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Chris Porter

Programming Director,
One Reel/Bumbershoot Festival
Seattle, WA, USA
Chris has been a music industry professional for over 25 years. After working in college radio at WJUL in Lowell, MA and becoming Music Director there, he went on to manage several Boston based rock acts and start his own record label called Presto Records. That soon led to opportunities to book various nightclubs throughout much of the 1990’s in Boston including Bunrattys, The Middle East, and Mama Kin Music Hall.

His career continued in Seattle as the music talent buyer for One Reel, the producers of the long running Bumbershoot Festival and other special events and concerts. He has been at One Reel for 16 years and is currently the company’s Programming Director, overseeing all aspects of programming and booking for various events.

In addition to his One Reel/Bumbershoot Festival duties, he is also involved as an occasional nightclub promoter, DJ, and sports fan event producer.

One Reel is a non-profit arts, cultural and special events producer specializing in events that inform as well as entertain. One of the oldest Northwest U.S. arts organizations, One Reel’s presentations of music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature and cinema draw from a global pool of artists, often crossing geographic and cultural lines to connect artist and audience. One Reel is most well known for the Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle's long running music and arts multi-day event) and the Family 4th at Lake Union fireworks presentation.