Sheryl Crow, De La Soul, Katy Perry Kick Off Bumbershoot

September 6th, 2009 by Jonathan Zwickel Leave a reply »

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“I gotta say, I’m really excited about Katy Perry,” Sheryl Crow gushed briefly about Perry’s Bumbershoot-opening set last night, slyly insinuating the chorus from “I Kissed a Girl” into her own opening number, “A Change Will Do You Good.” Crow, Saturday’s main stage headliner at Seattle’s annual late-summer fest, showed the confident ease of an American rock icon, playing with a five-piece roots-rock band to a small but dedicated crowd. Peter Stroud laid down weepy slide guitar for “Strong Enough,” while fans sang along to “Good Is Good,” and Crow switched from acoustic to electric for “I Can’t Cry Anymore.” She gave the song a fitting introduction: “Seattle has great musicians. Heart’s at the top of my list. I like me some Eddie Vedder.”

Meanwhile, across Seattle Center at the moonlit Fisher Green Stage, De La Soul downloaded a greatest hits playlist from hip-hop’s late Golden Age. Pos and Dave, with Maceo on turntables, were backed by a crack four-piece band, plus horns and percussion, both three-deep. They started sloppy — this live band thing might’ve been a first in 20-some years of De La history — but by the time they hit “Pass the Plugs,” dipping into serious JBs territory, the set was locked. What proceeded from there was hip-hop heaven. “Jenifa Taught Me” sounded like Otis Redding done De La, “Me Myself and I” felt just right, and the core trio shooed the band offstage for a “two MCs, one DJ” version of “Ooh.” Their night-ending, full band version of Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc” had the crowd going bananas.

Hours earlier, Katy Perry opened the main stage with an uneven 40-minute set under gloomy early afternoon s...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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