Easy Street Bumbershoot 2017 Picks (Part 2)
Bumbershoot 2017 is almost here! Seattle's biggest and bestest music & arts festival takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 1-3) at the Seattle Center with hundreds of performances to keep you busy - and happy! Need some tips on who to see and what to do? We're here to help! We've asked our staff and special friends for recommendations for the hottest and the coolest at Bumbershoot and we'll be posting them up until the festival commences! Below are a few hot tips from Oli Moseley (ESR Bumbershoot crew), Ian Bremner (ESR Social Media Specialist), and Rod Moody (ESR Online Manager).
Get full lineup information - and buy passes - at Bumbershoot.com!
*** Please note that set times/stages have not yet been announced.
Jorja Smith - Friday - Oli's Pick
Who: 20-year-old British singer currently supporting Bruno Mars on his massive U.S. tour. From Wikipedia: Jorja's influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill to The Streets. Her music combines storytelling and commentary on social and personal issues.
Latest Album: Project 11 (EP); her debut LP is due in 2018.
What "They" Say:
"Up against a world in which R&B singers have become cannon fodder, Smith is clearly nobody’s beautiful little fool. She is already a versatile, fully formed creative, and some of the songs she sings on this humid night in July will make up the most hotly anticipated UK debut album of 2018. You just feel sorry for anyone running against her for any prizes next year." - The Guardian
Filthy Friends - Friday - Rod's Pick
Who: Bonafide NW supergroup featuring Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, Thee Sgt Major III, etc), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project).
Style: Power pop with a kool '90s vibe.
Latest Album: Invitation (Kill Rock Stars, out 8/25)
What "They" Say:
"A press release describes the LP as a 'collection that works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments.' There are nods to Television, '60s downer vibes and rootsy mumblings,' and even a little glam rock for good measure." - Consequence Of Sound
Chicano Batman - Friday - Ian's Pick
Who: Afrobeat Brazilian pop rockers
Style: See above
Latest Album: Freedom Is Free (ATO)
What Ian Says:
"After teaming with New York soul producer Leon Michels (The Arcs, Sharon Jones, Lee Fields), their Spanish soul got a dose of east coast flavor. The band still very much exudes the California cool confidence and South American sounds." - Ian Bremner, Easy Street Online/Old Rookie