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Bumbershoot ’09 offers a sneak peek…

on April 02, 2009, 8:25am

It might be five months down the road, but Bumbershoot is already excited about its 2009 lineup. Early this morning, and in a hush-hush fashion, the Seattle end-of-summer-extravaganza broke some news on who will be playing and what you might expect. It’s not much yet, but for those looking to celebrate the Labor Day weekend in style, this is your best bet.

So far, names like Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, and Katy Perry top the list, but fear not, the event’s official site promises that this is only a “teeny portion” of the actual line up (and we still have those Pearl Jam rumors floating about):

Sheryl Crow * Modest Mouse * Katy Perry * Michael Franti & Spearhead * De La Soul * Raphael Saadiq * Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan * The Long Winters * Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang * World Party * MSTRKRFT * Roy Ayers * Common Market * UH HUH HER * Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women * Eric Hutchinson * No Age * Matt & Kim * Dead Confederate * The Cave Singers * Swollen Members * Vieux Farka Touré * Lenka * Gang Gang Dance * Todd Snider * Holy F**k * DJ Spooky * Iglu & Hartly * Low vs Diamond * Sera Cahoone * Eleni Mandell * Carrie Rodriguez * The Honey Brothers * Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head * Extra Golden * Cordero * Forgive Durden * Hey Marseilles * Adrian Xavier

Outside of music, the festival will also sport some exciting and introspective events that should cheer up any green savvy go-getter. What’s more, they’re really focusing on the Northwest this year around, with some highlighted “extracurricular” activities to boot:

A host of visual arts exhibits including an exploration of waste, regrowth and sustainability featuring work from Paul Miller (a/k/a DJ Spooky), among others; “Dada Economics” from Vital 5 Productions; The Seattle-Moscow Poster Show; and an expanded Gage Drawing Jam. In addition to visual arts, the Festival will include a performance by the celebrated Pacific Northwest Ballet; the merge of high-energy tap dance and Japanese Taiko drumming from NYC’s COBU; “like a magician, but cooler,” the magic stylings of Justin Kredible; a rare appearance by renowned Young Adult author S.E. Hinton; a poetry reading curated by Spencer Moody of the Murder City Devils; a theatrical extravaganza by Jason Webley; a literary food program hosted by acclaimed Seattle chef and restaurateur, Tom Douglas and much more. The Festival’s complete arts lineup and much anticipated comedy program will be announced in the coming months.

For those already sold, the music and arts festival takes place September 5-7th at the Seattle Center. Tickets are currently available for the low, low price of $80 bucks, which, as the official site points out, comes out to just $26.67 a day, or around $2.67 a show. Damn, those Pacific Northwesterners really know how to “kick” it.

Thanks to Phil and Colin for the tip off.