Bumbershoot certainly has scaled back in terms of the types of bands that they have booked. Unless one is hip to the indie scene and up on the latest and greatest cool bands in and outside the market, or one grew up with 70’s music as their personal soundtrack, one would be hard pressed to recognize many of the groups that performed at Bumbershoot yesterday.
Even with over eighty degree weather the crowds seemed a little leaner this year compared to last year. This could be attributed that the stages and performing areas have been moved in closer together and the elimination of the use of old Memorial Stadium. The same crowd that used to wait in line outside the stadium no longer exists now that The Key Arena is being used as the main stage this year. This perhaps gives the appearance of less people out and about.
And that is just fine with the folks at One Reel in terms of managing costs and being able to provide a more affordable ticket to local music lovers. This would seem to work fine for music lovers that don’t necessarily go to a festival like Bumbershoot to see or watch artists that they already know but rather to discover artists that they may not know and get turned on to younger and emerging artists.
Below is a just a taste of day 1 coverage. More to come later…
Everyone loves a parade and a spontaneous parade broke out within the confines of the Seattle Center with the MarchFourth Marching Band leading the procession. They look like “Deadheads” but play a beautiful blend of New Orleans funk and classic big band. They sauntered through the venue with ease playing their joyful noise and bringing a smile to everyone’s face.
To read more about them and read other knotmove.com Bumbershoot coverage from yesterday see Seattle Fine Arts Examiner, Steve Clare.
Speaking of emerging artists, the day started out by a surprise performance by Hot Bodies in Motion. The band was added to the bill a couple of days before. They treated their fans to selections from their most recent record, “Old Habits.”
Hot Bodies in Motion will play Nuemos on Friday, September 23d with Cody Beebe and The Crooks and Ben Union. The show coincides the release of the motion picture, Abduction that will feature the band’s music. To hear the SMI Radio interview and music from the band please visit Seattlemusicinsider.com.
The band that everyone was buzzing about yesterday was Pickwick and for good reason. Their brand of classic Motown soul is truly infectious. Front man and vocalist Galen Disstion has obviously done his homework with Sam Cook and Otis Redding as his teachers.
Disston gets an A. He is able to channel the classic soul singers while finding his own voice. Disston reaches down within his own soul and life’s experiences to create his sounds. He has solid chops and sings it like he feels and means it.
The five piece band put on a solid show at the EMP Level 3 stage. They were augmented with two additional vocalist / percussionists. This helped really fill out the backing vocals on the chorus of some of the band’s more uptempo and soulful numbers.
Pickwick will perform again today at 5:30 at the KEXP Lounge.
Notible acts to catch on day 2: The Lonely Forrest, Atari Teenage Riot, The Kills, Massey Furguson, The Jim Jones Revue, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Das Racist, Kaylee Cole, Mad Rad, Leon Russell, Carbon Leaf
For the full schedule please visit Bumbershoot.org
Please go here for full knotmove.com coverage and for more extensive coverage and SMI Radio interviews, I invite you to visit seattlemusicinsider.com.
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