Generalizing the type or genre of music that Bumbershoot offers would be an effort in futility; the amassed 112 groups and musicians are so diverse that there truly is something for everyone. One undeniable facet of the festival is that it is home to not just internationally renowned names, but also a plethora of Northwest talent.
A large number of carry-overs from the recently concluded Capitol Hill Block Party will be performing, including The Redwood Plan, Victor Shade, Fresh Espresso and the Maldives. Other regional acts range from the nationally recognized Idiot Pilot, to the School of Rock All Stars (hand-picked students from the Seattle School of Rock, from ages 8-18).
Approximately 80% of the music performances will be Northwest in origin, however bands coming out of the East coast, deep south and mid-west (with varying degrees of fame) are occasional features on the bill. Particularly compelling performances include Hip-hop artist Jay Electronica out of New Orleans and folksy blue-grass Trampled by Turtles out of Minnesota
Some international performers/bands will also be on stage, such as Civil Twilight from South Africa (at least it’s not Die Antwoord), the British-based Pete Molinari, Icelandic Lay Low, The Raveonettes from Denmark, and Canadian-based metal/thrash band Anvil. Veteran powerhouses that have spent decades upon decades performing, creating, and being honored will show up, from harmonica player James Cotton who has been performing for over 66 years, to Booker T the legend of Blues, to even Solomon Burke who has seen his songs covered throughout the decades, notably by the Rolling Stones.