The irony, of course, behind Bumbershoot (Sept. 4 to 6 at the Seattle Center) landing their best lineup of mainstage headliners in over a decade, is that this is the first year you can opt of of paying to see mainstage artists ($40 for all, $22 for everything but the mainstage). Bob Dylan is without a doubt the best mainstage score Bumbershoot has ever landed. Seriously, can anything else come close? Not that I think this needs defending, but aside from his artistic genius, the guy appeals to the best parts of virtually every faction the festival shoots for: kids, yuppies, hipsters, boomers, etc.
The rest of the lineup (what's been released is after the jump) looks top notch, too: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, who just played a delightfully sloppy set at Sasquatch! are on the bill, Jamie Lidell's on board, as is Solomon Burke, and Neko Case is making an obligatory appearance. Local bands signed on include The Moondoggies, The Physics, BOAT, Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers, and The Redwood Plan.
Tickets are on sale now at Bumbershoot.org. $40 gets you access to everything and $22 gets you a ticket good for everything BUT the mainstage. Because seating in Memorial Stadium (mainstage) is limited to 22,000(ish), it is conceivable for those tickets to sell out. So, if you really, really want to see Dylan & co., it may not be a bad idea to pick 'em up in advance.
This year's musical lineup includes:
Bob Dylan / Mary J. Blige / Weezer / Hole / Rise Against / Neko Case / The Decemberists / J. Cole / LMFAO / Billy Bragg / Ozomatli / Angelique Kidjo / Solomon Burke / The Dandy Warhols / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Jenny and Johnny (featuring Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice / Jamie Lidell / The Raveonettes / Balkan Beat Box / Motion City Soundtrack / The Thermals / Ra Ra Riot / The English Beat / Justin Townes Earle / Booker T. / Surfer Blood / The Bouncing Souls / Japandroids / Bob Schneider / Anvil / Bomba Estereo / Jay Electronica / Aterciopelados / Baroness / James Cotton "Superharp" Blues Band / David Bazan / Meat Puppets / Crash Kings / This Providence / Brian Auger's Oblivion Express / The Moondoggies / The Whigs / Greg Laswell / Civil Twilight / Trampled By Turtles / The Clientele / Atlas Sound / Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames / The Budos Band / Bobby Bare Jr. / Horse Feathers / Vienna Teng Trio / HEALTH / Plants and Animals / Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime / Wheedle's Groove / Hey Marseilles / Kings Go Forth / Sweet Water / Delorean / JEFF The Brotherhood / Chris Pureka / Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra / Garotas Suecas / The Maldives / The Constellations / Coryell, Auger, Sample Trio / Grynch / Visqueen / Victor Shade / Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs / Fresh Espresso/ Pete Molinari / Sista Monica's "Singin in the Spirit" / Lay Low / Unnatural Helpers / Idiot Pilot / The Round / Wild Orchid Children / The Cute Lepers / Feral Children / Fences / Caspar Babypants / The Tripwires / Fatal Lucciauno / Loch Lomond / The Physics / THEESatisfaction / School of Rock All Stars / See Me River / Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers / People Eating People / Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme / Brent Amaker & The Rodeo / Born Anchors / Slender Means / BOAT / McTuff Trio / Parlour Steps / The Redwood Plan / Helladope / Lisa Dank / Greta Matassa Quartet / The Lonely H / Matt Jorgensen Quintet / Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin' Daddies! / Great Waves / Brian Vogan / Johnny Bregar