Slideshow: Inside Bumbershoot 2011

From Shabazz Palaces to Yacht—and who was that Orange Lady?

By Julie Reposa September 6, 2011


Forget that Dave guy at the Gorge. Perfect weather and the lure of Hall and Oates drew crowds to the 41st annual Bumbershoot arts and music festival this Labor Day weekend. Admittedly, the fest didn’t feel as packed as last year—fine by me—and lacked the superstar power of prior headliners Bob Dylan and Weezer, but you could still wander the Seattle Center grounds and come across something special: a rising Seattle hip-hop act, a legendary session man, an Orange Lady (see the slideshow for more). That’s still the best part of Bumbershoot— there’s an act for everyone, and a high probability you’ll walk away with a new favorite band.

New Orleans jazz-funk band Trombone Shorty brought the crowd to its feet at least three times during its five-song set at the KEXP Bumbershoot lounge on Saturday. They dedicated "Hurricane Song" to the NoLa neighborhood of Treme, an area hit hardest by Katrina, and Trombone Shorty leader Troy Andrews capped it off with a three-minute horn solo. Saturday night headliner Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs gave a hauntingly beautiful performance at KeyArena. Seattle hip-hoppers Champagne Champagne, Mad Rad, and Shabazz Palaces drew huge crowds to Fisher Green stage, but local rapper Macklemore and DJ Ryan Lewis were the most buzzed-about act of the weekend. Not to be upstaged, Portland electro-pop duo Yacht stole the show on Monday with its infectious beats and impromptu dance party on stage.

View the slideshow for more from this year’s Bumbershoot.

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