Dispatch from Bumbershoot


At the risk of jinxing my good luck, I have to point out that it hasn’t yet rained on me, and is in fact kind of humid. In case the weather at Seattle Center is behaving differently than elsewhere in town.

The crowd at Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head featured more neon sunglasses than I think I’ve ever seen in one place and nearly shook down the gates holding them out of the photo pit with all of their dancing. As expected, the band puts on the perfect early afternoon outdoor show, bounding all over the stage and throwing a big inflatable turtle named Bessie into the crowd.

Past Lives is made up of some former Blood Brothers, and they have left off with the screaming in favor of something more like wailing. (Also: a terrific beard.) Some bands on the EMP stage are overwhelmed by the light show or swallowed by the space, but these guys took over everything compellingly.

The visual arts are well-represented by Kerfuffle, which I can’t actually be objective about because my friends are behind it. But the show is wonderfully curated and interactive.

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