Scenes from Bumbershoot Day 3

We’d be lying if we said we woke up Monday morning feeling anything but drained. Sure, we were excited about getting to spend another day outside in gorgeous weather listening to some amazing musicians but we needed some serious extra energy to get us through the day.

Luckily for us, the performers we were lucky enough to see on Day 3 at Bumbershoot had more than enough on-stage dynamism to power the entire city for at least the day. To say there wasn’t a shortage of charisma and showmanship among the day’s best bets would be a gross understatement.

Keep on scrolling to see some of our favorite shots of the day’s very best acts and don’t forget to skim through all of our Bumbershoot 2011 coverage here.

Kicking the day off with interpretive dancing and assured gesturing recalling the Andrew Wood-era of Seattle frontmen, Daniel Blue and the rest of Motopony played to an appreciative crowd, many of whom had just rolled out of bed minutes earlier.

While area hipsters were waking up from the floors and futons across Seattle, mom and dad were starting their day off with Seattle folk band The Legendary Oaks at the Starbucks stage.

There are simply no words that can sum up the raw power and emotional force that is seeing Charles Bradley live. As one of our friends mentioned, this guy is “the real deal.” The 63-year-old “Screaming Eagle of Soul” is a performer you absolutely must see live to fully appreciate. KEXP’s forthcoming video of his music lounge performance should tide you over until he’s back in town. We’ll be sure to add the link once it’s live.

For a city that’s notoriously stationary at shows, Fitz and The Tantrums worked their new-soul charm and had the entire KEXP music lounge dancing and clapping along to every saxophone-driven tune.

What Sharon Van Etten’s set lacked in energy, she more than made up for with beautiful tales of loss and heartbreak.

With sets nearly as full of humorous asides as they are with impressive fretwork and dynamic percussion, Ravenna Woods certainly knows how to put on a fun show. One gem of a joke from drummer Matt Badger: “Why did the farmer start a band? He was tired of Haulin’ Oats.” The band then jokingly, with a splash of sincerity, checked to see if Darryl Hall or John Oates were in the audience to make sure they hadn’t offended the legends of yesteryear and headliners of the evening.


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