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Here’s something to get you excited about this year’s Festival—a handful of talented Seattle artists gearing up for Bumbershoot by covering Mainstage headliners Daryl Hall & John Oates under the shadow of the Space Needle! For a lot of local artists, performing at their hometown festival truly is a dream come true. Check out Shelby Earl, Kris Orlowski, Allen Stone, Ethan Anderson from Massy Ferguson, Matt and Mikey Gervais from Curtains For You and Head Like a Kite’s Dave Einmo with guest vocalist Asya from Smoosh. Who doesn’t love beautiful melodies, huge grins, hand claps and foot stomps?

BumberDiaries - Kris Orlowski

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

Stay tuned this week for more BumberDiaries and contest/entry information!

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