When I was like 7 or 8, we saw George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars at Bumbershoot… I got dragged over the turnpike thing when everyone ran into the building. I remember it was packed, but we were at the very front of the stage by a gate and I was on someone’s shoulders… after the show, my Uncle Kevin and Gerald & Thaddeus Turner (local musicians) took us to the back, and George Clinton signed my arm in red ink- I didn’t wash my arm for dayssssss!!
Years and years later, George Clinton comes into Mel’s Market and I serve him lasagna… bananas! - Adra Boo, Fly Moon Royalty
Rachel Flotard, Visqueen
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My first Bumbershoot was the fall of ‘93, when I moved to Seattle and the Violent Femmes were playing. I walked into the festival, straight to their performance. I worked my way through the crowd and jumped off the stage and was carried until security escorted me out. I left, went around and did it all over again and the security gave me a wink, a smile, and said it looked like I was having the time of my life. I was. I never left Seattle again and have had a warm place in my heart for Bumbershoot ever since.
Check out this great BumberDiaries entry from Northwest artist Kris Orlowski.
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.-Kris Orlowski
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