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Bumbeshoot 2008 day one report, with a few words from our very own Vicci Martinez

Post by Ernest Jasmin on Aug. 31, 2008 at 9:55 am with No Comments
August 31, 2008 9:55 am

Once again, I’ve got the caffeine I.V. drip going and working wifi. So I can share a few sights and sounds from the 38th annual Bumbershoot festival. The bad news, though, is that festival organizers are only allowing Seattle and national media access for main stage photography this year, which is pretty disappointing considering how many South Sounders make the drive up I-5 to support Bumbershoot. Still, we’ll see if we can’t get a little closer for some shots of T.I. and Stone Temple Pilots today. Or, you know, some kind reader could donate one of those fancy telescopic lenses that would allow me to shoot from the back of Memorial Stadium. Hmmm? No? Eh, Worth a try.



Our own Vicci Martinez played her second Bumbershoot, this time making a splash on the more prominent Mural Amphitheatheatre. I caught up with her after she got done signing autographs. And you can click here to listen to some of what she had to say. And having built a pretty big fan base around these parts, Vicci tells me she’s starting to map out her first national tour.

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Actor, poet and pop star Saul Williams brought his punk-hop sound to the Fisher Green stage. And dressed as the character from his new "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" album, he and his band get best outfit award, hands down. Williams dedicated the performance to Chief Seattle, and his early set included "Grippo," Tr(n)gger" and "Black Stacey."

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New this year is the Rockstar Vert Ramp, featuring pro skaters and stunt BMX riders a couple of times a day.

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Also new is Project X, a series of interactive time capsules placed around Seattle Center where patrons are asked to write and record short stories, leave odds and ends to be frozen and commemorate events they remembered happening in their lifetimes. That’s where I met Liz Hayden (second pic) and polished up my backwards writing skills as we communicated through a clear, plastic wall.

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And just so we don’t leave out our other local rising stars, Mono in VCF was also a hit over at the Experience Music Project on Saturday. (Singer Kim Miller shown.) This is one of Tacoma’s most promising and unique bands. I’m pretty impressed with how the sound has evolved, going, from the trendy Smiths/Joy Division-inspired post-punk they started out with when singer Charles Perales was with them to a sweeping cinematic sound with roots in ’60s psych-pop that would make them an ideal opening act for Portishead. (Sigh! If only they’d ever play Seattle again.) Ellensberg singer-songwriter Mark Pickerel joined the band to perform a song by guitarist/keyboard player Hunter Lea’s main influence, the late Lee Hazelwood. And later that night I spotted most of these guys trying to get backstage to kick it with Beck. I’ll have to ask if they made it next time I see ‘em.

ERNEST JASMIN

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