Friday on My Mind: Bumbershoot Edition

Fountain Lawn at Bumbershoot / photo by Jim Bennett

It’s Friday and time again for Friday on My Mind. This is our weekly collaborative effort with King 5 News in which we look at videos centered around a common theme. This Friday, we for sure have Bumbershoot on our mind which is taking place this Labor Day weekend, so we’re looking at videos from a few of the many many artists playing this year. The festival is one of the best places to discover up and coming bands both locally and nationally on top of great comedy, arts, family programs and much more including KEXP’s 7th annual Bumbershoot Lounge, which will see KEXP again having some of the best acts at the festival playing live on the air.

The Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival began in 1971, making it 42 years old this year. Bumbershoot is another word for umbrella. Seattle is another word for rain. Besides music, there are also various art exhibits, which will include Elvis Presley tribute art, comedy from the likes of Fred Armisen and Brian Posehn, and filmmaker John Waters will be there… probably on a bike and probably with an umbrella. This will also be KEXP’s seventh year collaborating with the Bumbershoot Festival. We will be broadcasting from the Eve Alvord Theater this Saturday through Monday from noon-6pm each day, so if you can’t be there, tune in!

Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing

Jane’s Addiction formed in Los Angeles in 1984. Perry Farrell is no stranger to the festival circuit since he is the mastermind behind Lollapalooza. The band has national success with this song, “Been Caught Stealing” and before and after that have had a loyal following over the years. The band has broken up and re-formed a couple of times with various member changes. Most of the original band are here and playing the Mainstage on Saturday night.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Road of the Broken Hearted Men (Live at SXSW)

This NYC band first formed in 1996 and since their formation have released four albums on their own label, Daptone, which two of the band members began in the year 2000. Before making waves as a singer and performer, Sharon Jones was a correctional officer. The Dap-Kings have also worked closely with producer Mark Ronson and have served as the backing band for Amy Winehouse and recently backed The Heavy during their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The band will also be appearing on the upcoming David Byrne and St. Vincent collaboration Love This Giant which will be coming out later this Fall. Catch them on the Mainstage on Sunday at 1:45.

Tony Bennett – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Tony Bennett is considered one of the all-time greatest singers of our generation. He was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Queens on August 3, 1926. He got his break from Bob Hope. He’s performed with legends such as Pearl Baily. He released his first album, Cloud 7, in 1955; his most recent album, Duets II, came out last year and has another album due out before the end of 2012. Never at any point during his lengthy and prolific career has he compromised or adjusted his style for anyone yet he has been able to maintain popularity with audiences worldwide. He is the definition of “old school” and a chance to see him in Seattle should not be missed. See this legend on Sunday at 3:15 on the Mainstage.

Honorable Mentions:

King Khan and The Shrines – Bite My Tongue

Arish Ahmad Khan aka King Khan is out of Montreal, Canada. He’s nuts. Besides the Shrines, he also performs with King Khan & BBQ Show. You know when people say “you have to see this band live, they’re insane”? This band defines that. Currently, Khan is working on material with GZA. King Khan and The Shrines will be playing at the Fisher Green Stage at 4:15, but you can also catch them earlier in the day from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge and LIVE on our airwaves at 1:15.

Lee Fields & the Expressions – You’re the Kind of Girl

See them on the Fisher Green stage on Sunday at 7:30. Catch them again LIVE on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on Monday at noon.

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