Whither Festivus: Bumbershoot 2008

In a perfect world, I'd be making my way to Seattle for the long Labor Day weekend. What's so great about Seattle this particular weekend? Well folks, it's the 38th Bumbershoot Festival, which runs from August 30-September 1. It's a whale of a festival, including far more than just a bunch of super awesome bands (though that is certainly good enough for me). You can get your film snob on at Bumbershoot, check out theatrical and performance art pieces, or have a giggle watching comedians. You can pretty much do it all at Bumbershoot, and it all takes place in lovely (so I've heard) downtown Seattle. The name is apparently another term for umbrella, which I think is an apt name for a city renowned for its rainy weather. You can still get a 3-day pass for $100, which is pretty fantastic for a big deal festival. To give you an idea, here are some of the musical reasons I wouldn't mind heading to the Left Coast:


Neko Case
Lucinda Williams
Band of Horses
Asylum Street Spankers
Nada Surf
Throw Me the Statue
The Walkmen
Man Man
M. Ward


The Black Keys
The Saturday Knights
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Ingrid Michaelson
The Whigs
Sons & Daughters
The Blakes
Final Fantasy


Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Old 97s
Mike Doughty
Blitzen Trapper
Two Gallants
John Vanderslice
Velella Velella
Arthur & Yu
Sondre Lerche

And that's just for starters.

I think Bumbershoot is a great concept, and maybe one of these days I'll get out there for it. If you happen to be in Seattle this weekend, you couldn't do much better.


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