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Mar 27, 2014 12:37 PM

Jamie Peck

Meet The Man Behind The Music: Bumbershoot's Chris Porter

Anyone who's been to Seattle's Bumbershoot festival in the past 17 years has enjoyed the work of Chris Porter, whether they know it or not. As Head of Music Programming for the festival, Porter oversees every aspect of the booking process. Ten months out of the year, Porter puts together what he refers to as the "jigsaw puzzle" on a large whiteboard in his small office. Before moving to Seattle, Porter worked as a booker at such beloved Boston area venues as Bunratty's and The Middle East, and as a band manager and musician.

We recently caught up with the man himself to talk about his humble beginnings, Boston vs. Seattle and what advice he has for those coming up in the business.

Sonicbids Bumbershoot Artists to Appear in Billboard Magazine

Could being selected to play one of the country's most loved music festivals get any better? Why yes, it could.

In addition to receiving a travel stipend, the four artists selected to play Bumbershoot through Sonicbids will appear in a full-page spread in Billboard magazine!

Red Jacket Mine on Their Bumbershoot Experience and Advice for Artists Applying This Year

Last year, pop/rock band Red Jacket Mine took Bumbershoot by storm. They were one of five Sonicbids acts selected to play Seattle's premier festival. We chatted with RJM about preparing to play Bumbershoot, advice for artists applying this year (scroll to the bottom for submission details!), and what's next for the band.

How to Play Bumbershoot

It's been a killer month for Seattle. The Seahawks just stomped the Broncos in the Super Bowl, hometown hero Macklemore cleaned up the Grammys, and to top it off, Bumbershoot submissions are now open!