How Would We Know it is the End of Summer Without Bumbershoot?

A Preview of Bumbershoot This Weekend

            It’s that time of year again. It’s time for Seattleites to roll out of bed, walk through their gardens of pizza boxes and cans, and put on some clothes. Why, you ask? Because Summer is almost over and it is not only time for the sun to leave us for a sad majority of the year but also the time for people to get their lives together for the rest of the year. “But the sun is up, how do you know summer is over?” Because its almost labor day weekend, a weekend better known to Seattleites as One Reel’s Bumbershoot weekend. You don’t remember buying a ticket a few months ago in your sad excitement for summer! Well you did! At least, you most likely did.

Bumbershoot will again be held by the Needle with a new lineup to tell you what music you should be listening to next year (and in some cases, to remind you of the music you were listening to 5-10 years ago). It also has one big change from last year, which I am very excited for! The Mainstage will not be inside the Key Arena this year, but rather it will be outside. I am not sure how it is going to work, but this will most likely mean that there will be less 4 hour lines and less crying. I believe the two things are correlated.

(A Note From Jasmine, a person who edits this stuff sometimes: Traditionally the Mainstage has always been the Memorial Stadium where legendary performances have taken place. About two years ago the weirdest decision EVER was made when they switched to the Key and let’s just say, no person with ears was stoked about it. The Key, while admittedly a large room, has TERRIBLE acoustics and so everyone who has ever been to the outdoor Mainstage area is probably crying Real Tears about how great it is to return. It’s like coming home, but better because dope bands are going to be there playing music really loudly and selling merch. Seriously, though, I have felt Real Feelings when at the Memorial Stage and the reason is #1 because Death Cab for Cutie is kind of AMAZING and #2 because the sound is actually really great and it works so well to have people in the stands as well as down on the general floor area; it never seems overcrowded but you know you’re among friends.)

Like every year I expect Bumbershoot to have pretty good music, overpriced food, great comedy, and many people searching for great selfies!! The lineup this year is not quite as full of bands that I am familiar with as last year, but that could mean that it just did a better job of picking musicians that are very up and coming for the new school year. There are also quite a few bands that people will remember fondly like The Replacements and Bootsy Collins. This lineup seems to have something for everyone which is…pretty amazing, considering the vast and varying interests of the Seattle population.

Also, like every year Bumbershoot has done a great job of picking bands like Elvis Costello and Wu Tang Clan that many would give up 3 toes to see, and bands that have meticulously picked great names and will most likely become more popular next year like Craftspells!

KSUB Reporters Jasmine Schwartz, Shannon Phelps, and myself Marcus Shriver will be doing full coverage of our experience at Bumbershoot. We will be doing all the dirty work of seeing great bands and awful bands and most likely picking some new favorite bands by the end of it. Last year after seeing Thao & the Get Down Stay Down play live, I decided that she should be the performance standard for live musicians and I have not stopped listening to her since.  Another great find from last year was local Seattle rapper Dave B who threw a great, fun show.

This year I am most excited for the one and only Wu Tang Clan. I hope that all of the members show up, but I know that that has been a controversy lately, so we will see. Other bands that I have on my radar that I think are going to be great bands to watch at Bumbershoot as well as throughout the next year are as follows:

  1. Mac DeMarco. Fountain Lawn Stage. Saturday 5:15pm: I cannot talk to anyone in Seattle about music without hearing about Mac DeMarco. It has actually become quite irritating. Despite my mild to severe irritation, Mac DeMarco has done quite well for himself this year in becoming an indie folk househeld name. His music is great, with a great mixture of irony, beats, and unique vocals. There is no surprise in my mind that he will only get bigger, and I think that he may have the most filled stage at Bumbershoot.
  1. Kishi Bashi. Fisher Green Stage. Sunday 3pm: Kishi Bashi was recently brought to my attention by a friend of mine because of his wonderful way of mixing electronic sounds with folk music to make catchy music. His music is fun catchy, intriguing and also quite intricate due to his former life as a concert violinist.
  2. The Lonely Forest. Fountain Lawn Stage. Saturday 3:30pm: The Lonely Forest is known as one of Seattle’s best Alternative rock bands that never quite hit the big time. One of Chris Walla’s of Death Cab For Cuties disciple bands, The Lonely Forest has great energy, a bit of angst, and great lyrics. A day before Sasquatch this summer, The Lonely Forest announced that they will be breaking up. Their show at Bumbershoot will be one of their last shows. I have seen them live twice before and am quite distraught about them breaking up, but this show will certainly be one to remember.
  3. Gregory Alan Isakov. Starbucks Stage. Sunday 6:15pm: Gregory is indie folk music at its purest. With beautiful lyric based music surrounded by orchestral back music Gregory’s set will be one of the most relaxed. He has been pretty big in the music community since he started playing festivals about 2 years ago, but has stayed a bit more stagnant in popularity than a lot of bands in the indie folk genre. He will no doubt have a very genuine heart felt performance.
  4. LA LUZ. Fountain Lawn Stage. Monday 12:30pm: La Luz is Seattle music royalty. You cannot do anything musical in Seattle without it crossing ways with a member of La Luz, especially Lena Simon who is also heart of band KAIROS and a member of the all-star band Thunderpussy. La Luz plays a great show, and will make you wish you were on a beach forever.
  5. Hooray For the Riff Raff. Starbucks Stage. Monday 6:15pm: Hooray For the Riff Raff is one of the folkier bands at Bumbershoot. They have a banjo player and know how to use him. The singing is beautiful and the music is catchy. Hooray For the Riff Raff is just wonderful.
  6. Nada Surf. Fountain Lawn Stage. Monday 7pm: Nada Surf will undoubtedly be one of the punkiest bands here. With an interesting way of catching anger and pain in a genuine way, this alt rock band is hard to group with anyone else at Bumbershoot (which makes them a must see).
  7. Tangerine. End Zone Stage. Monday 7:15pm: If you don’t know who Tangerine is, stop reading this and read some other articles are our blog. WE WRITE THEM FOR A REASON, and it is not to take up internet space to fight the system. Anyway, Tangerine is a wonderful local Seattle band that will certainly have you dancing whether you want to or not. Their music classic feeling is very unique nowadays, and turns into a great show.
  1. Iska Dhaaf. Pavilion Stage. Saturday 5:30pm: Iska Dhaaf has conquered the Seattle Music scene, playing at almost all of the notable venues and festivals, while gaining quite a fan base in the process. They will be moving to New York this year, to conquer more music ground. I am interested to see the fan base they bring out as well as how confident they seem moving to New York. They could easily be popular in New York, but they could also be easily swallowed up by the size and saturation of New York’s music scene.
  2. Real Estate. Fountain Lawn Stage. Monday at 9pm: Real Estate is more indie folk! They have a calming voice and a great mixture of instruments that creates a soft sound to the ears. This band just makes me think of Instagram filters. Perfect for the Seattle crowd.

 

-Marcus Shriver / Your Travel Guide through the Poppy Fields / KSUB Reporter

Get to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival before the Hipsters do

A full review of The Gigantic Bicycle Festival in Snoqualmie Washington

Part 1:

            Because of the need for ride preparation and because they were located a bit too far outside of Seattle for us to reach, we were unable to make preride/prefest movies on Friday night, and our coverage of the Gigantic Bicycle Festival started on Saturday morning before the sun came up.

After a few months of half-assed training on my Seattle rusted bike I was about as ready as I could ever be, having just eaten a cheeseburger for breakfast, and about to go on to do the 77 mile bike ride from Seattle’s Magnuson Park to Snoqualmie’s Centennial Fields Park for the Gigantic Bicycle Music Festival. The starting line was a bit tough to find, but once I found it, I was happy to see that the crowd was very laid back and friendly, and filled with sport bikers rather than hipster bikers.

The ride was split up into two sections. 77 mile riders and 100 mile riders, each was meant to follow little spray painted anteaters telling the riders when to turn and when the stops were. In other words the ride was split into sections of people, people who eat cheeseburgers and people who don’t. There were 5 stops for 100 mile riders and 4 stops for 77 mile riders. Each stop was equipped with goodies that mixed together on a regular day may make a person over the age of 12 throw up, but for a long bike ride they were perfect. Gatorade, fruit, bagels, nut butters, granola bars, and chocolate filled tents which signaled that I had somehow survived another 15 to 20 miles of moving my legs up and down while other people moving their legs up and down passed me effortlessly.

The ride was beautiful! Having not left Seattle in quite a while I was beginning to think that buildings and nature were the same things. This ride was full of beautiful views of mountains, lakes, houses, neighborhoods, and fields that weren’t being prepared to be plowed to make way for swanky townhouses that will almost certainly be filled by bougie couples that have more money than they could eat. The ride was so beautiful that I got lost a few times while looking at wildlife and not paying attention to the orange spray painted anteaters guiding me to hope, luckily I always found my way back to the riding crowd.

Despite the beauty, my lazy training schedule and 30lb backpack made this ride very difficult for me. By the time I got to about 60 miles in I had to take a break and decide whether I wanted to keep going or if I wanted to hitchhike to a remote part of Washington, drop out of school, join some sort of antiquing club, and start my life over again. Fortunately a granola bar and some Gatorade got me through my emotional state and I eventually made it to the festival. For finishing the trek, they gave me a super nifty patch and a pass into the music festival.

The Music Festival was as authentic as can be for a bicycle festival. There were tents full of cool bike products and giveaways as well as healthy on-the-go bike food.  This was the place that all hipster bikers would like to say that they fit into but most surely wouldn’t,  leading them to much sadness and discomfort.

The music festival was one big stage where the bands played for an hour at a time with an hour in between. The bands included Hey Marseilles, Menomena, Telekinesis, Moondoggies, and many local DJs. These were great choices as most of the crowd consisted of bike enthusiasts rather than music enthusiasts. All the bands were very easy listening to rock and rock crossover bands. The bands were all wonderful, and though I have a strong bias in favor of them, my favorite band was Hey Marseilles. They played a lot of new stuff and the orchestral precision on stage was simply beautiful.

Part 2:

Over the two days at the Music festival we felt that this festival is huge hipster gathering waiting to happen, and sadly the way that the music industry has progressed, hipsters are where festivals make their money. Great music, bicycles, and camping, all things that hipsters love or at least things that hipsters want people to think that they love! With some more connections to the Seattle music entities, some heavier advertisement toward the music community, a venue closer to Seattle, and more volunteers, we think that the Gigantic Bicycle Festival is definitely the Washington Festival to watch.  It has aspects that no other festival can offer and already has a crowd that is not the normal festival crowd.

Our critique of this festival is that the ticketing, registration process, and organization was a bit more laid back than we were used to. We had trouble finding any sort of will call. Water in the campgrounds was nonexistent. There were not very large signs telling people when the bands were. The bands were all an hour apart from each other which left for a lot of down time. During the ride, myself and many others got lost due to a lack of mapping and signage. We also felt that many more local bands could have been looked at to play this festival. Though we liked the DJ sets, there were too many DJ sets for us to want to stay by the stage all day, with some help from Seattle music entities I am sure the Gigantic Bicycle Festival could easily have much more success in booking the right bands for futures years.

Overall however, we would definitely recommend this event to anyone who likes music or biking. With a price of $90 for a full pass including the bike ride and jersey and a price of $30 for a pass to get into the whole music festival, with very minimal transportation and camping costs, this was a very good deal and was much less stressful than any other festival we have covered this year. We would like to say a special thanks to Jesse Perrell and the Perrell family for organizing this festival and allowing us to cover it. The Gigantic Bicycle Festival right now is a place to go where other festivals such as Sasquatch and Bumbershoot have quickly become places to see and be seen. Our advice to you is to go to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival before the hipsters get there.

-Marcus Shriver and Megan Castillo /  Two Peas in a place that no one has ever seen / KSUB Reporters

 

A Majestic Journey From One Place to Another

Coverage on the Gigantic Bicycle Festival August 22-24th

In a mere two days, August 23rd, KSUB reporters Marcus Shriver and Megan Castillo will embarking on a treacherous venture, one using the public transportation system, and one, voluntarily using a two wheeled manual simple machine that one might call a bicycle. Each will travel from Seattle to Snoqualmie to see the wonders of the Gigantic Bicycle Festival. The Gigantic Bicycle Festival will offer treasures of music, food, and bicycle culture that will surely be worth the trip. The question is can they make it?

Megan, with an outter framed back pack will be carrying all of the camping supplies needed for the two to camp and survive for two days in the mild weather of Snoqualmie, from her abode in Seattle, through the convenient yet awkwardly smelling public transit system to arrive at base camp.

Marcus, equipped with a bicycle; spandex shorts; a weirdly fitting zip down shirt; and water to allow him to take on this ridiculous endeavor, will be enduring a 77 mile bike ride, beautifully set out by the Gigantic Bicycle Festival.

With confidence these two titans, using the word loosely, will embark on the adventure of a lifetime(or at least the weekend). Each has trained for months for this day. Megan spent months getting on and off the bus, choosing odd bus routes, and carrying back packs. And Marcus spent these past months trying to build up the confidence in his thighs to wear spandex. Individually this will be difficult, but together it will be slightly less difficult. The battles will be fought, but the war will be certainly lost to copious amounts of sunscreen. The path less taken, will still be left un-taken. The forbidden fruit, that has been so cruelly ignored, will be not tasted but, puréed, drenched in sugar, and covered up by the taste of fruits that actually taste good, in a mixed berry pie of hope and solitude. The trip will be taken. And YOU…. Can follow it all on our Instagram and twitter seeing bands like Telekinesis, Menonema, Hey Marseilles, Bright Lites, and The Moondoggies, as well as all of the other silly debacles that these two mischievous reporters will get in to. Don’t miss out on the action, because it will surely leave for wonderful stories that will last for generations, if they are into this sort of thing.

-Marcus Shriver / The Captain of a raft / KSUB Promotions Director

An Extravagantly Short Interview with Hey Marseilles

 In Preparation for the Gigantic Bicycle Festival starting on August 23rd in Snoqualmie, Washington

 

In Preparation for the Gigantic Bicycle Festival, our reporter Megan and KSUB decided to interview one of our favorite band members of one of Seattle’s favorite bands, Hey Marseilles. They have been playing festivals and shows around this country and are returning home to play the Gigantic Bicycle Festival on Saturday August 23rd!

 

This is the short email interview that Megan conducted via the internet, computer technology, and things alike.

 

Q: Are any of you planning on biking to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival? 

A: Not as of yet. The quantity and size of our instruments makes it mostly prohibitive.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: With the number of us in the band, we’re kinda all over the place: The Bad Plus, Andrew Bird, Philip Glass, Neil Young, and many others. Personally, I’m big into songwriters like Isaac Brock, Conor Oberst, Dave Bazan, and James Mercer.

 

Q: Whats your favorite Seattle venue to play?

A: There are a lot of good ones. Neumos was the first club to give us a shot, so it’s fun to go back there and sell it out.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of music?

A: A plethora. I’m big into running. Table tennis. Staying abreast of current events and discussing hot button topics over beers. Collectively, we all enjoy a nice game of ultimate frisbee.

 

Q: Whats your favorite flavor of jelly beans?

A: Orange.

 

Q: You’ve played a few music festival, do you have a favorite?

A: We played Newport Folk Fest last summer and it was awesome. With the history of that festival and its size–only 3 stages– it’s really easy to see and talk to cool musicians up close and feel like you’re part of a family. Doe Bay Fest on Orcas Island kinda has the same thing going for it too. Both are wonderful experiences.

 

 

Q: Does anyone in the band have any strange/interesting/funny hidden talents?

A: Sam has “cello muscle” in his forearm that pops out at an odd angle when he flexes it. Jacob can play Happy Birthday with his armpits.

 

Q: What’s been the most memorable places you’ve been to on tour? 

A: We had a great 3 days in New Orleans on one tour last year. Driving through Southern Utah is always an amazing visual. Playing and being in New York City is a blast every time. Chicago is also a favorite city.

 

Q: How have y’all been enjoying the great Seattle summer sunshine? 

It’s been awesome! We weren’t home much last summer because of touring, and we may not be much next summer for the same reason, so we’re trying to take in as much of it as we can. It’s nice to remember that there’s pretty much no better place in the summer than Seattle.

 

A: If Hey Marseilles was to turn into a sports team, what sport would y’all compete in?

Ultimate frisbee might be the only sport for which all of us have some iota of skill.

 

Interview Conducted by Megan Castillo / An Anteater eating plants / KSUB reporter

Capitol Hill Block Party – The perfect place for my Sweet Sixteen?

When it comes to music festivals, none hits closer to home than Capitol Hill Block Party. I’ve seen it from the outside and I’ve heard it from the other side of the fence but before this summer I’ve never gotten the opportunity to go. What’s kept me from buying a ticket has always been the fact that half the festival is 21 and up. Two of the Four concert venues a part of CHBP require ID to enter. Is it worth my money to see only half the bands? What is that atmosphere like at a festival that’s also half bar? Well I found out and it ain’t that bad.

What I think is most important for under 21 Block Partiers to know before buying a ticket is what bands are playing where. The Vera Stage and the Main Stage are both open air all ages’ stages. If the bulk of band that you’re interested in seeing will be playing on those stages the ticket may be forth you’re wild. The Main Stage has all the headliners and big names who put on huge high energy shows and the Vera Stage has the cool local bands, a mix of acts you’ve heard of and names you’ll learn to love. These two stages provided enough music to keep me happy all weekend, although there was an awkward moment at one point were there was no one playing and my reporting comrade (Marcus) was gone watching a band at a 21 and up stage.

With no music to watch Block Party gets a little awkward for an under 21-er. Block party has a strong set of non-profits like Washington Bus, Vera Project, and Lifelong Aids Alliance passing out goodies and the food at Block Party is great with restaurants like Ballet and Picquitos still open as well as a parking lot full of food trucks. But if you need to kill time, and not be/feel awkward, it’s a little tricky. There are limited places to comfortably sit and not look weird. Block Party is set up so that if you’re not watching a show you should be drinking an over-priced beer and when you can’t do that, it gets awkward.

The large sections of the block roped off to serve drinks didn’t make the atmosphere too strange. I was actually surprised by the amount of youth (what I thought were high school teens on the scene) at CHBP, they made me feel a little old and certainly not out of place. The CHBP staff and security were also very nice and super friendly, making me feel welcome even though they kept me out of all the cool kick it spots. CHBP has some of the nicest security guards and bouncers I have ever encountered.

The only bone I have to pick with CHBP was the lack of water. Like all festivals outside drinks are not allowed in, NBD. But Block Party lacked any clean drinking water for festivalgoers to fill up on, BD. I believe water is a basic human need and right. I think it shows poor planning and a little bit of rudeness to let people fill up with beer, put them in the hot sun and expect them to pay a dollar for a plastic water bottle. We were lucky enough to get our water bottle filed up at Ballet, the amazing and way too nice Vietnamese restaurant on Pike. I would suggest then any future Block Partiers plan on doing similar or be prepared to spend a dollar on water.

Long story short, If you’re under 21 and all you’re favorite bands are playing the Main Stage at Capitol Hill Block Party, then go, it’s worth it. But otherwise do your research before hand, know what you can and can’t see, and save a couple extra bucks for water and food truck grub.

 

Here are a couple of links to review posts of CHILDBIRTH and A$AP Ferg:

 

-Megan Castillo / Undercover Lover / KSUB Reporter

CHILDBIRTH- My kind of girls

My favorite thing to do is not listen to all the bands that will playing the festivals to which I’m going. I love to go to a show with a band playing I’ve never listen to before and fall in love. That’s what happened when CHILDBIRTH played the Vera Stage at CHBP. This all female band took the stage wearing hospital gowns and proceeded to play sassy punk songs about graphic women issues. They had songs about paternity tests, menopause, and one jam titled “I’m more fertile than you”. I was in love. They were a little gross and super ironic, my two favorite things. CHILDBIRTH needs to be the anthem of your next menstrual cycle.

 

-Megan Castillo / Filipina Goddess / KSUB Reporter

A$AP Ferg- Am I turnt enough for ya yet?

A$AP Ferg was ready to get turnt when he took the stage at CHBP but we, the audience, just couldn’t make it happen. After every song, and sometimes half way through a song, Ferg would say something to the effect of “we need to get [effin’] turnt up in here” or “y’all ain’t turnt up enough yet”. But Ferg did little to facilitate the Turnting. His songs were slow and his energy was lazy. Some members of the crowd were vibing, dancing, and getting turnt in some kind of direction but I really could get hyped to lyrics like “she sucked my dick, sucked my dick, suck my dick”. I guess I just couldn’t relate. But I think Ferg got turned up enough eventually here in Seattle, he posted later on in the weekend on Instagram that he enjoyed a nice dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Now that’s turnt.

-Megan Castillo/ Turnt if I could/ KSUB Reporter