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Bumbershoot 2014: A Biased Review

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Conner Thomas

It wasn't difficult to pick out my favorite act of Bumbershoot this year, and here's why.  First of all, the crowd that attends Bumbershoot is all over the place. Fittingly, about as all-over-the-place as the musical selections in attendance. Being a non-genre specific music festival in Seattle, I can't be surprised that 50% or more of the music was local indie-rock, but beyond that, nothing seemed to quite fit into place. I am however, very glad that the USC Events was able to book some amazing producers for the night time, after the rest of the festival activities had died down. [caption id="attachment_25381" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Johnny Monsoon Bumbershoot Local talent Johnny Monsoon opened the musical gates for Myon&Shane54[/caption] Before you yell "But Conner! You're writing for an EDM blog! Of course you didn't enjoy the other music there!" Hear this: I did like some of it! Bootsy Collins was my second favorite act all weekend, and as I suspected, was what I like to call a "sleeper agent" of Bumbershoot. The stage he played at was not particularly crowded, but man, the music was SO funky. I'm talking "Flashlight" by Parliament kind of funky. Beyond that though, I was not hugely impressed. The rest of the music there was a hodgepodge of rap, hiphop, and other abrasive noises that were probably very well performed, but sounded terrible due to the awful acoustics of every stage. However, the USC Conscious Nights Stage was a different story... [caption id="attachment_25384" align="aligncenter" width="527"]Myon & Shane 54 Bumbershoot Myon & Shane 54 took the stage with a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm[/caption] This brings me to the real reason I attended Bumbershoot this year. Monday, Labor Day night, my favorite Hungarian Trance duo (Myon & Shane 54) was set to take the Pavilion Stage for a night of unforgettable music. I hung out at the USC stage a little bit the first two days, but I knew that I would be there all night on the third day, so I opted to explore the Bumbershoot music a bit on Saturday and Sunday. Monday's night of digital wonder opened up with my personal friend Allen aka AudioH, before local duo Gravity Lift took over. They both played killer sets, and you can bet if I find those sets online that you'll see them posted here pronto! [caption id="attachment_25382" align="aligncenter" width="536"]MS54 Bumbershoot Myon & Shane 54 played mostly hard-hitting electro-trance, but also snuck in a few Anjuna classics.[/caption] Johnny Monsoon took over the decks next, and as you see in the first picture, he had a crowd riled-up and ready to dance at his disposal. The hard-hitting beats rung out for the next 50 minutes, and you could tell when the two MS54-shaped silhouettes appeared in the back of the stage, that the crowd was ready for Trance. Overall, Myon & Shane 54's set was everything I could have asked for. They played some hard-hitting electro-house sounding trance, but also snuck in a few of their timeless mashups, (Love Comes Again being a highlight) and even a few Anjuna Trance tracks like Sticky Fingers (one of my favorites) and Bullet Catch! (the crowd went nuts!) [caption id="attachment_25383" align="aligncenter" width="617"]Shane 54 takes a slefie with the crazy crowd of trance-loving Bumbershoot-goers! Shane 54 takes a slefie with the crazy crowd of trance-loving Bumbershoot-goers![/caption]

"You know what, that probably was [the youngest crowd we've ever played for]. Unless, you know, we go play Disneyland next. A friend of mine spins there every week." ~Myon, of Myon & Shane54

All in all, it was an awesome time! I'm glad I got to hang out with the USC crew afterwards, and I can't wait to see what kinds of guest stages they host at other Seattle events!