The City Comes Alive… with my lovely lady humps.
What has happened to Bumbershoot? I’m sure all of you fellow fans were waiting with bated breath for the big announcement on July 9th. And then we got it… Fergie. Are you friggen kidding me? Fergie? The crack head with the lady lumps. Shit. This is a new low for the festival that seems to be on an ever increasing downward spiral. I mean hell, Fergie topped the Rolling Stone most annoying. #1 on their list AND mine beating out both Celine Dion and Nickleback (which I’ll get to later). Not that the rest of the “lineup” is much better. They even dropped the Rat City Roller Girls which were worth the price of admission alone last year. How much time do they really expect me to spend in the beer garden… or is that their plan all along?
For the second year in a row, I’m much more excited for the Capitol Hill Block Party’s stellar lineup featuring the likes of Spoon, Blue Scholars and Silversun Pickups. And this is a neighborhood event without having to outsource their promotion to AEG… the bummer that is Bumbershoot’s new promotion agent/partner. But we DO get Crowded House… remember them?
AEG was signed on this year to help bring in the big names and the big crowds. Yay. Now I know that stuffing a festival with Indie and blues bands won’t bring in the kind of crowds needed to pay for the venue and acts (not to mention lining AEG’s pockets) even though Cap Hill has been doing it year after year. Looking at their resume, I’ve seen them bragging about some big bookings they’re proud enough of to put into print. We’re talking about the BIG names like Nickleback (Deathbus), Celine Dion (DEATHBUS!!) and Yanni (just strap his lame ass to the roof). Not that AEG is all bad. They ARE responsible for Coachella which hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, and Brother Ali to name just a few. It’s a festival I’ve always felt Bumbershoot was aspiring towards but failed sadly.
Now having spewed all this nonsense, I’m most probably still going to attend. There ARE some gems to pluck from the turds. Saturday’s headline is Kings of Leon with BRMC opening. Both bands’ latest releases are incredible. Also look for local greats the Blakes, The Cops, and North Twin. And others such as Rodrigo y Gabriella and The Gourds.