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Lisa Prank, reminded me a little of children's songs for adults -- in a good way.
Lisa Prank, reminded me a little of children's songs for adults -- in a good way.
Huge queues for the Key Arena right from the opening of the gates
Huge queues for the Key Arena right from the opening of the gates
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
Seattle's Maiah Manser, a great vocal talent and songwriter.
TroyBoi, soulful electronica.
TroyBoi, soulful electronica.
TroyBoi, soulful electronica.
TroyBoi, soulful electronica.
For the DJ shows, the best photos are always of the crowd!
For the DJ shows, the best photos are always of the crowd!
For the DJ shows, the best photos are always of the crowd!
For the DJ shows, the best photos are always of the crowd!
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience.  The female singer reminds me ever so slightly of Elizabeth Fraser.
Erik Blood -- a surreal and moving experience. The female singer reminds me ever so slightly of Elizabeth Fraser.
Deep Sea Diver, one of my favorite Seattle bands.
Deep Sea Diver, one of my favorite Seattle bands.
Deep Sea Diver, one of my favorite Seattle bands.
Deep Sea Diver, one of my favorite Seattle bands.
Billy Idol, still sneering after all these years
Billy Idol, still sneering after all these years
Idol was performing with his long-time collaborator, guitarist Steve Stevens.
Idol was performing with his long-time collaborator, guitarist Steve Stevens.
Flesh for Fantasy!
Flesh for Fantasy!
Billy Idol, still striking the familiar poses.
Billy Idol, still striking the familiar poses.
09/09/2016

Bumbershoot Sunday 9/4/2016

By JASON E KAPLAN //

by Jason E Kaplan

Sunday at Bumbershoot brought a whole new set of performers. I started the afternoon with Lisa Prank, a witty, post-punk Seattle band fronted by singer - songwriter Robin Edwards.

From there I stopped by another Seattle artist, Maiah Manser. Manner is a singer of great talent and her songs build to great power and use broad sonic palettes and layered harmonies. Then it was another trip into the Key Arena for TroyBoi, an electronic producer with a bit of a Hiphop flavor.

Afterwards I headed next door to the (too) small KEXP stage where I caught Erik Blood. I had never heard of this act before, but they turned out to be one of the best things I saw at Bumbershoot this year. Part down-beat surreal electronic songs and part performance art. Then at the same tiny venue came one of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing: Seattle's Deep Sea Diver. A young group with a great electro-pop sound that should have a bright future.

At the end of the day I was excited to get approval to photograph Billy Idol because I still have the vinyl copy of Rebel Yell I bought new in 1985. At 60 he was a more wizened punk, but his voice amazingly, still sounded very much the same as it did 30 years ago.

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