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posted Friday, March 2, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 09
Three 'divas,' En Vogue coming to Jazz Alley
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Three 'divas,' En Vogue coming to Jazz Alley

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Prepare yourself for three funky divas. En Vogue (Terry Ellis, Cindy Braggs, Maxine Jones) are swinging through Seattle for a four-night run at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, their debut appearance at the intimate venue. The Grammy-nominated act was one of the most successful groups of the '90s with a streak of top-charting R&B and pop hits that includes 'Hold On,' 'Giving Him Something He Can Feel,' 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),' 'Don't Let Go,' and 'Free Your Mind,' used most recently during a flash mob scene in Modern Family. En Vogue slimmed down from a quartet to a three-piece when Dawn Robinson left in 1987, but the remaining members are still going strong and their fans have certainly not given up on them. Before these ladies hit Jazz Alley, they're speaking with me right here in The Music Lounge. Look for the En Vogue interview on March 16. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley is now accepting reservations for all of En Vogue's scheduled performances on March 22-25 - visit www.jazzalley.com or call (206) 441-9729.

It's never a good sign when someone on a street corner is handing out VIP bracelets at no charge, luring passersby with promises of free booze and a killer party, five minutes before showtime. But this was exactly the scene a block away from the Olympic Sculpture Park on Monday night when hip hop artist Rye Rye slipped into town for a one-off special engagement, as part of a round-the-world concert series promotion sponsored by Dell and Intel. It was disappointing from the get-go. Not only was Rye Rye - a Baltimore rapper who's collaborated with Robyn and M.I.A. - late going on stage a half-hour after the announced '8:30 p.m. sharp' start time, but the energy in the room was not entirely at party decibel. Let's just say I've been to rowdier book signings than this. Fans got to submit ideas for Rye Rye's graffiti-like banner and her duo-toned hair style (uh, not pretty), and many of them were tuning in on Noisy.com as the mini-concert was broadcast live. The small audience gathered inside the PACCAR Pavilion leaned more Bon Iver than modern hip-hop - who invites a Top Pot doughnut crowd to a Rye Rye show? (They did enjoy those free cocktails, though.) I adore Rye Rye's spunky personality and bursting smile, first noticed when she opened for M.I.A. two years back at The Showbox Market, and the girl's got some moves - she and her dance posse waxed that stage like no one's biz. But in the short time I stayed for the performance, which included the lukewarm hit 'Wassup Wassup,' it just felt really amateur to me. Where's Missy Elliott when you need her?

Two just-announced shows are landing on the same night. Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Kristin Chenoweth is set to perform at the Paramount Theatre on May 9, the exact evening The Drums are playing at Neumos. Find ticket information for Chenoweth at www.stgpresents.org and for The Drums at www.neumos.com.

The bad news? Madonna's first show at Key Arena, on October 2, is entirely sold out. The good news? Some tickets remain for the second concert the following night, October 3. Go to www.livenation.com for ticket info. By the way, as of this writing the countdown to Madge's arrival in Seattle is just 216 days!

Finally, look for an exclusive review of Radiohead in Kansas City coming up in the March 16 issue. SGN writer Jerry Peerson is traveling to the Midwest to cover the band's performance before they hit Seattle's Key Arena in early April.

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