First, it is with a B not a P... why do folks get so hung up on that? It makes me paranoid when I say it on the air, cause I think by nature you want to say “bumper” and then if you do, suddenly there are flurry of emails pointing it out.
After wrapping things up at the station, I was able to catch a couple of songs from Ann Arbor’s Nomo. While it was a tight fit for Nomo when they stopped the KEXP studios in June, they had plenty of room up on the Bumbrella Stage.
Next I found myself backstage at the Backyard stage while getting more & more nervous about announcing Of Montreal. It is so easy to hit on the mic button in the studio, but getting up on stage is a different matter. The waiting before is the worst. Thankfully, it was over in a matter of minutes and the fabulous Of Montreal took stage. They were wearing an amazing array of skirts, dresses, and hot-pants. I only stayed for their opening song, which sounded pretty darn good.
The reason I didn’t stay long at Of Montreal was I had to head over to the Mural stage to see Alejandro Escovedo, my mother’s favorite and one of mine, too. He looks healthy and sounded great. For more about his almost career and life-ending illness, read this article from Harp magazine.
After Alejandro, I headed over to the KEXP booth next to the Bumbrella stage. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings where already in full swing and everyone was having a great time. You could definitely feel the music.
I ended up losing steam and left before I had to make a decision of whether to see Lady Sovereign or Badly Drawn Boy. As I was leaving, I did see the third Utilikilt of the day. Every year I end up counting ‘em. It’ll be interesting to see if Monday is still the day with the highest Utilikilt count. I’ll let you know.
Tomorrow I’ll be starting the day at the KEXP booth. It’s super easy to find, it’s the yellow booth to the right of the Bumbrella stage. Stop by between 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and let me take your picture to post with Sunday’s wrap-up!