Seattle has a reputation for being rainy, but on day one of Bumbershoot
, the music and cultural festival held this year over Memorial Day weekend, the city outdid itself with both rain and lightning.
Festival goers who traveled from across the country to get a glimpse of hip-hop artist Atmosphere or '90s mod-rock band Cake achieved their goal—for about 45 minutes.
Organizers put a lightning delay in effect and the rain fell so hard it flowed in sheets down the Seattle Center walkways and obscured the Space Needle. When the rain lessened and the thunder echoed away, the party started again.
What seemed like an inauspicious start to the weekend gave way to gorgeous weather and a festival lineup that had crowds rushing between stages and venues rather than to shelter.
Joining Atmosphere and Cake were DeVotchKa and Hozier, Boise's own Built to Spill, The Melvins and Social Distortion, and Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals. Practically every genre got stage time. When the music felt like a rain and lightning storm of its own, crowds retreated to indoor venues to hear from speakers like Sherman Alexie, Kevin Smith and the writers behind the FOX television series Brooklyn Nine Nine
interviewed by The Onion AV Club.
For three days, Saturday, Sept. 5-Monday, Sept. 7, the Seattle Center was a haze of migrating crowds, marijuana smoke and the smell of food. Boise Weekly hit up every show it could—check out our slideshow of some of the most memorable moments here: