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
If you missed out on RSVPing for the Bumbershoot Music Lounge, there is stil hope for you to see some of the most intimate performances by some remarkable artists. During the Festival head over to the KEXP yellow tent and you might be able get your mits on an unclaimed Music Lounge Pass! And if you want a guaranteed spot to take in ALL the Music Lounge performances (as well as guaranteed entrance to all indoor venues) you can upgrade to a Platinum Pass!
Need some help planning your Bumbershoot weekend? Check out the Stranger’s 2011 Bumbershoot Guide and get the Stranger’s scoop on “every damn thing happening at this year’s Festival”
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
Be mesmerized by Ian Moore’s nimble guitar work, intelligent lyricism, and soulful vocal delivery when he and his boisterous backing band, The Lossy Coils, take the stage at Bumbershoot!
No need to negotiate driving details, King County Metro is hooking you up with the Bumbershoot Shuttle. Hop on at the Northgate Transit Center and hop off at the Seattle Center. No parallel parking required.
Want to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Bumbershoot Artists? Pick up a ticket for CityArts’ The Song Show on August 29 and treat yourself to striped-down performances and intimate interviews with Shelby Earl, Ravenna Woods, and Motopony! Check out some past Song Shows and then swing over to strangertickets.com for your tickets.
Be the first to put your peepers on the 1 Reel Film Festival. On Friday, September 2, SIFF will be giving a FREE sneak peek at some of the best in short film from around the world. This is a classy event, so an RSVP is required, but spots go fast.
Mad Rad; solving the energy crisis in a city near you. Take a listen to “Epiphany” and then witness Mad Rad make noise, break bread and break hearts at Bumbershoot.Played 132 times.
Pickwick is playing the Bumbershoot Music Lounge! If you don’t know what the Music Lounge is, you should. It is a small venue in a secret location, requires an RSVP, and always provides unexpected and magical Bumbershoot moments. RSVPs for the Pickwick show open today at noon; and with a capacity of approximately 200 peeps, reservations go fast!
Insider tip: If you missed the KEXP signup, you can still get in to Music Lounge shows by buying a Platinum Pass, which are now available in single-day options.