Bumbershoot preview: Five non-locals to watch

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Foxy Shazam at the Vera Project

Chances are if you are thinking about going to Bumbershoot you might be thinking about catching one of  the headliners, be it the big  names like Janes’ Addiction, Tony Bennet and Skrillex or the somewhat smaller headliners like Big Sean and Gotye. So since you already know about those acts how about I recommend some of the smaller, lesser-hyped artists who I’m pretty sure you’ll love. You can thank me later.Foxy Shazam (2:45, Monday, Exhibition Hall)

What would The Darkness sound like if they had a little more Queen in them and a little less 1980s hair metal bombast? They’d sound like Foxy Shazam. And yes, they’re performing at the Ex Hall, which is one of the worst Bumbershoot venues, but trust me they are well worth seeking out on Bumbershoot’s final day.Missy Higgins (1:45, Saturday, Main stage)

Okay, so yes Missy Higgins is performing on the main stage but  I would argue that she is probably the least known act to appear on Bumbershoot’s main stage in recent years. She’s Australian. She has a fantastic voice. And as an added bonus her songs are pretty great too.Ty Segall (3:15, Monday, Sub Pop stage)

Ty Segall released one of the best rock ‘n’ roll records of the year earlier this summer with Slaughterhouse. It’s garage rock done in the best way possible. If you like rock ‘n’ roll then you won’t want to miss this set.King Khan and the Shrines (4:15, Saturday, Fisher Green stage)
KK and the Shrines have the potential to be the most fun set you’ll see all weekend. It’s James Brown R&B meets down and dirty garage rock with a huge helping of soul. Again, if you like rock ‘n’ roll this is another set you won’t want to miss.


Rebirth Brass Band (9:45, Monday, Mural Amphitheatre)

Last year I fell in love with Trombone Shorty and his wonderfully brassy New Orleans jazz. This year I hope to catch some of Rebirth Brass Band and fall in love with them too.

Tickets for Bumbershoot are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 13 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 former editor of the defunct music site Ear Candy.