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Bumbershoot 2012 Preview: Red’s New Approach

Posted by August 30th, 2012 No Comments »

Seattle’s Arts & Music Festival
September 1-3, 2012
Seattle Center
By Greg Lehman 

It’s strange how Bumbershoot changes as you age.

I remember showing up in the afternoon and staying until way past midnight in my late teens and twenties. Now, as I fast approach 40, I realize that a show (even as good as Jane’s Addiction) that starts at 11 p.m. after a full day (beginning at 10 a.m.) sounds like 20 cups of coffee and drifting in and out of consciousness.

Of course Jane’s is the show to see. Skepticism over previous comebacks aside, with the original lineup intact it should be fantastic.

This year I’m going to do something different, though. I’m going to see some of the music, but I’m also going to try and attend the films, Pod casts, interviews and comedy. On Saturday alone there’s acclaimed director John Waters, comedian Nick Swardson (Terry from Reno 911), jury selections from the Seattle International Film Festival, and readings from an acclaimed modernist cuisine cookbook.

Hopefully all of that doesn’t leave me too tired for Jane’s Addiction. No promises.


Visit Bumbershoot’s website for a full lineup of performers.

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