The weather promises to be gorgeous, which is fortunate for those heading out to Seattle Center for the annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. For three days, attendees will immerse themselves in music, theater, comedy, dance, visual art and literature. With such a wide scope of acts on the schedule, it’s helpful to turn to our local media for pointers on what not to miss at Bumbershoot this year. The Stranger has an exhaustive guide to the festival with great features on headliners Hall & Oates, metal-influenced rockers Red Fang, soul legend Dennis Coffey and more. Local blog Sound on the Sound picked out the must-see sets by Seattle artists, plus the top five acts editor Abbey Simmons won’t be missing. The culture mavens at Seattle Met Magazine give their top recommendations in each category for all three days at Bumbershoot, as does the savvy staff over at Seattle Weekly. If you’re tired of reading, Q13 FOX has an interview with SSG Music founder Nikki Benson on her Bumbershoot favorites. Whatever you choose to see this weekend, don’t forget to check out the wealth of local talent present in all areas of Bumbershoot this year.
Toyota Free Yr Radio
Many local bands playing Bumbershoot are getting some extra attention thanks to Toyota’s Free Yr Radio, which is partnering with KEXP and The Vera Project to host a special stage near the International Fountain at Seattle Center. The performances scheduled include three bands who won’t be playing anywhere else during Bumbershoot. To bolster its mission to keep independent radio thriving, Free Yr Radio will also be donating funds to KEXP and The Vera Project. Below is the full lineup for the Free Yr Radio stage.
Saturday, September 3
Seapony (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) — 11:45 a.m.
Grand Hallway – 1:05 p.m.
Pickwick – 2:35 p.m.
Yuni in Taxco – 4:20 p.m.
Campfire OK – 6:05 p.m.
Scribes – 7:50 p.m.
Sunday, September 4
Massy Ferguson – 11:45 a.m.
Kaylee Cole – 1:05 p.m.
Allen Stone – 2:35 p.m.
SOL – 4:20 p.m.
The Lonely Forest – 6:05 p.m.
The Pharmacy (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) – 7:50 p.m.
Monday, September 5
Lemolo – 11:45 a.m.
Lake – 1:05 p.m.
Ravenna Woods – 2:35 p.m.
Motopony – 4:20 p.m.
Quadron – 6:05 p.m.
TBD (Free Yr Radio exclusive performance) – 7:50 p.m.
After teasing us with one artist a day throughout the month of May, Bumbershoot finally released the full lineup of the music and arts festival today. Headliners like Daryl Hall & John Oates, Wiz Khalifa, and Broken Social Scene mingle with a large helping of Northwest acts like Shabazz Palaces, The Presidents of the United States of America, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and The Lonely Forest. Below is a complete roundup of all the local bands playing Bumbershoot this Labor Day Weekend:
Minus the Bear Head Like a Kite Mad Rad Champagne Champagne Grand Hallway Astronautalis Truckasaurus Curtains For You Vendetta Red Brite Futures My Goodness Yuni in Taxco Campfire Ok SOL Beat Connection Whalebones Pickwick Kris Orlowski and the Passenger Quartet Thomas Marriott’s Human Spirit SPLATINUM Legendary Oaks Ill Cosby Ravenna Woods Mash Hall Gail Pettis Quartet The Horde and the Harem Lemolo DJ Nordic Soul DJ Introcut DJ Justin Timbreline Kaylee Cole Tomten The Sight Below Shelby Earl Massy Ferguson Allen Stone LAKE Pezzner LawnChair Generals WD4D Wayne Horvitz Café Paloma Band Witchburn Scribes
Bumbershoot on Facebook
Each day at noon, Bumbershoot has been announcing one artist a day via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. This will continue throughout May until the full schedule is announced on June 1. Today the music and arts festival revealed renowned legends of quirk-rock The Presidents of the United States of America. The band has been confirmed for this year’s lineup, joining the ranks of Seattle acts Minus the Bear and The Lonely Forest. You can watch the classic music video for “Peaches” from the hometown heroes below, and check the link above to see all the acts playing the festival revealed thus far.
Bumbershoot on Facebook
Each day at noon, Bumbershoot has been announcing one artist a day via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. This will continue throughout May until the full schedule is announced on June 1. Today the music and arts festival revealed Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear will join this year’s lineup, joining confirmed acts Wiz Khalifa and Hall & Oates. The band was recently signed to Dangerbird Records and released its fourth studio album in May 2010 titled OMNI. Check out the video below for the song “Hold Me Down,” which has great live footage of Minus the Bear.
One Reel, the local non-profit behind some of the Northwest’s biggest arts and cultural events, is looking for a Programming Intern to staff Bumbershoot 2011. This position primarily entails processing performer applications; tracking artist contracts and deliverables; managing logistics including travel accommodations and artist will-call; maintaining promotional materials, and generally providing administrative support to the Bumbershoot Programming Department. This internship also offers a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about the special events programming process, including the day-to-day, nuts-and-bolts operations involved in booking and artist relations for high-profile festivals. Qualified applicants should have strong organization and communication skills, technical experience and interest in the arts, and must also be up to the physical demands of on-site festival work (i.e. long hours, physical labor, large crowds, etc.) One Reel provides a small stipend to cover food and transportation costs for all internships. Follow the link for more information or to learn how to apply for this position.
The Bumbershoot curatorial team is now accepting artist applications for their 41st annual Labor Day event! Recognized as North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot welcomes artists across all disciplines and over 150,000 visitors to Seattle Center for a performance-packed weekend featuring everything from regional favorites to international superstars. To take part in this year’s big fest, performers are invited to submit applications complete with work samples via the above link. The deadline for film submissions is Sunday, May 15 and the musician application deadline is right around the corner—March 25. Heads up local street performers: The festival also invites local buskers to join in on all the Bumbershoot fun, contingent to the event’s street performer policy which is also available to download on the above site.