BUMBERSHOOT: SEATTLE'S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2012
Seattle's Music and Arts Festival 2012 music lineup announced
SEATTLE, Wash. – The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children’s programming.
Bumbershoot’s Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket.
Tickets for the festival are available for purchase now at the discounted price of $110 for 3-day admission and $40 for a single day-specific ticket. Prices will increase throughout the summer with a final day-of-show price of $135 for 3-day admission or $55 for a single day. This year the Any Day ticket returns for $45, allowing patrons the flexibility to purchase tickets now for less than day-of-show prices, but not have to commit in advance to specific days. BumberFans will have the opportunity to purchase Any Day tickets at an even lower price for a limited time, during the Insider Deal. Details and unique promotion codes will be sent only to BumberFans. Membership to the BumberFan Club is free at onereel.org/newsletters.
Platinum and Gold passes are also on sale for patrons who want the full VIP experience, including first-in-line admission to Mainstage performances and comedy acts, access to a hospitality lounge, merchandise and drink tickets, among other benefits. Additionally, for the first time, the festival is partnering with premier travel provider CID Entertainment to offer out-of-town patrons inclusive hotel and travel packages. Find tickets, packages, and related details online at bumbershoot.org/tickets.
The Bumbershoot philosophy has always been to offer a mixture of the familiar and well-loved with the rising star, often in juxtaposed sets to encourage unexpected discoveries, and is one way the festival differentiates itself from others year after year. In all, this year’s Bumbershoot will present more than 100 musical acts representing a broad spectrum of genres, including rock, hip hop, blues, jazz, electronic, global music, Americana, heavy metal, funk and soul.
“Every year we’re committed to present the most diverse festival lineup in the country,” said Chris Porter, Programming Director for One Reel. “This year is no exception—from well-known marquee acts to emerging artists, there is always something for everyone at Bumbershoot.”
The Helio Sequence
City and Colour
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
King Khan & The Shrines
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
The Soul Rebels
Don't Talk to the Cops!
The Barr Brothers
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
The Promise Ring
Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45's
The Greenhornes with Very Special Guest Eric Burdon
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Harmonica House Party with Lee Oskar & Magic Dick
Niki and the Dove
AM & Shawn Lee
Deep Sea Diver
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
Ty Curtis Band
The Young Evils
Eighteen Individual Eyes
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Fujiya & Miyagi
Rebirth Brass Band
Bryan John Appleby
Super Geek League
Ghosts I've Met
More artists, including Mainstage acts, will be announced in the coming weeks.
New at Bumbershoot in 2012
This year the festival will include a stage co-curated by influential Seattle-based independent record label Sub Pop. Consisting largely of performances by artists signed to the label, along with other great emerging talent, the Fountain Lawn Stage will feature bands such as Blitzen Trapper, The Helio Sequence, Mudhoney, Low, and a rare appearance by The Vaselines.
Another new stage, The Promenade, located outside of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, will feature a mix of up-and-coming rock bands and singer/songwriters, including a slate of Canadian bands curated by the M for Montreal music festival on Saturday.
Admission to the Bumbershoot After Dark electronic music extravaganza, powered by Decibel Festival, is included in all single-day and 3-day ticket purchases. (More details below.)
Blues, Americana, Electronic, Metal and More
Another new element of this year’s festival will be the genre-specific focus by day, curated in collaboration with festival partners.
“We’re thrilled to offer Bumbershoot attendees more of what they want each day of the festival,” added Porter. “By programming with specific genre focuses in mind, each day packs a powerful lineup for those drawn to that particular genre. You may come for the blues lineup, for example, but we hope you’ll stay and explore something else while you’re here. That’s what Bumbershoot is all about.”
On Saturday, a series of Americana bands planned in cooperation with the Americana Music Association, will be presented on the Starbucks Stage. Performers will include Heartless Bastards, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and legendary Minneapolis band The Jayhawks.
A lively jazz showcase will move outdoors to the Starbucks Stage, and will include the Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Skerik’s Bandalabra, and New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels. Also, national treasure Tony Bennett will perform on the Bumbershoot Mainstage.
Other genre focuses being presented include a Sunday blues lineup curated in partnership with the Highway 99 Blues Club—performances by Harmonica House Party with Lee Oskar & Magic Dick, Karen Lovely, and the Ty Curtis Band; a Monday global music lineup—performances by Ana Tijoux, Omar Souleyman, Bombino and Cascadia ‘10; and a heavy metal lineup programmed in cooperation with local club El Corazon—artists to be announced.
For festivalgoers who like to party late into the evening, Bumbershoot After Dark will run Saturday and Sunday nights from 9:30 PM to 2 AM. Curated by Decibel Festival founder Sean Horton, Bumbershoot After Dark will feature some of electronic music’s most exciting national and regional talent, to be announced in the coming weeks. All single-day and 3-day ticket-holders gain access to Bumbershoot After Dark, at no additional charge.
Further Bumbershoot 2012 lineup announcements, including more musical artists, as well as literary, comedy, visual arts, film, dance, theater and Youngershoot programming, will be made in the coming weeks. For up-to-date information, visit the Bumbershoot website at bumbershoot.org.