Bumbershoot 2010 Day 1
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Fall was trying to arrive early – it was cool and misty as I made my way to Seattle Center for the first day of my first Bumbershoot – its 40th Anniversary. I checked in just after the gates had opened and had some time to try and orient myself ( a bit of a task if you lack a sense of direction as distinctly as I do). I was pleased to find out that I had some mainstage passes, so you’ll find in the gallery both the Decemberists and Neko Case. The festival is tucked into a series of venues that are sprinkled amongst the Space Needle, The Experience Music Project, The Convention Center, and many of the city’s main performance venues.
I made my way over to Flatstock – the poster show and sale. My pal, noted poster artist Gary Houston of Voodoo Catbox was already rocking before noon. If you have love of music, posters, and concert art, get thyself to any of the Flatstock events featured around the country and around the world every year. There was so much great art that I could have cried for not being able to take any home.
I found Kim, and eventually ran into Kyla and the No Depression regulars. We tended to keep to many of the same performances. I could get used to this working in the same region every now and again.
The rest of the day was filled with great acts, and the ones I caught besides Neko Case and The Decemberists included Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers (seemingly stunned to play her hometown’s big deal festival), Justin Townes Earle (whose performance I sadly had to leave to go catch those Decemberists and Ms. Case), and then there was the failed attempt to get Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, whose technical delays mirrored a series of my own frustrations of the day. I decided to cut my losses and left a little earlier than I had planned. I knew if I did I could get back here and get some semblance of a post up for ya’ll. I do hate posting images off the laptop, but if you bear with me on the details, I believe that timing makes up for a lot.