Labor Day weekend is one of Seattle's busiest -- between Penny Arcade Expo, the opening of Husky football and Bumbershoot, traffic is rough and parking is worse. And while you may be inclined to duck and cover (or flee to the Gorge for Dave Matthews Band), there are a few things at Bumbershoot that are definitely worth sticking around for. Here's what not to miss:
11:45 - The Flavr Blue, the TuneIn Stage: If you love Macklemore's "White Walls," you're definitely familiar with at least one of the three voices who make up The Flavr Blue -- Hollis Wong-Wear, who lends her sweet female vocals to the ode to Cadillacs, is one of the band's vocalists. Catch this synth-pop trio before they start playing truly huge venues, which is any day now.
12:30 - Dave B, the Fountain Lawn: You've heard about Seattle's hip-hop scene, but how into it are you? If you're even a little interested in what's happening in young Seattle hip-hop, you have to catch this winner of 2013's Sound Off! competition.
1:15 - Nacho Picasso, Fisher Green: Same deal as Dave B. Pitchfork and XXL have already raved about his skills as an MC, with complex, often humorous lyrics and entertaining onstage antics. This slightly-nerdy rapper is not to be missed.
2:00 - Why Froyo? Why YOLO? Why Now?, Word and Ideas Stage: Back for the third year, the festival's inquisitive "Why This? Why That? Why Now?" prods cultural issues with the help of experts on the subject. Get deeply thoughtful on what the young people are up to with this first installment.
3:30 - Thao & The Get Down, Stay Dow, the Fountain Lawn: Thao's 2008 "We Brave Bee Stings and All" was a college radio favorite, but it was her collaboration with Mirah that really showed that this versatile, quirky musician could do. Now, back with the band for "We The Common," Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down are bringing new levels of musicality to their inspired lyricism with unsual instruments and melody.
4:00 - Kendrick Lamar, Key Arena: One of the top headliners of this year's festival, Kendrick Lamar is hugely popular with the underage crowd, but has plenty of appeal for adults, too. He's worked with some of the top names in West Coast hip-hop, and grinds out jaw-droping lyrics over body-pumping beats.
5:15 - The Physics, the Fountain Lawn: Keep rolling with the hip-hop for this homegrown group. With songs like "Coronas on Madrona," it doesn't get more inside the Town than the Physics.
6:00 - Fantagraphics Follies, Words and Ideas Stage: Fantagraphics is a nationally-acclaimed publisher of some of the most famous and influential graphic novels -- and Seattle's lucky enough to have them right in our backyard. Get some context on beloved artists like Ellen Forney and Peter Bagge with this informative retrospective.
6:30 - Patton Oswalt and Friends, Comedy at the Bagley: What can be said about Patton Oswald, who is both a well-known sitcom actor and Twitter celebrity for things like livetweeting "Downton Abbey"? More than just a comedian (though he is that), Oswalt a skilled writer, often voicing difficult opinions on social media -- and he's got a lot of friends. You never know who might show up.
8:00 - Gary Numan, TuneIn Stage: Gary Numan has been making synth since way before the rest of the new class, but that just means he's bringing the genre to newer, more mature levels. Forget "Cars" and sit back with his new, vocal-driven sound.
9:00 - Washed Out, the Fountain Lawn: Two weeks ago, the world got to stream the entirety of Washed Out's newest album, "Paracosm," which immediately introduced new audiences to the one-man dance/synth/pop act who also happens to be best known for writing the dreamy theme to IFC's "Portlandia." The album has already received plenty of acclaim, and this show is likely to get pretty full (and fun).
9:45 - Heart, Mainstage: One of Seattle's most beloved hometown acts, the Wilson sisters have been rocking stages across the world for ages. Now, they make their Bumbershoot debut on the Mainstage that is sure to bring together fans of all age groups.
10:00 - Crystal Castles, TuneIn Stage: End your night with a sweaty, synth-y electronic set that'll probably be a crush of superfans. Playing together for nearly a decade, the experimental chiptune sound of Crystal Castles has evolved quite a bit, but the chaotic performances are always a good time.
Bumbershoot takes place at Seattle Center today through Monday. Tickets and more information available here.