Rain be damned: 5 things you must do at Bumbershoot

When the word “umbrella” is in the name of the festival, you kinda have to roll with the punches. That’s how we do it in Seattle and it wouldn’t be an adventure without a few elements thrown in there. Regardless of the weekend weather outlook (we think it will be fine), here’s 5 things the Click & Dagger crew recommend you do for maximum Bumbershoot enjoyment:


1. Go to Flatstock,  then actually buy something! Seriously, I could go nuts here. High quality concert posters from some of the best artists in the country. I tend to go a little crazy at this every year. And yes, they even sell tubes so you can protect your investment. These are a lot more affordable than you think. This runs daily throughout the festival. Also check out the Moscow/Seattle poster show which looks very cool: http://www.seattlemoscow.com/about.html

2. See a show at the “Secret Music Lounge”. This is put on by KEXP every year and gives you up close access to small intimate performances by some of the hottest bands at the festival. All the spots were snatched up long ago, but here’s an insider tip: stand by the KEXP booth and ask for tickets prior to the show. They release these to the general public about 30 minutes before they start. Good luck on Metric though… Here is the “secret” line-up:

Saturday, September 5:

Hey Marseilles, Telekinesis, Gang Gang Dance, Os Mutantes, Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Sunday, September 6:

Common Market, Sera Cahoone, Vivian Girls, Holy F**k, Raphael Saadiq

Monday, September 7:

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The Cave Singers, Akron/Family, Vieux Farka Touré, Metric

3. Go see a band you’ve never heard of. This may sound simple, but seriously; this festival is all about discovery. If you’re into soft music, go listen to something loud. If you’re a metalhead, chill out a little. Stand in the front row. Get crazy. Did I mention this was the end of Summer?

4. Watch something funny. I always forgot about the great Comedy at the festival, but that doesn’t mean you should. If there’s a lull in your music schedule, why not laugh a little? The full schedule is HERE.

5. Get Drunk. No, not “thrown out” kinda drunk; just comfortably drunk enough that no amount of rain or crowds are going to ruin your fun. And yes, we will join you for a beverage.

*Track us down at Bumbershoot and say Hello! We will be giving away limited edition CD-R’s of bands we’ve covered this year and would love to give you a copy.


~ by clickdagger on September 2, 2009.

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