Bumbershoot 2016 Line-up Announced

Recognized by national media as one of the “top 5 reasons to visit Seattle,” Bumbershoot has announced the official lineup for its 46th annual festival at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2 through Sunday Sept. 4. Headliners include Seattle natives and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and critically acclaimed Norwegian producer KYGO, among others.

More than 140 additional artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74 acre festival grounds, including both Memorial Stadium and KeyArena.

“Bumbershoot is Seattle’s Festival, which, to me, means it’s the first of its kind in the region and the one that has held steady for multiple generations,” said AEG’s Vice President of Talent and Bumbershoot Booker Chad Queirolo. “Same grounds, similar feel to when I was a kid attending in the 80’s and 90’s. Beyond music, we still have the art, the film, the comedy, and all the weirdo elements that have made it what it’s famous for. On top of that, and aside from being Seattle Centric, it’s one of the first American festivals and one of the longest running fests. That…is cool.”

Arts and Culture Programming Highlights

In addition to a diverse music lineup that includes 90 acts, from international headliners to emerging local artists, Bumbershoot programming includes comedy, film, dance, theatre, words and ideas, youth activities, and more.

“Bumbershoot is a place for families and friends to not only see their favorite acts together but also to try new things and expand their horizons,” said One Reel’s Executive Director Chris Weber. “It’s a one-stop shop to view, listen, taste, touch, smell and discover local, regional, national, and international arts and culture.”

Comedy: Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable as Shelly will bring his comedic talents to Bumbershoot along with Comedians of Comedy alum Morgan Murphy, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Seattle native Nick Thune.

Film: With something for every age and taste, the 1 Reel Film Festival — curated by the Seattle International Film Festival — will serve up a selection of the year’s best short films.

Dance: Returning in 2015 after a few year hiatus, Bumbershoot’s dance programming offers a strong lineup of talent in 2016 including MaximumVELOCITY, a showcase of top contemporary choreographers and dance groups and the Northwest’s premiere breaking and street dance competition, Reign Supreme, which drew huge crowds in 2015.

Theatre: Curated by Theatre Puget Sound, 2016 theatre performances will include Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, a musical that juxtaposes classic coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with the music of the Carpenters and an unforgettable performance from Tattprov, which includes one member of the comedy group getting a tattoo based on a suggestion from the audience.

Words & Ideas: Words & Ideas guests include local poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexi, podcast sensation Chris Allen, Seattle’s premiere political comic (according to Seattle Weekly), Brett Hamil, and the writers of Amazon series Transparent.

YOUNGERSHOOT: Returning for its 6th year the Seattle Children’s Museum presents YOUNGERSHOOT, a place for children ages 10 and younger and their guardians to enjoy the festival together with kid-focused entertainment, hands on activities, and performances.

Food: Other stand out features this year include B-Eats, a new food program created in partnership with Dan Bugge of Matt’s in The Market and Radiator Whiskey to curate a diverse mix of gourmet style cuisine from local chefs.

Community Involvement

Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDResearch) is the official non-profit partner of Bumbershoot 2016. As part of the relationship, Bumbershoot will donate a portion of each pass sold and encourage fans to donate as well, helping spread global health awareness.

“Partnerships like this are critical to raising awareness for global infectious diseases and supporting the center’s mission to develop lifesaving treatments and cures that can deliver hope and the promise to the millions of people around the world affected by infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria,’ said Edward Jenkins, Chief Public Affairs Officer for CIDResearch. “This collaboration is especially meaningful because Bumbershoot has been helping the Seattle community for more than 40 years, just like we have.”

“Planning for Bumbershoot 2016 has been the ultimate collaboration of resources and support from our community,” said Regional Vice President of AEG Live Pacific Northwest Rob Thomas. “The result is a festival experience that will give you the best three days of arts, culture, and community you can get in Seattle all year.”

Event Pass Information and Lineup

Passes for Bumbershoot are now on sale:

  • 3-Day Passes, starting at $180
  • Gold Passes, $400
  • Emerald VIP, $700

Visit Full Lineup for details on Bumbershoot 2016!

Bumbershoot 2016 – Early Bird Tickets!

After a highly successful festival in 2015, Bumbershoot—Seattle’s annual end-of-summer party will return to Seattle Center on Labor Day Weekend 2016. The three-day festival will take place Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4.

Early bird tickets, available at Bumbershoot 2016, will go on sale Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 noon PST. This 46th installment of Seattle’s festival celebrates music, art, and all things creative in the Pacific Northwest’s most vibrant city. The festival will again utilize more venues than in recent years including Memorial Stadium and KeyArena. Silent Disco, a fan favorite in 2015, will return to EMP Museum. All programming will be announced in spring 2016.

Bumbershoot’s tradition of supporting local arts and music will continue. In 2015, 40% of all programming was from the region.

Center for Infectious Disease Research, the largest independent, non-profit organization in the country focused solely on infectious disease research, will return as the official non-profit Festival Partner. As part of this relationship, AEG Live will donate a portion of each purchased festival ticket to the organization, and encourage fans to give as well, helping spread global health awareness. Over the next ten years, CIDR looks to advance the science to prevent, treat, and cure HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and emerging infectious diseases. Bumbershoot is honored to support this great cause, and together let’s build a healthier and more hopeful world.

Bumbershoot was established in 1971 as a city festival and has grown into one of America’s most respected annual celebrations of art and culture. It continually leverages the best of Seattle’s art scenes, showcasing the rich and diverse talent of the Pacific Northwest alongside national and international acts. Bumbershoot’s diverse programming includes live music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and more. Visit Bumbershoot 2016 for more information.

Bumbershoot ARTS

The 45th anniversary of Bumbershoot comes to Seattle Center September 5, 6 and 7. In preparing for this year, One Reel and AEG announced an exciting new collaboration to preserve and revitalize Seattle’s hometown arts celebration, which has always reflected the unique character of this region.

This year’s Festival will continue to focus on presenting 40% of artists from right here in our backyard, both locally and regionally. This community creates a special experience where thousands of artists have had their first festival performance, first international media exposure, their breakthrough career performance, or the last performance of a legendary career on the famed Bumbershoot stages.

Often cited as one of the country’s top five arts and music Festivals, Bumbershoot showcases scores of Seattle and Northwest arts organizations, artists and project producers alongside national and international artists across all arts disciplines – music, film, dance, visual and literary arts, spectacle, comedy and children’s programming.

This year’s Festival will showcase:

  • 90 Bands on 5 stages
  • 67 Comedians in 39 showcases
  • 66 Visual Artists in 5 curated exhibits
  • 65 Dancers in 5 showcases
  • 61 Writers/Speakers in 13 programs
  • 41 Short Films in 18 thematic showcases

One Reel’s Artistic Director, Chris Weber, who is in his 6th year of programming Bumbershoot started his work with a goal of providing everyone who attends with the opportunity to discover something new. I want every attendee to leave inspired and to continue their exploration of arts and culture.” Here are some of the highlights of this year’s arts programming presented by One Reel:

COMEDY – Comedians Solomon Georgio, Emmett Montgomery and Monica Nevi who will bring local laughs to an international lineup that includes Hari Kondabolu, Puddles Pity Party and Kevin Smith and Matt Mira’s FRASIER centric podcast Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs.

DANCE – Dance returns with the 3-day breakin’ competition REIGN SUPREME and MaximumVELOCITY, a contemporary dance showcase, curated by Velocity Dance.

VISUAL ARTS – Much of this year’s visual arts programming has been transitioned onto Festival grounds to reach a larger audience. This includes seven contemporary artworks by Seattle artists curated by Office of Arts and Culture. In addition, Art Primo presents Street Art Pop Up featuring five local street artists. Plus, three indoor exhibitions including the Between Garage and Grunge Exhibit by local curators Larry Reid and Martin Imbach, The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show organized by a trio of International curators Pepe Menendez (Havana), Daniel R. Smith (Seattle) and Iman Raad (Tehran) and the Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster Exhibit featuring Gretchen Francis Bennett.

WORDS AND IDEAS – Authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter will tape their popular podcast, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, from Bumbershoot. Portland’s Live Wire with Luke Burbank which will showcase performances and interviews with Bumbershoot acts for broadcast to over 65 public radio stations across the country. For the 6th year in a row, Bumbershoot will feature its popular writers of television series with FOX’s hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

As in previous years, the arts programming presented by One Reel is made stronger with collaborations and partnerships, including: American Poster Institute, Art Primo, EMP Museum, Extraordinary Futures, Girl Friday, Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Film + Music, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Theatre Group, The Vera Project, Theatre Puget Sound, USC Events and Velocity Dance.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony will take place on the Eve of Bumbershoot- Friday, September 4th – at 4pm at the Mural Amphitheatre. The Ceremony is open and free to the public and will honor:

  • Cultural Ambassador: Dr. Robin Wright
  • Arts & Innovation: Akio Takamori
  • Cultural Preservation: Densho
  • Future Focus: Seattle JazzED
  • Creative Industries: Daniel Brown

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by the Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture with support from One Reel, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Boeing, City Arts and Classic Catering.

One Reel’s Interim Director Heather Smith wants to share how honored she is to be heading an organization that has been a part of Bumbershoot’s special history – and dedicated to being thoughtful stewards of its future. Since 1972, One Reel has a history of producing independent, non-profit arts events in the Northwest, fueling civic pride through signature experiences that foster growth and development in community and the arts.

2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards at Seattle Center

Mayor Edward B. Murray, the Seattle Arts Commission and the Office of Arts & Culture invite you to the

MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS CEREMONY 4 p.m., Friday, September 4 Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center


Cultural Ambassador: Dr. Robin K. Wright
Arts & Innovation: Akio Takamori
Cultural Preservation: Densho
Future Focus: Seattle Jazzed
Creative Industries: Daniel Brown

For more information about the winners visit: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/mayors-arts-awards

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by the Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Office of Art & Culture.

Winterfest, Nov. 28-Dec. 31

Each year, Seattle Center welcomes the winter season with five-weeks of spirited entertainment and inspired, child-friendly diversions. Visitors to Seattle Center Winterfest, Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, will behold a Seattle Center Armory filled with festive decoration, a main stage awash in live music, comedy and dance, and an enchanting, otherworld Winter Train & Village. The Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with Saturday ice sculpting, trees drenched in sparkling lights, and over 150 Student Showcases.

Following is a full list of Winterfest activities:

Winterfest Ice Rink:  Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-8 pm; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015, Fisher Pavilion. Closed at 4 p.m., Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30 pm, Dec. 31. Glide into the season with the greatest of ease. For novice or Olympiad, the Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only. Seattle Center Winterfest.

Winter Train & Village:  10 am-6 pm daily, Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, Seattle Center Armory. A Winterfest crowd favorite, a sprawling display exploring an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am-12pm, 1pm-2:30pm, and 3:30pm-5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation. Seattle Center Winterfest.

Winterfest Art Installations:  Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015, Seattle Center Grounds, free. The installations, by artists Celeste Cooning, Elizabeth Gahan, Robb Kunz, Erin Shafkind, and Will Gundy, evoke attention through moments of surprise, contemplation, beauty, and humor, enlivening the visitor experience by introducing an element of the unexpected into the Seattle Center environment. These small-scale temporary artworks deal with illumination and light that complement our Winterfest activities. www.artbeat.seattle.gov/2014/10/27/temporary-art-at-winterfest-2014.

Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team:  11 am-12 pm, Friday, Nov. 28, Seattle Center Armory, free. The Mandayan Marchers, Princessa Drill Team, and the Cumbanchero Percussioners comprise the Drill Team. Created in 1959, the team currently sports 60 kids, ages six to 19, whose movements and formations, performed to music strongly inspired by Latin, Muslim, and modern beats, are filled with precision and timing. www.facebook.com/pages/FYA-Drill-Team/134245983264202?sk=info.

Keith Highlanders Pipe Band:  2 pm-3 pm, Friday, Nov. 28, Seattle Center Armory, free. Dedicated to heightening the awareness of traditional Scottish piping, drumming, and dancing in the Pacific Northwest, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band has a long history of delighting the Seattle community with its resonant and enduring sounds. Formed in 1952, it is the official pipe band of the Clan Keith (a rare designation outside Scotland), performing internationally and throughout the Northwest. www.khpb.org.

Winterfest Student Showcases:  Nov. 29 – 30, varied times, Seattle Center Armory, free. Seattle Center Student Showcases fill the Seattle Center Armory Atrium with the sounds and sights of the season as they offer public and private schools and youth groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends, and the public. Over 150 performances and 5,864 student performers). Check online at: Seattle Center Winterfest for a full schedule of performances.

Hot Dog USA:  11 am-12 pm, Saturday, Nov. 29, Seattle Center Armory, free. The Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team inspires, motivates, and educates people of all ages, while fostering local, regional, national, and international jump rope competitions, workshops, and performances. Hot Dog USA.

Ice Sculpting:  12 pm-2 pm, Saturdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, 20, and 27, Fisher Apron, free. Artistry and ice unite in a glorious and temporal expression of the season. Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures — or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master will carve a different design. Seattle Center Winterfest.

The Dickens Carolers:  12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, Seattle Center Armory, free. The famed quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sings your favorite seasonal music in perfect four-part harmony. You’re sure to feel the holiday spirit as you listen to their highly entertaining renderings of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Dickens Carolers.

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn:  2 pm-3 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30, Seattle Center Armory, free. The Cabiri preserves the mythologies of cultures that have passed into antiquity through physical theater, dance, aerial arts, stilts, puppetry, and just a bit of fairy dust. The performers will transport you into worlds outside of time. Join as they travel into misty nights beneath the waxing crescent moon to mysterious places where anything is possible. The Cabiri.

Zaniac Comedy Show:  11 am-12 pm, Sunday, Nov. 30, Seattle Center Armory, free. This two-time Guinness World Record holder, voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic, has appeared on prime-time TV in hit shows like NBC’s “America’s Got Talent!” and “Last Comic Standing.” Audiences everywhere freak out — in a good way — when they see Alex perform. Alex Zerbe.

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices:  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, Seattle Center Armory, free. These young apprentice singers, ages 7 – 11, maintain a busy performance schedule, regularly singing for the Northwest Film Forum’s Holiday High Notes, the Christmas Ships, and numerous other events. They’ve performed in holiday concerts and benefits for Seattle Symphony, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Snowman Foundation at Benaroya Hall. www.nwchoirs.org.

Bailadores de Bronce:  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, Seattle Center Armory, free. Introducing the most positive aspects of the Mexican culture to the broader community, the Bailadores break down cultural barriers and build bridges as they teach and perform Mexican folkloric dances. The high energy and enthusiasm of the dancers transcends the stage, while their beautiful costumes convey the richness of their culture. www.bailadoresdebronce.org.

SANCA:  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, Seattle Center Armory, free. SANCA’s Cirrus Circus Company creates and performs original acts in aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics. Come see these talented kids as they delight their audience on the Seattle Center Armory stage. SANCA Seattle.

Garfield Jazz Band:  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, Seattle Center Armory, free. Under the brilliant leadership of Clarence Acox, Garfield High School brings to young people the jazz traditions of nation’s great big bands. A frequent participant in the highly competitive Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition and Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Garfield Jazz program has nurtured instrumentalists who have gone on to study at leading music schools throughout the country. Garfield Jazz Band.

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour:  5 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, Seattle Center Armory, free entry. Outstanding food and drink at highly desirable prices, music, games and prizes attract a broad happy hour following to Seattle Center Armory the third Thursday of every month. Join them for giant Jenga, board games, giant Scrabble, darts and more! 21+. www.seattlecenter.com/happyhour.

The Mood Swings:  12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 20, Seattle Center Armory, free. Aiming to inspire a love of jazz in the community and a culture of camaraderie and empowerment among its female musicians of all ages, the six female founding members have grown the talented group into a true big band, with hundreds of tunes to its repertoire, regularly presenting high-energy, fun-filled performances throughout the Northwest. The Mood Swings.

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes:  12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Sunday, Dec. 21, Seattle Center Armory, free. Captain Smartypants tours the Pacific Northwest as the ambassadors of Seattle Men’s Chorus. Gaiety abounds as this homosexual vocal comedy group thrills, delights and, at times, alarms audiences from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. Sensible Shoes, a pop and vocal jazz group and outreach ensemble of Seattle Women’s Chorus, balances great vocal delivery with fun, innovative staging. www.flyinghouse.org.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony:  6 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, Seattle Center Armory, free. Chabad of Seattle celebrates Chanukah with a Menorah Lighting ceremony, music, service and the spirit of the season. www.chabadofseattle.org.

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble:  12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27, Seattle Center Armory, free. Experience the delight and exhilaration of a live performance of Vela Luka and Ruže Dalmatinke, adorned in vibrant costumes, as they share Slavic holiday traditions through exuberant dance, joyous melodies and ancient songs. Vela Luka.

Klez Kidz:  12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Sunday, Dec. 28, Seattle Center Armory, free. This 40-piece ensemble brings to life a multiplicty of Jewish music and mirth from around the world. Listen and you’ll hear the wail of the clarinet in rousing song, see bottles being balanced on the heads of dancers, and maybe even learn some new dance steps yourself!  Klez Kids.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES:  8 pm-11:45 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 31, Seattle Center Armory, free. This super fun, five-piece band takes you through the sounds of the 1970‘s to today’s greatest hits including Studio 54 funk, synth pop, and party rock. With world class male and female lead vocals, THE NINES will have you dancing the night away as you await the spectacular midnight fireworks just outside the Armory doors!  Love The NINES.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for children, families and friends in search of entertaining and enriching activities during this festive time of year. For more information, visit Seattle Center or call 206 684-7200.