Rolling Stone had it right all along. This year’s Bumbershoot headliners, which were "leaked" by the music mag last week, will be Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Hole and Weezer. Yes, we know Dylan mumbles his way through most of his songs these days, but I say, respect the legend and admit that you never knew the words to "Subterranean Homesick Blues" anyway. Neko Case, the Decemberists, Ra Ra Riot, J. Cole, Rise Against, and the usual local suspects (Hey Marseilles, The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Fresh Espresso, THEESatisfaction) will also perform; find the full lineup here.
Plus, a day pass (mainstage included) only costs $40; to see one of those national acts on their own would easily cost $60, and you’d probably be stuck inside WaMu Theater. Also of note: Event organizers are offering an "economy pass" for $22 that allows access to all music and arts events at Seattle Center except those on the mainstage. If you want to upgrade your economy ticket while you’re there, you pay $30, which will probably only work on people who’ve had many, many beers that day. There aren’t any senior citizen discounts, but children 10 and under get in free (last year, freebies only went to children five and under). All in all, it’s pretty good value.
Bumbershoot (September 4-6) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Tickets are on sale at bumbershoot.org.