Monday, September 4, 2006

Bumber-blog Monday afternoon:

Hey there, it's Albert and I've just arrived at Seattle Center for Bumbershoot after spending most of my morning watching the US Open tennis tournament on TV.

So, here are some helpful tips if you're headed to the festival today:

* Take Metro's special shuttle, with direct service from downtown to Seattle Center, located at 3rd and Pike. It runs every 10 minutes, costs $1.25, and will be in service until 11:30 tonight.

* Bring cash because there are few ATMs on the festival grounds, and not many food vendors and retail booths accept debit/credit cards.

* Pack light, as you'll likely be on your feet for most of the day. It's supposed to be very warm today, so maybe a light sweater and lightweight pants/sweats to slip on at night will do you good.

The crowd is getting bigger by the minute, and already tons of folks are getting in line for the Steve Miller Band at Memorial Stadium. Also performing today, who I recommend, are Brett Dennen at the More Music Stage (he's opening later this month for John Mayer and Sheryl Crow). Dennen starts at 1:30pm. Soul diva Bettye LaVette performs on the same stage at 4:45pm, punk rockers Sparta are on the What's Next Stage at 7:15pm, CocoRosie gets busy on Northwest Court Lounge at 8pm, and Feist croons on the More Music stage at 8:45pm. And, if you're into alt-rock then you don't wanna miss Metric on the Backyard Stage at 9:30pm.

It's $30 to get into Bumbershoot, and well worth it. And the guys, ranging from high school jocks to middle-age techies, are already starting to feel the heat and losing their T-shirts. That alone is worth the price of admission. (wink)

Photo of Steve Miller Band cover art, courtesy of the artist's record label.

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