Bumbershoot set to make us dance, laugh and work

Katy Perry, The All-American Rejects, Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand and Sheryl Crow are just a few of the major label artists that will be performing at Seattle’s Music and Arts Festival: Bumbershoot 2009.

On Labor Day weekend, September 5 to 7, Bumbershoot will allow entry at 11:00 a.m. and close its doors at 11:00 p.m. The event will be held at Seattle Center, host to the Space Needle, the International Fountain, the EMP, and the Pacific Science Center.

The lineup just keeps on growing, and is not permitted to stop until late spring. Bumbershoot will announce the final set of artists and their schedules to correspond in July 2009.
Although Bumbershoot has issued a “sneak peak” at this year’s lineup, many Bumbershoot fans have expressed distaste at the list of artists. Blogs have been posted stating that they are excited about Franz Ferdinand, however have a strong hate for Katy Perry.

Now we all know Katy Perry “kissed a girl, and liked it,” but some of the more underground artists such as UH HUH HER, Low vs Diamond, Gang Gang Dance, and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, all have yet to make their way to E! News. With over 150,000 people that attend Bumbershoot each year, these bands are sure to get more recognition in the public’s eye. The Ting Tings were also scheduled to play but recently canceled due to “scheduling conflicts.”

Music artists are, of course, not the only attraction at Bumbershoot. There are many comedy shows available as well. So far, the main attraction is a young man named Justin Kredible.
Kredible is a magician with a comedic twist, but you won’t see a top hat on him. Kredible has performed on shows like Rachel Ray, and has held the title as College Entertainer of the Year for two years in a row now.

Entertainment may be the main focus of Bumbershoot, but let’s not forget all of the other options that are available. Internships and jobs are open to One Reel, Bumbershoots main sponsor. Voluntary work is also available in Production, Admissions, PR-Marketing, Programming, and Hospitality. If none of these fit your fancy, there is also an opportunity to sign on to Bumbershoot’s Green Team. The Green Team helps recycle and keep Seattle Center eco-friendly during Labor Day weekend.

Now that you’ve been hooked, tickets are now on sale! For Day-Specific tickets, the price holds at $35 per person. Standard 3 Day passes are being offered at the low price of $80 per person, Gold 3-Day passes at $215, and Platinum 3-Day passes at $420. All of these prices stick until August 21, after which prices will rise.