"Hello Bumbershoot! Are you happy? -Aurelio Martinez and Garifuna Soul
Nothing attracts sun-baked Jimmy Buffet dads quite like hand drums. I caught Aurelio Martinez and Garifuna Soul at 1 pm yesterday (so early in Bumbershoot time!), and there was already quite the assortment of batiked shirts, straw fedoras, and shirtless/shoeless folk who have definitely thought about shirking their responsibilities to live indefinitely in Belize or really anywhere with a beach and alcohol.
Aurelio Martinez is a Honduran musician (and political figure), who plays music in the tradition of the Garifuna, which Martinez explained is a mix of Caribbean and African people who live by the beach and have a good time! The music is definitely an extension of that sentiment: warm, laid-back, and made for moving your body to. The band (I'm not sure if the backing band is referred to as "Garifuna Soul" since that's also the name of Martinez' most popular album) played a few bouncy songs before walking to the front of the stage, turning around, and shaking his butt in a way that puts both Miley Cyrus and Big Freedia to shame—and with like, half the effort. He'd shake his hips, turn and laugh, then hold up the sides of his white jacket to shake some more. The audience was getting into it, too—some were better butt-shakers than others, but there wasn't really a wrong way to get down on such a beautiful sunny day. Except for maybe the interpretive dad-sters—though I guess I could see how sometimes, you just gotta wake up early, down several rum drinks, and let your Labor Day fly.