that will be performing. Check out the schedule and try to figure out what you’re going to be able to see. The Maldives at the Tractor Tavern or Midnight Idols at The Bit Saloon? With music playing non-stop from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am you’re never going to be able to fit it all in. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because one of the best things about Reverb is the variety of genres. You may not mind skipping a venue depending on your taste, and luckily, the venues are clustered on Ballard Avenue or close by.

And as a special treat this year, Mike Seely of the Weekly and John Roderick of favorite local band The Long Winters will be moderating a debate between the Seattle Mayoral candidates Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn. You know the questions won’t be run-of-the-mill political queries. That takes place at 8:30 pm at the Conor Byrne Pub.

At this point, if you don’t already have a wristband, you’ll be buying them at the event for $10 – which is still a screaming deal for all you’re going to get. If you’re under 21, there are all ages venues as well, and wristbands to get you in will only cost $7.

Culture Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Local Music Festival this Saturday, October 3rd