Yes, Bumbershoot is descending on Seattle Center this weekend, but I’ve got far too many fond memories from my youth of attending during the days of better music, cheaper prices, and more youthful optimism. My recommendation for it now is simply to : AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE. (Unless you manage to catch old friends, Mono in VCF from Tacoma.)
So what to do to avoid the ridiculous spectacle?
Portland is hosting the Halleluwah Festival this weekend. Now, I’m quite ignorant about what the Hell this thing is. I know a few things which seem to be quite obvious. Well, one thing (other than some great bands). It’s named after a Can song from Tago Mago (I believe). So somehow the people who started this festival named it after a Can song.
They stepped it up a notch by having Damo Suzuki (Can’s singer from ‘70 – ‘73) headline Sunday’s festivities. Damo Suzuki! Yea!
I’m not too sure about the lineups on other days, but there’s film showings all days. (Such bad writing, luckily this is a “blog” and not jouralism).
On Sunday though, is the show — Seattle’s own Climax Golden Twins and the awesome psychdelic ritual force that is the Master Musicians of Bukkake are performing before Damo Suzuki. I’m lazy so instead of describing in “poetic” and “flowery” language, I’d say go check it out yourself and then you can insert superfluous descriptions: HERE.