Northwest NEWS

August 30, 1999


Bumbershoot returns on Labor Day weekend

   Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival, celebrates its 29th annual end-of-summer arts spectacular at the Seattle Center this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6. Advance tickets and multi-day passes are on sale on the Web at

   Bumbershoot is the largest forum on the West Coast for both rising stars and legendary talents, showcasing more than 2,000 artists in music, dance, theater, performing arts, visual arts, film and video, literary arts, comedy, and kids' performances. Artists from the Northwest and the U.S. join performers from around the world.

   Indigo Girls, Sonic Youth, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Steve Winwood, The Roots, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Everlast, Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Saul Williams, Kathy Griffin, Rennie Harris PureMovement, and Jimmy Cliff are among the performers and artists spotlighted at this year's celebration.

   New this year is Bumbershoot's kick-off concert with R.E.M. at the Mainstage on Thursday evening, Sept. 2; the Cartoon Network Showcase on the Center House Stage throughout the weekend; the Bumbershoot Championship Poetry Bout between Andrei Codrescu and Victor Hernandez Cruz on Saturday.

   The Festival is held in the 74-acre Seattle Center with 25 indoor and outdoor stages, exhibit halls, and performance venues ranging from the Indoor Key Arena to the ornate Opera House to the café-like setting of the Literary Stage.

   Also featured at the festival are: children's activities, the 1 Reel Film Festival, literary arts programs, the Starbucks Bookfair, an Art Market and International Bazaar, and the Taste of Seattle with 60 food and beverage booths.

   Adult daily tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Multi-day passes are $18 for a two-day pass and $32 for a four-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Seniors 65 and over are $1.

   Tickets are good for all Bumbershoot activities on a first-come, first-served basis, excluding the R.E.M. performance. Those tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

   Detailed information is available on the Bumbershoot Hotline at (206) 281-8111.