My first Bumbershoot was in 1989. The highlight was Ry Cooder with David Lindley, Nick Lowe and Flaco Jimenez. It was in Key Arena with a very small crowd and I was in the center with my Bumbershoot buddy John, leaning on the stage barriers.
I’ve been to many, many Bumbershoots since, mostly attending all three days. The weather doesn’t always cooperate. I remember it raining so hard one afternoon that I signed up for a Seattle Times subscription just so I could get the free umbrella, which inverted on the first moderate gust of wind. Oh well.
Bumbershoot has changed a lot over the years, stages added and subtracted, venues moved and my areas of focus have changed. I never missed the One Reel Film Festival until a few years ago when I waited in line a couple of hours to be separated from my wife and crammed into a theater to watch a couple of rather mediocre short films. I still cruise through Flat stock, the indie book publishers and I try to catch a few comedy shows. I love to get some food and people watch.
The ticket prices are quite dear now, $129 for a single day is a long way from the free festival it was in its infancy.
Saturday looks like the best day for me.
Reggie Watts, former front man for Nu Soul sensation Maktub
White Denim, Psychedelic-Rock quartet from Austin, Texas
Black Joe Lewis, another Nu Soul band that will get you up and dancing
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, local hippity-hoppity duo ruling the charts
The library has copies of all of these great releases so head on down to your local branch, pick up one or two!