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.