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.
The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.
The Seattle Times
In case you didn’t know (at this point, we find that unlikely), the 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off tomorrow. A weekend of music, sun, and parties galore, The Seattle Times‘ Andrew Matson presents his top picks for the anticipated festival. In addition to visiting bands like Battles, Handsome Furs and Best Coast, Matson highlights some under-the-radar Northwest artists like dance pop act Craft Spells, atmospheric rock outfit Witch Gardens, and playful punk group TacocaT.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Musicians of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to apply to be part of the first-ever Concerts at the Columns series. The performances are scheduled to take place every Friday throughout July and August at the corner of Pike Street and Boren Ave. Acoustic musicians are preferred, as there will be no power supply available for bands to perform. Buskers and other solo performers are ideal candidates. Don’t miss this chance to provide musical entertainment to Seattleites during the most beautiful time of the year.
This year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival sold out in a week. For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to snag a ticket, NPR and KEXP will be streaming a selection of performances live over Memorial Day Weekend. Both media outlets have vast experience broadcasting live performances, but KEXP executive director Tom Mara admits this will be a considerably huge undertaking. “This is the most ambitious live broadcast project we’ve taken on,” said Mara to Seattle Weekly. Starting Friday, you can visit NPR’s Live from Sasquatch page, use NPR Music’s iPhone app, or visit the live music archive at KEXP’s website to listen to sets by mainstage performers like Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighers, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and many more.
Pearl Jam will play live dates in the U.S. later this year, including the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco Aug. 28th-30th. The band has also completed 14 songs for a new album and is working on a film with director Cameron Crowe, guitarist Mike McCready said in a radio interview late last month. McCready told Seattle’s “Ron & Don Show” that the band is about halfway finished with its next album, which is being recorded in California with producer Brendan O’Brien. McCready said the band is expecting to have the album out before the end of this year. The band will self-release the album, which will be their ninth.