When I think of Bob Dylan, it’s miraculous to me that he’s still making music. Of course he has every right to—he is, after all, a rock and roll legend—but in my opinion, when your most recent contribution to the music world is a creepy Christmas album, I’d say it’s time to call it quits. But who am I to not-so-subtly suggest retirement when Frankie Valli (who I adore) is 76 and still crooning with the best of ‘em? I guess the difference is you won’t find Frankie Valli on this year’s Bumbershoot stage.
Mr. Bob Dylan is just one of a cornucopia of musical artists playing at this year’s festival, which takes place September 4th through 6th at the Seattle Center. Other big band names include the Decemberists, Weezer, Mary J. Blige, Hey Marseilles, and, to my extreme and utter delight, Ozomatli. For the full lineup, visit the Bumbershoot website at http://sched.bumbershoot.org/.
Now in its 40th year, Bumbershoot is the largest urban arts festival on the continent. Over 150,000 people attend every year to sample the vast array of comedy, dance, theater, performance, film, visual arts, and music. The name “Bumbershoot” is derived from the word “umbrella” (plus an alternate spelling of “chute”) to convey the idea that the festival is an umbrella for all forms of its entertainment.
With Labor Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about which Bumbershoot performers will be lucky enough to be graced with your presence.