John P Johnson
16th year attending Bumbershoot - Since 97
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is a multimedia tribute to Bonham's father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, featuring live renditions of the band's classic tunes, rare home movies and concert footage, plus storytelling by the younger Bonham. Bonham was asked to open for Heart after performing Led Zeppelin songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson at last year's Kennedy Center Honors, which recognized his late father's band with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Saturday August 31, 2013 8:30pm - 9:15pm
With a history that reaches back almost as far as Bumbershoot itself, it's surprising that 2013 marks Heart's first appearance at its hometown festival. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson have spent the past four decades breaking sound and gender barriers, crafting timeless rock and roll that's as full of power as it is beauty.
Saturday August 31, 2013 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Maceo Parker has played with each and every leader of funk, from his start with James Brown—which Parker describes as “like being at a university”—to jumping aboard the mothership with George Clinton. He is the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of funk in one golden thread. His diverse collaborations over the years—with artists such as Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers—have formed alliances that have enabled him to bring his talent to new, widespread audiences.
With a slacker-themed debut album chock-full of skate-punk anthems and an irreverent acronym for a name, So Cal party-rockers FIDLAR crashed onto the national and international scene late last year. While the band’s music and image evoke a devil-may-care attitude, their tireless DIY ethic and non-stop energy ensure that they’re more than just a flash in the pan.
The music Bob Mould has created defines every phase of his life, both cataloging memories and propelling him ever forward: Hüsker Dü’s formation in 1979 and the tight, melodic hardcore anthems; his emotionally epic solo works; his forays into electronic music; and, of course, the recently reissued body of work that Sugar packed into its brief existence. It seems to be Bob’s summations and reflections on these major creative periods of his life and career that open up new wellsprings while coming to terms with the old works—a natural process that has produced winning results yet again in the form of his most recent release, Silver Age.
The Breeders played their first show together on June 19th, 1992, in a snooker hall behind the Warrington Rugby Club near Manchester, England. Two days later, they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, subsequently playing the legendary Glastonbury Festival. Their sophomore album, Last Splash, propelled largely by the single “Cannonball” and tethered by an impressively experimental range of styles and tones, is now widely recognized as one of the definitive recordings of the post-punk era. This year, 4AD released LSXX, a deluxe anniversary edition of Last Splash, which the band will be performing in its entirety at Bumbershoot.
Death Cab for Cutie plays Transatlanticism
Hometown heroes Death Cab for Cutie make their second headlining appearance at Bumbershoot as part of Barsuk Records' 15th Anniversary celebration. The band—which released its first album Something About Airplanes on the label in 1998—will be playing its 2003 breakthrough (and final Barsuk album) Transatlanticism in its entirety.
Sunday September 1, 2013 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Matt and Kim
Known for their infectious onstage energy and charming, oddball music videos, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have made a name for themselves as an endearing and energetic duo. The couple merges indie, pop, and electronic music, putting on live shows that are more like dance parties than traditional concerts. After four albums and six years of touring, they remain delightfully resistant to one-dimensional categorization, their music percolating brightly with hints of hip hop, punk, techno, and nearly everything in between.
In early 2013, Brooklyn-based post-punk outfit The Men released New Moon, the most intensely personal and immersive installment in their catalog, an album described by critics as “Dinosaur Jr. on a serious Tom Petty kick.” Sharing songwriting duties and staying true to their “no-one-is-frontman” maxim, The Men make a patchwork narrative with their tunes, ranging from a MC5-style firebomb to a somber instrumental and a pleasant pop cover song. Nostalgia is the central thesis in their music, but the band’s clear ethos is to revisit but never retread.
Indie rock icons Superchunk helped define the lo-fi aesthetic of the early 1990s. With the release of 2010’s Majesty Shredding and this year’s I Hate Music, the venerable combo proves that time has done nothing to temper its biting, buzzing alt-rock—a sound as fresh and invigorating as ever.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the origins of Deerhunter can be traced back to the high school meeting of controversial frontman Bradford Cox and guitarist Lockett Pundt. Since 2001, Deerhunter has seen various lineup incarnations and, after a brief hiatus, the band reconvened to record their latest record, Monomania. Produced by Bradford Cox and Nicholas Vernhes and recorded in the dead of the night, Monomania finds the group recalling its scrappy punk aesthetic, producing a perfect nocturnal garage rock album full of layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds.
The Joy Formidable
A forest just outside Casco, Maine was the setting for the recording of The Joy Formidable’s latest release, Wolf’s Law—an album teeming with wild swings of imagination, primal yearning, and the Welsh duo's signature waterfalls of guitar. With themes touching on precarious relationships, catharsis, birth, and death, and a sonic sensibility that favors high volume as much as high drama, it’s no surprise that the real-life romantic pair deliver a jaw-dropping live show.
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