1. Pacific Northwest Ballet, 1, Performing Arts Stage
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: PNB aims for the sky—and often gets there. Their Bumbershoot appearances are always packed so get in line early. This year, among other pleasures, you get to see the sweaty, strutting punk solo Mopey again—it returns with another jaw-dropper later this season—as well as a preview of the ecstatically sensual, this-ain’t-your-grandma’s-story-ballet Roméo et Juliette, which Romeo told us all about.
2. Black Eyed Peas, 3, Samsung Mobile Mainstage
I know I’m supposed to be jaded about Fergie and the guys but I bet their anthemic funk pop goes over in a big way with a big crowd in a big stadium. I like a good time. Call me easy.
3. LOST writers, 3:30, Literary Arts Stage
I don’t even care anymore whether or not these guys can explain what the hell is happening on that damn island. I can’t even change the channel during commercials for fear of missing another leap through the space/time continuum. I’m with them until the end (which is next spring). I just want to know what they’re smoking during story sessions.
4. Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan, 7:45, Broad Street Stage
Soulsavers are two Brit dudes (producers and remixers) using Lanegan’s voice to hypnotize listeners into some kind of musical deliverance. I hope the crowds go to Franz Ferdinand on the other stage and leave Lanegan to the devoted. He’s not like everybody else; I don’t want him overwhelmed by unworthy masses (although I doubt anything overwhelms Mark Lanegan). Consider me saved.
5. Metric, 9:30, Broad Street Stage
Singer Emily Haines fronts this Canuck rock quartet and she’s just…well, listen: