There’s tons to see at Bumbershoot that’s not on one of the event’s stages. This weekend, SPIN.com has spotted a soulful singer/songwriter strumming her acoustic guitar near Seattle Center’s International Fountain and has witnessed several impromptu jam sessions coinciding alongside hackey sack pickup games. There’ve been teenage garage trios rocking the festival ground’s well-groomed paths, and talented kids have been playing every instrument from drums to bass to violins. One duo, Bag’n’Pipe Hoppers, boast curious tunes, as the pair blend beats with bagpipes. When asked why they don’t take one of the festival’s stages for an official set, bagpiper Don P. Scobie told SPIN.com he “doesn’t have time to promote [his band] to play on a stage,” but that doesn’t stop them from continuing to play. “We just like making music,” he said. ERICA METZLER
PHOTOS BY ERICA METZLER, ZOFIA GIL, JOSH SABROWSKY
At Bumbershoot ’06, Spin is on the ground with our college correspondent program. Eight college students — four writers, four photographers — earned the opportunity to cover the festival for SPIN.com, live, all weekend long. Sound appealing? Stay tuned to SPIN.com for future opportunities to apply for our college correspondent program!