Bumbershoot always attracts plenty of touring acts for its 3-day music and arts festival, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to catch up on the local talent. Seattle is renowned for its vibrant music scene, and the best of it is usually on display across the fest’s multiple stages, basking in the warm Northwest sun (or enduring that occasional rain shower).
If you want some local flavor in your Bumbershoot experience (and we’re not talking about the coffee), then check out these five bands playing the 2012 festival this Labor Day weekend:
An all-female hip-hop duo with sprawling feminist Sci-Fi themed tunes may not sound like a recipe for success, but even before Sub Pop signed them THEESatisfaction were creating major waves on the Seattle scene. With only one album under their belts it’s still early days, but this is one of those chances to say that you saw them back when they played Bumbershoot. Don’t let it slip through your fingers. Saturday September 1; Sub Pop Stage; 5:15pm.
Despite looking like one of the hardest-working bands on the circuit – they’ve already played a host of shows this summer, including free open air concerts at several locations around town – Hey Marseilles still haven’t quite cracked the big time. While that’s bad news for the chamber-pop band, however, it’s good news for Seattle. The Head and the Heart may have moved on to bigger things, but we still have Hey Marseilles to light up our summer. Their set two years ago was packed, and expect this one to get busy too – especially with material from their much-anticipated second album on the setlist. Monday September 3; Starbucks Stage; 8:00pm.
It’s one of the hallmarks of the Seattle music scene that there are always new buzz bands appearing, sometimes at the rate of one every month. Some make it, some vanish without a trace. There’s little doubt that this summer has belonged to Reignwolf, however. His performance at the Capitol Hill Block Party has already become part of local legend, and his Bumbershoot slot promises to be his biggest stage yet. And the news that Duff McKagan will be joining him as he shreds his way to rock’n’roll heaven? That’s just the icing on the cake. Monday September 3; Starbucks Stage; 1:00pm.
If you’re still in search of this year’s local buzz bands, then you won’t want to miss out on The Young Evils either. Their new high-octane pop-punk sound has been winning them plenty of admirers, and their free show at the Mural earlier this summer was a challenge – and a wake up call – to many of their peers. Seattle has been slumbering in acoustic folk bliss for far too long. The future just got louder. Sunday September 2; The Promenade; 4:30pm.
They may have a whimsical palindrome for a name, but TacocaT also have a considerable following, and Bumbershoot might just be the event that sees them expand from local wannabes to fully-recognized alternative pop-punk heroes. You’ll have to get through the gates pretty early on the first day of the festival to catch their entire set… But consider that an added bonus. And what better way to kick off your Bumbershoot than with a tasty feline snack? Saturday September 1; Sub Pop Stage; 12:15pm.