Category Archives: Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot 2015, Day 3: Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats, Minus The Bear, DeVotchKa

There’s probably a joke somewhere in the fact that Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats played a rousing workout of a show on Bumbershoot‘s first (and, in quintessential Seattle fashion, only) warm afternoon, but it wouldn’t illustrate the Denver, Colorado-singer’s performance any better than simply saying that his stage-opening set was a clear highlight ofRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2015, Day 3: Hey Marseilles, The Grizzled Mighty, Peaches, Built To Spill, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

The final day of Bumbershoot 2015 finally saw sunshine and good weather all around. Maybe the crowds could sneak in one more summer festival after all, after the torrential rains that started the whole thing off. The lineup for this day included another solid dose of excellent local bands, like Sisters, Bread & Butter, andRead more…

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Bumbershoot Day 2: Israel Nash, Chimurenga Renaissance, The Melvins, Lee Scratch Perry, Punch Brothers

The weather was still shades of gray on Sunday, but overall promised to cooperate a bit more than the deluge of Saturday. The second day of Bumbershoot kicked off with the big, warm country rock sounds of Israel Nash. Nash plays very much in the tradition of Neil Young, and marries swelling rock with pedal steelRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2015, Day 2: The Cave Singers, Social Distortion, Faith No More, and Neko Case

If the city of Seattle created a position for a house band, The Cave Singers would immediately top the shortlist. Across their eight-year run, Peter Quirk, Derek Fudesco, and Marty Lund (along with sometimes-member Morgan Henderson) have steadily become one of the city’s more reliable bands across their four LPs and countless Seattle shows inRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2015, Day 1: Atmosphere, Cake, Flying Lotus and Grace Love & The True Loves

Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival was in a time of fairly major transition in 2015, as it entered its 44th year. Many long time fans of the festival wondered how the beloved event would change under the new management of AEG, which penned a five year deal with the nonprofit OneReel after the organization found itself needingRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2015, Day 1: Babes in Toyland and Fitz and the Tantrums

Despite the surprise appearance of (perennial Bumbershoot headliner) rain on Satuday evening, the dedicated crowd of Babes in Toyland fans seemed completely indifferent to the downpur. And from Kat Bjelland’s first snarling guitar chord, it was clear that she was too. In a set front-loaded with one sneering, jagged tune after another – “He’s MyRead more…

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Video Roundup: Bumbershoot Music Festival

Labor Day weekend is upon us, which in Seattle means Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival! This long-running festival enters its 45th year of music, comedy, literary events, and more at Seattle Center. As we prepare to move into that location ourselves, this year KEXP won’t be broadcasting from the festival like we have in yearsRead more…

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Announcing the 2015 Bumbershoot Music Line-Up

The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival returns on Labor Day weekend, September 5-7 at Seattle Center! Now in its 45th year, the festival boasts some big names like The Weeknd, Fitz & the Tantrums, Neko Case, and Flying Lotus. Tickets are on sale now: single-day passes are $65, and three-day passes are $149.50-$209.50. And keepRead more…

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Live Video: Mac DeMarco at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

First there was the Rat Pack, then the Brat Pack, and now… the Mac Pack? The uniforms may have changed – from suits to cardigans to oversized t-shirts and backwards-facing baseball caps – but the life-is-to-be-lived attitude of today’s scene makers hasn’t. Singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco embodies the persona as performer with his goofy exuberance andRead more…

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Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Usually, you’d want to hustle the riff raff out, but when it comes to the New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff, you want them to stick around. That’s why we featured them three times this year: in our studio, at our SXSW showcase at Mellow Johnny’s, and during our broadcast over Labor DayRead more…

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