Bumbershoot 2011: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

photos and review by Dave Lichterman

A fashion trend emerged Sunday at Bumbershoot on teenagers and twentysomethings: the “My City’s Filthy” shirt, a verse from the song, “The Town,” the cut that launched Ben Haggerty’s (better known as Macklemore) stardom with producer Ryan Lewis. The slew of Macklemore merch foreshadowed the record-setting attendance for the duo’s show later that evening on the Bumbershoot Mainstage.

With respect to the performance itself, this was rather typical for a hometown show: an accompaniment of wind and string sections; guest vocalists; they opened with “Intro” and closed with “Irish Celebration”; Haggerty introduced “Crew Cuts” with Haggerty’s custom made, Jareth from Labyrinth, fringed jean jacket; and, like always, the crowd went wild. In spite of all these similarities with past performances, and other than the cameo by former Seattle Supersonics star Shawn Kemp, this was an extraordinary performance — just under a year ago, there had never been a headlining local hip hop show at The Paramount theater, and this year, the unsigned indie rapper, never once acknowledged on Pitchfork.com, blew fans away and transcended even most local media expectations, packing Key Arena to capacity. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have blown up.

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  1. Jane
    Posted September 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Are there any more pictures of the front of the mosh pit from the Macklemore and Wiz show?

  2. colin
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    is there any audo of this anywhere?

  3. David Lichterman
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Jane, contact me on my facebook page: http://facebook.com/lavidphotos or my flickr http://flickr.com/lavid and you’ll see there’s another one. I did take more shots on top of those too, I just haven’t edited them.

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