Guest Author, Amanda
This year’s Bumbershoot was filled with big acts by Big Sean, Chicano Batman, Foster The People and Flo Rida, just to name a few.
For someone who was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest but was never able to afford a Bumbershoot ticket growing up, my first Bumbershoot was exactly what I expected it to be. It’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s crowded but most importantly it’s a space where music lovers can unite and appreciate good music on a beautiful Seattle summer weekend.
One of our highlights included Chicano Batman, a soulful, psychedelic band from Los Angeles. Chicano Batman hit the Mural Ampitheatre Stage and had the crowd dancing to some of their older songs and a few new songs off of their ‘Freedom is Free’ album.
Our top highlight of the night was Big Sean. Hailing from Detroit, Big Sean packed the Main Stage at Memorial Stadium. Performing all of his greatest hits including some of his collaborations. He also offered the crowd some hope before performing his ‘One Man Can Change the World.’ Written as a tribute to his late grandmother who was his inspiration. He reminded the crowd that even with all the s**t going on in the world including his fellow people in Flint, Michigan who still do not have access to clean water, we can make a difference and follow our dreams. This was a genuinely rare moment. We definitely shed a little tear or two while listening to this and looking up to a Space Needle light up the night sky.
The last night of Bumbershoot was definitely filled with great performers. Unfortunately some of our favorites were performing at the same time so we had to decided which to attend. Some of which included: Odesza, Cash Cash and Gucci Mane. We decided to head to the Key Arena stage for Cash Cash and Gucci Mane. We made this decision based on the fact that we are huge Cash Cash fans, as well as Gucci Mane fans since high school. We had flashbacks of our high school days during Gucci’s performance. It was definitely a good night. Gucci was the last performer of the night and then Bumbershoot came to a close with a quick firework show. The whole weekend was a highlight of our summer and we hope to be back next year.