The full schedule for Bumbershoot is set, and considering the entrance price there better be a lot of quality stuff going on, right? Don’t worry, there is, but there’s so much, how are you going to figure out what you want to see? Some of you may even be sitting on the fence over whether or not to attend. We’re here to help.
The Bumbershoot website has a full schedule posted for each day over the Labor Day weekend, which you can break down by date, event type or venue. It’s a handy and useful schedule. It’s also overwhelming. In several articles in the coming days we’ll highlight some of the best happenings for each day of Bumbershoot, and tell you how to get around. Our lists are by no means exhaustive – that would be exhausting – but they’ll give you a feel for all the different things going on (and some are just my favorites). Bumbershoot is more than just the music. Descriptions come from the Bumbershoot website.
Sunday, September 6
(Click on this link for Saturday highlights)
11 am – 8 pm
Gage Drawing Jam
This is very, very cool. “The surprise hit of Bumbershoot’s 2008 Visual Arts lineup (with approximately 10,000 festival-goers attending in ’08), the Gage Academy Drawing Jam, is back-and it’s bigger and better (now with sculpture.) The 2009 edition will allow art curiosos the opportunity to attend art school in the midst of Bumbershoot, complete with art supplies, figure models and professional artist demonstrations.”
12 pm – 1 pm
Handful of Luvin’
“Handful of Luvin’ is a potpourri of sound, blending experimental violin riffs with blues, funk and rock. Their contagious energy and crowd pleasing performances made Handful of Luvin’ one of the Top 5 Best Local Bands, as voted on by KING 5’s Evening Magazine viewers.” For good reason.
12 pm – 1 pm
Christian Lander’s ‘Stuff White People Like’
Leo K Theatre
“Since the 2008 creation of Christian Lander’s blog “Stuff White People Like,” his satirical take on contemporary “Caucasian culture” has lured 300,000 daily hits and has spun off into a popular book: Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions.”
1 pm – 2 pm
Cold War Kids
“Cold War Kids’ blues-influenced indie rock is laced with rousing piano and theatrical lyrics that piece together like short stories. The band has caught the ear of critics, including NME, who said that the band’s 2006 release Robbers & Cowards ‘replicates the energy of Radiohead during their guitar-rock heyday.'”
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Fisher Green Stage
“Dyme Def is classic hip-hop meets new school swagger. Featuring party beats infused with futuristic drums, Dyme Def delivers the new era of Seattle hip-hop. Their debut album Space Music is a nod to old school hip-hop with samples from Kurtis Blow and Eric B. and Rakim.”
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Bagley Wright Theatre
“S.E. Hinton is one of the most popular and best-known writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools and banned from others, changing the way people look at young adult literature. The Outsiders, her first novel, was published in 1967, followed by That Was Then, This is Now; Rumble Fish; Tex; and others, including the recent Some of Tim’s Stories.”
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Women in Film
“These ladies are doin’ it for themselves. Featuring: Another Thing (Director: Ilaria D’Elia, United Kingdom, 11 minutes), One Night (Director: Laura Jean Cronin, USA, 13 minutes), Sophia+Anna (Director: Matt Daniels, USA, 4 minutes), A Summer Rain (Director: Ela Their, USA, 17 minutes)”
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Vera Project
“The People’s Republic of Komedy, a tight-knit group of like-minded Seattle comedians, has been creating a stir in the local arts scene with their wildly popular, stand-up heavy variety show “Laff Hole.” Recently voted “Best Comedy Show” by Seattle Magazine, “Laff Hole” continues to rise like a phoenix of fire and steal into the humorsphere.”
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
theatre simple: 52 Pick Up
Center House Theatre
“52 Pick Up is an edgy, romantic comedy that always has a different story line. At the top of each show, the performers throw cards into the air, each containing a title about relationships. The performance then follows the order that the cards are randomly picked up, guaranteeing that each show is unique.”
9:30 pm – 10:45 pm
The Helio Sequence
Broad Street Stage
“Signed to Sub Pop, Portland band The Helio Sequence produces a unique brand of indie rock electronica and delivers unapologetic pop and folk melodies seamlessly.”
Have an idea now what you want to do at Bumbershoot on Sunday? Click on this link for a map so you know how to get around the Seattle Center grounds to your events.
Tickets are on sale now and you can save significant dollars by purchasing before August 22. A one day pass is $35 and will go up to $50 on August 22. 3 day passes are $80 and will go up to $120. Click on this link for full ticketing information and to purchase.
And it’s appropriate that I mention this lastly, because the last thing you want to have happen is to become dehydrated while you’re sampling all the pleasures of Bumbershoot. There are several places to get free water around the Seattle Center and free water stations will be set up in Memorial Stadium for concert-goers. Click on this link for a list.