Speaking of Umbrellas...It's Bumbershoot Time

Roky's representin'...
Our friends and fellow Village Voice worker bees at the Seattle Weekly have a busy weekend in front of them, walking themselves silly covering Bumbershoot, the Emerald City’s annual music/arts Labor Day weekend smorgasbord. Headliners this year include New Mexicans made good the Shins, emo thespians Panic! at the Disco, soul smoothie John Legend, hairy neo-boogie princes Kings of Leon, drone demons Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, those crazy Wu-Tang Clan kids and, um, Fergie. Representing the Lone Star State are Roky Erickson & the Explosives, the Gourds, Mother Truckers, Austin’s Rude Mechanicals theater troupe and two guys who once lived in Houston but moved away a long time ago: Steve Earle and Devendra Banhart.

They also have a bunch of comedy and a spelling bee if you’re not so much into music. The Weekly folks will be there for the whole shootin’ match, and you can follow it all here. (Surprise: they’re blogging!) We at the Press sympathize, because our sore feet – i.e. the Austin City Limits Music Festival – are a scant two weeks away, except it’s going to be about 30 degrees hotter in Zilker Park than Bumbershoot’s 74-acre Seattle Center spread.

Fun Fact No. 1: Elvis’ 1963 film It Happened at the World’s Fair (where a young Kurt Russell kicks Elvis in the shins) was filmed at Seattle Center, which just so happened to be the site of the 1962 fair.

Fun Fact No. 2: Did you know ‘bumbershoot’ is a little-used term (at least in these parts) for ‘umbrella’? Figures. – Chris Gray

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