It's that time of year again. For 38 years Bumbershoot, Seattle's unique Music & Arts Festival, has taken over Labor Day Weekend, making the weekend more about fun than labor. Some of the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance and visual arts come to Seattle Center to entertain over 150,000 visitors. Bumbershoot is produced by One Reel, the largest non-profit arts organization in Washington State. Ticket revenue pays for 65% of the cost of the event and sponsors and grants make up the additional 35%.
Though there are performers representing all the arts, for many, the big draw is the music. This year's music headliners include
Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, The Offspring, and Death Cab for Cutie. If you aren't familiar with these groups you can bone up with these CDs from the library or just be an armchair participant.
Stone Temple Pilots CD
Death Cab for Cutie CD
I have gone the last couple of years and found myself in a small venue away from the crowds and so far haven't had the energy to stay for the headliners. But whether you do all three days or only part of one day, this is a fun way to mingle with your peeps, er, I mean get to know your community.
Do you go to Bumbershoot? If you do, what do you like best? If you don't, why don't you go? Anyone out there been every year since 1971?
For more info Bumbershoot Home Page