|A rockin' crowd at Rise Against|
Another one of the facilities in use at Bumbershoot that I really enjoyed was the Sky Church inside the EMP (Experience Music Project). The indoor stage had a huge multimedia set worthy of any large stadium tour, but they used the stage to feature local bands. The energy of the smaller named bands playing on such a wonderful stage was awesome! I hear that now the Sky Church is being utilized for electronic acts, which should also make for fun performances in years to come.
|Cheezburger Networks CTO, Scott Porad|
We left Squonk Opera and got some noodles from one of the many food vendors, and ate while watching an outdoor glass blowing exhibition.
Now it was time to get down to the serious wine-&-song business for which we had come to Bumbershoot! First up, Civil Twilight and a Longhammer IPA. The IPA was good and hoppy. The South African band, Civil Twilight had an unfortunately unmemorable stage show, which is sad really, because their studio stuff shows so much promise. Although I can't recommend seeing them live, I will recommend giving their album a listen (the song "Next to Me" has gotten into my head more than a little).
From there we made our way back to the Starbucks Stage to see Bob Schneider play. The Starbucks Stage is a wonderfully located meeting place, right next to a long row of food vendors, also near the indie market and the flatstock exhibition (which was awesome, I bought a bitchin' Built to Spill playbill). So everyone could go their separate ways and easily meet back up. I just got a burrito and played pivot-man, by hanging out, listening to Bob Schneider while everyone else came and went. I'm personally very taken with Mr. Schneider who manages to take that whole indy-folk songwriter sound and make it just poppy enough to be both smart and palatable. Strong show.
|Balkan Beat Box|
The next show that we were really looking forward to was The Redwood Plan who would be playing in the Sky Church (inside the EMP), and unfortunately we had to wait in a line to get in. Luckily for us the line was right behind the Center Square Stage, so we got to listen to LA trio, Crash Kings, who were a good solid rock band though they, interestingly, had no guitar. I couldn't see much of their show from where I was, but I did enjoy their beat-heavy sound.
|The Redwood Plan|
We didn't have far to travel after The Redwood Plan, just back outside to the Center Square Stage, were we got to see punk rock veterans The Bouncing Souls put on a killer set. The band had has been together for a long time now, and they have become very polished, which may seem like a counterintuitive thing to say about a punk band, but the longer you spend on it the better you get at your craft, and the Bouncing Souls have become masters of what they do best.
|The Bouncing Souls|
|Hole lead singer, Courtney Love|
I have never heard much about Weezer's live shows, which meant that I didn't have my hopes up very high, but boy was I wrong! If we could find a method of harvesting the energy released by Rivers Cuomo's stage presence then we could be powering all of Seattle for years to come. He did everything from climbing up on top of a port-a-john to sing "Beverly Hills" to jumping on a stage prop trampoline, and scaling a shipping container.
|Rivers Cuomo from Weezer|
On the final day of Bumbershoot, both Mavis and Jack came down for the festival and brought my darling niece, Ava, with them. That's one nice thing about Bumbershoot is how family friendly it is. Even though there are some large crowds, there are also plenty of open spaces and areas for kids to play. There is also a children's stage available which was very nice. One of the highlights of the Youngershoot Stage was Presidents of the United States of America front man, Chris Ballew, who performed under the name Caspar Babypants.
|The Meat Puppets|
|Mavis and Ava|
From there we went inside Memorial Stadium to see the second half of Drake's performance and decide if we wanted to stick around for Mary J Blige or go see one of the smaller stage headliners. Fortunately (or perhaps UNfortunately) Drake made our minds up for us. I try to stay on positive or at least on an open minded note on this blog, so I won't dwell on Drake's performance for long, other than to say that it was shit, and so we left.
1) We All Sing Along Bouncing Souls
2) Expiration The Redwood Plan
4) Save It For Later The English Beat
5) Hash Pipe Weezer
6) We Want It! We Want It! B.O.A.T.
7) Skinny Little Bitch Hole
8) Damn Thing The Meat Puppets
9) Art Czars Japandroids
10) Hand Me Down Visqueen
11) Rio Hey Marseilles
12) 1985 Crash Kings
13) Little Bit of Feel Good Jamie Lidell
14) Pound It Out Booker T
15) Next to Me Civil Twilight
16) Autograffiti Victor Shade
17) Savior Rise Against
18) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 Bob Dylan
19) Kill Me Carolyn The Whigs
20) 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) Bob Schneider
|Bird and Ursa getting photobombed!|