It’s Bumbershoot weekend, as you surely know. By managing TIG’s extensive coverage this year, it’s taken over a significant chunk of my life. Now, it’ll monopolize my Labor Day weekend. It’ll be a relief once it’s over, but I’m sure it’ll a fantastic thrill while it lasts.
I love Bumbershoot for countless reasons, but mostly it’s because it is such a great opportunity for people to get exposed to great art and music that they might not otherwise experience. There’ll be tens of thousands of people that make it to Seattle Center this weekend and they will have stories where they say that they went to Bumbershoot to see Katy Perry or Black Eyed Peas and had an hour to kill and caught Vivian Girls and were blown away. That same knife cuts both ways as I remember last year having a friend who could be said that they live in a strict bubble of indie rock (which I don’t believe is a virtue) and really enjoyed what they heard of shopping mall punks Paramore.
I’m not going to offer any Bumbershoot recommendations here and instead focus on a few events that will be around the periphery of Bumbershoot.
Ear Candy’s (F)unofficial Bumbershoot Kick Off Party at the High Dive, Friday, September 4
The excellent local music website Ear Candy (run by journalist and my friend, Travis Hay) has booked a hell of a party to kick off Bumbershoot, with two rock bands and two hip hop acts. The full lineup includes The Redwood Plan, Born Anchors, Grynch and the mysterious Victor Shade. Victor Shade is a new collaboration between Common Market’s RA Scion and producer MTK. This will mark the duo’s first show, so you’ll not want to miss that.
Bumbershots at Solo Bar on Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6
This is an event TIG is co-sponsoring, which will feature DJ sets from members of Visqueen on Saturday and Sleepy Eyes of Death on Sunday night. All of this will take place around 10pm each night and will be at the cozy and comfortable Solo Bar on Lower Queen Anne, which is located on Roy Street, walking distance from Bumbershoot.
USE’s Bumbershoot after-party, video premiere, west coast tour kick-off, etc… at Havana on Sunday, September 6
Our friends from USE are set to release their long-awaited sophomore album L O V E W O R L D on Tuesday and are going to tour the west coast this week to promote it. But first they are playing Bumbershoot on Sunday and then when return to Capitol Hill for a special party at Havana. They will premiere the new video for the single “KISSING” and members of USE (and other local bands like The Lashes) will be DJing throughout the night. Even better, your $5 cover will get you a card for a digital download to get the new (and really great) USE album early and free.
Official Bumbershoot Afterparty at Neumo’s on Sunday, September 6
This event is free but requires an advance RSVP and has DJ sets by members of The Faint as well as a “secret Bumbershoot headliner”. Bumbershoot’s contract and rules prohibit Neumo’s or the band playing to announce who is playing the show, but I signed no such agreement and am under no such confidentiality agreement and can therefore say that the secret headliner is Holy Fuck.
More than a toe-tagged generation full of regrets,
Three Imaginary Girls
(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)