The famed festival began in Seattle in 1971. Then, it featured a throw-away headliner -- Sheb Wooley, who sang "Purple People Eater" -- and a very popular hot pants contest.
Now, it includes comedy acts, film and, most of all, music. This year's list of diverse marquee acts includes Tony Bennett, Janes Addiction and Skrillex.
Meanwhile, up-and-comers like Passion Pit, M83 and Best Coast round out the weekend, giving concertgoers a chance to brag years from now that they saw them when.
Tickets range from $45 for one-day passes to $475 for platinum three-day passes at bumbershoot.org.
Over the Cascades, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, the Dave Matthews Band will set up camp for its annual three-day stint, playing Friday through Sunday.
The rock band will release on Sept. 11 a new album, "Away From the World." If it debuts at No. 1, it will mark the group's sixth album in a row to bow at the top of the charts, a testament to the group's enduring popularity.
Tickets are $61.50 to $89.90 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Closer to home, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery will welcome Diana Krall to its outdoor amphitheater at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The pop-jazz singer is also readying a new studio album, her first in three years. "Glad Rag Doll" will feature Krall doing renditions of songs first written and recorded in the 1920s and 1930s.
Tickets are $63.15 to $117.55 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Marymoor Park, meanwhile, will hold two shows in the coming week.
First up is a double bill: 311 and Slightly Stoopid, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The bigger of those two bands, 311, released its latest album, "Universal Pulse," in 2011, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Tickets are $63.15 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Then, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, Silversun Pickups will play the venue.
The band, often compared to the Smashing Pumpkins, is touring behind "Neck of the Woods," which produced the alt-rock radio hit "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" earlier this year.
Tickets are $48 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Another double-bill will play the Tacoma Dome at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Linkin Park and Incubus.
Linkin Park released the No. 1 album "Living Things" earlier this summer, showing there's still an audience for its electronically influenced alt-metal.
Incubus continues to tour behind its 2011 album, "If Not Now, When?" which reached No. 2 on the charts.
Tickets are $49.88 to $78.34 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
The much-praised experimental electronica act Amon Tobin will play the WaMu Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tobin's last album, "ISAM," didn't even land on the Billboard charts, an oddity for an act that can play a venue as big as the WaMu. Chart that up to fans who are willing to turn out for shows even if they don't buy albums.
Tickets are $43.35 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Drawing a sharp contrast with Tobin, Hank III also will play at 8 p.m. Saturday across town, at the Showbox SoDo.
Hank III, the grandson of Hank Williams, has built a loyal fanbase playing gritty, often-profane country punk.
Tickets are $22.50 at show boxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3479, firstname.lastname@example.org
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