Time was that Labor Day weekend was the biggest concert weekend of the summer because of Bumbershoot. This year, some of the city's biggest stars are making it a banner week for themselves, too. Just not at Bumbershoot. Let's consider the following:
First, Dave Matthews--a Wallingford resident who hinted that he may be up for playing Bumbershoot, rather than competing with the struggling festival at the Gorge--went the other direction, and booked his own festival, which will draw something in the neighborhood of 20,000 people each day, and feature Bumbershoot regulars like Seattle's Moondoggies and Gogol Bordello.
Then Pearl Jam, the city's biggest band and Bumbershoot virgins, chose to play a festival over Labor Day weekend--but not Bumbershoot. Instead, they're throwing their own 20th Anniversary shindig in Alpine Valley, Wisc., and bringing the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, and Seattle's the Young Evils.
Now Fleet Foxes are returning to town to follow May's sold-out, two-night stand at the Moore with a pair of shows at the Paramount, Sept. 6 and 7, the two days after Bumbershoot. We're guessing that's so Robin Pecknold & co. can enjoy the festival for themselves.
Fleet Foxes are joined by the Walkmen. Tickets are $34 and go on sale 10 a.m., Saturday via stgpresents.org.