Bumbershoot 2017 Preview

One of the longest continually running music festivals in America, Bumbershoot is also the Pacific Northwest’s biggest, and comes to Seattle Center, Friday-Sunday, September 1st-3rd....

Bumbershoot 2017 Preview

One of the longest continually running music festivals in America, Bumbershoot is also the Pacific Northwest’s biggest, and comes to Seattle Center, Friday-Sunday, September 1st-3rd:



Main Stage at Memorial Stadium

Flume, 9:35 PM – 10:50 PM

Bringing electronics from the other end of the Pacific is Sydney’s Harley Streten – a.k.a. Flume (QRO photos at a festival). He’s coming off winning the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album this year for Skin.
Big Sean, 7:35 PM – 8:35 PM

The in-demand rapper Big Sean (QRO photos at a festival), from Detroit, comes to Seattle for Bumbershoot (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s I Decided, his third studio album – and second number one hit (QRO photos at a festival).
Big Sean
Foster the People, 6:05 PM – 6:50 PM

Los Angeles’ Foster the People (QRO photos at a festival) came out of nowhere in 2010 with viral hit “Pumped Up Kicks”, followed that up with the Top Ten debut Torches (QRO review). Their listener- and dancer-friendly electronic sounds (QRO photos at a festival) aren’t exactly revelatory, but are sure to set the crowd on fire (QRO live review). They come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos at a festival) for a big show (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2014’s Supermodel (QRO review) and this year’s Sacred Hearts Club.
Foster the People

Jorja Smith, 4:35 PM – 5:40 PM

I M U R, 4:05 PM – 4:40 PM

Jorja Smith

Key Arena

Die Antwoord, 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

In this day & age, it can be hard to for an act to truly surprise, but Die Antwoord (QRO photos) have done it. Not only South African but Afrikaans (the descendants of the Dutch settlers who instituted & later repealed apartheid), vocalist Ninja & Yo-Landi Vi$$er took the internet by storm with a baffling mix of rave & hip-hop, English & Afrikaans in “Enter the Ninja” and 5 EP (QRO review). They followed up in 2012 with Ten$ion (QRO review) and 2013’s Donker Mag, and have been baffling minds & blowing them away (QRO photos at a festival) while stealing the show (& shedding clothes) wherever they go (QRO photos outdoors at a festival). The duo (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Bumbershoot just before the release of The Book of Zef.
Die Antwoord
Jauz, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Up from California to spin the beats is Sam Vogel, a.k.a. Jauz.
Slushii, 7:20 PM – 8:05 PM

DJ Julian Scanlan, a.k.a. Slushii, has worked with the big name likes of marshmello, and has found big name fans like Skrillex.
Whethan, 6:20 PM – 7:05 PM

Chicago DJ/producer Whethan got recognition when his remix of “XE3” garnered over 8 million plays on SoundCloud.

Chris McClenney, 5:25 PM – 6:10 PM

The Librarian, 4:45 PM – 5:20 PM

Prsn, 4:05 PM – 4:40 PM

Chris McClenney

Fisher Green Stage

Flo Rida, 9:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Flo Rida, who surprisingly enough hails from well, Florida, makes club music. He makes music that makes babies. Ok, maybe not babies, but it makes sweat, and that sweat comes from the writhing bodies that smush together when listening to music from Flo Rida. Expect the same writhing, sweaty bodies during his Bumbershoot set.
Flo Rida
Watsky, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Mixing rhymes in a whole new way is the slam poetry of Watsky, who returns to Bumbershoot (QRO photos at Bumbershoot ’13).
BROODS, 7:05 PM – 7:50 PM

New Zealand brother-and-sister duo BROODS (QRO photos at a festival) come to Bumbershoot off of last year’s sophomore full-length Conscious.
LANY, 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

L.A. electro-pop outfit LANY (QRO spotlight on) are already getting big (QRO interview), and that was even before their recent release of their self-titled debut full-length.

PVRIS, 4:55 PM – 5:35 PMQRO photos at a festival

Deap Vally, 4:05 PM – 4:35 PMQRO photos

Jason McCue, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM


Mural Amphitheatre

ZZ Ward, 8:50 PM – 9:50 PM

Singer/songwriter ZZ Ward (QRO photos) will be displaying her new album The Storm, her follow-up to 2012 debut Til the Casket Drops.
ZZ Ward
Filthy Friends, 7:40 PM – 8:25 PM

Sometimes great musicians want to get together to play other people’s great songs, such as Filthy Friends. Comprised of Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney (QRO live review), Peter Buck of R.E.M. (QRO album review), Bill Rieflin of King Crimson, and Kurt Bloch & Scott McCaughney (QRO interview) of The Minus 5 – Buck & McCaughney are also part of another supergroup, the baseball-themed Baseball Project (QRO spotlight on) – got together to play covers of the one-and-only David Bowie. However, they’ve since released the original “Despierta” for the 30 Days, 30 Songs anti-Trump project, singles “Any Kind of Crowd” and “The Arrival”, and debut album Invitation just out.
Filthy Friends
Chicano Batman, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Los Angeles’ Chicano Batman (QRO photos at a festival) first got notice in 2014/5 with Cycles of Existential Rhyme, but this year go full-on Gil Scott-Heron with Freedom Is Free.
Chicano Batman

Johnnyswim, 5:25 PM – 6:10 PM

Kore Jonz, 4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

J Grgry, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Peach Pit, 2:55 PM – 3:25 PM


KEXP Stage

Moon Duo, 6:40 PM – 7:20 PMQRO album review

Dude York, 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM

Acapulco Lips, 4:10 PM – 4:50 PM

The Spider Ferns, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

Moon Duo

Silent Disco

Rainman, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Sharps vs Marble, 9:10 PM – 10:00 PM

Shane Christian vs Bandit, 8:20 PM – 9:10 PM

Sosleepyy vs Wokleks, 7:40 PM – 8:20 PM

Silver vs Anthony Bullus, 7:00 PM – 7:40 PM


Comedy Stage

Todd Barry; Ian Edwards; Fahim Anwar; Brent Flyberg, 6:05 PM – 7:05 PM

In the New York alternative music scene, there’s no more ubiquitous stand-up comic than Todd Barry (QRO photos at a festival). The laid-back comedian has opened for Tapes n’ Tapes, Superchunk and They Might Be Giants (QRO photos from that show), been seen at industry festivals like CMJ (QRO recap), SXSW (QRO recap) & the old McCarren Park Pool Parties (QRO venue review) in Brooklyn. So he’ll fit right in back at Bumbershoot.
Todd Barry

Joel Kim Booster; Ahmed Bharoocha; Debra Digiovanni, 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM

Ian Edwards; Jermaine Fowler; Jacqueline Novak; Ahmed Bharoocha, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM

Joel Kim Booster

Eve Alvord Theatre

Debra Digiovanni; Jamie Lee; Joel Kim Booster; El Sanchez, 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

Jacqueline Novak; Brody Sisters; Justin Clark, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Brody Stevens; Jermaine Fowler; Jamie Lee, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Monica Nevi; Brent Flyberg; El Sanchez; Bo Johnson, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Debra Digiovanni

Vera Project

Jak Knight; Fahim Anwar; Justin Clark, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Judah Friedlander; Monica Levi; Bo Johnson, 5:35 PM – 6:20 PM QRO photos of Judah Friedlander

Battle of the Word, 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM

The Magic Hat, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Judah Friedlander




Main Stage at Memorial Stadium

Lorde, 9:35 PM – 10:50 PM

It’s been fast and furious, the success of Lorde (QRO live review). The New Zealand songstress (QRO photos) is barely out of her teens, but blew up in a huge way in 2013 behind Grammy-winning single “Royals” and Pure Heroine, to should-be-headlining festival status (QRO photos at a 2014 festival). She’s become such a megastar that her actually being Randy Marsh was a season-song story line on South Park (“I am Lorde, yah-yah-yah…”). She comes to Bumbershoot behind her strong, much anticipated follow-up, Melodrama (QRO review).
Weezer, 7:35 PM – 8:50 PM

For a long time, the new output from Weezer (QRO photos at a festival) like 2010’s Hurley (QRO review) and Death To False Metal (QRO review) or the previous year’s Raditude (QRO review) wasn’t up to their nineties classics (and 2008’s red album-covered self-titled – QRO review – couldn’t hold a candle to the blue- and green-covered earlier Weezers – QRO blue Weezer live review – or PinkertonQRO deluxe edition review), but they still played those nineties classics like “My Name Is Jonas” (QRO video), “Say It Ain’t So” (QRO video), “Buddy Holly” (QRO video), “No One Else” (QRO video), “Surf Wax America” (QRO video), “Falling For You” (QRO video), and “Dope Nose” (QRO video), which can even lift later pieces like “Islands In the Sun” (QRO video) and “Beverly Hills” (QRO video). And their live show (QRO live review) – especially outdoors (QRO live review outdoors) headlining a festival (QRO photos headlining a festival) – has stayed great (QRO photos headlining a festival).

2014 came Everything Will Be Alright In the End (QRO review), their best record in years & years (QRO Everything live review), then last year another Weezer, the white one (QRO review), another good one (QRO White Album live review) – plus dude, Hurley (QRO photo).
Kaleo, 6:20 PM – 7:05 PM

In music, Iceland is mostly known for its pioneering and experimental artists (and a number of great festivals on its own), but it’s also got a strong blue-rock scene, like Kaleo (QRO photos), who make it to Bumbershoot.
Highly Suspect, 5:10 PM – 5:55 PM

Cape Cod rock trio Highly Suspect (QRO photos) come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos at a festival) behind two Grammy nominations in 2015.
Highly Suspect

Dreamers, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Ruler, 3:20 PM – 3:55 PM


Key Arena

Dillon Francis, 9:50 PM – 11:05 PM

American electronic artist Dillon Francis (QRO photos at a festival) has worked with big name DJs like Calvin Harris and Diplo, to the point where he’s a big-name DJ all on his very own, headlining Saturday night at Key Arena.
Dillon Francis

Big Wild, 8:25 PM – 9:25 PM

E-40, 7:20 PM – 8:05 PM

Aminé, 6:15 PM – 7:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

Daniel Caesar, 5:25 PM – 6:00 PM

Lophile, 4:35 PM – 5:10 PM

Kid Hops, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Fisher Green Stage

The Roots, 9:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Bumbershoot welcomes The Roots, a.k.a. ‘best band in late night’! Black Thought & ?uestlove’s outfit (QRO photos at a festival) has met with critical and popular acclaim for years now, fusing hip-hop and jazz into an original & enjoyable package, along with collaborating with just about anyone you can name. Seven years ago, the group (QRO photos outdoors) signed on as the house band for the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (QRO Music on Late Night TV), and now serves on the new Tonight Show (and are partly responsible for it moving to the Big Apple), and while this limited their touring (QRO photos at a festival in New York), not so their records, like 2011’s Undun (QRO review) 2014’s …And Then You Shot Your Cousin, and their upcoming End Game. And the Philly natives, when not slow-jamming the news with President Obama, find the time to come to the West Coast (QRO photos outdoors).
The Roots
Conor Oberst, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Welcome back, Conor Oberst (QRO photos at a festival). As Bright Eyes (QRO photos), Conor Oberst won legions of hearts (including Summer’s on The O.C.QRO Music of The O.C.), but after 2007’s Cassadega (QRO review), he dropped the name and strayed into unfortunate country terrain (QRO live review). In 2011, not only did the Bright Eyes name come back (QRO live review outdoors), but also the Bright Eyes (QRO photos at a festival) sound on The People’s Key (QRO review). In 2013 he revived his early agit-punk band, Desaparecidos (QRO live review), but he’s shifted back to being Mr. Oberst once again for 2014’s Upside Down Mountain (QRO review), last year’s Ruminations (QRO review), and this year’s Salutations (QRO review), not to mention touring with The Felice Brothers as his backing band last year (QRO photos with Felice Brothers), so who knows what to expect (QRO photos at a festival)…
Conor Oberst
Joseph, 7:05 PM – 7:50 PM

Sisters Allison, Meagan, and Natalie Closner form Portland’s Joseph (QRO photos) have been getting serious notice for their folk sound, including at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).

Tacocat, 8:00 PM – 8:40 PMQRO mp3 review

Middle Kids, 5:00 PM – 5:35 PM

Kevin Abstract, 4:10 PM – 4:40 PM

Madeline Kenny, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM


Mural Amphitheatre

Sofi Tukker, 8:25 PM – 9:25 PM

Shook Twins, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Con Brio, 5:45 PM – 6:40 PMQRO photos at a festival

The Kins, 4:45 PM – 5:25 PM

Saint Claire, 3:45 PM – 4:25 PM

Corepower presents Yogashoot, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Sofi Tukker

Con Brio

KEXP Stage

Júníus Meyvant, 6:40 PM – 7:20 PM

Cataldo, 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM

The Maldives, 4:10 PM – 4:50 PM

Shelby Earl, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

Shelby Earl

Silent Disco

Tydi, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Alex Bosi vs Johnny Monsoon, 9:10 PM – 10:00 PM

Hal V & Space Case vs Coltan Johnson, 8:20 PM – 9:10 PM

Subsonic Drops vs Faraday, 7:35 PM – 8:20 PM

Frida K vs It Me, 7:00 PM – 7:35 PM


Comedy Stage

Guy Branum; Todd Barry; Jacqueline Novak; Jermaine Fowler, 6:05 PM – 7:05 PMQRO photos of Todd Barry at a festival

Judah Friedlander; Ian Edwards; Justin Clark; Bo Johnson, 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM­QRO photos of Judah Friedlander

Jermaine Fowler; Todd Barry; Debra Digiovanni; Monica Nevi, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM

Todd Barry

Judah Friedlander

Eve Alvord Theatre

Ahmed Bharoocha; Ian Edwards; Justin Clark; Bo Johnson, 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

Jamie Lee; Jak Knight; Ahmed Bharoocha, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Debra Digiovanni; Brody Stevens; Jamie Lee, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Jacqueline Novak; Judah Friedlander; Jay Knight; El Sanchez, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Debra Digiovanni

Bagley Wright Theater

Margaret Cho; Joel Kim Booster; El Sanchez, 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Funny or Die, 3:20 PM – 4:20 PM

Margaret Cho

Vera Project

Joel Kim Booster; Brody Stevens; Monica Nevi, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Guy Branum; Lance Cantstopolis; Brent Flyberg, 5:35 PM – 6:20 PM

Ghosts of Seattle Past, 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM

The Bushwick Book Club, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Joel Kim Booster




Main Stage at Memorial Stadium

ODESZA, 9:20 PM – 10:50 PM

Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight managed to put out their debut as electronic duo ODESZA (QRO photos) while still in their senior year back in ’12 with Summer’s Gone, and come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos at a festival) off of 2014’s follow-up full-length, In Return.
Solange, 7:50 PM – 8:50 PM

While originally known as being little sister to Beyoncé (and her fight with her brother-in-law Jay-Z, captured on an elevator camera), Solange Knowles (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) has pipes (QRO photos headlining a festival) and stage presence all her own, as she’s more than proved, like with last year’s A Seat At the Table, and recent high-brow acclaim as well.
X Ambassadors, 6:20 PM – 7:20 PM

Ithaca’s X Ambassadors (QRO photos) come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos) behind 2015’s hit debut, VHS.
X Ambassadors
Lil Yachty, 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM

Lil Yachty (QRO photos at a festival) has risen from being a model in a Kanye West fashion line debut (at Madison Square Garden…) to his debut full-length, Teenage Emotions, with his self-described “bubblegum trap” style (QRO photos at a festival).
Lil Yachty

Bibi Bourelly, 4:10 PM – 4:40 PMQRO photos at a festival

Stas Thee Boss, 3:20 PM – 3:55 PM

Bibi Bourelly

Key Arena

Gucci Mane, 10:05 PM – 11:05 PM

Along with the likes of T.I. & Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane (QRO photos at a festival) pioneered the trap music style of hip-hop. Of course, he’s had his problems with the law, as well as fellow trap rappers like Young Jeezy and Waka Flocka Flame. He comes to Bumbershoot behind last year’s The Return of East Atlanta Santa album, this year’s collaboration with Metro Boomin, DropTopWop, and his Billboard Hot 100 #1 single “Black Beatles”, with Rae Sremmurd.
Gucci Mane
Cash Cash, 8:55 PM – 9:55 PM

The trio of DJs that is Cash Cash (QRO photos at a festival) from the other side of the country, their native New Jersey, off of last year’s Blood, Sweat & 3 Years and countless remixes.
Cash Cash
Louis the Child, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

While their name & electronica might make you think of France, duo Louis the Child actually hails from a high school in suburban Chicago.
Louis the Child
Vince Staples, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Bumbershoot got a choice lyricist in Vince Staples (QRO photos at a festival). The Long Beach native first came up with others, such as in the group Cutthroat Boyz and in association with Odd Future (QRO live review), but has since made a name all his own (QRO photos at a festival), including a recent appearance on The Daily Show (QRO Music on Late Night TV).
Vince Staples

Ekali, 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Leikeli47, 5:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Pluto, 4:40 PM – 5:10 PM

Red Cragun, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Fisher Green Stage

HAIM, 9:40 PM – 10:40 PM

Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, along with drummer Dash Hutton (QRO photos at a festival), only started putting out music in 2013, but have already been turning heads (QRO photos), thanks to great single “Don’t Save Me” and debut full-length, Days Are Gone (QRO review). They come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos) after the release of follow-up Something To Tell You (QRO review) and getting numerous high-profile fans – and even playing the legendary after-party for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary with Prince!
Spoon, 8:10 PM – 9:10 PM

As The Tick would shout, “Spoon!!!” Austin’s Spoon (QRO live review outdoors) has been turning heads in the indie-sphere for a while with their trademark indie-rock, but with 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (QRO review), 2010’s Transference (QRO review) & 2014’s They Want My Soul (QRO review), the group (QRO photos at a festival) has launched into the stratosphere, including headlining at New York’s ultra-upscale Radio City Music Hall (QRO live review). A festival veteran (QRO photos at a festival), including headlining fests (QRO photos headlining a festival), they come to Bumbershoot (QRO photos at a festival), now behind last spring’s release of Hot Thoughts (QRO review). Three cheers for “The Underdog” (QRO video)!
Red Fang, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Portland is ahead of the musical curve in all sorts of ways, including the new wave of indie-metal, like Red Fang (QRO photos at a Portland festival), who play Bumbershoot off of last year’s Only Ghosts.
Red Fang

HONNE, 5:55 PM – 6:35 PMQRO photos

Honors, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Harrison Brome, 4:10 PM – 4:40 PM

The Dip, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM


Mural Amphitheatre

Cody Jinks, 8:50 PM – 9:50 PM

Lucie Silvas, 7:40 PM – 8:25 PM

Lillie Mae, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Léon, 5:25 PM – 6:10 PM

The New Respects, 4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

White Reaper, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PMQRO album review

Corepower presents Yogashoot, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

White Reaper

KEXP Stage

Smokey Brights, 6:40 PM – 7:20 PM

Dave Depper, 5:30 PM – 6:10 PM

Crater, 4:10 PM – 4:50 PM

Froth, 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

Smokey Brights

Silent Disco

Botnek, 9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Darrius vs Sir Kutz, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Tollefson vs Keano, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Akoma vs Greymatter, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM


Comedy Stage

Guy Branum; Debra Digiovanni; Joel Kim Booster; Brent Flyberg, 6:05 PM – 7:05 PM

Todd Barry; Ahmed Bharoocha; Joel Kim Booster; El Sanchez, 4:20 PM – 5:20 PMQRO photos of Todd Barry at a festival

Judah Friedlander; Jacqueline Novak; Farim Anwar; Monica Nevi, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM

Debra Digiovanni

Eve Alvord Theatre

Jermaine Fowler; Judah Friedlander; Justin Clark; El Sanchez, 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM ­ – QRO photos of Judah Friedlander

Jacqueline Novak; Ian Edwards; Justin Clark; Brent Flyberg, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Brody Stevens; Jermaine Fowler; Brent Flyberg, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Ahmed Bharoocha; Debra Digiovanni; Jak Knight; Bo Johnson, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Judah Friedlander

Vera Project

Jamie Lee; Brody Stevens; Ian Edwards, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Lance Cantstopolis; Jak Knight; Monica Nevi, 5:35 PM – 6:20 PM

Seattle Music Panel, 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM

The Round, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Lance Cantstopolis



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