by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
August 31 - September 2
There's something for everybody this weekend at Bumbershoot, and I do mean everybody. The lineup for this year's three-day event at Seattle Center is an interesting cross-section of artists representing many genres and diverse backgrounds, from veteran rock group Heart to acclaimed hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar. But you'll be happy to note that Bumbershoot organizers have booked several Gay and Gay-friendly musicians on the weekend bill, some of whom are expected to draw large crowds. For complete schedule and more details, go to www.bumbershoot.org. Here are 10 artists to catch at the big festival.
Fisher Green, Saturday, 2:45 p.m.
Toronto glam-pop artist Diamond Rings, who interviewed with SGN last November, is hoping to expand his fan base with a Saturday afternoon performance at Bumbershoot. The young singer (real name: John O'Regan) is further boosting his 2012 album Free Dimensional. Though he flaunts a flamboyant persona and has ties with his city's LGBT community, Diamond Rings has not officially stated his sexuality.
Key Arena, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Not that I'm tired of Jay-Z and Kanye West, it's just that I'm tired of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Thank goodness for the fresh faces of hip-hop, like Macklemore and this guy, Kendrick Lamar. The Compton native put out one of my favorite records of 2012, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, that earned him a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Rap Album. On his previous visit to Seattle, he filled The Neptune. At Bumbershoot, he's playing Key Arena. Now, that's what you call an upgrade.
Key Arena, Saturday, 9:45 p.m.
Fresh from their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Heart returns for a hometown show that should attract a fairly big audience. Lead vocalist Ann Wilson can still belt with the best of them and sister Nancy is always exciting to watch on guitar. The set list could include classic favorites, such as 'Barracuda,' 'Magic Man,' 'Straight On,' 'Crazy for You,' 'Dreamboat Annie,' and, since Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is opening the concert, I'm guessing a run-through of 'Stairway to Heaven,' which they collaborated on at last year's Kennedy Center Honors, is in the works.
TEGAN AND SARA
Key Arena, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Canadian twins Tegan and Sara are just now enjoying mainstream success after a string of greatly underrated indie albums, including 2002's rather ambitious If It Was You. The duo's newest offering, 2013's Heartthrob, has given them a bona fide smash single with 'Closer,' featured this season on Glee. Tegan and Sara open for fun. on Sunday afternoon and they're guaranteed to give an excellent performance. Fingers crossed they add 'Living Room' to their set list.
Key Arena, Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
What a year it's been for fun. They began 2013 by winning Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year ('We Are Young') and have played to sold-out venues across the globe. Most importantly, the New York trio has been actively supporting the LGBT community and Gay marriage campaign, even prompting frontman Nate Ruess to declare, 'We're pretty serious on Gay rights.' You gotta love these guys!
Fisher Green, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.
Openly Gay and a self-proclaimed bear, Bob Mould continues to capture audiences around the country with both his solo work and back catalog of his former bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar. His latest effort is Silver Age, a 10-track collection of original songs, and he's likely to play a lot of it at Bumbershoot, aside from material from his early group days. Mould has interviewed twice with SGN.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Key Arena, Sunday, 9:45 p.m.
Don't get too excited if you're expecting to hear anything from Death Cab's Plans or Codes and Keys album. The Seattle band's Bumbershoot appearance is the icing on the cake for Barsuk's (the label that launched them to fame) 15-year anniversary, for which they'll be playing Transatlanticism in its entirety. Mums the word on whether they'll have time to squeeze anything else in, but if you're a DCFC diehard - I've seen them on nine occasions - then you'll definitely want to be there. All members of Death Cab for Cutie have interviewed with SGN except lead singer Ben Gibbard.
Mural Amphitheatre, Sunday, 10 p.m.
Since singing her heart out on The Voice, Vicci Martinez has signed to a major record label that released her commercial breakthrough Vicci. The album has thus far produced one single, 'Come Along,' which peaked in the Top 20 charts of several European countries, though it has not been released stateside. A Tacoma native who now calls Seattle home, she's definitely an artist to catch on Sunday, if you happen to still be around that late.
Key Arena, Monday, 3:30 p.m.
This is MGMT's second Seattle appearance this year, having performed to a sold-out audience a few months ago at The Showbox SoDo. The duo - Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden - will release their self-titled album, their third studio recording overall, on September 17. I'm assuming the psychedelic rock pair will unleash a few tracks from the new record Monday afternoon at Key Arena, aside from more familiar tunes like 'Time to Pretend,' 'Kids,' and 'Electric Feel.'
Fisher Green, Monday, 4:30 p.m.
It was at Bumbershoot nearly 10 years ago that my ears caught wind of this very energetic act. Kinky, hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, are a nonstop dance party with songs that mix electronic keyboards with techno samples and accordions, bass guitars, and speckles of ranchera music. I saw them at Chop Suey about two years after that, and it was as hot and sweaty as the first time I'd seen them. They'll give you a workout, for sure.
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