Check out a couple video BumberDiaries from this years Festival! Stay tuned for more and share your own!
"When my children (now 26 and 32) were little they were at all the major shows, dancing to Annie Lennox, Bonnie Raitt, and George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars. Bootsy Collins was wearing a diaper and nothing else as his costume, and it took some time to explain to my tiny daughter that, “yes, he’s really potty trained”.
Now that we live in Hawaii, we fly in every year, stay at the Queen Ann Inn, and rock out. Our children join us and my parents join us. You have been, are, and always will be a wonderful part of our celebratory lives.”
- Jasmine Schaeffer
I will never forget attending Bumbershoot for the first time. The year was , we drove down from Vancouver just to see The Ramones… The main act of the day was Ramones & Mudhoney, but before they came on we first had the pleasure of seeing Mel Tormé. Well, as soon as Mel started to sing the crowd of young people at the front of the stage went nuts, fist pumping, moshing and crowd surfing etc. From the looks on Mel Tormé’s face you could tell that he was having a good time as well, the crowd cheered Mel on, and Mel in turn put on a great show with a huge smile on his face the whole time!! Later we saw Mudhoney, who were great as usual, and then THE RAMONES—my only time seeing them—they were unbelievably stupendous!! One of my best concerts, 167 songs in 40 minutes! OK, I’m exaggerating but you get the picture!
- Greg Walters
BumberDiary Honorable Mention
I’ve attended Bumbershoot nearly every year since I was in high school so over 20 years! I’ve watched the festival grow from its roots to the fabulous spectacle of music and arts that it is today.
One of my first great memories is seeing Crowded House. I had to beg my parents to let me go since it was the night before school started. We got there too late and didn’t get into the arena. We hung around and walked around the Arena just trying to hear the music. An older couple (probably my age now) saw us and asked what we were doing. We told them our story and they took us under their wing and somehow got us in with their VIP status. To this day I have no idea who they were but I’m eternally thankful as we had the best time and story for our friends the next day. That incident definitely started my love affair with the festival.
- Shannon Cook
Check out this Honorable Mention from our BumberDiaries contest!
“There can only be one first time.”
My son has loved music his entire life. At the age of 13 as a self taught guitar player we decided to enroll him in the Seattle School of Rock. Shortly after he joined the program they told us a select group of kids would be playing Bumbershoot. Since I have been going to Bumbershoot since around 1985 I was like WOW, how cool is that. Then they told us they wanted Kyle play the show. One of the songs they wanted to do was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and since Kyle had been playing Beatles music for years they gave him the lead guitar part. It still makes my eye misty even thinking about it.
Now he is 16 and has played many festivals and on many stages with great musicians, currently with band “Verlee for Ransom”
And yes he can say, “The first time I played in public was at Bumbershoot, in the Sky Church to a packed house of about 1000 people.” Something most kids can only dream of.
Thank you for the memory.
- Tami Morrison
What do Everclear, Fergie, Pixies, and Death Cab for Cutie all have in common? They are all part of the Brite Futures Bumberdiary! Check out a clip from their audio interview, then tell us your Bumberstory for a chance to win Platinum Passes to this years Festival!
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"BumberBrothers" — a video BumberDiary of two friends who united over their love Bumbershoot.
In 1995 my wife Cyndi and I went all three days of Bumbershoot - Ramones, Parliament, tons of others.
And while we were just friends on the first day of Bumbershoot, by the 3rd we were dating.
We had a long ten years of an on & off relationship, but when we decided to get married we picked Sept 4th, 2005 as our wedding date, the 10th anniversary of our first date at Bumbershoot."
I first experienced Bumbershoot in my 20’s and it was everything I needed an arts festival to be: a chance to experience the newest up & coming band, to connect with seasoned veterans, and everything in between - all on MY terms, with MY people. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to fully appreciate a deeper meaning of Bumbershoot, particularly as I’ve taken my kids to the festival.
To paraphrase a quote from the late, great D. Boone: Bumbershoot provides a forum for me to experience the beauty of life through the arts, and allows me to not only teach my kids through it, but to ensure that my kids can teach their kids, too.
My all-time favorite Bumbershoot memory so far is what my then five year old said to me while we were wandering through the crowd: “I don’t like being my height because all the adult butts are in my face.”
Priceless. Just like all my Bumbershoot memories. Just like my kids.
Susie Tennant, PR and Marketing Director, Town Hall Seattle
Submit your own BumberDiary at Bumbershoot.org for a chance to win a pair of Platinum Passes.