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Bumbershoot is an annual international music and arts festival held in Seattle, Washington. One of North America's largest music and arts festivals, it takes place every Labor Day weekend at the 74-acre (299,000 m²) Seattle Center, which was built for the 1962 World's Fair. Seattle Center includes indoor theaters, outdoor stages, McCaw Hall, and Memorial Stadium. The name of the festival was taken from bumbershoot, a colloquial term for umbrella, probably coined in the 19th century as a portmanteau of umbrella and parachute. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... “Parasol” redirects here. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September. ... Seattle Center is a fairground, park and arts and entertainment center in Seattle, Washington, on the site used in 1962 by the Century 21 Exposition. ... The Space Needle, built for the Century 21 Exposition. ... The Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is a performance space located in Seattle, Washington. ... Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington is located in the northeast corner of the Seattle Center grounds. ... “Parasol” redirects here. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A portmanteau (IPA pronunciation: RP, US) is a word or morpheme that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. ... The Apollo 15 capsule landed safely despite a parachute failure. ...


Thousands of famous and local artists, including musicians such as Wu-Tang Clan, The Shins, Lupe Fiasco, and Panic! at the Disco will perform in 2007. Local band Modest Mouse often plays at the festival but they did not at the 2006 festival and it is still unsure whether or not they will be at the 2007 festival. Poets, writers, visual artists, dancers, comedians, DJs, Flatstock poster artists, and more, perform at Bumbershoot in a three-day long adventure of music and art. The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practising the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The Wu-Tang Clan is a New York-based rap group, consisting of nine American rappers. ... The Shins are an indie rock group with elements of folk and alternative country on Sub Pop Records comprising singer, songwriter and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist/bassist Martin Crandall, bassist/guitarist Dave Hernandez, drummer Jesse Sandoval, and Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats. ... Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper. ... Panic! at the Disco is an alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Template:Lyricwiki Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ...


History

In 1971, the City of Seattle began the newly minted "Seattle Arts Festival" and lit up the Seattle Center with a free Labor Day weekend arts and music celebration that drew 125,000 visitors. In 1972 another increase in visitors took the Festival to 175,000 guests before it adopted the name Bumbershoot in 1973. The Festival blended a sprawling arts and crafts festival with memorable gems like the Miss Hot Pants Contest, amateur motorcycle races, oversize inflatable sculpture and body painting. The seventies were popular years for Bumbershoot, but poor weather and declining federal grant support left the free Festival scrambling for more financially stable options.


In 1980 the city sought outside expertise in the form of a producer, and so the Northwest non-profit organization One Reel came on board to run the event. With a new producer came big change, as the Festival added headlining talent and an admission charge to Bumbershoot's signature.


The public showed its approval of the new formula of showcasing world-class acts on a bedrock of Northwest talent, with record numbers of art and music lovers flocking to the 15 stages, galleries, outdoor venues and food, art and craft vendors. Artists like The Eurythmics, James Brown, Spinal Tap and Tina Turner shared the turf with art oddities like the gigantic flying pencil, the Bumbernationals Artists' Soapbox Derby and robotic art. Eurythmics (often incorrectly referred to as The Eurythmics) are a seminal British synth pop duo consisting of Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. ... James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... Spinal Tap is a mostly fictitious heavy metal band, the subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ...


As the largest single showcase for regional talent, Bumbershoot became a cultural tastemaker. The Festival paved the way for other great outdoor events, festivals, happenings and traditions for a new generation. The event became the hotspot for arts grazing, as fans flocked to sample their way through hundreds of offerings from punk to poetry, neon art to classical ballet, improv theater to cult film. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Bumbershoot broke new ground in the mid-nineties with some of the first large-scale hip hop shows ever held in Seattle, a tradition that's still very much alive in 2007. But while musical offerings formed the stew, the special offerings in literary arts, visual arts, film, comedy, kids, performance art, dance, theater and art-rageous extras gave the Festival its special flavor and color. Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ...


The new millennium brought changes, challenges and new high water marks for Bumbershoot. International artists brought a level of sophistication and global relevance to the event. Groups like Baba Maal, The Grand Kabuki Theatre of Japan, and the Ethiopian Circus graced stages and bridged worlds. A hot new film scene was captured in the creation of the 1 Reel Film Festival, a celebration of American independent film shorts. Bumbershoot found ways to focus on new arts forms like poetry slams and break dancing with Old World arts like circus, contortion, aerial and street theater. Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. ... This USPS stamp depicts an 80s breakdancer and a boombox. ...


Even the Seattle Center itself was deep into a transformation, as some of the original buildings of the 1962 World's Fair were removed or replaced, altering Bumbershoot's footprint. And from the ashes of the grunge scene came a new brand of Seattle sound, as bands like Sleater Kinney, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie defined alternative rock for a new generation. The Space Needle, built for the Century 21 Exposition. ... Sleater-Kinney was a critically acclaimed, politically charged indie rock band. ... Template:Lyricwiki Modest Mouse is an American indie rock band. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ...


Last Bumbershoot took place from September 2 to September 4, 2006. In its most recent annual, the festival took a turn towards youth by featuring such dynamic bands as Kanye West, Yellowcard, Blue Scholars, AFI, Spoon, Zero 7, Feist, Atmosphere,Vashti Bunyan, Blondie, Deerhoof, and A Tribe Called Quest. September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blue Scholars are a hip hop duo based in Seattle, Washington. ... AFI, in recent years short for A Fire Inside, is an American band from Ukiah, California. ... A spoon. ... Zero 7 is a Grammy nominated downtempo styled musical duo comprising Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. ... Leslie Feist (born February 13, 1976) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. ... View of Jupiters active atmosphere, including the Great Red Spot. ... Vashti Bunyan (born 1945) is an influential English singer-songwriter. ... The following are uses of the word Blondie: Blondie (band) - a band based in New York City, active in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s Blondie (comic strip) - a long-running newspaper comic strip Blondie (movie) - Blondie is a 1938 movie based on the comic strip Blondie was also: the... Deerhoof is an experimental rock band from San Francisco. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ...


2007 Bumbershoot will take place Sept. 1-3. Bands who have already been announced include Wu-Tang Clan, Sage Francis, Panic! at the Disco, Crowded House, The Shins, Lupe Fiasco, Lyrics Born, The Gourds, Roky Erickson, Gym Class Heroes, among others. The Wu-Tang Clan is a New York-based rap group, consisting of nine American rappers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Panic! at the Disco is an alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Crowded House is a rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia, and led by New Zealand musician and singer-songwriter Neil Finn. ... The Shins are an indie rock group with elements of folk and alternative country on Sub Pop Records comprising singer, songwriter and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist/bassist Martin Crandall, bassist/guitarist Dave Hernandez, drummer Jesse Sandoval, and Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats. ... Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper. ... Lyrics Born (formerly known as Asia Born, born Tom Shimura in Tokyo, Japan in 1972), is a half-Japanese-American, half-Italian-American hip hop MC. Through his childhood he lived in Tokyo and Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay... Image:TheGourds. ... Roky Erickson (born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica player and guitarist from Texas. ... Gym Class Heroes are a hip hop band from Geneva, New York. ...


As a large scale arts event, Bumbershoot requires thousands of volunteers and uses the Bumbershoot Shiftboard to provide the most efficient way for volunteers to register, get involved, join specific teams, pick up and cancel shifts online.


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Bumbershoot 2006 Article on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More (1020 words)
Bumbershoot's playlist may run from Yellowcard to Blondie but the soul of the festival forms from bands who usually play clubs and small venues in Seattle that at least can claim Cobain and Vedder slept there.
If your tastes are eclectic at all you're going to miss someone among the 2,500 musicians, discover a band you suddenly adore with only two songs left in their set and spend a lot of time on the sidewalk walking fast, mangled schedule in sweaty hand.
Bumbershoot succeeds at being most things to most people, especially when the Pacific Northwesterners crave a mix of independent music, boho society, and that heavy dose of "quality of life" that has made Seattle such a famously livable city.
Bumbershoot: Pacific Sized Party (625 words)
Bumbershoot is big, crowded, boisterous, and maddening as hell, and for a good many in the Lower Mainland, something of a Labour Day weekend institution.
Bumbershoot is a colloquial term for umbrella, but at its debut in 1971 the event was simply called the Seattle Arts Festival.
Bumbershoot brings B.C. bibliophiles into contact with quite a different group of writers than those who tend to come here.
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