Feeling overwhelmed? Here are five highlights to start each day with.
There’s so much to see and hear at Bumbershoot (including family-friendly activities, new food vendors, theater, visual arts, literary events), it can sometimes be a bit dizzying. Here are five highlights you might want to start with each day.
Friday, Sept. 2
• 5:25 p.m., Memorial Stadium — Tyler, The Creator. Los Angeles hip-hop visionary producer who founded the Odd Future collective.
• 5: 30 p.m., KEXP — DoNormaal. This Seattle rapper has been creating a lot of buzz lately with her dreamy, diary-like flows.
• 7 p.m., Vera Project — Nick Thune. Formerly in Seattle, this standup comedian has made a name for himself in Los Angeles, appearing on “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central.
• 8:20 p.m., Memorial Stadium — Halsey. This full-throated, fearless young singer, featured on The Chainsmokers’ hit, “Closer,” is poised to make her mark, having sold out Madison Square Garden.
• 8:30 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre — Blind Boys of Alabama. One of the great gospel groups of all time.
Saturday, Sept. 3
• 3 p.m., Exhibition Hall — Maximum Velocity. This showcase of all kinds of Seattle modern dance was outstanding last year and attracted a hefty crowd.
• 3 p.m., KEXP — Pony Time. Drummer Stacy Peck and multi-instrumentalist Luke Beetham make more infectious, hard-edge good music than any duo should be permitted to.
• 4:30 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre — Donna Missal. You’ll be hearing lots more from this soulful young singer from New Jersey, who scored a viral hit with “Keep Lying.”
• 5 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre — The Improvised Shakespeare Company, a hilarious and erudite troupe from Chicago, has been described by The New York Times as “one of the country’s elite improv companies.”
• 8:50 p.m., Memorial Stadium — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. OK, so their second album was a bit of a dud. They’ve got one of the most compelling live shows in rap. Besides, they’re homeys.
Sunday, Sept. 4
• 6:30 p.m., Exhibition Hall — Reign Supreme. The finale of the weekend’s breakdance competition, very popular last year.
• 6:40 p.m., KEXP — Deep Sea Diver is the probing, rhythm-driven husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist Jessica Dobson (Shins, Beck) and drummer Peter Mansen.
• 7 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre — Maren Morris is forging new ground in country music, daring to swear and sweat instead of sitting in the pickup bed looking cute. Her album, “Hero,” is one of the best country discs of the year.
• 8 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre — Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington was the jazz brains behind Kendrick Lamarr’s genius album “To Pimp A Butterfly,” and his resurrection of soulful, jazz-funk fusion would make Herbie Hancock smile.
• 9:10 p.m., Memorial Stadium — Death Cab For Cutie is one of the great Northwest pop groups and its most recent album, “Kintsugi,” nominated for a Grammy, is proof there’s lots of life left in this Ben Gibbard project.
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