Kanye West, AFI, A Tribe Called Quest, Yellow Card, Shooter Jennings, The Blood Brothers, Hawthorne Heights and Atmosphere are among the lineup of diverse acts performing at the 36th annual Bumbershoot music and arts festival Sept. 2-4 at The Seattle Center.
Other musical acts include Feist, Mates of State, Of Montreal, Matt Costa, Bettye Lavette, the Subdudes, Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Yerba Buena, as well as The English Beat, Gossip, 3 Inches of Blood, Deerhoof, Laura Veirs, Nouvelle Vague, Breakestra, Jamie Lidell, Vashti Bunyan, Dengue Fever and Metric.
The 2006 festival offers three days of live music, comedy, dance, “indie” crafts, spectacle, film, theater, kid’s activities and literary and visual arts. The festival has been shortened by one day and begins this year on Saturday, Sept. 2, but more than 1,500 artists of all genres are expected to perform at 20 venues on the 74-acre site.
Bumbershoot is produced by One Reel, the Seattle-based non-for-profit events producer that also produces Teatro ZinZanni and the Summer Nights concert series, which will resume in 2007 at a new location.
Providing some of the spectacle that Bumbershoot is known for is the Flat Track Derby Invitational, featuring seven of the best flat-track roller derby teams from around the country, all vying for cash prizes and Bumbershoot’s first title of this kind. Co-hosts of the event are the Rat City Roller Girls. Skaters in outrageous outfits and madcap announcers are part of the fun.
The dance lineup features headliner Rubberbandance Group of Montreal, making its Seattle debut, as well as co-headliner Pacific Northwest Ballet. Choreographer Victor Quijada has led the Rubberbandance Group in performances in Japan, Holland and Finland, as well as London and New York City.
As part of the literary arts program, author, cultural critic and rock journalist Greil Marcus is featured. Marcus is author of “Mystery Train,” “Lipstick Traces” and the upcoming “The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice.” Also featured is Mary Gaitskill, author of “Veronica,” nominated for the National Book Award and cited as one of the 10 best books of 2005 by the New York Times.
Flatstock 9, featuring innovative underground poster artists and their work, is presented by Bumbershoot in conjunction with the American Poster Institute.Lisa Leingang of CBS-TV is curating the lineup of national and regional comedians. And the Seattle International Film Festival, the biggest film festival in the United States, is curating the 1 Reel Film Festival for the first time.The Northwest Rooms offers visual-arts exhibits addressing the theme of “High Tech vs. Home Ec.” — exploring technology-based art at a time when the crafts movement gaining momentum.
Regional theater programs co-curated by Bumbershoot and Theatre Puget Sound are offered all three days.
The entertainment events described in this blog are provided courtesy of the Event Ticket Outlet