Bumbershoot 2008 Day 1: Grynch

The first day of Bumbershoot is over and I’m happy to report that, aside from a small disappointment, things went rather smoothly. One of the great things about the festival is its variety and I was able to take in a little bit of art, comedy and plenty of music.

When my friend and I arrived on the Seattle Center grounds the first notes of music we heard were the familiar sounds of “Black Hole Sun,” only guitars drums and a screaming Chris Cornell weren’t delivering the goods. It was another Seattle group, Das Vibenbass. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stick around for too long because Grynch was about to take the stage.

Seattle rapper Grynch was the perfect choice for who to see during the sunny early afternoon. His flow was smooth, he brought out a few guests (local rapper D Black and another local rapper whose name escapes me at the moment) and he was able to own the stage while performing.

Grynch is relatively young (he raps that he is 21 in one song) so it was not only cool to see such a fresh talent play to a large audience (likely the biggest he’s been in front of) it was cool to see him not get swallowed up by the size of the stage, or audience, because sometimes the sparse stage presence of an MC and a DJ can’t carry a set. But Grynch simply owned his time on stage.

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