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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21
Where It's At: Adele, Mars, Van Dyk lead busy June
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Where It's At: Adele, Mars, Van Dyk lead busy June

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The coolest spot to show off that summer tan is indoors in the month of June. Yes, this is the month that Bono and the gang finally take over Qwest Field with their giant claw, after last year's disappointing cancellation (for more info, check out our U2 article in this week's SGN). Another U.K. export, Adele, also returns to Seattle for a sold-out perform-ance at the Paramount Theatre. From the many choices of live shows in June, here's what not to miss.

ADELE
JUNE 1
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
(SOLD OUT)

What were they thinking?! By 'they' I mean the booking agents who originally scheduled Adele to play at one of the Showboxes. It was then moved - um, duh - to a bigger venue, where she rightfully belongs. The two-time Grammy winner, (and probable Grammy contender again in December) will combine music from her albums 21 and 19 on her set list. From what I remember of her Neumos concert two years ago, Adele interacts frequently with the audience and is a downright lovely performer. This is expected to be one of the best shows of 2011 - that voice, at the Paramount? Priceless! - so consider yourself fortunate if you have tickets.

BRUNO MARS/JANELLE MONAE
JUNE 2
WAMU THEATER

I have to admit, prior to Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae's pairing at the Grammy Awards in February, I didn't see any connection between these two. But after their joint per-formance, it all clicked - when it comes to energy, potential, and talent, they're evenly matched. So it makes perfect sense that Mars and Monae have hit the road together on a summer itinerary that includes a stop at WaMu Theater in early June. His resume boasts writer, recording artist, and producer with smash singles 'Nuthin' on You,' 'F*** You,' and 'Grenade' under his belt, while her portfolio is highlighted by three Grammy nominations and one of 2010's highest praised albums, The ArchAndroid. Together, they're gonna huff, puff, and blow that house away on June 2. For tickets, visit www.aeglive.com.

PAUL VAN DYK
JUNE 10
THE SHOWBOX SODO

Undoubtedly one of the top DJs on the planet is this man, Paul Van Dyk. The tall and striking German tours around the world and often headlines mega electronic music festi-vals, when he's not enjoying a multi-night residency at the most prestigious nightclubs, like Ibiza's award-winning Amnesia. Promoting his new work, Evolution, the Grammy-nominated artist will deliver an exciting, distinct live experience to Seattle fans with an appearance at The Showbox SoDo. He's supposedly going to play a long set, over two hours. For tickets, visit www.stgpresents.org.

AUGUSTANA/THE MAINE
JUNE 11
THE SHOWBOX MARKET

Two kind of new rock bands have merged efforts for a national road outing that stretches from Boston to San Diego and all points in between. Augustana and The Maine have both received good buzz individually, the former for its self-titled release this year and the latter for last year's Black and White album. You might remember John O'Callaghan, lead singer of The Maine, interviewing with Seattle Gay News and admitting to being flattered when hit on by other men - we love that. A second interview with the Arizona-based group is in the works - look for it in the coming weeks. Augustana frontman Dan Layus is also scheduled to interview with SGN, but for our big, fat Gay Pride issue next month. Anyway, you can see two great bands for the price of one when this double bill rides into town on June 11 - it should be a great concert. Check their music out on You-Tube. For tickets, visit www.showboxonline.com.

BRETT DENNEN
JUNE 14
MOORE THEATRE

Even if Brett Dennen doesn't ring a bell, you've probably heard his music before. It's been featured on TV shows, commercial backgrounds, and theatrical film trailers. You'd recognize him if you saw him, too, standing very tall with bright red hair. The singer-songwriter, who caught the attention of many Seattle folks when he performed at Bumber-shoot several years ago, returns to the Moore Theatre next month to support his newest album, Loverboy. Dennen is a Hotel Café Tour alum, where he once played with singer-songwriter familiars Joshua Radin and the Cary Brothers at The Crocodile - and where I once bored him with stories from my uneventful life over glasses of wine. For tickets, visit www.stgpresents.org.

DUNCAN SHEIK
JUNE 26
THE TRIPLE DOOR

Spring Awakening didn't just write itself. One of its co-creators is noble singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik, who's produced a string of standout tracks as a solo artist before he even became a Broadway marquee name. Among these are 'Barely Breathing,' 'On a High,' and 'Start Again.' His newest offering, Covers '80s, is exactly as the title indicates, a collection of interesting interpretations of new wave-pop singles from that decade, including a thoughtful re-do of Depeche Mode's 'Stripped' and an acoustic take on Tears for Fears' 'Shout.' An interview with Duncan Sheik will appear in our Pride Music issue, set to print on June 24. For tickets, visit www.thetripledoor.net.

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