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Bumbershoot fills out lineup for Labor Day

Bumbershoot, Seattle Center’s Labor Day weekend arts festival, returns this year with a lineup that features groundbreaking artists Pixies and Public Enemy, red-hot up-and-comers Van Hunt and The Killers, heritage artists Toots and the Maytals and Nancy Sinatra, underground heroes Brother Ali and The Beta Band, Seattle favorites The Presidents of the United States of America and Death Cab for Cutie, and more than 2,500 musicians and artists on 18 stages and venues.

Daily highlights, as announced recently by Bumbershoot organizers:

Sept. 3: Hometown Throwdown with The Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and United State of Electronica, Burning Spear, Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine, Against Me!, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, BR549, Clear Cut Press featuring Charles D’Ambrosio and Lou Barlow, Kultur Shock, The Clumsy Lovers, Rock Steady Crew’s Ken Swift, Himsa, Memphis Radio Kings, The Stranger’s PIZZAZZ! Talent Show.

Sept. 4: Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Seal, Van Hunt, Nancy Sinatra, Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited, Face to Face, Kiki and Herb, Robyn Hitchcock, The Black Keys, Drive-By Truckers, Ursula Rucker, Fourthcity Laptop DJ Battle Showcase, Roomful of Blues, Pedro the Lion, Brother Ali, Unwritten Law, Voices in Wartime, Tamango’s Urban Tap, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and His Ensemble, Mindy Smith, American Music Club.

Sept. 5: Hip-Hop 101 with Nas, Public Enemy, Byrdie and Massive Monkees, The Walkmen, The Beta Band, Natalie MacMaster, Soulive featuring Reggie Watts, Ben Kweller, Plastilina Mosh, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, The Pollack-Hodgman Interviews, Bobby Rush, The Bad Plus, These Arms Are Snakes, Vienna Teng, Crooked Fingers, Cheb I Sabbah, Cobra High, Brainstorm 4 Emcee Battle Finals, Josh Ritter, indie comics and graphic novels with Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Hernandez, Jessica Abel and Peter Bagge.

Sept. 6: Pixies, Built to Spill, The Marley Brothers, Toots and the Maytals, Bebel Gilberto, Critters Buggin featuring All-Star Jam Finale, Bo Diddley with The Johnnie Johnson Band, Galactic, Sam Roberts, Rise Against, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Kaki King, Galactic, Nick Lowe, The Killers, Control Machete, Ursula Hegi, Will Power, Brainstorm 4 B-Boy Finals, Jonathan Raban, Harvey Danger, On The Speakers, The Bad Plus, Richmond Fontaine, The Turn-Ons.

Bumbershoot showcases the work of hundreds of regional, national and international artists in almost every discipline, including visual arts, dance, theater and performance, literary, graphic novels and zines, comedy and film. Tickets are on sale now, with a 40 percent discount on advance single-day tickets through Aug. 26. Adult prices before Aug. 26 range from $15 for a single-day pass to $55 for a four-day pass. Tickets are available now at, Western Washington Ticketmaster outlets or by phone 206-628-0888 and (beginning Aug. 6) Western Washington Starbucks.