Top 15 things to do at Bumbershoot 2015 over the Labor Day weekend.

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It’s possible — and sometimes even preferable — to do Bumbershoot without a plan. Go where the crowds aren’t, and let serendipity guide you.

But if you’re the type who likes an agenda, here are 15 recommended acts appearing over the long weekend.


• Expect the unexpected as Bridget Everett, who can be seen on “Inside Amy Schumer,” sings, dances and uses her body and audience as props in her hilarious and raunchy revue . (5-6 p.m., Cornish Playhouse)

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• After a three-year hiatus, dance returns to Bumbershoot, with a showcase from Seattle’s contemporary dance and performance studio, Velocity. Maximum Velocity features Kate Wallich, Kim Lusk, Dani Tirrell and others. (7:30-8:30 p.m., Seattle Center Pavilion)

• Two-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves has been making waves in country music with her retro sound and progressive views, particularly for her song “Follow Your Arrow” (“kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s what you’re into …”). (8:45-9:45 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre)

• The hottest booking of the festival, moody Canadian rapper Abel Tesfaye, who calls himself The Weeknd, placed two singles in the Top 10 this year, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” after brightening up his earlier mournful style a bit. (9:15-10:45 p.m., Memorial Stadium)

• Chicago spitter Chance the Rapper may not be as rich and famous as Kanye West — yet — but he’s definitely smarter. His mix of literate rapping and jazz-influenced music is brilliant. (10:45 p.m.-12 a.m., KeyArena)


• Seattle author Sherman Alexie, of “Smoke Signals” fame, and Spokane writer Jess Walter (“Beautiful Ruins”) do a live taping of their popular podcast, “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment.” (2-3:30 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre)

• Neo-folkies the Punch Brothers, with the emphasis on “neo,” may play mandolin and violin, but their album “The Phosphorescent Blues” deals with contemporary issues with a playful touch. (7:45-8:45 p.m., Fisher Green)

• Seattle comedians Derek Sheen and Ryan Casey curate the stellar monthly showcase Laugh! Riot! featuring local and national touring stand-up performers at Chop Suey. For Bumbershoot they will be joined by Seattle comedian Bettina McKelvey, who will offer commentary on absurd YouTube videos. (8:30-9:30 p.m., Charlotte Martin Theatre)

• San Francisco alt-rockers Faith No More had a huge MTV hit in 1990, “Epic,” from their No. 1 recording “Album of the Year.” The band broke up in 1998 but is back together, with a new album, “Sol Invictus.” (8:45-10:15 p.m., Memorial Stadium)

• Much beloved in the Northwest, country-tinged rocker and singer-songwriter Neko Case released a fine new album this year titled with a winning sentiment — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” — even if it was too long for any editor to ever love. (9:30-10:45 p.m., Fisher Green)


• Billy Strayhorn wrote the swing anthem “Take the ‘A’ Train” using the directions his future musical partner, Duke Ellington, gave him to find his Harlem house. The Billy Strayhorn Project celebrates Strayhorn’s music with bass and musical direction by Nate Omdal. (2:15-3:15 p.m., Seattle Center Armory)

• Tuneful, guitar-jamming Boise indie rockers Built to Spill never seem to wear out their welcome in these parts, having played two, much-heralded nights at the Showbox at the beginning of the year. (8:15-9:30 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre)

• New York comedian Mike Lawrence excels at absurd, off-the-wall comedic observations about his life: “I come from a long line of alcoholics. My family tree has a car wrapped around it.” (8:30-9:30 p.m., Cornish Playhouse)

Ellie Goulding is an inviting new voice on the pop scene, heralded by her hit “Lights” and the infectious “Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” (8:45-10:15 p.m., Memorial Stadium)

• EDM superstar Bassnectar is a return visitor to Bumbershoot, and no wonder. His 2013 was so explosive it blew a fuse, literally (quickly replaced). His throbbing bass, feel for rhythmic narratives and kaleidoscopic videos are dazzling. (10-11:30 p.m., KeyArena)