Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998


Bumbershoot returns

   By Eva Zemandl
   Bumbershoot, the Northwest's Labor Day weekend bash will be held for the 28th year at the Seattle Center. Dates this year are September 4-7.
   The event is the largest West Coast gathering of stars and talents in music, comedy and theatre, dance, film, literary and visual arts.
   The forum also features a wide variety of kids' activities. Youth will be able to enjoy story telling, film and children's theatre, and musical performances, including the Bumbershoot Children's Art Exhibition.
   As always, Bumbershoot attracts music fans like no other festival in the Northwest.
   This year feature artists include Joan Baez, Bio Ritmo, Eric Bogosian, Burning Spear, Circus Ethiopia, Cracker, Crazy 8S, God Lives Underwater, Goodness, Sean Lennon, Live, Buck Owens, Bonnie Raitt, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Third Eye Blind. Dozens more will rock the festival's 25 indoor and outdoor stages.
   Regional music will contribute an amazing array of culture and diversity. Jazz, blues, R&B classical, rock 'n roll, alternative, ska, spiritual, folk (including Celtic), African, and South American sounds are continuing to bring a rich cultural twist to the festival.
   Techno will be featured by Bumbershoot's DJ and Electronica Gathering, Britain's Pete Lawrence, Tripoli, and others. Modest Mouse and Critters Buggin will be just two of the many Seattle bands rocking away.
   The third annual 1 Reel Film Festival showcases over 100 independent short films from the U.S. and around the world. This year the feature premiere is Chicago Cab. Seattle-based Loosegroove Records provides the soundtrack, featuring songs by Pearl Jam, Hi Fi Killers and more.
   Bumbershoot's Dance, Theatre, and Comedy will present stand-up comedy, dramas, monologues, and much more. Circus Ethiopia and Seattle Mime Theatre will be among the favorites.
   There will also be a visual arts fair, which will host the Bumbershoot Opening Ceremony. "Miss" Bumbernationals, Art House, and the Ride & Glide Bicycle Stunt Team are included in the visual arts spectrum.
   Literary Arts displays a spectacular group of writers who are known internationally, nationally, and regionally. They will be presenting their own works, which include poems, novels, and essays. Dr. Jane Goodall and U.S. poet Robert Hass are among the well-known speakers.
   The Art Market, Taste of Seattle and the International Bazaar are also included.
   Adult daily tickets for Bumbershoot are $10 in advance, but only through September 3. They are $14 at the gate (September 4-7). Discounted 2-day passes are $18, and 4-day passes are $32.
   Admission for kids 12 and under is free if they are accompanied by an adult (courtesy of AT&T). Senior admission for adults 65 and over is $1.
   Tickets are available at, Rite Aid Stores, Ticketmaster and by calling (206) 628-0888 (convenience charges apply).
   For information, call (206) 281-8111 or check out the Bumbershoot web site.