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*all photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf  for Craving Amazing unless otherwise noted*

Well, another Labor Day Weekend has come and gone. The wildfires on the west coast rage on, and cover the city in a blanket of ash and smoke. Mother Nature couldn’t have been more precise with her timing though. She decided to wait until right after this year’s Bumbershoot Festival to really get crazy in Seattle. The tens of thousands of music lovers did plenty of getting crazy themselves for 3 days with one of the most complete lineups in Bumbershoot memory.

DAY 1:

Friday for us began with a double header of ferocious female super power with simultaneous sets from R&B singer Jorja Smith and the Lynn Gunn fronted brand PVRIS. While their sets were both at 5pm, we couldn’t help ourselves but to bounce between both of them. PVRIS’ new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, just debuted a week before Bumbershoot, so we were fortunate souls that had a chance to hear some of the new tracks live before PVRIS kicks off their North American tour later this month.

>> Watch the music video for PVRIS’ “Holy” here <<

I was hipped to Jorja Smith about a month before Bumbershoot, and have honestly been listening to her stuff non-stop ever since. The British beauty wooed the crowd with her smooth R&B sounds, akin to a young Sade with the way she captures her audience. Her songwriting shines on tracks like “Beautiful Little Fools” and “Teenage Fantasy.”

Big Sean was next, and the Dark Sky Paradise and I Decided rapper was absolutely stunning on stage. Sean has always had a super energetic live show, and his Bumbershoot debut was no different. He went up and down his catalog from new to old, along with collaborations from his colleagues’ tracks as well. Big Sean also kept it 110% when he called for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Hurricane Henry.

Flume closed out the main stage on Friday with a spectacular array of live production and unforgettable mixes. The Space Needle serving as a backdrop to the left of the stage was the perfect way to watch such a dope performance.

DAY 2:

We took the early hours of day 2 to explore the festival and see what cool things we could find. Of course food is always a priority, and the food trucks coupled with the armory’s selection of restaurants and vendors made us happy campers for sure! Lots of goodies for everyone, and Chipotle was even in the house with a pop up burrito bar. Why isn’t that a thing more often?

Tacocat and Weezer were on the music menu for the day and both sets were so much fun to be a part of. From there we ventured into Key Arena to catch a little bit of E-40’s Bay Area Slaps.

DAY 3:

The height of the weekend had to be Solange’s main stage set. Her and her band, donned in all red outfits (head to toe, shoes and all it was so wavy, trust me) absolutely stole the show. Solange sounded like an angel amidst walking thru and singing with the crowd, getting her dance on, and orchestrating an amazing band equipped with keys, drums, horns and background vocals. It was captivating to say the least, and overhearing many in the Bumbershoot crowd, this was by far everyone’s favorite time throughout the entire weekend.

photo courtesy of Bumbershoot Festival

The decades-long running festival seems to be hitting their stride right now with incredible performances, great art installations and a rich history. The energy is palpable and even at 40+ years old, Bumbershoot is alive and kickin’ it.

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