Bumbershoot Guide: Saturday

From Bright Futures to Mavis Staples.


Why, Emmett Montgomery?

Why the beard? I’ve been shaving since I was 10. It’s one of the many costumes I wear. It’s like a mask that grows out of my face. The thing about facial hair is, sometimes it starts wearing you. The beard is such an icon for masculinity that skinny weirdo hipsters are embracing it, taking it back.

Why risk unsavory beard stereotypes? There are certain things about being a six-foot guy with a beard that I like. I can walk down alleys unmolested. I’m the last guy people sit next to on the bus. There are certain practical applications to being a bearded weirdo. If people assume by my beard that I’m gentle and intelligent, OK. Look at the beard stereotypes—you got the evil wizard, which is OK. You can mistake me for that. The professor or the psychiatrist or the Old Testament prophet—they’re all kind of interesting roles.

Why don’t we see bearded ladies at the circus anymore? I do think she’s becoming less relevant as gender stereotypes are blurring. I think everybody should have the right to have a beard—if they can grow one. And they shouldn’t be kept in cages. (Weird and Awesome With Emmett Montgomery: Sat., 4:45–5:45 p.m., The Vera Project.) BRIAN MILLER

Saturday, September 3


All weekend:

11 a.m. to close, Seattle Center Pavilion

Bumber by Number: Ryan Feddersen will ink a giant paint-by-numbers design that Bumbergoers will then complete. It’s interactive! #ryanfeddersen #visualarts. BRIAN MILLER

11 a.m. to close, Seattle Center Pavilion

Expedition: Video artist Leslie Lyons enlists you, the Bumbergoer, in her participatory, crowd-sourced three-day film. #videoarts #leslielyons #everyonesastar. BRM

11 a.m. to close, Seattle Center Pavilion

The Magic Show: This group show includes locals Peter Bristol, Britta Johnson, and Jason Puccinelli, plus visitors Thomas Petillo, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, and Doug Young. #visualarts #magic. BRM

11 a.m. to close, Seattle Center Pavilion

Skater’s Gauntlet: Sculptor W. Scott Trimble’s wooden installation is actually located in the adjacent skate park. No riding allowed! #visualarts #wscotttrimble #skateboardingisnotacrime. BRM

11 a.m. to close, Fisher Pavilion

Flatstock: More than 70 poster artists will exhibit, sign, and sell their work. #nerds #flatstock #posters. BRM


Noon to 12:45 p.m., Spectacle Stage

MarchFourth Marching Band: It’s not a date, it’s a verb. #portland #neocircusperformance. GAVIN BORCHERT

Noon to 1 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Films4Families—The International Family Passport: Kids learn about monsters, enchanted mice, and proper table manners. And a cow seeks to rule the world! #madcows. BRM

Noon to 1 p.m., Leo K. Theatre

Poet Andrea Gibson joins teens from Youth Speaks Seattle, who’ll also share their verse. #poetry. BRM

Noon to 1 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Locals Campfire Ok bring rollicking Appalachian-style folk with a dash of Northwest melancholy. #bandswithbanjos. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Noon to 1 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

Transported to the future from the late ’60s, Tomten loves organs and sounds like #procolharum #jimmorrisonwhenhesnotshitfaced. MIKE SEELY

12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

The Trey McIntyre Project wants to “convey the emotion and grace of life’s journey” through ballet. Did we mention that his dancers are smokin’ hotties? #dance #menintightpants. MA’CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Tropical indie-rockers Yuni in Taxco bring spices of Latin rhythm and Afropop for full flavor. Best enjoyed with your toes in the sand. #leavebudlightathome. JOE WILLIAMS

12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Starbucks Stage

The Caleb Klauder Country Band meld vintage country and modern Americana for a sound all their own. #americana. MDL

1 to 2:15 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Why Aren’t These People Famous?: Mumblecore director Jay Duplass profiles Kevin Grant. Local favorite Duffy Bishop also gets her due. #mumblecore. BRM

1 to 2 p.m., Intiman Theatre

Who are Freestyle Love Supreme? Think of them as The Lonely Island throwing down with legitimate flavor, so comic and quick you’ll wish they had a rewind button. #comedy. MDL *With Rory Scovel

1 to 2 p.m., Exhibition Hall Stage

Witchburn takes the twang of Southern metal & spices it with West Coast thrash. Their pants might be tighter than yours, though. #brutal. JW

1:15 to 2 p.m., Mainstage

Brite Futures are the first Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head cover band ever to land a gig at KeyArena. #queenamidala. Chris Kornelis

1:15 to 2:15 p.m., The Vera Project

Stop Podcasting Yourself: This celebrity open mike hosted by John Keister promises a bevy of “surprising, familiar faces.” #comedy #johnkeister. MDL

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Craft Spells is the freshest band in Seattle, updating the electro-dance music of the ’80s with irresistible pop melodies. #electropop #80srule. EKT

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

@davematthewsdmb + the Pittsburgh Symphony = Kris Orlowski & the Passenger String Quartet. MS

1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Leo K. Theatre

The Stranger‘s Genius Awards Panel: A roundtable with a handful of recipients of their arts awards. #willtherebecake? GB

2 to 3 p.m., Decibel Stage

Make light of reality and contemplate the feelings of unicorns with The Great Mundane‘s gentle synthesizer warbles. #house #hiphop #unicorns. JULIA S. WATERHOUS

2:15 to 3 p.m., SIFF Cinema

48 Hour Film Project: Instant movies of variable quality. Your chance to feel superior to Terrence Malick, or at least more productive. #inahurry. BRM

2:15 to 3 p.m., Center House

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Book-It Rep performs this children’s tale by Grace Lin. #theater #childrensevents. BRM

2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Champagne Champagne: Electro-rap with witty lyrics and a ’90s West Coast hip-hop feel. Hella addictive. #sodapoprocks #nerdrapgonecrazy JW

2:30 to 2:45 p.m., Spectacle Stage

A quarter-hour of street theater from Emerald City Improv. #comedy #urbanpranksters. GB

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

Donald Byrd’s celebrated Spectrum Dance Theatre brings edge, spirit, and diversity to the world of contemporary dance. #dance #donaldbyrd. MDL

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Starbucks Stage

Seeking an Australian take on traditional American music? Look no further than Melbourne’s Wagons. Authenticity born in the deeeep South. #downunder #kangaroos. MDL

2:45 to 3:45 p.m., Intiman Theatre

If you have no sense of humor about this city or its residents, Hari Kondabolu is not for you. He’ll skewer all the sacred cows of his former home. #comedy #harikondabolu. MDL *With Kyle Kinane, Anthony Jeselnik

2:45 to 3:45 p.m., Exhibition Hall Stage

Heavy metal minus the sound of gargling knives, Red Fang‘s die-hard attitude seems to stem from a hatred of barber shops. #slowheadbang. JW

2:45 to 4 p.m., Mainstage

The Presidents of the United States of America haven’t put out a record since 2008, but the trio still breathes life into the city’s most exciting alt-pop time capsule. #oldies #pusa #peaches. CK

3 to 3:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Natasha Kmeto: Did FlyLo and Alicia Keys have an illegitimate child? #futuristic #soul #r&b #powerballad #portland. JSW

3 to 4 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

If @ShelbyEarl & #NekoCase performed a duet at the Grand Canyon, their voices would fill it. Shelby’s twangy sound is rich & passionate. MS

3 to 4 p.m., The Vera Project

The Ashley Judd Comedy Hour is a monthly gathering of Seattle’s top comedians. #comedy #noashleyjuddwillnotappear. MDL

3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Astronautalis hybridizes folk, rock, hip-hop, and blues—almost as if Beck and Eminem had produced a love child. #hiphop. EKT

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Center House

The Lost Folio: Wing-It Productions enlists audience suggestions to create something new and sorta Shakespearean. #theater #comedy #notactuallyshakespeare. BRM

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Leo K. Theatre

Popular gay novelist Christopher Rice (son of he famous Anne) shares family tales and reads from The Moon. #christopherrice #annerice #vampires. BRM

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Nerds Unite!: D&D players debate rules, a video-store clerk hopes to meet Sam Raimi, and a Québécoise chicken is king for a day. #nerds #chickens. BRM

4 to 4:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Drift away to Emancipator‘s smooth instrumental melodies and pattering drums. #captivating #fairies #forests #nature. JSW

4 to 5 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Nortec Collective fuses Norteño music and techno; they’re leaders of the electro scene in Tijuana. Come ready to dance. #2grammynominations #mexico. JW

4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

The Improvised Shakespeare Company ad-libs completely original Elizabethan-esque performances that would have the Bard’s grave a-rollin’. #theater #comedy #notactuallyshakespeare. MDL

4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Starbucks Stage

The phrase “Scandinavian folk” might conjure an image of ruddy-cheeked, blue-eyed skiers, but it is also exactly the kind of music Väsen makes. #scandinavianfolk. MDL

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

Scribes raps about nailin’ hos, putting broccoli & cheese on his dick, and getting drunk & smoking weed all day. @Macklemore he’s not. MS

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Exhibition Hall Stage

Record-store owners must hate categorizing Valient Thorr. Think heavy-Southern-punk-rock-metal-attitude. Nobody introduce them to reggae. #mashups. JW

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Intiman Theatre

Best known for their Auto-Tuned songs based on YouTube news figures, The Gregory Brothers (one of whom is a lady) will challenge your meme IQ. #bedintruder #doublerainbow #memes. MDL *With Wayne Federman

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Best of SIFF 2011 Jury Award Winners: Topics include time travel, a submarine adventure, and unclaimed human remains at the Oregon State Hospital. #siff. BRM

4:45 to 5:45 p.m., The Vera Project

Weird and Awesome With Emmett Montgomery: This local mashup of drunkenness, awkwardness, and self-deprecation is perfect for those who enjoy their laughter with a side of tears. #comedy #sadclowns. MDL

5 to 5:15 p.m., Spectacle Stage

Trey McIntyre’s spontaneous-dance troupe SpUrbans makes performance flash mobs. FlashDANCE mobs! #random #fromboise. GB

5 to 5:45 p.m., Center House

Bonnie and the Robberie: Marya Sea Kaminski performs her take on the saga of Bonnie and Clyde via spoken word and song. #theater #adaptations. BRM

5 to 5:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Nice Nice: 2 men + 1 drum set + 1 guitar + countless loops = manic dialogue. #portland #postrock #alternative #beatloop. JSW

5 to 6 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Beefy, punchy indie rock never goes out of style. PS I Love You rocks it like their Canadian brethren Wolf Parade do. #pop #indie #love. EKT

5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Leo K. Theatre

Why Nerds? Why Old Timey? Why Now?: Panelists (TBA) debate the new fetish for all things retro. #nerds #why. BRM

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Twisted Fairytales: #unicorns #spiders #nightmares #serialkillers #actualfariesnotthegaykind. BRM

5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Shabazz Palaces: Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler crafts tranquil, out-of-this-world beats with a combo of Seattle hip-hop and aural cocaine. #fullbodyhigh. JW

6 to 6:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Beat Connection‘s electro-pop rhythms are perfect for a peppy sunset beach walk. Aviators required. #80srule #beachy. JSW

6 to 7 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

Pickwick looks like North Bend, sounds like Philly. What #Hall&Oates would be like had they never discovered blow, blazers, & #manscara. MS

6 to 7 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang Podcast exists so Scott and his funny friends can laugh, love, sing, improvise, and of course plug! #comedy #podcasts. MDL

6 to 7 p.m., Starbucks Stage

MarchFourth Marching Band adds swing, funk, and wild costumes for a Rose Bowl Parade-on-acid experience. #funk #batons #sorefeet. MDL

6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Intiman Theatre

Eugene Mirman is Sub Pop-approved and one of the sharpest tacks in the box. Amy Schumer? Well, she’s sweet-faced, foul-mouthed, and way fond of booze. #comedy #boozehounds. MDL

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Center House

Bit(e), tear, gnaw, GULP!: The avant-garde local Gesamtkunstwerk! theater collective takes a very meta look at communication and performance. #theater #bertoltbrecht #myheadhurts. BRM

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Vera Project

Not for the faint of heart, the People’s Republic of Komedy presents Laff Hole, hosted tonight by Almost Live comedy icon John Keister. #comedy #edgy #johnkeister. #80srule. MDL

6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Start to wind down your evening with the loose, easy, and pleasing folk songs of Vetiver. #subpopartists. EKT

7 to 7:45 p.m., Spectacle Stage

MarchFourth Marching Band: It’s not a date, it’s a verb. #portland #neocircusperformance. GB

7 to 7:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Hard times? Free the Robots‘ steady background bass, low beats, and glitches urge you to press on. #soundtracktoarevolution. JSW

7 to 8 p.m., Leo K. Theatre

The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, have started a new children’s book series with Wildwood. #decemberists #colinmeloy #kiddielit. BRM

7 to 8:15 p.m., SIFF Cinema

Animation for Adults: A Spanish widow searches for her dead husband’s winning lottery ticket, plus Japanese tattoo artistry and a storm-chaser. #suddenwindfalls. BRM

7:15 to 7:45 p.m., Mainstage

Even if Graceland is as close as you get to African pop, you’ll find plenty to groove to with South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela. #amandla #livinglegends. CK

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

Canadian banjoist @JaymeStone‘s avant-garde jams would be more at home in #Marrakesh than #Mississippi. MS

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Little Dragon: Electro-pop is a universal language, from Sweden to Seattle. Constant European tours and a recording with Gorillaz? Yes, please. #farfromhome JW

7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

Doug Loves Movies: Doug Benson is hilarious because he loves to talk movies like you do, with his funniest friends on hand. Usually stoned. #dougbenson #movies #stoners. MDL

7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Starbucks Stage

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews calls his style of music “Supafunkrock.” And we couldn’t agree more. #funk. MDL

8 to 8:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

LawnChair Generals give MVP treatment, with build-ups that drop into beats of head- bopping house. #housemusic #freestyle. JSW

8 to 9 p.m., Intiman Theatre

Deon Cole is the sweet chocolate center in the vat of rice pudding known as Conan O’Brien’s writing staff. #comedy #ebonyandivory. MDL *With Kurt Metzger

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Time to break out your dancing pants with Starfucker. Staying seated not an option. Let’s hope no one gets arrested. #danceface2000. EKT

9 to 9:50 p.m., Decibel Stage

Pezzner‘s ethereal melodies are punctuated by a dialogue of futuristic and woodsy beats. #house #techno #soundscape. JSW

9 to 10 p.m., EMP Level 3 Stage

Take Regina Spektor (@respektor), make her black, less talented, and more annoying, and you’ve got Meklit Hadero. MS

9:15 to 10:30 p.m., Fisher Green Stage

Locals Minus the Bear traded trippy math-rock for danceable jams on Omni, but vocalist Jake Snider is as emphatic as ever. #newisgood. JW

9:15 to 10:45 p.m., Mainstage

Ray LaMontagne has all the adult-contemporary, faux-folk bona fides as Seattle’s The Head and the Heart, but without the indie cred. #faux/k. CK

9:30 to 10:45 p.m., Starbucks Stage

Mavis Staples is worth the entire price of your Bumbershoot ticket. Her soulful voice will make you reconsider religion. #livinglegends. MDL

10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Bumbershoot After Dark, Exhibition Hall

Decibel Fest presents Craze, Claude Vonstroke, Jokers of the Scene, and others at the new after-hours showcase. The show is 16+, and a separate ticket ($22 adv./$30 DOS) is required. CK