“Watching David Lee Roth scissor kick in fluorescent yellow karate firefighter/hospital scrubs, and by that I mean they had suspenders, was probably one of the finest Bumbershoot moments I’d been privy to. His tan made George Hamilton look like me. I was with my old roommate Carl, pretty much going hoarse from singing Van Halen really badly. Then we spotted Kim Warnick in the crows nest on the stage. I could practically see her black palm tree hair move from the wind produced by his showmanship turbines. It stays with me until this day. I can almost taste the glazed dougnuts.”—
Rachel Flotard, Visqueen
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In 1986 I witnessed my first Bumbershoot. I was very young then and remember the excitement and awe at all of the spectacles I saw at such a young, vulnerable age. I was pretty animated and my parents recounted how enamored I was by the circus-inspired woman on stilts, dressed like a willowy fairy, or how I stood captivated by the drum circle that filled the air with thunderous sounds that vibrated in my four-year-old chest. Man, I loved drums.
Bumbershoot made quite an impression. Even after moving down to Seattle from my hometown of Bellingham (born and raised!) six years ago, that sense of excitement and awe never really left. As a local, I had ALWAYS hoped one day to play the festival.
I remember seeing the Lonely Forest in the EMP Sky Church and thinking to myself “If I ever got to play Bumbershoot on this stage, it would be a dream come true”. Thanks to Bumbershoot, one dream will be realized - although I’ll be upstairs at EMP’s Level 3. I know my Seattle friends and supporters will be out in droves. I hope that Bellingham
comes out in full force.
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One of this week’s Bumbershoot lineup additions, Seattle/Tacoma quartet Motopony recently visited KCRW to perform a lengthy set that included the unreleased “Get Down” and a cover of Stairsailor’s “Alcoholic”. Stream the audio below or watch the entire session at NPR Music.
On the last day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, I had to opportunity to sit down with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a hip-hop duo originating from Seattle. The following is an excerpt form our conversation.
Neil: So a lot of what you guys do is really centralized on the Northwest. Could you just speak a little bit about what it’s been like cultivating a fan base really strongly in the Northwest?
Macklemore: Um, I mean, for me, I grew up here. Here being Seattle, Washington. I’m extremely proud of our community and our city, and I watched a lot of people for a long time make records and look at different regions, like “Oh man, if we were just in Atlanta, or New York, or L.A. we’d be on, or whatever.” And I watched what the Blue Scholars did in Seattle, and what, you know, cultivating a fan base here, because they made music about here, and i watched that, and i was always doing that myself, but I watched that be successful, so I think that, I wanna put on for our city, and expose the world to how dope the music is, and how dope the scene is, and the best way to do that is to be honest and speak the truth about where we’re from, and that’s why I make songs about Seattle.