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Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

For reasons unknown to me, Bumbershoot lost money last year even though it drew pretty big crowds and had one of the better musical lineups of the past decade, including The Replacements. As a result of the loss, One Reel handed over the reigns to AEG Live for 2015.

I hadn’t bought tickets in advance, and heard on Saturday that it was sold out that day. I really wanted to go on Sunday to See Israel Nash and Neko Case, so I checked the paper Sunday morning and read about how the torrential thunderstorm shut it down for a while. I’m glad I didn’t go that day. But that wasn’t the only thing wrong. I read this by Danny Westneat:

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Super Bowl XLIX: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots in University of Phoenix Stadium at 3:30 p.m. PST

Super Bowl XLIX: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots in University of Phoenix Stadium at 3:30 p.m. PST

Big game for Seattle fans today. A chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. You can read the expert opinions here and here about why the Patriots will win or why the Seahawks will win. You’ll find the experts are pretty evenly divided, and their score predictions are all pretty close. I’m no expert, but I say Seahawks win because they’re good enough and smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like them! And it’s not just people in these parts that do.

ESPN Super Bowl Winner Map

So my prediction is Russell Wilson won’t have a bad day like he had during the first 55 minute’s of the NFC Championship game. Instead he will make good decisions during all 60 minutes, and a lot of those decisions will result in Marshawn Lynch getting the ball and going all Beast Mode on New England’s defense. Seattle’s “pedestrian” receivers will block down field very well like they always do for Marshwan, and they’ll catch some balls too. Look for Baldwin to have a huge day.

Our defense will be too much for Brady to handle. They are big, fast, and tackle better than any other team. Gronkowski is supposed to be the Patriot to give them problems. Chancellor and Wagner can handle him with a little help from Irvin and Wright.

That said, my prediction is Seahawks win 23-19.

Go ‘Hawks!

UPDATE: Well the game didn’t turn out like I thought it would. Tom Brady brought the Patriots back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against a Seattle defense that rarely gives up any points in the fourth quarter. Seattle got the ball with a little over two minutes to go, and after a long throw to Marshawn down the left sideline for 31 yards, then a quick pass to Ricardo Lockette for 11, and then an amazing catch by Jermaine Kearse for 33, the Seahawks were on the five-yard line of New England. Beast Mode carried the ball to the one, and then… the worst play call ever. On second down with 26 seconds to go and one time out left the game was Seattle’s to win. But instead of handing the ball to Beast Mode, who was on a roll, Darrell Bevell called a slant pass. The pass probably looked good to Wilson right when the ball left his hand on the way to Lockette, but a split second later, Malcom Butler crashed in front of the ball and picked it to seal the 28-24 Patriots win.

The best running team in the league with the best running back and best running quarterback, and they pass it? Worst call ever.

Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance Group at Bumbershoot 2014

Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance Group at Bumbershoot 2014

My buddy and I were sitting in the shade inside Fountain Lawn beer garden enjoying a cold beer when we heard some loud drumming start up behind us. We turned around, and this is what we saw: the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec performance group.

Ce Atl Tonalli drums

Ce Atl Tonalli flute

Ce Atl Tonalli sun worshipper

Ce Atle Tonalli dancer

Ce Atl Tonalli kid

All photos taken with a Sony NEX-5, 55mm – 210mm zoom. Click to embiggen.

Valerie June at Bumbershoot 2014

Valerie June at Bumbershoot 2014

Valerie June played Bumbershoot today and told the audience some things about the songs she played. Here she is telling us about the title track to her 2013 album, Pushin’ Against a Stone.

Valerie June - Pushin'

And here are some more shots of her performance at the Mural Amphitheater.

Valerie June Mural 1

Valerie June full shot

Valerie June Mural 2

All photos take with a Sony NEX-5 with using a 55mm – 210mm zoom, loaded here as 50% of actual size. Click on photos to embiggen.

The Replacements at Bumbershoot 2014

The Replacements at Bumbershoot 2014

The Replacements were my favorite band back in the eighties. Paul Westerberg wrote great rock ‘n roll lyrics, and the band was loose and wild. You never knew what to expect from them. They could be sloppy drunk, they could decide to shave their eyebrows… Buy one thing you knew was they would play at deafening volumes. I blame them for much of my hearing loss.

They recently reformed with original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on bass. They’ve added Dave Minehan on guitar taking over Slim Dunlap’s role, and Josh Freese on drums taking over Chris Mars’ role.

They don’t do a lot of shows, so we in Seattle should consider ourselves lucky that they performed at Bumbershoot yesterday. I’ve been to hundreds of shows at Bumbershoot, and I have to say that their performance yesterday was the best Bumbershoot show I’ve ever seen.

Here are the photos – all taken with a Sony NEX-5 using a 55mm – 210mm zoom. (50% resolution for this post. Click on them to embiggen)

Paul Westerberg and Josh Freese

Tommy Stinson

Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg up front

Dave Minehan

Paul the Blues Harp Player

Westerberg and Minehan - encore

And here is the setlist via When You Motor Away.

Favorite Thing
Takin a Ride
I’m in Trouble
Don’t Ask Why
I’ll Be You
Waitress in the Sky
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out / Third Stone From the Sun
Take Me Down to the Hospital
I Want You Back
Nowhere Is My Home
Color Me Impressed
Achin’ To Be
Kiss Me on the Bus
I Will Dare
Love You in the Fall (Westerberg solo song)
White and Lazy
Love You Till Friday/Maybellene
Can’t Hardly Wait
Bastards of Young
Left Of The Dial
Alex Chilton

Greetings from Georgetown, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood

Greetings from Georgetown, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood

Georgetow welcome sign

According to Wikipedia, it is Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, established in 1851.

I was in Georgetown Thursday evening drinking beers at the Machine House Brewery with friends. I hadn’t spent much time in the neighborhood before, and didn’t wander around much while I was there. I did, however see dozens of very large jets flying just a couple hundred yards above the buildings as they approached the landing strip at Boeing Field. Very loud, and quite startling at times. I thought why Georgetown? This neighborhood should be named Jet City.

I road my bike down to Georgetown this morning with hopes of getting some great shots of jets flying overhead, but I never saw or heard a jet the whole hour I was there wandering around. I guess they don’t schedule flights in on Saturday mornings so as not to distract visitors from taking in all it has to offer.

Georgetown is home to the building that housed the original Rainier Brewery. It now houses the Machine House Brewery.

Machine House Brewery

Georgetown’s tether ball rules are posted on a fence.

Georgetown tether-ball rules sign

I didn’t see a tether-ball pole anywhere near it. Maybe they bring it out for special occasions.

Ever been to a trailer-park mall?

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

If you were there today you could win monkey art in a raffle.

Trailer Park Mall monkey sculpture raffle

Next trip I’m hoping there are jets roaring over me again.