One Reel unveiled the music lineup for this year’s Bumbershoot and the array of artists appears to be making the 41st annual music and arts festival an event aimed at music fans as opposed to the general public. Noticeably missing are big-name headliners which have been replaced by middle-tier acts like Hall & Oates, Fitz and the Tantrums, Whiz Khalifa and Ray LaMontagne. Also, keeping in the Bumbershoot spirit a few legends are thrown in this year in the form of Leon Russel and Mavis Staples.
It looks like the lack of starpower allowed One Reel to book better middle-tier acts and as always offer up some great opportunities for local artists by loading up on Northwest talent. Acts like The Kills, Little Dragon, Warpaint and Toro Y Moi will appease the Pitchfork crowd and locals like Macklemore, Sol, Shabazz Palaces, the Lonely Forest, My Goodness, Curtains for You and many others will get their chance to shine in front of their hometown fans.
This year Bumbershoot will feature an after-hours stage at the Exhibition Hall which will be called Bumbershoot After Dark and be open between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lineup and ticket information for that stage will be announced June 15. Another new stage for Bumbershoot is the EMP’s third-level area located atop the Science-Fiction museum. That stage will feature a local jazz showcase that was partly curated by Matt Jorgensen.
Regular daily tickets for Bumbershoot cost $35 and are on sale now. There is also the option to purchase a three-day pass for $75.
Below is the day-by-day lineup so far with recommended acts in bold. It should be noted that the Presidents of the United States of America and Brite Futures will perform on the main stage at a yet-to-be determined date.
Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs with Vusi Mahlasela / Minus the Bear / Mavis Staples / Little Dragon / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / STRFKR / Shabazz Palaces / Warpaint / MarchFourth Marching Band / Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible / Eyehategod / Väsen / Champagne Champagne / Astronautalis / PS I Love You / Yuni in Taxco / Campfire Ok / Meklit Hadero / Caleb Klauder Country Band / Craft Spells / Valient Thorr / Jayme Stone: Room of Wonders / Pickwick / Red Fang / Scribes / Wagons / Shelby Earl / Free the Robots / Witchburn / Nice Nice / Kris Orlowski & The Passenger String Quartet / Emancipator / Tomten / Pezzner / LawnChair Generals / The Great Mundane / Natasha Kmeto / DJ Nordic Soul
Wiz Khalifa with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / Broken Social Scene with The Lonely Forest / The Kills / Butthole Surfers / Carbon Leaf / Leon Russell / Toro Y Moi / Anti-Flag / Das Racist / Vetiver / Jessica Lea Mayfield / Dam-Funk / Atari Teenage Riot / NoMeansNo / Tennis / Thee Oh Sees / Mad Rad / The Jim Jones Revue / School of Seven Bells / Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band / Davila 666 / AgesandAges / Wayne Horvitz Café Paloma Band / Kore Ionz / Sol / Whalebones / Allen Stone / Massy Ferguson / Tycho / Thomas Marriott’s Human Spirit / Kaylee Cole / Com Truise / HTRK / Lusine / Gail Pettis Quartet / Kasey Anderson and The Honkies / Shigeto / The Sight Below / DJ Justin Timbreline
Daryl Hall & John Oates with Fitz and The Tantrums / The Reverend Horton Heat / Over the Rhine / Phantogram / Grant Lee Buffalo / Urge Overkill / Charles Bradley / Vendetta Red / Sharon Van Etten / Dennis Coffey / Head Like a Kite / YACHT / Greensky Bluegrass / Quadron / Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils / Grand Hallway / You Am I / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside / My Goodness / LAKE / Beat Connection / Purity Ring / Truckasaurus / Ravenna Woods / Curtains For You / Lemolo / SPLATINUM / Legendary Oaks / Mash Hall / The Horde and The Harem / 214 / WD4D / Ill Cosby / DJ Introcut