AUGUST 25, 1997
Bumbershoot line-up explodes at the Seattle Center
NW News Staff
Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival, has announced the headliners for its twenty-seventh annual arts extravaganza at the Seattle Center this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
Featuring over twenty-five indoor and outdoor stages, exhibit halls and performance sites, Bumbershoot hosts over 2,000 artists and performers from the Northwest and around the world.
Since 1971, Bumbershoot has become a showcase for music, literary arts, dance, visual arts, theater, comedy, film, kids' performances.
Budweiser Mainstage in the Stadium
On Friday: Alt-rock gods Foo Fighters perform with female punk band L7 opening. On Saturday the performers will be: Northwest punk-popstars Sleater-Kinney; modern pop band, Built to Spill; legendary punk rockers Sonic Youth; folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin; funky jazz trio, Medeski Martin & Wood; Grammy award-winning rocker Beck. On Sunday: singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow; world-African vocalists Zap Mama; rootsy-rhythm heroes The Neville Brothers. On Monday: Hip-Hop masters, Spearhead; the soulful Joan Osborne; musical pioneer David Byrne; jammin' groove rockers Blues Traveler.
United Airlines Opera House
On Friday: Bluegrass duo Jerry Douglas and Russ Barenberg open for Northwest fiddle hero, Mark O'Conner. On Saturday: Tuatara, featuring REM's Peter Buck, open for storyteller/singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock; gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Clarance Fountain; Pacific Northwest Ballet performs new works on Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Sunday: Compadres James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez open for Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry; writer and author of "The English Patient," Micheal Ondaatje. On Monday: Jazzy-groovin' Wayne Horvitz & The Four Plus One Ensemble; African-American influenced jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago; comedy showcase with comedian and former talk show host Jon Stewart in Laff-A-Million with Jon Stewart & Friends.
The Rhythm Stage
On Friday: Country rockers, The Picketts; Latino rockers Los Lobos. On Saturday: The Justin Vali Group of Madagascar; techno-Scottish band Shooglentify; funky rockers Cake. On Sunday: The Luaka Bop Records Showcase with Appalachian singer-songwriter Jim White, Indian-infused modern rockers Cornershop, world-African vocalists Zap Mama, rock-funk trio Geggy Tah and hip-hop/ska/Latino influenced band King Chango. On Monday: Zimbabwean wonders Bhundu Boys and Pa Jobarteh Kaira Trio of The Gambia; ska fest with Let's Go Bowling, The Toasters and The Skatalites.
Washington State Lottery Bumbrella Stage
On Friday: Techno-Scottish band Shooglenifty. On Saturday: Funksters Galactic; psychedelic jazz band Critters Buggin. On Sunday: Japanese drummers The Sanuki Manno Taiko on Sunday and Monday; Zimbabwean wonders Bhundo Boys and Pa Jobarteh Kaira Trio of The Gambia; honky-tonk yodeler Don Walser; soulful funk-rockers Zuba; Southwestern lounge lizards Friends of Dean Martinez. On Monday: Bumberdrum X, the Festival's traditional percussion extravaganza, a part of Closing Ceremonies.
Sidewalk Mural Stage
On Friday: King of surf guitar Dick Dale. On Saturday: Spicy female trio Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women; rollicking blues belter Candye Kane & The Swingin' Armadillos; the Latino King El Vez. On Sunday: Bluesman James Cotton; Zydeco master Terrance Simien. On Monday: Cajun favorites Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys; pop acoustic rockers Dog's Eye View; folk western band Tarnation; guitar slingin' bluesman Jimmy Thackery.
The Rock Arena
On Saturday: Ska-steady Engine 54; ska pop-rockers Reel Big Fish; Seattle rockers Sweet Water; psychedelic popsters Pond. On Sunday: Hard-rockin' pop band Subminute:Radio; punk trio MxPx; rock quartet Super Deluxe; pop rockers Goodness; New York's groove-heavy Soul Coughing. On Monday: Pop-folkster Jeremy Enigk; transcendent psychedelic band Spiritualized; Seattle space-rockers Sky Cries Mary.
DMX Northwest Court Stage
This is Bumbershoot's newest outdoor stage for singer-songwriters and folk and acoustic music. On Friday: Storytelling-singer Steve Forbert. On Saturday: New Mexico features duo Bill and Bonnie Hearne; Seattle chanteuse Karen Pernick. On Sunday: Folk-punk influenced singer Cindy Lee Berryhill; Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee; rootsey bluesman Chris Smither. On Monday: Former Throwing Muses vocalist and guitarist Kristin Hersh; storyteller-singer Amy Rigby; and the now famous Bumbershoot Wild Card.
Bagley Wright Theatre
New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre presents "The LA Project," four new one-act comedy plays. On Friday: Seattle novelist and recipient of the fourth annual Bumbershoot Golden Umbrella Award, Tom Robbins; On Saturday: Literary artist and author of "Bastard out of Carolina," Dorothy Allison; On Monday: Northwest Afrikan American Ballet and US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
Also offered over the four days is the second annual 1 Reel Film Festival featuring independent short films. There are 40 food and beverage booths at Taste of Seattle, nearly 90 booths at the Art Market and International Bazaar and over 60 small and independent presses at the Bumbershoot Book Fair.
Ticket Information: Admission for kids is free all weekend, courtesy of AT&T (must be 12 and under, accompanied by an adult). Daily adult tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the gate; seniors are $1. Special discount weekend passes are $16 for two days or $29 for 4 days (only at Payless Drug Stores.) Advance tickets are available at Payless Drug Stores, Ticketmaster Centers or by calling (206) 628-0888 (agency charges apply).
One daily ticket is good for entrance to all performances, exhibitions and special projects on a first-come, first-served basis. Festival entry does not guarantee concert seating, and the schedule is subject to change.
The Space Needle, Fun Forest and Pacific Science Center are not included with a Bumbershoot ticket. The Children's Museum offers a discount with a Bumbershoot ticket.
For festival information, call the Hotline at (206) 281-8111 or visit the web site at www.bumbershoot.org.