Bumbershoot 2011, Sunday: Jim Jones Revue

photos by Dave Lichterman

The sun was at its peak when London rockers the Jim Jones Revue took the Starbucks Stage at 4:00 PM. Despite the searing heat (disregard if you don’t live in Seattle), most of the band had their hair greased back and were dressed in black, save for the keyboardist, who wore a red bandana shirt. And unlike most of the festival patrons suffering from sun comas on the lawn in front of the Mural Amphitheater, Jim Jones bounded around the stage like a man possessed as the rest of the band rocked their heads energetically in front of their instruments – to say the band members were sweating would be an understatement. The Jim Jones Revue epitomize bad-ass rock and rollers. They spit, swear, and write songs that hinge around lyrics such as “If you call me a liar, I’ll set your house on fire,” and “Shoot first, ask questions later,” all set to rollicking, freewheeling, piano bar-style instrumentation (think of a British version of J. Roddy Walston and the Business). To say the least, their set served as a necessary pick-me-up for those attendees suffering from a bout of midday malaise.

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