Best Festival

Bumbershoot

From Woodstock to Coachella, the problem with music festivals is that, sorry, there's too much music. Eventually you need to take a break between bands, especially if they're playing outside under uncertain Labor Day Weekend skies, and sit down for something more quiet. Therein lies the success of Bumbershoot, which will present its 42nd edition at summer's end. If you're seeking a reprieve from the sun (or rain) and the constant crush of people, you can rest inside Intiman to catch alt-comedians (welcome back, Janeane Garofalo!), pace through the Seattle Center Pavilion, Courtyard, and the Fisher Pavilion to enjoy local artists, or peruse the music posters at Flatstock (this year moving into the refurbished Center House). Another problem with some music festivals? Unless Jimmy Buffett is headlining, they can make you feel old. Bumbershoot's more eclectic talent roster isn't so exclusionary. A good example this year is filmmaker/raconteur John Waters—an adult who'll give a grown-up's perspective on bad movies, deviancy, and the Catholic church. Without loud guitars. BRIAN MILLER Seattle Center, bumbershoot.org

 
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