by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
On my long list of guys I want made into a popsicle, Austin Mahone is way at the top. And without going into graphic detail, let's just say that I would really enjoy that popsicle right down to the very last bite. Mahone, an up and coming pop star, became a YouTube sensation and then signed to a major record label, which then led to opening select concert dates for music giant Taylor Swift, which then led to his own headlining tour backed by MTV. Today, the 18 year-old is not only a singer and performer, but he appears in commercials and attends top entertainment events, such as his co-presenter stint at Premio lo Nuestro, a highly-watched Latin music awards ceremony. The Texas-born teenager's newest single, 'MMM Yeah (featuring Pitbull),' is already a smash hit and its official video has lodged nearly 16 million views on YouTube. Mahone, young and fit and easy on the eye, is set to perform live at Marymoor Park on August 4. Visit www.aeglive.com or www.marymoorconcerts.com for tickets. Please don't tell this kid that I'm following him on Twitter. And Instagram. And Tumblr. Oh, and Facebook.
Gay Games 9 will take place this summer in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio and organizers have just revealed the entertainment lineup for the Opening Ceremony August 9 at Quicken Loans Arena. Former N'Sync member Lance Bass, Broadway veteran Andrea McArdle, and legendary pop trio, The Pointer Sisters, will perform at the event, kicking off the week-long sporting competition and cultural festival. The Pointer Sisters will be joined by Ruth Pointer's granddaughter, Sadako. In total, over 400 people will entertain the thousands of athletes and spectators attending the ceremony. Gay Games 9 happens August 9-16.
The 2014 Summer Concert Series at Chateau Ste. Michelle features the following lineup: Allen Stone on June 13, Sarah MacLachlan on June 20 and 21, Meryl Haggard with Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris on June 22, John Legend on June 28, Steve Winwood on June 29, Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band on July 16, Replay America (The Go-Go's, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew & Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne) on July 17, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on July 18, Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with Plain White T's on July 19, Festival of Jazz (Manhattan Transfer, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, Jessy J) on July 26, Chris Isaak on July 27, Nickel Creek on August 1, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck on August 9, Gipsy Kings on August 22, Earth, Wind & Fire on August 23, Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus featuring Buddy Guy on August 24, Boston on September 5, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on September 12, and Crosby, Stills & Nash on September 13 and 14. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com or www.ste-michelle.com.
If you watched the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, you'll recognize the name Lisa Fischer. She's one of the most highly regarded backup vocalists in history, supporting the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Chris Botti, to name a few. Fischer is also an accomplished solo performer, earning a Grammy in 1992 for the explosive R&B ballad 'How Can I Ease the Pain.' The singer-songwriter has booked a two-night stay at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on September 23 and 24 (with 7:30 p.m. sets each evening), her first solo appearance in Seattle that I can recall. Reservations, with tickets priced at $28.50 (+ $4.00 service fee), can be made now at www.jazzalley.com or by calling (206) 441-9729. This is a pre-sale show; reservations must be made in advance.
Other newly announced shows are Fuck Buttons on July 1 (The Crocodile), Brendan James on July 7 (Tractor Tavern), Echo & The Bunnymen on August 6 (The Showbox Market), and Broken Bells on August 10 (Moore Theatre).
You snooze, you lose. These concerts are now sold out: The Glitch Mob on May 3 (The Showbox Market), Nickel Creek on May 17 (Moore Theatre), Lindsey Stirling on May 21 (Paramount Theatre), John Legend on June 8 (Chateau Ste. Michelle), and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on July 2 (Paramount Theatre).
Finally, don't forget that an interview with Nickel Creek is forthcoming in our May 9 issue. Sara Watkins, fiddle player and vocalist of the Grammy-winning trio, spoke to me recently just before they went on stage to perform on 'The Tonight Show.' Their concert at the Moore Theatre is sold out, but you can see them at Chateau Ste. Michelle this summer.
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