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posted Friday, September 5 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 36
Bumbershoot 2014 a fantastic musical weekend
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Bumbershoot 2014 a fantastic musical weekend

by Dru Dinero - SGN Contributing Writer

BUMBERSHOOT
SEATTLE CENTER
August 30 - September 1


Canopied by Seattle's glowing Space Needle in Seattle Center, the 43rd annual international music and arts festival, Bumbershoot, was celebrated this past Labor Day weekend. The festival featured prominent-pop musicians and bands such as Foster The People, Panic! At The Disco, and ScHoolboy Q. Also making appearances, throwback acts such as the now-classic hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins and the Grammy award-winning Los Lobos were featured on the bill to rock their fans.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Opening the Bumbershoot main stage, the Las Vegas band, Panic! At The Disco, served a high-energy set featuring the hits from their critically acclaimed album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. But it was a spot-on cover of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' that really showed off the powerful vocal chords that belong to the band's front man, Brendon Urie. Filled with adrenaline, Panic! At The Disco got teen hearts beating faster and faster, despite the gray skies and cold weather, with their quick tempo tunes, true rock style performance and even a shirtless back flip on stage by Urie. Panic! At The Disco was, simply, the perfect choice by the organizers to launch the Bumbershoot main stage.

DANNY BROWN
Trap-Beat rapper Danny Brown came onstage to an audience comprised of mainly 20-somethings, who may or may not have heard his music before, but after his set was over, the crowd was left knowing exactly who Danny Brown is. Very easily commanding the Fisher Green Stage, Brown gained a number of new fans with his energy, rhymes and humor that were reminiscent of the late and masterful Ol' Dirty Bastard. Encouraging the crowd of people in front of him to turn up, thick wafts of marijuana smoke danced above the already dancing crowd.

WU TANG CLAN
Closing out the main stage on the first day, Wu Tang Clan caused fans to congregate excitedly around the Memorial Stadium to 'Enter the Wu' and take a trip through the '36 Chambers.' Fashionably tardy and with the exception of the late Ol' Dirty Bastard and Method Man, the members of the Wu presented themselves to a cheery Seattle 15 minutes after their set was supposed to start. Rocking the crowd to their own sound of hip-hop, Wu Tang respectfully highlighted one of the true elements of hip-hop, the DJ. After sharing/spraying his champagne with/on the crowd, RZA shouted out their longtime DJ/Producer Mathematics, who proceeded to deliver a special presentation of the art of turntable scratching, at one point DJ'ing and scratching with his back turned to the turntables.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
One of the best parts of the Bumbershoot festival is its collaboration with multiple forms of art and media. When Bumbershooters are a bit tired of hanging outdoors and want to relax for a bit, they are given the opportunity to be not only musically engaged, but also visually stimulated by the 1 Reel Film Festival and a number of art galleries and installations which overtake all of the senses for a full experience in the world of art. Also a notable feature of Bumbershoot is its full range of comedy and theatre acts along with special, intimate talks from some of the most well known minds of pop culture like Bill Nye and the writers of the satire publication, The Onion.

SCHOOLYARD HEROES
Washington's own Schoolyard Heroes was a Bumbershoot fan favorite on the second day of the festival. The tight rock band let guitar riffs flow as lead singer's Ryann Donnelly's high vocals sprayed the audience with chick-rock goodness. The hard to miss stage antics of Donnelly, alone, make this a highly entertaining band to watch. Donnelly and the rest of the Schoolyard Heroes are not afraid to get close to their fans and pull them into their world of rock. There is no denying that the Schoolyard Heroes are true rock stars. But it is not all a show. Like a true rock star, it is clear that Donnelly truly lives for and loves what she and the Schoolyard Heroes do. In the most personal and intimate moment of the performance, the lead singer was seen tearing up, in what seemed like happiness, to see the connection she was making with her fans.

BOOTSY COLLINS AND LOS LOBOS
Closing the night on the second day of the festival, Bumbershooters were put into somewhat of a Catch-22 when they had to pick between funk legend Bootsy Collins or, as it was overheard, 'the best band to ever come out of East LA,' Los Lobos. Simply distraught by the tough choice and unable to make a decision either way, many decided to split the shows in half and catch half of each act.

The eternally flamboyant Bootsy Collins walked out to a sea of people at the Fisher Green Stage, after being introduced by his astronaut-suited band, glimmering more than all of the drag queens on Capitol Hill combined. The classic heavy bass sound of funk that Bootsy brings is unparalleled when it comes to anything that has been released in the last decade. Also, showing his love for Seattle, Bootsy changed into a '12th Man' Seahawks jersey in the later part of the show.

Los Lobos opened their set on the Starbucks Stage with a small child walking around playing a cowbell. This set the tone for the light-hearted and nostalgic set that the East LA band gifted their fans. The Latin flavor that this timeless band brings is nothing but truly authentic. Heavily inspired by the Cumbia and Norteño sounds of Latin America, Los Lobos had fans howling with joy for the entirety of their set. The class and unity that Los Lobos show seems completely effortless, and it makes it seem like a group of friends playing for a backyard Hispanic party in California or Texas.

BOMBA ESTÉREO
In what became the most pleasant surprise of the festival, Bumbershoot brought Colombian band Bomba Estéreo out to the Pacific Northwest for the last day of the festival to make typically reserved Seattleites move to the tropical sound of psychedelic Latin beats. Bomba Estéreo fully completed and executed this task. Everyone who walked by the Fisher Green Stage could not help but stop to witness and admire the control that Bomba Estéreo had over the colorful crowd. With Colombian flags being flown and all of the Cumbia dancing that was happening, the crowd felt as if it had been transported to a summer Colombian block party. All lead by the vocals of Latina wild-child Liliana Saumet, Bomba Estéreo's song 'Fuego' sent the crowd over the edge and left them starving for more after the set ended.

NEON TREES
Following Bomba Esteréo, a tough act to follow, Neon Trees took to the same Fisher Green Stage, bringing the stage back to America with their pop-new wave sound and having their way with their own fans. It was beautiful. Very out and very proud lead singer, Tyler Glenn's energy was absolutely infectious. The very colorful and bright lighting design not only matched, but also accentuated, the vibrancy that this band gives off. Upon hearing the first chords of their hit song 'Animal,' Bumbershooters sang every single word back to the band to create a fantastic medley of energy and music.

AER
Closing out the festival properly, even after the main stage act of Foster The People, was Aer, a Boston hip-hop, reggae, and rock band that blew the lid off the Fisher Green Stage and ended the festival with a serious bang. Going through an extensive arsenal of high-energy songs that contained some serious rapping skills by front man Carter Schultz, Aer had the undivided attention of every single Bumbershooter in attendance. After their set was over, the once seemingly unknown group from Boston was begged for an encore by Seattleites, a request that Aer happily and masterfully obliged.

And this is how Bumbershoot ended, allowing Bumbershooters to relax for the weekend and be blessed by the sights and sounds of mainly up and coming artists. Bumbershoot also gave its attendees the opportunity to add to their 'Hipsterisms' by letting one say that you caught an act at Bumbershoot 'before they were cool.'

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