This weekend I'll be traveling with my partner in crime to Seattle for the sold out Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Just looking at the breadth of this festival strikes fatigue in my bones. From comedy and theatrical performances, to short form films and literary arts, to music, Bumbershoot is a festival of all things art. With a history dating back to 1971, Bumbershoot is one of the largest music and arts festivals in the world.
Tanya and I are, of course, going for the music. We've both marked out a tentative schedule for the festival and while I have no doubt our schedules will be very similar, I also know that there will be hard compromises. The festival is very well planned out in though, with a diverse line-up of both independent bands as well as some bigger names thrown in for good measure.
An interesting mix up
The line-up on the Mainstage for Sunday includes Keysha Cole, T.I., Black Keys and Stone Temple Pilots. Talk about complete polar opposite sides of the spectrum. I must see Keysha Cole live to determine if her voice is just as grating in person as it is on the radio. T.I. tends to make songs specifically for the radio in order to lure people to the more substantive music on his LPs. The STP show conflicts with Tapes n' Tapes, so I might have to convince Tanya to pass on STP.
Sure to Rock?
I'm thoroughly expecting Black Keys, Offspring and Paramour to put on super rockin' sets. Fall of Troy is a fun band to watch and it looks like Bumbershoot is their last tour stop before the head back into the studio to record their next album. Ending the music segment of the festival with Death Cab For Cutie was definitely a great way to mellow it out before people head home.
Here's my tentative schedule for the weekend.
The Fall of Troy
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Tapes n' Tapes
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Death Cab for Cutie
You can visit Tanya's column to compare and contrast our schedules. Check in with us at Culture Critics for daily festival wrap-ups. See the official schedule Bumbershoot schedule here. We are open to suggestions for covering other sets, but remember that our time is limited.