by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
In case you weren't aware, acclaimed singer-songwriter and open LGBT artist k.d. lang will appear at the Moore Theatre on Monday, February 26. The Grammy-winning performer, known for her versatile style of music, from country to pop to light jazz, is hitting the road this winter and spring to commemorate the 25th anniversary of her most beloved album, Ingénue. It's expected that lang will perform most, if not all, of the songs from the 1992 record, including 'Constant Craving', 'Miss Chatelaine' and 'Save Me', but no specific information about the tour was provided when it was first announced in late November, nor are there any further details available on her official website. Still, you can be sure whatever she plays will be outstanding. For tickets to see k.d. lang in concert, go to www.stgpresents.org.
k.d. lang will also be appearing at two special concerts at the Katherine L. White Hall on Vashon Island on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, to benefit the Vashon-Maury Land Trust and the Vashon Center for the Arts. lang will perform the Ingénue album live in its entirety, followed by a selection of other k.d. lang favorites. Both evenings will start with the opening act, Slava Grigoryan. This will be a great opportunity to attend an intimate concert with k.d. lang. While the $80 seats are sold out, tickets for the $250 seats and the $499 VIP Meet & Greet Packages are still available. The $250 seats offer a $170 tax-deduction while the VIP package does not include a tax-deduction. For more information, call 206-463-5131 or visit http://www.vashoncenterforthearts.org/event-cal/k-d-lang/.
The sound will soon be silent. For Paul Simon, that is. The legendary eclectic artist is retiring from touring this year, but is hitting the road one last time to perform to audiences, some who've faithfully listened to his solo work and classic songs by Simon and longtime musical partner Art Garfunkel since the 1960s. 'Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour' will touch down at Key Arena on May 18, giving Seattle fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer a final opportunity to experience him live in their hometown. 'I've often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I'd consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,' stated Simon in a press release. 'Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.' Tickets for the concert are on sale now at at www.LiveNation.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Also happening in May is the Sasquatch Festival, which this week revealed its lineup for the annual Memorial Day Weekend event. Performing this time around are Bon Iver, Neko Case, Modest Mouse, Ray Lamontagne, The National, David Byrne, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, Vince Staples, Anderson.Paak with The Free Nationals, Perfume Genius, Japandroids, Wolf Parade, Julien Baker and many more. The festival is celebrating its seventeenth year as a premiere live music experience staged against a backdrop of the Columbia Gorge in Eastern Washington that stretches over three days. To view the complete roster of performers and get ticket information, go to www.sasquatchfestival.com.
Two artists have added second shows in the Emerald City on their current tours, due to popular demand. Electro-pop duo MGMT will now be appearing at The Showbox SoDo on May 12 and 13, while indie folk act Lord Huron is performing back-to-back nights at the Moore Theatre on June 7 and 8. Ticket info for MGMT is available at www.aeglive.com and at www.stgpresents.org for Lord Huron.
Chris Stapleton, who collected three Grammys last month for his album From a Room: Volume 1, is set to perform at White River Amphitheatre on July 21, as part of his 'All-American Road Show'. The country singer-songwriter penned tracks for Adele, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and many more before he began recording them himself. For tickets, on sale now, visit www.LiveNation.com.
Russian all-female feminist band Pussy Riot is making its first trek to Seattle next month. In 2012, three members of the punk act were convicted of hooliganism after performing a show inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, which was viewed as sacrilegious by the city's clergy. One of the women was freed early, but two of them endured a two-year prison sentence. Today, Pussy Riot enjoys an international audience and are embarking on their inaugural North American road outing this spring that includes an appearance at Chop Suey on March 22. With songs that boldly denounce the political climate of their home country, as well as music that courageously supports LGBT and women's rights, the group will certainly draw a diverse crowd at the Capitol Hill club when they come to town in several weeks. For ticket information, log onto www.ticketfly.com.
Allow me to add a few more shows to the upcoming concert calendar: Seattle rock band The Moondoggies at The Neptune on April 13, popular rapper Big Sean at WaMu Theater on May 1, folk-blues icons James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at Key Arena on June 6 and R&B-jazz veteran Jeffrey Osborne at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on June 7-10.
Finally, we might see changes in next year's Grammy Awards after the recent backlash that its membership and winners' circle leans heavily male. Allesia Cara was the only female solo nominee to be called to the podium during the main ceremony last week following her win for Best New Artist; Bruno Mars swept the other three major awards (Album, Record, Song of the Year) and an absent Ed Sheeran won two categories in the pop field that worthier performers, such as Kesha and Lady GaGa, should have taken home. The Recording Academy's CEO Neil Portnow told Variety that women need to 'step it up' if they want to be successful in the music industry, a statement that has fueled angry responses from Pink, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple and openly bisexual singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, who is leading a petition for Portnow to resign. Grab some popcorn; this is going to get really interesting.
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