bumbershoot celebrates its thirty-ninth birthday by kissing a girl


Thinking about Labor Day in April is kind of depressing. Here you are, wet and looking forward to the arrival of Spring and not the waning days of Summer. Yet this is what Bumbershoot asks of you with their sneak peek at the schedule for their 39th annual festival at Seattle Center:

Sheryl Crow / Modest Mouse / Katy Perry / Michael Franti & Spearhead / De La Soul / Raphael Saadiq / Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan / The Long Winters / Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang / World Party / MSTRKRFT / Roy Ayers / Common Market / UH HUH HER / Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women / Eric Hutchinson / No Age / Matt & Kim / Dead Confederate / The Cave Singers / Swollen Members / Vieux Farka Touré / Lenka / Gang Gang Dance / Todd Snider / Holy F**k / DJ Spooky / Iglu & Hartly / Low vs Diamond / Sera Cahoone / Eleni Mandell / Carrie Rodriguez / The Honey Brothers / Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head / Extra Golden / Cordero / Forgive Durden / Hey Marseilles / Adrian Xavier, and many more to be announced.

As usual, the some of the headliners are confusing (who, again is Michael Franti and how is it that he and Spearhead show up at every festival every year?) and the undercards are compelling mix of national and local. But hey! Modest Mouse on the mainstage! And a stadium full of teens singing along to songs about dreams of flirtation with heteroflexibility!

Of course, music is only half the story and the rest of the arts — literary, dramatic, dance, film, and food — program is looking good with installations from DJ Spooky, posters from Moscow, comedians to draw long lines, and Tom Douglas curating a literary series.

Three day passes are selling for $80, which still looks like a bargain. Get them now and read more about the lineup at bumbershoot.org.

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