Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Bumbershoot redux

Tacoma Weekly was undeterred by rumors of ravenous zombies roaming Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. We weren't about to miss out on Bumbershoot, Jet City's annual three-day showcase of music, arts and random weirdness. Here's some of what we saw with more Bumbershots and video viewable online at

  1. The infected were way friendlier than the carnivorous hordes seen on “World War Z,” flashing dead-eyed stares as they posed with festival goers when they weren't staging zombie attack flash mobs. British '60s pop band the Zombies weren't nearly as frightening as they played the Mural Amphitheatre.

  2. Synth-pop legend Gary Numan delivered one of the weekend's most dramatic and buzz-worthy sets, a performance that included “Cars” and “Metal” from his landmark 1979 album, “The Pleasure Principle,” and “Down in the Park” from his days as leader of Tubeway Army. “When the Sky Bleeds He Will Come” – among newer, gothy cuts – was a testament to his enduring relevance as a performer and songwriter.

  3. Ty Taylor – dapper front man for classic rhythm and blues act Vintage Trouble – was among the festival's most magnetic performers. He recalled a young James Brown as his band romped through retro rump-shakers from its debut album, “The Bomb Shelter.”

  4. Fresh from an appearance at Burning Man Festival, world beat/electronic fusion band Beats Antique (Zoe Jakes pictured) overcame nagging sound issues and a stolen laptop to deliver a crowd-pleasing set at the Fountain Lawn stage.

  5. On a sweltering Sunday, Isaiah John sported a fuzzy, green ensemble as he passed out info on medical marijuana cards. Judging by the plumes of smoke and rich, herbal smell wafting through KeyArena as Kendrick Lamar performed, many concertgoers were favorable to the green agenda.

  6. Tacoma's own Vicci Martinez headlined the Mural Amphitheatre stage on Sunday with songs from her major label debut, “Vicci,” and fan favorites from her days coming up Jazzbones, the Swiss Tavern and other local haunts. We're guessing you might see her onstage next when pop mentor CeeLo Green headlines the Washington State Fair grandstand on Sept. 12.

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