Who to see at Bumbershoot 2014!

Bumbershoot 2011 / Photo: Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot 2011 / Photo: Bumbershoot

Going to Bumbershoot this weekend?   So is Seattle Music Insider!  With 6 stages of live music  happening over the three day weekend, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Kudos to the Bumbershoot organizers for putting this all together year after year.  Also note that there will not be any events located inside Key Arena this year. There will be, however, two stages located in Memorial Stadium.  TWO stages!  Mainstage and Endzone stage. Here is a list of bands that are a must see.  But remember, this is only a partial list.  For full details/times/lineups and link to tickets, go here.

Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest at Sasquatch 2014 (Photo by Arlene Brown)


Mainstage:  Panic! at the Disco, Elvis Costello, and Wu Tang Clan.

End Zone Stage:  Youngblood Hawke, Cataldo, Shelby Earl

Starbucks Stage:  This is the stage for you jazz fans.  Evan Flory-Barnes + Infinity Upright!, McTuff, and Gregory Porter.  Also check out Naomi Wachira and Mavis Staples.

Fisher Green Stage:  Fly Moon Royalty, Big Freedia, The Afghan Whigs

Fountain Lawn Stage:  The Lonely Forest (their last performance before they part ways,) Polica, Walk the Moon

Pavilion Stage:  Cumulus, Iska Dhaaf, and for you EDM fans, USC Events present Power Up, Bgeezy, RION, Dig-Dug, Hook N Sling

The Head and The Heart at Paramount Theatre (Photo by Arlene Brown)

The Head and The Heart at Paramount Theatre (Photo by Arlene Brow



Schoolboy Q, The Replacements, The Head and the Heart

SMI partner Melodic Caring Project will be streaming The Head and The Heart show live to children battling serious illness. SMI Founder Greg Roth will be hosting the stream along with MCP Founder Levi Ware.

End Zone Stage:  Craft Spells, San Fermin

Starbucks Stage:  Jazz: Hot Wired Rhythm Band, The 44s with Kid Ramos, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos

Fisher Green Stage:  Polyrhthmics, Kishi Bashi, Luscious Jackson, Pickwick, Bootsy Collins

Fountain Lawn Stage:  Hobosexual, Schoolyard Heroes, The Dismemberment Plan

Pavilion Stage:  Iceland Airwaves Presents:  Hermigervill, Young Karin.  USC Events Presents: High Drops, Aaron Simpson, Kid Hops, First Class, Savant

Foster the People (3)

Foster the People at The Crocodile (Photo by Arlene Brown)


Mainstage:  Capital Cities, J.Cole, Foster the People

End Zone Stage:  Bad Things, Chimurenga Renaissance

Starbucks Stage:  Massy Ferguson, The Reverend Horton Heat

Fisher Green Stage:  Global sounds from 4 different bands fill most of the time on this stage on Monday.  But don’t miss Neon Trees and Aer, as well!

Fountain Lawn Stage:  La Luz, Campfire OK, Nada Surf

Pavilion Stage:  Smokey Brights, Julianna Barkwick.  USC Events Presents: Audioh, Gravity Lift, Johnny Monsoon, Myron & Shane 54 In addition to all the music, there are  6 other stages/locations of comedy, theatre, and film happening all weekend long.

Keep your eyes open as comedy great Janeane Garofalo and many others will be performing at Bumbershoot all three days.

You might even check out 1 Reel’s Film Festival happening as well! Bumbershoot 2014 will be a wonderful  mix of all that makes Seattle special.  EDM, Jazz, Alt, Rock, Rap.  Whatever you do, check out some new bands and continue to support live music! 10584035_615965761854011_1821693987201702235_n

Arlene Brown is both a writer and photographer for SMI. She likes to take things one picture at a time. Covering and reviewing shows from Soundgarden, The Proclaimers, Lorde, The Head & The Heart, to Hank3, Bob Log III, New Politics, Black Joe Lewis, Grouplove, including local and national rising bands and more, she truly loves to try to get that perfect shot. Looking for that raw emotion, energy, power that only live music can deliver, she captures the essence of a show in her own unique style.