Bumbershoot Day 3
All Day and All of the Night.
100,000 people. 2500 photographs. 13 bands. 11 hours. 8 miles. 2 sore feet. 1 hickory smoked sausage. These are the rough estimates from the third day at Bumbershoot. At the outset a Bittersweet prospect, a day full of music and fun, but also the final day of the festival, and as much as possible had to be crammed into the short amount of time left.
Much like the previous two days the weather was once again glorious, making for another sweaty trip across the grounds of Seattle Center, to take in what would prove to be a mix of electronic, funk, soul, and flat out blistering rock and roll. After taking in thirteen bands today picking out highlights were difficult. It would be tough not to include Charles Bradley who’s performance channeled the soul of the 60s and 70s, and who also had the whole crowd dancing at times, and getting ready to make love the rest of the time. Not to be outdone, was Detroit funk legend Dennis Coffey, who laid down an inspired blues and funk set that outshone the brightest of the Mainstage acts, and had all in attendance looking to get down.
Yacht too managed to deliver one of the best performances of the weekend, with an all out bomb of intense energy, poppy hooks, and electro beats, they strongly reminded me of the performance of HEALTH at last years Bumbershoot. Driving there music straight to the core of those gathered around, Yacht made it very hard for anyone to keep still. It’s clear they enjoy getting up on stage and getting their fans off.
Rock and roll was also in order for Mondays line up. You Am I, from Australia, got up on stage with all intention of kicking some ass, and they did, with a set complete with all the rock performance stereotypes, missing shirts, tattoos, brash attitudes, and distorted guitars, they are just what every music festival needs. Rounding out the Day, those about to rock were faced with a dilemma. Darryl Hall and John Oates rocking the Mainstage, or Reverend Horton Heat kicking it up a notch outside… Duh! After 15 years of trying to see them live, and having something come up every time, I of course chose the Reverend, and Jimbo, and was not disappointed. I was told by some of the security they were expecting a crowd for Mr. Heat that could be larger than the crowd for Hall and Oates, since I only went to one show I cannot confirm this, but I can confirm that for me this show was the perfect end to an amazing Bumbershoot weekend. I can’t wait for next year.