Bumbershoot http://bumbershoot.org Art in the Great Northleft Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:05:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Bumbershoot 2015 is on! http://bumbershoot.org/2014/12/19/bumbershoot-2015-is-on/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/12/19/bumbershoot-2015-is-on/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:30:12 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=14028 read more]]> We’re excited to announce some changes that will ensure Bumbershoot will continue to thrive in 2015 and beyond. Through an agreement with the City of Seattle, One Reel is collaborating with AEG Live/Showbox Presents to build a stable and sustainable model for the festival’s future.

It’s an arrangement that brings together multiple parties who share a strong belief in the Bumbershoot mission of connecting audiences with diverse arts and cultural ideas, a deep knowledge of event production, and a shared love of the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant music and arts scenes.

Stay tuned for more details. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Seattle Center over Labor Day Weekend!

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Capture Your Moment http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/23/capture-your-moment/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/23/capture-your-moment/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:07:50 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13997 read more]]> You no longer have to feel embarrassed when taking a selfie at Bumbershoot.  Luden’s is excited to share their life-size Bumbershoot character for this year’s Festival.  You and all of your friends have the opportunity to hop inside the mascot’s mouth to capture an unforgettable moment in Memorial Stadium.  Luden’s will also be making sure that our BumberFans are preserving their vocal chords by handing out new flavors of their throat drops around grounds.

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Set the Stage for a Better World http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/22/set-the-stage-for-a-better-world/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/22/set-the-stage-for-a-better-world/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:35:39 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13994 read more]]> Plan International USA has reached out to children in 90,229 communities around the world. This year we are grateful to have Plan International USA as the Fisher Green Stage Sponsor. We hope that all BumberFans will take a moment to learn about the organization and show their support in promoting an end to child poverty. Plan International USA will be hosting two booths on Festival grounds, as well as a scavenger hunt. Find their booths on Harrison Street and south of the Fountain Lawn for more information on participating and a chance to win a bicycle!

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Discover Kishi Bashi http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/19/discover-kishi-bashi/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/19/discover-kishi-bashi/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:37 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13969 read more]]> Imagine walking onto Fisher Green inside Seattle Center where, instead of hearing the pluck of guitar strings, the beat of drums, or the ring of an artist’s voice, you hear the majestic sound of a violin weaving back and forth. The sound catches your attention just long enough for you to pause and think, “Classical? Of course! Bumbershoot and its diverse umbrella of music.” Then you hear a sound that’s difficult to describe at first—a low hum, a buzz, a breath—and you realize it’s the sound of someone beatboxing. Quickly, the beatboxing man steps on a pedal that loops his sounds into a bass line. Next he sings, pressing the pedal again to loop his voice into a chorus. As the song gains momentum, the majestic sound bursts with energy as his violin dances back and forth vigorously. Within minutes, you are witness to an impeccable feat: one individual creating an ensemble of sound that is as foreign to your ears as a wild hippopotamus is to the Northwest.

Meet Kishi Bashi. Part experimental, part indie, part electronic, part acoustic, and completely unpredictable. Kishi Bashi is a musician whose background is as eclectic as his sound. With a heavy dose of classical influence in his early life, Kaoru Ishibashi, who performs as Kishi Bashi, began his personal journey as a classical violinist.

Clearly Kishi Bashi is not a fan of musical borders. In high school he listened to heavy metal and rap before delving into jazz and world music. Next came an exploration of drum and bass. It’s safe to say his musical taste combined with being classically trained has influenced his own music. Who else plays violin, beat boxes, sings, and presses a foot pedal to loop it all within one song? It’s almost like there’s a Kishi Bashi stamp of novelty on his product.

No matter which genre his unique product falls under, Kishi Bashi’s music has been picking up momentum. His reputation for thrilling live performances quickly spread from the United States to Europe and across the globe to Japan. When an artist like Kishi Bashi starts to make this kind of buzz, it can be rewarding for a music enthusiast, like yourself, to share your discovery with someone else. When that time comes, here are three elements that separate him from the pack:

  • In the words of the man himself: “I’m a pop musician, but I’m classically trained, and I kind of view myself as an experimentalist.”
  • He sings in both English and Japanese. Here’s the fun part: he tends to sing in English when delivering a message through a verse. Then he’ll sing a chorus in Japanese that makes no sense when translated literally but sounds beautiful to the foreign ear.
  • Kishi Bashi is both a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who loops his singing, beatboxing, and violin to create a phenomenal orchestra of sound.

Now, the rest of the discovery lane is ahead of you. “Philosophize in it! Chemicalize with it!” as Kishi would say, then make sure to complete your exploration by experiencing his performance on the Fisher Green Stage at 3:00pm on Sunday.

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Starbucks Around Town http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/18/starbucks-around-town/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/18/starbucks-around-town/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:43:45 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13964 read more]]> Starbucks has been the official coffee of Bumbershoot and the Seattle arts scene for 43 years and counting. Be sure to check out the lineup on the Starbucks Stage and take a look at what else Starbucks is up to around town.

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Discover Project Vera @ The Vera Project http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/06/discover-project-vera-the-vera-project/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/08/06/discover-project-vera-the-vera-project/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:30:04 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13895 read more]]> For the past few years, The Vera Project has hosted our local comedy lineup at Bumbershoot, but this year, Seattle’s favorite youth-driven music and arts venue plays a new role at the Festival. Come check out Project Vera @ The Vera Project to take part in workshops, listen to music, or just to hang out. The goal of Project Vera @ The Vera Project (or PV@VP for short) is to provide programming that is aimed specifically at the 21 and under crowd and to provide a space that is comfortable for all ages.

Programming will include music provided by Hollow Earth DJs, FLIP workshops, and interviews and performances with Bumbershoot artists. Hollow Earth DJs will join us from Hollow Earth Radio, a Pacific Northwest freeform online radio station with a mission to present a, “forum for underrepresented music, sounds and perspectives.” Their music will set the ambiance throughout the day at PV@VP.

FLIP workshops will take place as well, FLIP is an acronym for Forum of Local and Independent Producers. Marco Collins, a prominent American radio personality, will MC this workshop about music sampling (casually referred to as “flipping”). Panel members will give demonstrations of their equipment and technique that they use to produce music.

FLIP panelists include a diverse group of producers with experience in several different niches. On Saturday, DJ Kid Amiga & The Vera Project DJ students will join us. DJ Kid Amiga instructs The Vera Project DJ students in a beginner-to-intermediate course where students learn basic DJ skills, are introduced to equipment, and hone their skills. Sunday brings three more producers to PV@VP. Starting with BeanOne, a dedicated father and veteran in the Seattle hip hop scene who has produced songs for Jurassic 5 and Black Sheep. Next, Wizdumb, a producer and former youth counselor and art director at KTUB, who uses analog producing techniques similar to hip hop legend and producer, J Dilla, will join us. IG88 will round out the group, he is a producer with an electro-ambient style who recently collaborated with soul singer (and 2014 Bumbershoot performer) Shaprece. On Monday, panelists include Spekulation, Vox Mod, and Katie Kate. Spekulation is most famous for the “Beast Mode” remix that was played on national TV during the Super Bowl. Vox Mod is a producer who combines psychedelic elements into his brand of electronic music, and recently shared his perspective with Seattle Weekly on the immense significance of music in our lives. Katie Kate will complete the three, she is a multi-talented and classically trained female rapper and producer with proficiency in 15 instruments and a fiery personality.

Interviews with Bumbershoot artists will be conducted by bcc (Bumbershoot Creative Core), a hands-on training program for high school students who are aspiring filmmakers. Students conduct interviews with Bumbershoot artists, film performances, and capture the essence of the Festival.

Whether you’re looking for a place to hang out, to discover a new artist, or to learn more about music production, the PV@VP welcomes you. Join us on any day, or all three at Bumbershoot 2014.


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Discover The Both http://bumbershoot.org/2014/07/30/discover-the-both/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/07/30/discover-the-both/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:01:18 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13839 read more]]> Meet Ted. Meet Aimee. Now say hello to The Both. Whether by chance or destiny, the two stars collided in 2012. At the time, Aimee and Ted were touring together as individual artists. At Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Ted opened for Aimee. As Ted performed “The Gambler,” Aimee listened and playfully thought, “I really want to play bass on that song.” By the end of the evening this thought evolved into a bigger and better idea. The two discussed collaborating, and within a month began to work on an EP. The evolution continued and their EP morphed into a full-length album that was released earlier this year.

The two deserve introductions individually just as much as they do together. Ted Leo is an East Coast punk rocker with a knack for songwriting and is best known for his time spent with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Aimee Mann is a rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who first gained a following while part of a Boston-based band named ‘Til Tuesday in the 1980s. She then went solo in the 1990s and received both an Academy nomination in 1999 and a Grammy nomination in 2001 for her song “Save Me”, which she wrote for the soundtrack to the film Magnolia. Just last year, Ted and Aimee made their collaboration official, dubbing themselves “The Both”.

Aimee and Ted skillfully switch from singing individually to singing in harmony. The two are songwriters at heart and it shows as their voices intertwine like yin and yang, balancing each other out perfectly. During their session with NPR (see above video), you can feel a sense of new energy in the room. As musical partners, their collaboration is like an experiment, both artists anticipating what the result of their combination might be, but the expression on their faces lets the audience know they’re delighted with the result.

Although both are enthusiastic songwriters, they have their differences. In a video released by SuperEgo records, Ted recalls when Aimee sent back his work for the first verse of “You Can’t Help Me Now”.

Whether it’s a difference in Ted’s approach to songwriting or Aimee’s personality, one of their greatest strengths as a duo is their ability to laugh at one another. If you think the two gel musically, you should see their dynamic as friends. They already have a reputation for playfully bantering in between songs when performing live. Ted has been labeled the extrovert while Aimee the introvert. It’s evident the two have personalities that complement each other’s sense of humor. In a Sound Advice interview with “media coach” Janessa Slater, Aimee and Ted attempt to save each other from Janessa’s grilling questions, but to no avail, end up laughing at each other’s miserable answers instead. Janessa capitalized on the duo’s tendency to be self-deprecating as individuals, mocking Aimee’s Twitter bio which reads, “Oscar loser, singer/songwriter, wanna-be musical writer.” It helps that the two laugh at themselves as easily as they laugh at each other.

In addition to accepting each other’s differences, the two are willing to accept each other’s influence.

Similar to music videos he has been a part of in the past, like “Bottled In Cork”, Ted has implemented his trademark opening sketches and comedic captions into the music video for “Milwaukee”. It looks like the two welcome the challenge of creating videos and enjoy pioneering new territory together.

You can catch The Both for an energetic performance on the Fisher Green Stage at 8:00pm on Saturday. If you’re a Platinum Pass holder or if you go to our Music Lounge page to make a reservation, you can experience The Both in a more intimate setting when they perform inside the Bumbershoot Music Lounge presented by KEXP.




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Discover Black Weirdo http://bumbershoot.org/2014/07/28/discover-black-weirdo/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/07/28/discover-black-weirdo/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:08 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=13818 read more]]> Coming to Bumbershoot 2014’s Words & Ideas stage is Black Weirdo. For those intrigued by anything atypical, those who indulge in conversations surrounding diversity, and those who appreciate multidisciplinary art, this may be the perfect surprise you didn’t know you were waiting for.

Black Weirdo is a collective that, oddly enough, started as a blog on tumblr. Pioneered by the duo named THEESatisfaction, they originally created the blog as a tribute to their favorite musicians, visual artists, photographers, and dancers. Now Black Weirdo’s mission statement identifies the collective as, “An entity which allows blackness to be celebrated and appreciated in all facets on earth and throughout the universe.” Black Weirdo is full of artists and advocates that break boundaries, stereotypes, and any other kind of box you try to fit them in.

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 At Bumbershoot 2014, the creators of Black Weirdo and an eclectic mix of talented artists will join us on our Words & Ideas stage. They will share their stories, similarities, and differences centered around what it’s like to be black, queer, and in Seattle.

Let us introduce the collective, beginning with Stas and Cat, the two musical partners who make up THEESatisfaction and are also the creators of Black Weirdo. Stas and Cat met performing at open mics while Stas attended the University of Washington and Cat attended private school for music. Since then, they have blossomed into THEESatisfaction, collaborated with the experimental hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces, and gained a large local and national following. The laid-back dynamic between the two creates an atmosphere of curiosity and openness.


Joining Stas and Cat will be the oh-so-sweet DJ Riz Rollins, “a DJ for eternity at KEXP,” as the Seattle Times puts it.  DJ Riz, aka Papa Riz, has no favorite genre of music, doesn’t take requests, and is a self-proclaimed talker. From working in record stores and radio stations to DJing at private parties and gay clubs, he has been a part of every aspect of the Seattle music scene.


In addition to DJ Riz will be Storme Webber, a writer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist. Storme has taught locally at the University of Washington and been recognized on THEESatisfaction’s website as “Black Weirdo of the Week”.

Also joining the lineup is Erik Blood, who was recently nominated by The Stranger for the “2014 Genius Music Award”. As The Stranger puts it, “Erik grew up in Tacoma in a family as racially mixed as the music he engineers and produces.” He has produced music for Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, and several other artists and bands. Erik attended the Art Institute of Seattle and is currently a producer, mixer, musician, and composer.

DJ Riz, Storme, Erik, and THEESatisfaction will be joined by handful of others in their discussion of exploration and revelation. The panel will provide insight into the Black Weirdo parties as well as the concept behind it. Larry Mizell will host, there will be a Q&A at the end, and DJ Mursi Layne will provide groovy jams along the way. Join us on Saturday, August 30th from 5:15-6:15pm to experience Black Weirdo.


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