It is Labor Day weekend here in Seattle and for the last forty years that means it is time for Bumbershoot! Much like every year Bumbershoot combines music, film, comedy and arts into a single event making for one of the most diverse festival lineups in the country, and this year is no exception. With headliners like local stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Death Cab for Cutie, Bumbershoot lineup includes some great talent from around the world. If you are going this weekend, we thought we would give you some bands and artists that you should really put on your schedule!
Coming off a huge performance with Britney Spears at the 2016 VMAs, G-Eazy brings hip-hop straight from the Bay Area with fine tuning from time spent at Loyola University New Orleans and looking more as if he walked out of Reservoir Dogs. After a successful 2014 with sold out shows across North America and the 2015 release of When It’s Dark Out, G-Eazy jumped to the next level. Make sure you check out his set at Memorial Stadium on Sun, September 4, 5:50 PM.
International veterans of the festival scene, Zeds Dead brings a mixture of electro, dub-step, drum & base and house and blends them all together which can all be heard on their new single Blame. Collaborations with Diplo, Perry Ferrell, Sean Price, Bright Lights, Memorrecks and more, Zeds Dead is known for putting on such a great show that they are closing our the first night of Bumbershoot in KeyArena on Fri, September 2, 10:00 PM. Don’t miss out!
One of the most dynamic duos in hip-hop Killer Mike and El-P better known as Run the Jewels brings their raw sound to the Bumershoot stage. With the widely popular Run the Jewels 1 and sophomore album Run the Jewels 2, Run the Jewels have been hard at work on their third album Run the Jewels 3 as well as an amazing collaboration with DJ Shadow on Nobody Speaks. Don’t miss them at Memorial Stadium Sat, September 3, 7:20.
Anderson .Paak is a melding pot of R&B, ’70s Soul, Hip-Hop and Funk, with each song having a familiarity like your favorite food but with cutting and telling lyrics straight from the streets which bleeds through on his most recently release Malibu. Anderson .Paak is joined by The Free Nationals to give that full band experience. Don’t miss Anderson .Paak at Memorial Stadium Sat, September 3, 6:00 PM.
Age shouldn’t hold you back and it hasn’t for Zella Day. Releasing her debut album Kicker in 2015 then headlining domestic and international tours as well as multiple fashion magazine shoots all before the age of 21 is impressive for anyone, but Zella Day doesn’t end there. Continuing to support Kicker, Zella Day brings her distinct indie pop sound that shows maturity greater than her years. Starbucks Stage Fri, September 2, 7:30 PM.
JoJo is the perfect description of evolution. Becoming a popstar at the age of 13, JoJo spent the next decade defining her sound of soulful R&B, infectious pop hooks and catchy dance beat. Even with a interruption due to label complications, JoJo continued to evolve as an artist going from teenage crushes to tackling actual loss to moving forward as heard on F*ck Apologies with Wiz Khalifa. Fisher Green Sat, September 3, 7:30 PM.
Artists are influenced by everything around them and from the most unforeseen places. Taking the dual vocals from Taking Back Sunday and the nursery rhyme simplicity of Kurt Cobain, They. blends it together with deep appreciation for later 80’s R&B classics such as Babyface and New Edition which can be heard on their latest singles Deep End and Say When. If you are a fan of The Weeknd, then you will become a fan of They. KeyArena Fri, September 2, 5:10 PM.
Joywave melds dance friendly synth melodies with indie pop hooks which can be heard all through their album How Do you Feel Now? and specifically on the song Destruction, so much so they made an entire album of remixes, SWISH. Fisher Green Sat, September 3, 4:40 PM.
Direct from Madrid, Hinds is just garage band you always wanted to be a part of. The dueling vocals Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote can be hard all throughout their new album Leave Me Alone, which gives Hinds their distinct sound. Live shows are what this band does as well, playing 16 shows in four days at SXSW 2015! Starbucks Stage Sat, September 3, 7:20 PM.
Bumbershoot is known for giving local artist wider attention and this year is no different with the inclusion of local rock & roll band, Thunderpussy. With a sound that harkens to 70’s fuzzed out rock & roll with the fearless sexuality of a young Madonna or Prince, Thunderpussy is not something to laugh at, these girls rock and their live shows have become sold out events. KEXP Sun, September 4, 4:10 PM.
Listen our Bumbershoot 2016 Playlist, which includes songs from many of the other artists!