Bumbershoot http://bumbershoot.org Art in the Great Northleft Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:29:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Revealing Words & Ideas, Visual Arts, & Theatre! http://bumbershoot.org/2014/04/16/revealing-words-ideas-visual-arts-theatre/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/04/16/revealing-words-ideas-visual-arts-theatre/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:13:50 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=12241 read more]]> Tonight at Town Hall, Bumbershoot unveiled the Words & Ideas, Visual Arts and Theatre Lineup for Bumbershoot 2014, revealing one of the most creative, trendy, and witty arts lineups that the Festival itselfie itself has ever seen before!

But first, let’s take a look at the nation’s latest updates: Teens are moving from Facebook to the comments section of a slow motion deer video. A doctor recalled his average-looking sibling who inspired him to go into cosmetic surgery. The last living California raison recently died. You can expect more from the writers of The Onion at Bumbershoot, as they host a discussion on how the world’s most popular satirical news is created and how the publication has evolved over the years.

Such satirical writing is not to get confused with smart talk, which we not only encourage, but will be featuring in Smrt Talk with The Writers of The Simpsons. The celebrated cartoon series is about to premiere its 26th season. Stewart Burns, Kevin Curran, Rob Lazebnik, Carolyn Omine, Michael Price, Bill Odenkirk, and Jeff Westbrook will discuss the writing process and their favorite moments behind the years. With 25 seasons under their belts, they’re excited to answer all of your Simpsons related questions…except for maybe which state is Springfield in?

We know, we know. We want all the answers, too. Even if it is just the answer to where this fictional family resides. That’s why we’re excited to host Ken Jennings, the 74-time Jeopardy! champion and therefore, a likely candidate to knowing most facts of life. George Meyer, who wrote for David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and the Simpsons, will join Jennings to co-host Needle Party!!! at Bumbershoot. Here, they explore the lighter side of comedy in a safe, well-lit theater with abundant fire exits. No topic will be taboo — except religion, politics, and the craziness of modern life. Folks will emerge from the show refreshed and energized, with little memory of their experience.

And when you emerge from Needle Party, don’t wander too far! You wouldn’t want to miss experts dissecting the latest trends of today’s society. John Roderick will host Bumbershoot’s Why This, Why That, Why Now? series through out the three days of the Fest. Beards have been a fashionable accessory for some time now. But nowadays, a young man without a beard must explain himself everywhere he goes, as though not having a beard could only be the product of a strange medical condition or religious practice.

Meanwhile, a New Orleans dance craze that seems both really difficult and surprisingly unsexy has become a signifier of mainstream hipness, defying parents and cultural theoreticians at the same time. Why Beards? Why Twerking? Why Now? Experts will dive into these trends, in addition to Why Bronies? Why Juggaloes? Why Now? and Why Cats? Why Bullying? Why Now?

The complete list of Words & Ideas, Visual Arts and Theatre programming can be viewed on our lineup page here.  The music lineup will be announced on May 8th at The Pink and Purple Pickwick Party at Neumos. Tickets for the music lineup announcement party are still available and can be purchased here.

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Big News for the Mainstage http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/25/big-news-for-the-mainstage/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/25/big-news-for-the-mainstage/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:28:58 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11983 read more]]> The cat’s out of the bag – Bumbershoot’s Mainstage is returning to Memorial Stadium!

They say that when one door closes, another one opens, and in this case so did the ceiling. After three years in the KeyArena, a winning combination of necessity, patron feedback, and community support is allowing us to move our biggest stage back outdoors this year.

We’ve listened and thought long and hard about how to make the whole Bumbershoot experience better. By relocating the Mainstage to the north side of the stadium (instead of the western end zone) and opening additional exits, we’ve created a way to drastically minimize lines. The new configuration also increases attendance capacity for our most popular performances and removes the limit for the number of people who can watch the show from the floor.  The venue will remain open continuously throughout each day of the Festival so you can “come whenever” and “leave whenever” and spend more time seeing your favorite acts.

And speaking of your favorite acts, we’re adding more of them — Bumbershoot 2014 will host three Mainstage headliners each day!  In between, you can check out up-and-coming talent on the stadium’s smaller, secondary stage (located in the southwest corner), or stroll back out to the rest of the Festival without worrying about re-entry.

“Given the feedback we’ve received over the past few years, we believe this will be a welcome change – one that was necessary for the Festival this year and one that will vastly improve people’s Mainstage experience and their enjoyment of Bumbershoot as a whole,” says One Reel Executive Director Jon Stone. “We’ve faced changes every year for almost 44 years now; it’s part of the process and we are a nimble and adaptable organization as a result!”

Platinum & Gold Passes will have special entry and seating at Memorial Stadium and can be purchased along with three-Day Passes here. Single day tickets will be available after the Music Lineup Announcement on May 8.

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Announcing the Announcements! http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/25/announcing-the-announcements/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/25/announcing-the-announcements/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:26:58 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11987 read more]]> It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the moment that officially kicks off Bumbershoot season! We’re proud to bring you the big announcement of the BIG. BUMBERSHOOT. ANNOUNCEMENT. PARTIES.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a second. Last year’s Prombershoot offered Bumber-goers two nights of prom-themed excitement, which culminated with the official Bumbershoot 2013 Music Lineup Announcement. This year offers new themed nights of music, arts, moderators, spectacles and performances. And this year we’re not just bringing you a night of music…


At Bumbershoot our Words & Ideas programs are always packed with patrons laughing, gasping, clapping, crying, and leaving the show completely amazed by the literary-meets-pop-culture treasures that Bumbershoot offers. So, to announce the 2014 Theatre, Spectacle, Visual Arts and Words & Ideas Lineups, musician John Roderick from The Long Winters will host the first-ever non-Festival version of our Words & Ideas series at Town Hall on Wednesday, April 16. Roderick — who is moderating the series at this year’s Bumbershoot — will lead a panel of specially selected guests in exploring “Why Selfies? Why Introverts? Why Now?” before unveiling this first round of the Festival’s non-music programming. Do selfies communicate the purest depiction of the present? Are introverts the next evolution of pop idol? Aren’t you dieing to know?! Tickets are only $5 each and on sale now.


Those anxiously holding their breaths over Bumbershoot’s Music Lineup can start counting down the days until the unveiling. Bumbershoot presents the Pink & Purple Pickwick Party at Neumos on May 8th. Seattle natives Pickwick will bring their  indie-soul beats to what’s sure to be one of the best happenings on the hill yet. With a sound similar to that of The Black Keys or Alabama Shakes, we’re excited to have these local heroes, and Bumbershoot alumni, serenading us through the night.

Naomi Wachira will open the show with her soothing indie-folk melodies. Naomi’s songs, inspired by her lifelong influences (groundbreaking female songwriters Miriam Makeba and Tracy Chapman) reflect both the music she discovered in America and the music she grew up with in Kenya.

When we say Pink & Purple, we mean it. Be prepared to see Neumos like you’ve never seen it before, decked out in Bumbershoot’s brand new look. Wear your best pink and purple to the party and pose with our life sized mascots, Captain Elliot, Saul, Britt, Diver Dan and Pablo. Then, tweet your pictures that night for a chance to win a plethora of prizes. There might just be Platinum Passes for whoever reps the pink and purple best…

Oh, and let’s not forget that the whole evening will be hosted by 74-time Jeopardy winner/novelist Ken Jennings as he keeps us entertained between sets. Go ahead, ask him ANYTHING!!!

The night culminates with the Bumbershoot 2014 Music Lineup and a room full of ecstatic Bumberfans and ticket buyers. Advance tickets are $15.

Three-day passes for Bumbershoot are currently $112 until the May 8 music announcement, and single-day tickets will become available at that time.

With the first announcement party under three weeks away, we hope you’re just as excited as we are for the kick off to a new Bumbershoot season!

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One Reel Sweeps Up at WFEA Conference http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/20/one-reel-sweeps-up-at-wfea-conference/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/20/one-reel-sweeps-up-at-wfea-conference/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:18:15 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11939 read more]]> The Washington festival community has recognized some of the nuts and bolts that made Bumbershoot 2013 one for the books. One Reel received 11 awards at the Washington Festivals & Events Association (WFEA) Conference this past weekend March 16th to 18th in Olympia.

WFEA was created in an effort to recognize the vital role of festivals and events in developing the state’s tourism industry, heritage, and arts and culture and economic prosperity at large. Since its inception, WFEA has developed programs including conferences, regional seminars, networking events and annual publications such as its magazine & events calendar.

The Conference awarded One Reel the following 2014 Pacific Northwest Summit Awards:

1) Best Outdoor Advertising


Did you see us out and about past summer? Odds are you saw at least one bus ad, mall billboard, or 24X36 poster on a construction walkway. From bus ads, to setting up camp and having our lovely street team attend various summer events, Bumbershoot took to the streets to advocate for the Fest.

2) Best Event Program

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When you’re attending an event with hundreds of artists, musicians, comedians, vendors, spectacles and 120,000 plus patrons, an event program goes a long way. Free to all patrons, the programs included act bios, performance schedules and times, maps, pictures and more.  We also designed the Bumbershoot App for patrons with smart phones.

3) Best Promotional Brochure


Our Brochures were handed out by One Reel’s awesome street team members at events throughout the summer. Our marketing team also delivered guides to various arts organizations and partners in the Northwest.

4) Best Website



We have ONE person developing and launching the Bumbershoot website. Imagine the music lineup announcement. 100 plus bands announced within seconds. Think back to the wonderful commotion and excitement surrounding the news. The first thing we all want to do of COURSE is jump on the website to purchase our passes AND read up on all of the artists. Our AMAZING Senior Web Designer launches all of this information single-handedly. From Bumbershoot FAQs to Press Applications, he’s got all the keys to the codes.

5) Best Media – TV/Radio

Did you hear about us on the radio? Did you see us on TV? Three different commercial spots were produced to air in between your weekly sitcoms this past summer, so you might have seen us during the intermissions. Just another great reason not to get up during the break! The bathroom…that chip refill…it can wait…Bumbershoot is in your living room!!

In addition to our traditional commercial spots, One Reel filmed interstitials thoughout the summer – small clips of local artists performing in iconic locations all across Seattle.  These interstitials aired in between sets at Bumbershoot, and they can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

6) Best Partnership

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Our continued partnership with Starbucks has led to the creation of the Starbucks Lounge (which hundreds of patrons look forward to each year) and awesome music with bountiful amounts of refreshments at the Starbucks Stage for many years to come.

7) Best Promotional Poster

Poster V2 - wild postingFrom Street Team members handing out posters at events around town, to city sidewalk walls grafitied with the Northleft symbols by anonymous loving patrons no doubt, our posters could be seen all around town.

8) Most Desired T-Shirt


Quite the competition, we might add! Our 2013 Bumbershoot swag was made from organic bamboo lyocell in order to provide a sustainable and affordable alternative to cotton and polyester shirts.  Bamboo fiber is produced using the closed-loop lyocell process, during which no harmful chemicals are used & no harmful gases are released. Not only is our festival gear extremely comfortable and durable, it’s also good for the planet.


9) The Grand Summit Award



The Grand Summit Award was created to help demonstrate which Washington event best represented the ideals, customs and values of the WFEA. We are honored to accept the award and are determined to make Bumbershoot 2014 just as spectatcular as the last.

One Reel also took home silver awards for Bumbershoot’s Commemorative Poster and Social Media Marketing Campaign.



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Career Day Returns! http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/10/career-day-returns/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/03/10/career-day-returns/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:21:48 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11861 read more]]> The City of Music Career Day (produced by all of us here at Bumbershoot) returns with some exciting new changes in store. Now in its this 3rd year, Career Day will take place at EMP Museum and The Vera Project at Seattle Center on April 10th.

The jam-packed day begins with registration at 8 am at EMP Museum at the Group Entrance. This year, Career Day will feature Mentor sessions during lunch, where students will have a chance to sit down and talk one-on-one with industry leaders. During registration, a list of mentors will be available, and participants can sign up for which mentor they would like to speak with later in the day.

Participants will then file into the JBL Theater for our Keynote address. Last year, John Richards gave quite the inspirational speech, motivating us to say, “YES” whenever opportunity presents itself. KEXP’s famous “John in the Morning” will again be joining us, except this year, he’ll share the stand and will interview STG’s very own Senior Director of Programming and founder of Sasquatch! Adam Zacks.

Following the opening presentations, participants will proceed to designated breakout sessions for the day. Participants select their breakout session online during registration. Each panel focuses on specific fields of the industry including:

The Artist Panel which hosts performers from Seattle’s music industry. The presentations will address the challenges and opportunities entailed behind performing and making music, and how artists make money in today’s music landscape.

The Industry 1 Panel which is BRAND NEW to Career Day and features industry professionals discussing the nuts and bolts of touring and event production.

The Industry 2 Panel which highlights how the behind-the-scene careers in talent booking, record labels, fan clubs, retail and artist management serve as the backbone of our music community.

And last but certainly not least:

The Backstage Pass, hosted by The Vera Project, provides hands-on training of specific music career paths such as recording, live sound, screen printing and more.

Music industry participants involved in the breakout sessions include the amber-voiced indie-folk artist Shelby Earl; composer/orchestrator/violinist and contributing songwriter of the 4x Grammy Award-winning album, The Heist, Andrew Joslyn; managing partner at Neumos, Moe Bar, Big Mario’s Pizza, The Comet Tavern, Barboza, other places you probably frequent, AND producer and owner of Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) Jason Lajeunesse; producer of public programming for EMP Museum, and guitarist in Presidents of the United States of America Andrew McKeag; and Head of A&R at Onto Entertainment and owner of Faux Pas Productions Christen Greene.

All participants will reconvene for lunch in EMP, which will again be provided by Chipotle. The lunch hour includes Career Day’s mentor sessions and table fair. During this open session, students can chat with representatives from music related organizations in a casual setting and explore internships, classes and programs to help in their career development.

The event will culminate with a special live performance and discussion with a few of Seattle’s own success stories by regional musicians providing a rocking end to the day. Our moderator, Mark Baumgarten of Seattle Weekly, will be joined by performers Otieno Terry, EMP’s 2014 Sound Off! winner, and Alex Niedzialkowski of Cumulus.

Registration for Career Day is free and now open! Plus, for students in Seattle Public Schools, this event is eligible for an excused absence (see details on the Career Day website). For a complete list of the day’s participants and to sign up today, please visit us here!

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Bumbershoot Saves Lives! http://bumbershoot.org/2014/02/19/bumbershoot-saves-lives/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/02/19/bumbershoot-saves-lives/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:57:30 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11783 read more]]> This past month the cancer awareness organization Love Hope Strength located its third life-saving match from patrons who registered to donate marrow at Bumbershoot last summer. A non-profit that turns concerts into lifesaving events, Love Hope Strength builds cancer centers and provides people with access to early detection and quality cancer care on a global scale.

Founded in 2006 by Mike Peters of the U.K. bands The Alarm and Big Country, and James Chippendale, executive VP of entertainment insurance company Doodson, the organization has conducted thousands of bone marrow drives.

Peters has been fighting cancer for the past 18 years after having been diagnosed with lymphoma in the mid-90s and leukemia ten years later. He’s been part of the Bumbershoot family for nearly as long:

“I first played at Bumbershoot , Seattle on September 6th 1998. I was just coming through my first encounter with cancer having been diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995 and was grateful for the opportunity to play live again at a festival that supports emerging, re-emerging and established artists alike. I was in the process of re-establishing myself outside of The Alarm as a solo acoustic performer and was singing songs that had been inspired by my recovery. I felt inspired as an artist to be performing on the same stage as people like Martin Sexton, Third Eye Blind and Modest Mouse (to name but three), and in the festival’s organisation I met some fantastically supportive people who understand what music is all about.”

Peters’ battle with cancer sure hasn’t inhibited his success in creating an international foundation that might one day find the cure.  In fact, Love Hope Strength has recently registered over 55,000 people to the international marrow registry and located over 750 potentially life saving matches for individuals suffering from blood cancer who need a second chance to live.

Known for holding rock concerts at high elevation points including Everesst base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro,  Love Hope Strength made stops at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, in addition to Bumbershoot this past year.

“It’s amazing for me to know that the charity that I formed as a result of my second battle with cancer in 2007 is now present at Bumbershoot in the act of saving lives through a cheek swab bone marrow drive which will hopefully locate matches for people like myself (who suffer from Leukaemia), and are in need of a second chance at life through the identification of a matched donor.” - Mike Peters 2013

Bumbershoot proudly supports all non-profits interested in advocating their cause at the Festival. Recently opened for 2014 is our non-profit vendor application, where organizations can apply to have a booth at the Festival for a discounted price. Non-profit partners include all service and activist organizations including political groups, 501 (c)3 organizations, schools and educational institutions hoping to increase awareness of their cause. Bumbershoot presents a great opportunity for non-profits to advocate to an audience of 125,000+ through out Labor Day Weekend. Vendor applications are currently open, and the priority deadline for all vendor applications is April 21. After that date, we continue to accept applications until all spaces are filled.  All interested organizations can apply here

The patrons who donated to Love Hope Strength at Bumbershoot 2013 serve as an amazing example of the power of charity, and what just might come out of our hometown Festival.

“I know the partnership between Love Hope Strength and Bumbershoot will save lives. In 1998, Bumbershoot gave me the opportunity as an artist to play again and now I hope that together with the audience and supporters of Bumbershoot we will give someone else the chance to live again too.”  - Mike Peters 2013


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Why You Need To See Hurray for the Riff Raff http://bumbershoot.org/2014/01/23/why-you-need-to-see-hurray-for-the-riff-raff/ http://bumbershoot.org/2014/01/23/why-you-need-to-see-hurray-for-the-riff-raff/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:40:12 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11673 read more]]> If you’ve ever been to Bumbershoot, you know we live to champion emerging talent. And as the 2014 Bumbershoot lineup has been coming together, there’s one artist we just couldn’t wait to promote: Hurray for the Riff Raff. At 26 years old, Alynda Lee Segarra (aka Hurray for the Riff Raff) is leaving her stamp on the American folk tradition, and we’ve fallen in love so much, we’ve decided to present her upcoming show at the Tractor Tavern. Join us!

Bumbershoot & American Standard Time Present
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Friday, April 18
Tractor Tavern
Only $13




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Wanted… YOU! http://bumbershoot.org/2013/11/25/wanted-you/ http://bumbershoot.org/2013/11/25/wanted-you/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:52:58 +0000 http://bumbershoot.org/?p=11441 read more]]> Would you like to dazzle Bumbershoot audiences next year? Performer applications for the 2014 Festival are open! Show us what you’ve got, and earn a chance to join the prestigious list of artists who make Seattle Center shine every Labor Day weekend. From visual arts to comedy, literature, spectacles, and music, we have something for everyone. And if you click right here, that something could be YOU!

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