On Friday, Bumbershooters weathered the forecasted storm to kick off the long weekend with Seattle’s Labor Day tradition.
As I walked past Memorial Stadium to enter the anticipated festival, the vibrating acoustic guitar sounds of Lewis Del Mar, one of our 7 Hidden Gems, garnered cheers. I could feel the bass radiating from multiple stages as it fell in line with the pulse of the neighborhood. It was official, Bumbershoot 2016 had seized Seattle Center.
Once inside, the festival went straight to my 4:30 appointment with Bob Moses. Another chosen hidden gem, the duo proved to be not so hidden, attracting a large crowd of eager listeners ready to sing along. Their calm, cool demeanor induced that classic PNW sway our city has grown so fond of. With St. Lucia on deck, it was a no brainer to stay put on the spacey Fisher Green Stage. Jean-Philip Grobler soared the crowd through the rain and back to the 80s on his windswept locks, providing a fun, dance-filled set.
For day two we are expecting a little less rain and some more great performances. A few of our hidden gems will reveal themselves, including Desi Valentine, Donna Missal, Manatee Commune. And with exciting headliners like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pretty Lights, we are looking forward to Saturday at Bumbershoot. If you are in the mood for a dance break, check out the Silent Disco in the EMP Sky Church. You have the power, as two DJs vie for you to choose their station on your personal headphones.
Check out Tiffany Bri’s photos of day one below.