Things You Can’t Miss on Day 2 of Bumbershoot
Have you looked at our preview for Saturday yet? Make sure you take a look at that before you venture into this.
Sunday, September 2nd – Day 2
The “Can’t Miss” Local Bands: The Young Evils, Mudhoney, Gold Leaves
The Young Evils – 4:30pm @ The Promenade
If you’re wanting a combination of sounds you’re not used to hearing being paired together, you’ll most definitely need to zero in on Seattle’s Young Evils’ set. They’ve found a way to throw hooky, ‘60s doo-wop melodies on top of a Sonic Youth-like guitar layer. Just two years ago the band was filling clubs and bars with cheery acoustic offerings. It should be interesting to see the new stuff in action.
Mudhoney – 6:45pm @ The Sub Pop Stage
Mudhoney has been flying under the radar for a healthy 20+ years as arguably the purist “grunge” band from this city. But don’t put them in the same class as Soundgarden or Pearl Jam (even though they’re all buds and share a handful of side projects). Mudhoney has been roaring through the club circuit with athems channeling bands like Black Flag, Radio Birdman, The Stooges and MC5 (in fact, singer Mark Arm toured with the surviving members of MC5 a few years back). The band’s mix of 60s punk and 80s hardcore shows up on virtually every album they’ve done since their debut single “Touch Me I’m Sick.”
Gold Leaves – 12:00pm @ The Sub Pop Stage
After his laptop and lyric-filled notebooks were stolen, Seattle songwriter Grant Olsen was forced to re-approach writing a new record for his orchestral pop duo, Arthur & Yu. The compositions unfolded in a more immediately intimate manner, and Olsen chose to record them under the Gold Leaves moniker.
The “Can’t Miss” National Acts: Wanda Jackson, The Dirtbombs
Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45’s – 9:30pm @ The Starbucks Stage
Yes, the Wanda Jackson is playing on a dinky stage in Seattle Center. Jackson, also known as “The Queen of Rockabilly,” is a living legend and a tireless touring and recording artist. After last year’s successful collaboration with admirer Jack White, The Party’s Not Over, it’s no wonder she tapped another youngblood (Justin Townes Earle), to helm her next album, or that she’s enlisted local boys The Dusty 45’s to back her at Bumbershoot.
Richly deserving of the title “The Queen of Rockabilly” and her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ms. Jackson is a living legend and a seemingly tireless touring and recording artist. After last year’s successful collaboration with admirer Jack White, The Party’s Not Over, it’s no wonder she tapped another youngblood (Justin Townes Earle), to helm her next album, or that she’s enlisted local boys The Dusty 45’s to back her at Bumbershoot.
The Dirtbombs – 5:45pm @ The Tuneln Stage
Frontman Mick Collins planted the seeds of the garage rock revival we’ve seen for the past decade with his (now) semi-defunct trio The Gories. While he includes many aspects of the primal, blues-punk The Gories projected, Collins injects several other genres into The Dirtbombs. They’re the furthest thing from having one-dimensional sound that so many “garage” bands are plagued with nowadays. On top of a slough of original singles and full-length albums, they’ve released an album of soul/funk/R&B covers, an album of early Detroit techno songs and have plans to release a bubblegum album this year. If you’ve never seen a real party on stage, be ready.
The “Can’t Miss” Exhibit/Display/Presentation Thing: Charles Phoenix: Destination 1962 Seattle’s World Fair (12:00pm @ The Words and Ideas Stage)
Funnyman and author Charles Phoenix is showcasing his comedic take on tourist traps, theme parks, car culture, space age style, fun foods, and the great 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. But laughs aside, he’s also giving an inside look into his “Best of Seattle” guide. You’ll want to take notes on the must-see local landmarks, legends and lore. It’s a trip through the Emerald City’s past, present and future, man!
The “Can’t Miss” Film Feature: The Best of SIFF Jury Award Winners (3:00pm @ The 1 Reel Film Festival/SIFF Film Center)
The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect
It’s a premise you’ve never heard of: Five guys in matching suits sleep in bunk beds in a tiny Paris apartment. Weird…but the adorable side is that they are all trying to win the affection of the same woman. It was a hit with the Seattle International Film Festival (as you can see).
The “Can’t Miss” Comedic/Visual Arts Performance Thing: Nick Swardson (4:30pm @ The Intiman Theatre)
His humor is vulgar and routinely pushes the envelope, but even if you’re disgusted with his stand-up material, you’re bound to have enjoyed something he’s been involved with. Nick Swardson has been that funny dude you’ve recognized in dozens of projects over the years (Terry from Reno 911, various characters on Will Ferrell’s comedy website Funny or Die, etc) — now he’s seeing the spotlight more often. The comedian, actor and writer/producer landed his own show on Comedy Central recently called Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.