by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
Aside from enjoying the warm weather, you should really get tickets to a chock-full slate of outdoor and indoor concerts this summer. I mean, will you forgive yourself for missing Beyonce and Jay-Z at Safeco Field? Probably not. So, hop to it. Here are 10 shows between July and September to be excited about.
The Wilson sisters are showing no sign of bringing their five decade-long career to an end, and neither should they. Ann and Nancy, along with a restructured lineup, delivered a mind-blowing performance last year at Bumbershoot, drawing a near full house to Key Arena for a concert that included all the great stuff and Led Zeppelin covers. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees routinely give hometown shows - aren't we spoiled, right? - and here's another one to not miss, an outdoor gig at Redmond's Marymoor Park at the start of July. Heart will unleash some early fireworks by cranking out 'Barracuda,' 'Crazy on You,' 'Magic Man,' 'Straight On' and more from their vast catalog. For tickets and information, go to www.marymoorconcerts.com.
This is the 'New' New Order. Although Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert are still part of the iconic 80s electronic outfit, the absence of Peter Hook is truly felt. But, the show must go on, and it's been years - decades, actually - since the group has touched down in Seattle. 2013's Lost Sirens, the British act's latest album, didn't really go anywhere, yet that doesn't mean they won't rely heavily on it for the Paramount show. If we're fortunate, it'll be more of a greatest hits performance with 'Bizarre Love Triangle,' 'Blue Monday,' 'True Faith' and my personal favorite, 'Shellshocked.' Here's hoping they add 'Vanishing Point' or Dream Attack' from 1993's Republic into the mix. Currently, there are no tickets for this concert, but go to www.livenation.com closer to show date for possible released tickets.
How to describe Tori Amos? Indescribable. She's one of the most eclectic artists, infusing her music with creative story telling, colorful imagery and inspiring lyrics that often become personal mantras by her worldwide legion of fans. At the Paramount, where she performed on her last trip to Seattle, she's likely to pull material from her newest album, Unrepentant Geraldines, and she'll probably reel out fan favorites, from 'A Sorta Fairytale' to 'Silent All These Years' to 'God.' I'm crossing my fingers for 'Taxi Ride' and/or 'Winter,' which would be an interesting choice for a mid-July performance. For tickets and information, go to www.stgpresents.org.
Beyonce / Jay-Z
I'm willing to bet that there's no concert more anticipated than Beyonce and Jay-Z this summer in Seattle. It'll be like welcoming royalty to the Emerald City. Beyonce is the Queen of R&B and her hubby is hip hop's undethroned king. They share a bed, they share a child, and in 17 cities between June and September, they'll share a stage. Details haven't been released, but it appears each artist will perform individual sets and then collaborate on a few numbers, perhaps a whole segment of the show. I saw Beyonce in Phoenix last December and she brought the house down; I've also seen Jay-Z and nearly died inside the pit (true story) - it was crazy!! This is only the second time Safeco Field has been used for a big concert, the first being Paul McCartney in 2013. For tickets and information, and they are limited at this point, go to www.livenation.com.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery certainly provides a unique setting for an outdoors show, a backdrop of mountains, trees and valley. That should marry well with award-winning bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, who reunited in 2014 with a brand new album, A Dotted Line, and a summer road outing that expands on their sold-out spring tour (they filled the Moore Theatre to capacity two months ago). You might recall violinist/vocalist Sara Watkins interviewing with Seattle Gay News just before their May concert. Expect the three-piece to perform songs from all of their records and, quite possibly, some interesting covers. For tickets and information, go to www.ste-michelle.com/visit-us/summer-concerts.
When we speak of true LGBT allies, Sara Bareilles has definitely earned her spot on the list. Her song 'Brave,' from the Grammy-nominated album bearing the same title, was inspired by coming out stories from her Gay friends, and just last month she helped a same-sex couple from Denver plan their marriage proposal featured on the music video of her newest single, 'I Choose You.' The pop singer-songwriter has cemented a date at Marymoor Park on her upcoming tour, where she'll play 'Love Song,' 'King of Anything,' 'Chase the Sun,' 'Brave,' and the aforementioned 'I Choose You.' For tickets and information, go to www.marymoorconcerts.com.
Since 1991, LeAnn Rimes has put out 15 albums, including her breakthrough recording, 1996's Blue. That's a lot of music for someone just shy of her 32nd birthday. The two-time Grammy winner, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News a year ago, returns this summer for a performance at nearby Snoqualmie Casino. This girl packs a powerful punch of a show - those amazing vocals and songs like 'Blue,' 'How Do I Live' and her version of Patsy Cline's 'Crazy' are going to sound incredible underneath a moonlit sky and surrounded by a pine tree forest. For tickets and information, go to www.snocasino.com.
August 30-September 2
Bumbershoot isn't just a local festival; it's a Seattle tradition. The three-day music and arts event at Seattle Center welcomes artists and performers of various talent to appear in front of crowds that swell to about 40,000 daily. This year, Bumbershoot offers another diverse musical lineup with Foster the People, J Cole, Wu-Tang Clan, Panic! At the Disco, Neon Trees, Big Freedia, Real Estate, and We Are Scientists, to name a few. Headlining performances move to Memorial Stadium from Key Arena this time around, so be sure to pack a blanket and warm sweater because it does get chilly at night. For tickets and information, go to www.bumbershoot.org.
Katy Perry w/Tegan and Sara
Talk about a teenage dream! Katy Perry's late summer arrival at the Tacoma Dome with opener Tegan and Sara got my inner-schoolgirl doing cheerleading routines - I can land a somersault-backflip like no one's business! The multiple Grammy nominee is a hit machine; every track she's released as a single has landed inside the Top 10, including two of her most recent smashes, 'Roar' and 'Dark Horse.' Meanwhile, the Canadian twins continue to expand their mainstream fan base with another big supporting slot (they've also opened for The Killers and fun). Look for them to play 'Closer' and 'I Was a Fool.' For tickets and information, go to www.livenation.com.
We're forever grateful to Sweden for giving us ABBA, but in recent years the Scandinavian country has introduced music followers to The Hives, Robyn, Jose Gonzalez, First Aid Kit and indie pop artist Lykke Li, who's headed this way in mid-September. The 28 year-old singer-songwriter released her third studio album, I Never Learn, last month to positive reviews and the delight of her fans, who waited three years for fresh material. Her set list will surely include 'I'm Good, I'm Gone,' 'Little Bit,' 'Get Some' and 'I Follow Rivers,' which would be cool if she performed the remix version. For tickets and information, go to www.stgpresents.org.
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