Bumbershoot adds Best Coast, Sharon Jones & Dap Kings and more

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings


The Bumbershoot lineup keeps getting better and better.

One Reel announced 10 additions to the Bumbershoot’s lineup of 91 musical acts as well as the festival’s visual arts offerings this morning. Notable additions include the soulful Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the sunny California rock of Best Coast and on the heavy and loud front Eyehategod, Prong and Black Breath. The latter three are part of the festival’s heavy metal showcase which is co-curated by Dana Sims. Also part of that showcase are The Spittin’ Cobras.

Here’s the full list of 10 additions:

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings/Best Coast/Missy Higgins/Cosmetics/The Miracles Club/Lights From Space/Eyehategod/Prong/Black Breath/The Spittin’ Cobras

On the visual arts front, this year the installations will center around a theme of “The Past, The Present and The Future” in recognition of Seattle Center’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair. Offerings include a record store where nothing is for sale (curated by the Seattle Art Museum), a glass art installation, theatrical improv based on  speed dating and more. The full list of visual arts offerings as listed by a news release issued by One Reel is pasted below.

The day before the festival Mayor Mike McGinn will be at Seattle Center to honor 10 recipients of the Mayor’s Arts Awards. The awards honor community members who make a difference in Seattle through arts and culture. This year the Vera Project and KEXP are among this year’s honorees. The ceremony takes place at noon in front of the International Fountain. It is free and open to the public. The Bumbershoot Visual Arts Opening, also free and open to the public, will follow the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony, 1pm-9pm in Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion.

Tickets for Bumbershoot, which happens Sept. 1-3, range from $110 for a three-day pass to $40 for a single day-specific ticket, or $45 for a ticket good for any day of the festival. You can get your tickets here.

Here are all of the visual arts goodies, as provided by One Reel:


Curated by Shelly Leavens and Jana Brevick

The Skyward! exhibition at Bumbershoot will explore the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair’s idea of the future, and the coinciding creation of the popular cartoon series, The Jetsons. Depicting life in 2062, the cartoon reflects the era’s attitudes towards middle-class affluence, car culture, nuclear prowess, and The American Dream. Contemporaneously, World’s Fair engineers and designers were predicting a future life of leisure elevated into the sky. The Space Needle, Seattle Center Monorail, Bubbleator and the gadgets in the Jetsons’ Skypad apartment all demonstrated these themes. Through a combination of sculptural pieces, site-specific installation, video and interactive works, visitors to Skyward! will experience contemporary artists’ predictions of the future and what life might be like if we lived in the sky. Artists include: Britta Johnson; Dietrich Wegner; Dumb Eyes; Emily Pothast and David Golightly: Hair & Space Museum; Hannah Viano, Vaughn Bell & Iole Alessandrini; Heather and Ivan Morison; Hollow Earth Radio’s Garrett Kelly and Amber Kai Morgan; Jana Brevick and Hahn Rossman; Cathy McClure; Ron Lambert; and Shelly and Mark Leavens.

This is Glass

Curated by Sarah Traver and Grace Meils

After 50 years of pushing the boundaries of glass art, “This is Glass” will challenge what you know about the eccentric and experimental nature of the studio glass movement, with a particular focus on its close relationship with the Pacific Northwest. The works represented in the exhibit features both historic and current pieces by many emerging and established artists. Both the exhibit and each artist will compel you to reconsider how glass is used in this artistic medium and what glass art can be. Artists include: Edison Osorio Zapata; Einar and Jamex De La Torre; Matthew Szosz; Jennifer Elek and Jeremy Bert; Paul Marioni; Robbie Miller and John Drury; Mark Zirpel; Nadege Degentez; and more to be announced.


Sculpture by Dylan Neuwirth

“NOW” will feature a large-scale suspended neon sculpture that evokes the expectations, experiences and memories of intimate to epic events. Designed by Dylan Neuwirth and fabricated by Western Neon, this glowing, multi-colored sculpture is 12’ in diameter and suspends 4’ above the floor, moving from grayscale to a select color spectrum to represent our continuous cycle of personal change across time. The glass, color and light surface materials conceptually explore the curious relationship implied by the form of the upper rainbow and its reflection below.

Christopher Martin Hoff Remembered

Curated by Beth Sellars

Christopher Martin Hoff was the first artist who was contacted to participate in Bumbershoot 2012. Sadly, Christopher passed away at the end of March, and this exhibit is being presented in tribute to his contributions as an urban plein-air painter. For the past 15 years, Christopher has explored the poetic stillness of the mundane through the lens of observational painting. In his own words, his “intention is not to create something removed from experience, but rather to weave the shared experiences of hundreds of these moments back into one resonant and handmade surface.”


Curated by Marlow Harris and JoDavid

Bumbershoot will celebrate all things Elvis Presley in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center and the filming of The King’s movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair. Elvis experts and curators Marlow Harris and JoDavid, curators of the popular 2011 Bumber by Number exhibit, will present the Return of The King to Seattle Center in an ELVISTRAVAGANZA! of art, music and performance, including: appearances by amateur Elvis tribute artists, Elvis karaoke, a whimsical recreation of the Jungle Room of Graceland, a Vegas-style film viewing room, an Elvis topiary garden, and the Traveling Elvis Museum of Love, a minivan that has been transformed into a mobile tribute and chapel. In addition, more than 75 artists’ Elvis-inspired works will be on display, including works by Ron English, Howard Finster, Jim Woodring, Charles Burns, Diem Chau, Mary Iverson, Joe Park, James Crespenel, Scott Fife, and Bill Blair.  Each day 50+ Elvises will parade through Seattle Center leading festivalgoers to the ELVISTRAVAGANZA!

SAM Record Store

Curated by Seattle Art Museum and Olson Kundig Architects

Imagine a vinyl record store with a large collection but nothing for sale. Instead, the record shop acts as a “storefront of ideas” fueled by the belief that these records can be a catalyst to bring people together and understand other perspectives. Curator-led listening parties will happen throughout Bumbershoot, centered on the special collection of vinyl available in the exhibition space. “SAM Record Store” is a collaboration between Seattle Art Museum’s Sandra Jackson-Dumont and Olson Kundig Architects.

7 Minutes in Heaven

Curated by EXITheatre

“7 Minutes in Heaven” is a long form improvised theatre production that typically runs 40?50 minutes. The premise is simple: eight individuals show up to a speed dating event hoping to find that special someone, except the actors are not aware of who all the characters are prior to each show and must rely on true improvisation. The audience is encouraged to get up and walk amongst the actors as they speed date to find love. “7 Minutes in Heaven” will take place twice a day at different locations on the grounds.


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.