The final full month of summer brings with it plenty of concerts, arts events, food festivals, and lots of other options for having the best August ever. Some of them don't require tickets (like the 25th annual Hempfest), and others are already sold out (like the I Love the '90s concert with Salt-N-Pepa and Coolio), but there are still a remarkably high number of great events you can still buy tickets for. We've compiled them all below—plus links to buy your tickets now, before they sell out—including the Seattle Art Fair, the 20th anniversary of Suicide Squeeze, the Highlarious Comedy Festival, Bacon, Eggs & Kegs, and Summer Meltdown. And, if you're looking for more immediate things to do, don't forget to check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
THROUGH AUG 7
This world-premiere play is based on the true story of marketing firm Doyle Dane Bernbach's creation of the first negative political TV ad. The weirdly avant-garde commercial, which was made for Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign against Barry Goldwater in 1964, shows a little blonde girl picking petals off a daisy only seconds before she gets blown to smithereens by a nuclear bomb. The ad is so legendary that politicians still reference it today. Though playwright Sean Devine didn't mean for it to be when he started working on it years ago, Daisy serves as a piece of compelling, dramatic commentary on the 2016 Trump Versus Clinton Hate-Vote Election™, which means his play is relevant in a very obvious way that people like. RICH SMITH
AUG 1-SEPT 20
2. 2016 Rooftop Dinner Series
Enjoy the warm summer weather (and clear views of mountains and the sound) at Bastille's twice-weekly (Mondays and Tuesdays) rooftop dinner series. The groups are small—under 10 guests—and the food is super local, often harvested directly from the rooftop garden.
London trio HÆLOS begin their debut album, Full Circle, with a sample of British philosopher Alan Watts speaking about “the spectrum of love” over a poignant ambient piece. They let you know instantly that you may need a hanky or two as you progress through their collection of emotionally fraught, dancing-while-choked-up-on-remorse tunes. The prevailing mood is despondent, but buoyed by rhythms—including a sample or blatant facsimile of James Brown/Clyde Stubblefield’s “Funky Drummer”—that insist you bounce out of the doldrums, despite your setbacks. DAVE SEGAL
4. Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Jazz vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. may be a big name thanks to America's Got Talent, but manages to stay on top courtesy of smooth as silk performances every time he hits the stage.
5. SHRIEK: Suspiria!
SHRIEK is a film class focusing on the role of women in horror. This time, Evan J. Peterson and Heather Marie Bartells will screen and discuss Dario Argento's supernatural horror film Suspiria, set in a German ballet school.
6. Ziggy Marley with Steel Pulse
It’s difficult, as Americans, to get a good bead on the cultural importance of Bob Marley in his native Jamaica and to reggae and dub as musical institutions. On the one hand, he was the genre’s great popularizer. On the other hand, “posthumous dorm poster icon” is a dubious legacy. Look, then, to his children, musicians and performers in their father’s vein, for a less historically tainted view of his music’s power. And while personally I prefer the hiphop consciousness of his youngest offspring, Damian, it is eldest son, Ziggy, who most definitely carries his father’s torch. With 18 records (one unreleased) to his name, Ziggy is as prolific as Bob, and one day may be as beloved. JOSEPH SCHAFER
Girl, directed by Mary Hubert and devised and scripted by the ensemble, is like a traditional hero's journey—except it features modern Seattle heroines battling "a society that imposes constraints on their gender and generation," or our everyday world.
8. AlunaGeorge with Kari Faux
UK electro-pop and neo-soul duo AlunaGeorge (singer and lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid) have been unstoppable since releasing Body Music, and now they're bringing their frenetic dance party energy to the Neptune.
9. Black Dynamite
Speakers from the Northwest African American Museum will introduce Black Dynamite and give a short overview of the Blaxploitation films that inspired this one—which Charles Mudede described as “a comedy that never reaches the strange regions of the cosmic."
10. Pink Martini with Storm Large and China Forbes
Enjoy the smooth power of cocktail jazz superstars Pink Martini with singers China Forbes and Storm Large in Woodland Park Zoo's bucolic north meadow, as a part of the summer-long ZooTunes series. (Through Thursday)
11. Britney Spears vs. Everyone Sing Along
Curated and hosted by Jason Miller, this event will see how classic Britney videos compare next to the work of "Everyone": Christina, Taylor, Usher, JLo, Adele, Katy, The Backstreet Boys and Justin. Will Britney come out on top?
12. Flume with Mura Masa
Australian producer and wunderkind Flume hits the Paramount with three whole days of masterwork soundscapes, with guest opener Mura Masa.
13. Pizza Fest 2016
Returning for another year of greasy chaos, Pizza Fest reigns supreme as one of the rowdiest, most ridiculous events to attend in Seattle. Grab a slice, throw some bows, and make friendships that'll last a lifetime, or whatever the punk kids are doing these days. The line-up includes the triumphant return of Personal & The Pizzas, Sashay, Boyfriends, and a ton more local shredders, and everything's going down at the Funhouse and El Corazon this August.
14. Seattle Art Fair
Last summer, Paul Allen said, “Let there be Seattle Art Fair,” and it was good. This summer its second incarnation has more galleries—83—including New York titans David Zwirner and Pace, plus LA heavy hitter Roberts & Tilton, plus New York stalwart Marlborough, and many, many more coming from Asia, Europe, and the East Coast as well as a still-healthy continent from Seattle and Portland. Bring comfortable shoes. Check out our Seattle Art Fair calendar for special talks and performances presented at the Seattle Art Fair, plus both official and unofficial satellite events all over the city.
15. Gender Odyssey 2016
The annual, international Gender Odyssey conference will have workshops, keynote speakers Geena Rocero and Maddie Deutsch, films like Major! and Kids on Gender, a book fair, an art exhibition, and more, all focusing on transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
16. 14/48: Nordo Food Theater Thunderdome
Playwrights and chefs will work together to create five plays on a theme, and five courses from "randomly selected secret ingredients" for an unusual and immersive dinner theater experience.
Hardly Art heartthrobs Protomartyr bring their distinctly impatient Detroit fury to Neumos, with Portland punk experimentalists Lithics.
18. 5th Annual Watershed Festival
Watershed Country Music Festival returns to the Gorge for two weekends of twangin' goodness. Put on your "Shedder gear" (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs like Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, and NBC's The Voice favorite Raelynn.
19. Anglicon 2016
This Doctor Who and British media convention is subtitled "Bigger on the Inside," so, if you understand what that means, join other Whovians and TARDIS appreciators for this convention that will feature celebrity guests, panels, a scarf contest, trivia olympics, and more. Guests scheduled to appear include Dan Starkey (who plays Sontaran nurse Strax) and Annette Badland (who plays Margaret Blaine, aka Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen).
20. Emerging Artist Showcase: Meet Adrienne Kennedy
The Emerging Artist Showcase features two short plays by Adrienne Kennedy and a new work from an emerging artist, Inda Craig-Galván; it is the second production in Intiman Theatre Festival's 2016 season, highlighting American plays written by Black women.
21. The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes
The Libertinis present their latest raucously irreverent show (with elements of theater, neo-burlesque, and clowning) The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, that promises characters including "intrepid go-go dancers, mole people, sky pirates, and warring demigods."
22. Chrisette Michelle
From church pews to concert venues, Chrisette Michele brings an otherworldly power to her music, imbuing pop sensibilities with the soul of gospel and the romance of R&B.
23. COLLECT: See. Appreciate. Own.
This art tour—happening during Seattle Art Fair weekend—is a great way to be driven around while exploring the Seattle art scene, and potentially add a few pieces to your collection...or begin your collection with accessible, relatively affordable art. Important footnote: tickets include unlimited champagne!
24. Emily King with David Ryan Harris
Emerging chart queen Emily King layers electronic riffs with soft yet strong vocal harmonies for a lush glimpse into the future of pop music.
25. Travis Tritt
Experience almost 30 years of blowing apart the country music charts with Southern rocker Travis Tritt.
26. The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory
You like Gioachino Rossini. He’s the one whose music runs and rushes and spins, and that’s why it’s been theme-song-ed for Bugs Bunny and The Lone Ranger and who knows how much else. But the poor gentleman wrote 39 operas and most of us have heard only a minute of one of them. So check this out: The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory is an obscure comedy Seattle Opera’s doing in a Monty Python-esque style. Farce! Silliness! Mistaken identities in bed! This opera also kicks off the first season planned entirely by General Director Aidan Lang, so here’s some future to trip on. JEN GRAVES (Through August 20)
27. Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond has been performing for over 50 years, from Disneyland to the Flamingo stage in Las Vegas, and now brings his bright smile and discography of love songs to Snoqualmie Casino.
28. Jamaican Feast
Don't miss Owner Donna Moodie and Executive Chef Isaac Hutchins' gigantic Jamaican Feast (with two seatings!) that promises dishes including curry goat, jerk chicken, and stew oxtail.
29. Lucy Dacus, Valley Maker, Guests
Charming in her disarming nature, Lucy Dacus writes songs that treat each feeling like a reason to speak, with an open and honest indie rock style and a true knack for stark acoustic directness cushioned by soft dream pop notions.
30. An Evening with Yo La Tengo
Hoboken indie rock hold-outs Yo La Tengo spread their thirty-two years of experience, and identities as subgenre institutions, on stage at the Croc.
31. Endangered Species Project: Johnny On A Spot
ACT and the Endangered Species Project present a performance of political comedy Johnny On A Spot by Charles MacArthur.
32. Marissa Nadler, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Muscle and Marrow
While she kept it low-key, Marissa Nadler was one of the more interesting and unpredictable of the Pitchfork-approved “freak-folk” artists. While Joanna Newsom tried to weaponize her rasp and Andrew Bird tried to make everything he touched sound like a Disney soundtrack, Nadler collaborated with black-metal artist Xasthur and mined some deep pathos for her songs. JOSEPH SCHAFER
33. La Luz
Seattle-originated golden girls La Luz bring their surf-psych dreamworld back to town for a two-night set, with bill support from Great Spiders and Mommy Long Legs on August 8 and Draemhouse and Diminished Men on August 9.
34. The International Dota 2 Championship
For the third year in a row, teams of Dota 2 players will battle it out to win the "Aegis of Champions," and enjoy special activities including an international cosplay competition.
35. Tender Rough Rough Tender
The Flux Salon presents Tender Rough Rough Tender, a modern love story about "the hottest summer ever," written by Sarah Saltwick.
36. Fatoumata Diawara
Honey-throated Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara released her debut album, Fatou, in 2012, and has gone on to receive rave reviews across the UK and Europe for her smooth, wistful vocals and powerful yet understated stage presence.
37. Science and a Movie: Jurassic Park
Does the science in Jurassic Park hold up? Could we really bring back dinosaurs? You might already know the answer, but come to hear the explanation from biologists Lauren Saunders and Bish Paul, who will talk about "gene editing" techniques before a screening of the beloved adventure film Jurassic Park. Afterwards, Dr. Marley Jarvis of Pacific Science Center will moderate a Q&A and discussion.
38. King Sunny Ade
Father of the juju music movement in Nigeria, King Sunny Ade showcases his own legacy with a two-night set of modern world music at the Triple Door. (Through Thursday)
39. Culture Club
Culture Club, the vehicle in which Boy George unveils the greatest of hats, is on a worldwide tour through September, and they'll be bringing their new and improved the-'80s-living-in-the-'00s sound to the Chateau.
40. Rave of Thrones: DJ Hodor (Kristian Nairn)
Rave it up with everybody's favorite medieval manservant, Hodor (or, the actual guy and not George R.R. Martin character, Kristian Nairn), as he spins all night long.
41. Slipknot with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men
Relive your strange metalhead teen dreams by donning your best tongue piercing and heading down to White River Amphitheater for what will probably be a complete melee, with Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice & Men.
42. Trace Adkins
Country anthem machine Trace Adkins releases his backroads beatitudes on Snoqualmie Casino for a night of summer sweat.
43. Northwest Psych Fest
Northwest Psych Fest returns with three days of music from across the globe and also right here. NWPF will include: distorted instrumentals from Diminished Men, improvised breakbeat gospel of Afrocop, codeine-stitched art folk from Ben von Wildenhaus, complicated tech freakouts from Newaxeyes, plus so much more.
44. Summer Meltdown
Nestled in the mountains of central Washington, Summer Meltdown aims to provide a weekend of high energy live music performances in a lush woodland setting. Featured artists include Blue Scholars, Griz, STS9, and many more.
45. One Man, Two Guvnors
Sound Theatre Company presents the satirical, musical comedy One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, adapted from Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.
46. Bootie Seattle: Michael Jackson Mash-Up Night
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party, featuring rotating guest DJs, will pay tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, by blending his legacy with anybody and everybody all night long.
47. The Edgar Winter Band
Free-living rock and roll legend Edgar Winter brings his whole band to the Neptune this summer for what's sure to be a rollicking good time.
48. Guns N’ Roses
Chinese Democracy may have been a decade-long red herring, but at least Guns N' Roses is on tour again. They're coming to CenturyLink Field to blow out the speakers, so grab your favorite bandana from 1986 and head on out.
49. Sunset Supper
Enjoy a sunset supper at Pike Place with local restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, and help raise money for the Pike Place Market Foundation.
50. 2016 Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour is back again, with more mid-'00s throwbacks than you could shake a longboard at. Experience true Hot Topic-laced nirvana with headliners like Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, and Sum 41 with a whole day in Auburn at the White River Amphitheater. With seven stages supporting 79 bands for 41 touring dates, Warped Tour promises to be a drawn-out bacchanalia of all the emo-punk, pop-punk, post-punk, and regular punk you could ever want.
51. Jackson Browne
Take easy listening to a new level at Chateau Ste. Michelle with a two-evening set of classic rock's mellowest uncle, Jackson Browne.
52. Brew Five Three
Enjoy over 30 Washington State brewers, snacks from local food trucks, and live performances from the Paul Green Blues Band, Rod Cook and Toast, Barleywine Revue, and the Stacey Jones Band at the third annual Brew Five Three.
53. Night Nation Run
Lovers of athletic EDM lifestyles, rejoice: there is a new festival catering just to you. Night Nation Run is a 5k run with every foot of it laden with live music, lights, lasers, and general celebration of all things EDM; there will be DJ stages staggered throughout an illuminated racecourse, each with their own party zone, and a final main stage after party extravaganza at the end, featuring top EDM DJs and celebrity performers.
54. Pyramid's Beer-Infused Cupcake Competition
Cupcake Royale, Brown Sugar Baking Company, and Bakerilly will compete for your affection, and one will be crowned the "Best Seattle Cupcake." Both beer-free and beer-infused cupcakes will be on offer, along with beer pairings to go along with the confections, live music, a beer garden, "life size games," and giveaways.
55. Sarah Jarosz
Heralded by The New York Times as "one of acoustic music's most promising young talents," Sarah Jarosz shares her expressive vocals, insightful songs, and multi-instrumentalist talent with the Neptune.
56. The Search for Seattle’s Best Amateur Elvis Impersonator
There is only one place in Seattle each year where you can see a truly outrageous amount of fried chicken, hairspray, and loose gyration co-existing in one room, and it's the invitationals for the Search for Seattle's Best Amateur Elvis Impersonator at the Croc. Enjoy performances from a range of suitors, all vying for your burnin' love. The winner gets crowned the King of Kings, naturally.
57. #SUMMERJAMZ: A Tribute to Eazy-E
Give it up to the man, the myth, the legend at this tribute concert dedicated to all things Eazy-E, featuring Lil Eazy E, DJ Yella, Layzie Bone, Too Short, WC, DJ Quik, Luniz, B Legit, Suga Free, and many more.
58. White Lung with Greys
Vancouverite punk royalty White Lung screech on through to Neumos with newly mined pop sensibilities from their latest album, Paradise.
59. 107.7. The End Summer Camp 2016
Summer Camp is 107.7 The End's version of Warped Tour: all the bands you hear on your favorite Seattle rock station, but actually in the flesh on stage at Marymoor Park, playing all the hits. This year's lineup features The Dandy Warhols, AWOL Nation, Young The Giant, and many more.
AUG 13-SEPT 11
60. Olympic Music Festival
The Olympic Music Festival features classical programming almost every weekend of the summer from Beethoven and Mozart to Schubert and Franck. Kicking off with virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang, this festival brings artists of the highest caliber (like pianist Fred Hersch and the Iglitzin Chamber Fellows) and of varied musical traditions to the Pacific Northwest.
AUG 14 & 28
61. Bendy Brewski Yoga
In a gallery lined with gold frames, the Frye Art Museum hosts a series of “Noise Yoga” classes, which caters to lovers of yoga, art, and experimental music. But what about all the craft beer–loving yogis and yoginis of Seattle? Where can they go? This summer, Sodo’s Pyramid Brewing hosts its first “Bendy Brewski” classes: 45 minutes of yoga (open to all levels, with mats available to borrow) followed by a pint of beer. It seems inevitable that someone would finally find a way to combine two of the city’s favorite activities. Namaste and cheers. ANGELA GARBES
62. Boys of Summer
The Boys of Summer Tour surges into Seattle on a wave of pre-pubescent internet energy, with live performances and meet & greets with a cavalcade of baby-faced SEO killers like Reed Deming, Devin Hayes, Nathan Triska, DJ Dylan Summerall, and many more.
63. Freddie Jackson
R&B icon Freddie Jackson shares his decades of experience, stamina, and musical legacy with Jazz Alley, taking on urban contemporary, soul, and jazz.
Somehow invincible Omaha group 311 blend rock, rap, reggae, and funk into their own unique sound of confusing ska-core that continues to enthrall 26 years into their career.
65. BROODS with Jarryd James
There’s something to be said for outsized ambition at this juncture, and New Zealand’s BROODS (brother and sister Caleb and Georgia Nott) have plenty. Enlisting Lorde’s producer Joel Little to play Svengali for their debut album, Evergreen, the duo have their sights set nakedly on pop domination, and the ten-ton, EDM-flavored choruses to prove it. KYLE FLECK
66. Michael Jackson Birthday Night
Celebrate the birthday of the king of pop with an all-night tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring covers by Snug Harbor, General Mojo’s, SGF, Whitney Lyman, Richie Dagger’s Crime, Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts, and Wiscon.
67. Periphery, SikTh, Chon, Toothgrinder
The one genre of music that has the most subdivisions within its core is heavy metal. There’s death metal, power metal, thrash metal, and many other offshoots, but one style of metal that has risen in popularity recently is “djent,” which is marked by odd time signatures, complex riffing and down-tuned guitar tones. Of all the bands that have risen to popularity during djent’s 2011-2013 burgeoning, Periphery are probably most likely to thrive due to their catchy hooks and overall crossover appeal. Don’t be surprised if you see them skyrocket from club tours to supporting arena-rock bands in the near future. KEVIN DIERS
68. Band of Horses with Wild Feathers
Experience the heyday of the Northwest soft indie alt rock scene of the mid-'00s with Band of Horses and Wild Feathers at the Paramount.
69. Kinski, Wimps, Lithics
Celebrate 25 years of Olympia record label Kill Rock Stars with this star-studded anniversary show, featuring Pacific Northwest shredders Kinski, Wimps, and Lithics.
70. People Under the Stairs, Moka Only, DJ Thanksgiving Brown
Referred to as "the Steely Dan of rap music," People Under The Stairs fuse low-key musical sensibilities with 17 years of on-the-street experience for a unique blend of funk, hiphop, and soul.
71. Prince vs. The Jacksons Sing Along
Sing (and dance!) along to more than 30 videos starring Prince, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson at this night of intense music video competition. Who will be crowned the winner?
72. Highlarious Comedy Festival
Combine comedy and cannabis at the Highlarious Comedy Festival (conveniently timed for Hempfest weekend), when Seattle will collectively get a bad case of the giggles. No smoking required—all you need to do is not hate weed, and you’ll be welcome.
73. Do It for Umma
Written by Seayoung Yim and directed by Sara Porkalob, Do It For Umma deals with themes of immigration and inheritance, investigation into family secrets, and revenge.
74. Gold Panda with Baba Ali
Essex electronica artist Gold Panda takes Neumos on a journey through his last three albums, each of which came into being in different parts of the world.
75. Josh Turner
Josh Turner breaks out his multi-platinum Nashville charm on the EQC stage for a night of rollicky Grand Ole Opry-style country fun.
76. Lord Huron and Trampled By Turtles
Both on the heels of recently released albums, Lord Huron and Trampled by Turtles are touring together to spread the gospel of layered indie alt rock melodies and earnest Middle America songwriting.
77. Columbia City Blues Festival
Columbia City's trusty jazz and blues venue The Royal Room breaks out their lauded annual blues fest with a spotlight on Robert Johnson's dusty, heart-soaked acoustic delta blues.
78. Seattle Tattoo Expo
Hidden Hand Tattoo will host this gigantic tattoo expo, where guests will have the opportunity to become familiar with new artists and styles, mingle and shop, and generally see what kinds of things people are drawing on their bodies.
79. ArtHaus 3.0: Werks of Art
Show off your body of werk with the new season of ArtHaus at this battle royale dance party with hosts and curators, ArtHaus 2.0 winners, Halfway Haus. Enjoy the competition between Haus of Hocus and Haus of Trash Qweenz, and performances by Halfway Haus queens Betty Wetter, Cookie Couture, Miss Americano, and Khloe5X, with an appearance by Hellen Tragedy, a DJ set by Pizzarina Sbarro, drink specials, and plenty of brief nudity.
80. The Chris Mitchell Experience
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Mitchell has a genre-spanning repertoire of jazz standards, big band tunes, and smooth R&B hits. I Found Forever, his latest album, features a collection of romantically woven bossa nova jazz.
81. Everett Craft Beer Fest
More than 30 Washington breweries will show off more than 100 beers at this craft beer event, also featuring live music and a festival feel.
82. Fitz & The Tantrums with Phases
Party rockers Fitz & The Tantrums break out their seemingly irrepressible energy to the Marymoor stage.
83. Urban Ag Bike Tour
Anyone who eats at Southeast Seattle’s many Vietnamese and East African restaurants knows that it’s one of the most diverse areas of the city. Unfortunately, it’s also an area that has high rates of poverty, food insecurity, diabetes, and asthma, as well as lower rates of physical activity. To counteract these health issues but also celebrate their communities’ commitment to providing good food for residents, two great organizations, the Rainier Valley Food Bank and Columbia City’s Bike Works, are teaming up to host family-friendly bike tours of some of Southeast Seattle’s local food havens, open to bicyclists of all levels. Afterward, you’ll sit down to a meal made from produce grown along your route. The whole thing is, miraculously, free. ANGELA GARBES
84. Arts in Nature Festival
The Arts in Nature Festival presents a series of acoustic, unplugged performances by musicians, dancers, actors, and other performers, set against the most beautiful backdrop: real nature.
85. Colvin & Earle
Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin joins forces with Americana rock legend Steve Earle for an intimate evening at the Neptune.
86. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas
Pop megastars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas take their Mickey-Mouse-Club-to-adulthood trajectory to KeyArena, with support from singer-songwriter-producer Mike Posner.
88. Pain in the Grass 2016
KISW's Pain in the Grass takes over White River Amphitheatre for an all-day fest, featuring acts like Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia, Pop Evil, Windowpane, and more.
89. Boris Performing Pink
Long-running metal band Boris celebrate the ten year anniversary of their most well-renowned album Pink by playing it in its entirety, with bill support from Earth.
90. Omar Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa
Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa from the Buena Vista Social Club share their decades of being Cuba's musical sweethearts with the Moore.
91. Journey and the Doobie Brothers with Dave Mason
Everpresent torch-holders of the '80s, Journey and the Doobie Brothers, bring their light-rock-less-talk vibes to White River, with an opening cameo from Dave Mason.
92. Gwen Stefani with Eve
Ex-ska princess and current reality TV judge Gwen Stefani comes to KeyArena for a night of No Doubt oldies, solo new tracks, and special guest Eve.
93. Lynyrd Skynyrd
Still going strong despite retaining only one original member, Lynyrd Skynyrd busts out decades of southern rock experience at EQC with a nine-member band.
94. MSTRKRFT with Woolymammoth
Jesse F. Keeler, along with producer Al-P, takes a break from Death From Above 1979 to pull on the helmet of MSTRKRFT, together creating robotic electronica with a pop sensibility.
95. Gipsy Kings
Fusion legends Gipsy Kings showcase their decades of experience blending traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms at the Chateau.
96. Olivia Newton-John
Southern Hemisphere sunshine of the '70s roller rink variety sparkles through Snoqualmie Casino courtesy of pop culture icon Olivia-Newton John.
97. Rachel Green, Daniel Salo, and Erin Jorgensen
Singer and local wood nymph Rachel Green, with composer Daniel Salo, presents a composition of voice and piano synthesis. This debut piece from the duo blends layers of choral music and new electronica, thus creating an operatic installment of impassioned sonic surrealism. Bill support comes in the form of Erin Jorgensen, who plays ballads and adult lullabies on marimba.
98. Riff Raff
Inexplicable pop culture juggernaut Riff Raff takes his candy-colored interpretation of hiphop culture to the Showbox stage, with bill support from TRiLL SAMMY, DiCE SOHO, and DOLLABiLLGATES.
99. Suicide Squeeze 20th Anniversary with The Coathangers
Celebrate 20 years of Suicide Squeeze ruling the independent Seattle music scene with an anniversary party show at Neumos, featuring live sets from The Coathangers, Guantanamo Baywatch, Childbirth, and Audacity. There will be another show on August 26 at the Neptune.
100. Dave Peck Trio
Dave Peck returns to Tula's with his stellar trio, including Peck on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, and Eric Eagle on drums. There will be two shows each night, with the first show beginning at 7:30pm. (Through Saturday)
101. Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cheap Trick
Local heroes Heart headline the White River Amphitheater in a three-fer with other Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick.
102. Parquet Courts
Much like Pavement before them, Parquet Courts wear their influences on their raggedy sleeves. The New York quartet expands on the restless aesthetic forged by the Modern Lovers and the Feelies (Television haunts the chiming guitar interplay, too, but their bite-size songs make “Marquee Moon” seem like a symphony). On top of the shambling mêlée, Parquet Courts mumble and shout conversational, seemingly off-the-cuff lyrics, like the wild-eyed guy in the alley who’ll say anything to make a sale—or a friend. It isn’t mature or sophisticated, but it’s stupid in the way that only truly smart music, like the first Ramones album, can be. Instead of brats and bats, they sing about ducking and dodging and frying and abiding. Deep? Not so much. Fun? Most definitely. KATHY FENNESSY
103. Purse First with Bob the Drag Queen and Thorgy Thor
Neighbors celebrates 34 years of looking fresh and staying cool with a full-on show featuring winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen, with performances by Thorgy Thor, Cucci Binaca, Cookie Couture and more, and music from Victor Rodriguez (LAX, Bears in Space) and Nark (Bottom Forty, Dickslap).
104. SAM Remix
This evening of "creative explosion" promises performances, arts activities, dancing, and more at the beautiful Olympic Sculpture Park.
105. Sara Gazarek Trio
Sara Gazarek is a jazz singer who has roots in Seattle. She got her proper start in jazz at Roosevelt High School, expanded her knowledge of the art form at Thornton School of Music, released her debut, Yours, in 2005, and has won many awards. What makes her interesting to me is that she has a style, a manner of singing, that has an eroticism that's not exotic at all but instead draws from what many would consider to be an unexciting region of American life—the white middle class. Gazarek can swing, for sure, and there is a lot of soul and technical sophistication in her work, but it also has a flame, a passion, that's wonderfully, even beautifully plain (by US standards). CHARLES MUDEDE
106. Zakk Wylde, Otherwise, Jared James Nichols
Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde makes metal-leaning rock music into a dangerous habit, with a scorched-earth approach to guitar riffs and hollowed blues-driven vocals.
107. Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Happy Diving
Chastity Belt burst on the scene a couple years ago with a full formed pop sensibility that slashes with post-punk astringency and glints with chiming guitar textures à la Television and the Feelies. Their debut album, No Regerts, vibrates with guitarist/vocalist Julia Shapiro’s trenchant, witty observations about the ups and downs of being too smart to get enchanted with your surroundings, set to rock songs that ingratiate themselves without being obnoxious about it. The beautiful, surging title track of their new album for Hardly Art, Time to Go Home, betokens interesting things. DAVE SEGAL
108. Joey Jewell’s Sinatra at The Sands
The classiness of Sinatra's mob-approved croon tunes will never dissipate, and Joey Jewell will do his best to honor that classiness in his rendition of a full Vegas melee, with Jim Kerls' orchestra bringing the swinging sixties to a loud, layered big band jazz reality.
109. Bacon, Eggs & Kegs
Taste lots of PNW beers and ciders, Bloody Marys and mimosas, and brunch bites from local restaurants at this "brunchy booze fest" (note, not boozy brunch fest) that will also feature dueling pianos and lawn games.
110. 5 Seconds of Summer
Outrageously popular Aussie boybanders 5 Seconds of Summer headline at the White River, with Hey Violet and Roy English.
Stemming from the ashes of Throwing Muses, Pixies, and The Breeders comes the '90s alt rock royalty of the recently re-formed Belly.
112. Melissa Etheridge
Folk-rock legend and '90s lesbian rumor mill icon Melissa Etheridge spreads her wings and does other inspiring Americana metaphors at Snoqualmie Casino.
113. Sandbox Radio presents Gold Rush
Look forward to new plays, songs, poetry, adaptations of classic literature, and an appearance by performer and playwright Jennifer Jasper at this episode of Sandbox Radio: a podcast combining radio, theatre, and music.
114. Russian Circles with Cloakroom
I’m not going to pretend that Russian Circles don’t scare the shit out of me. The instrumental trio has always had a knack for composing what sounds like a murder soundtrack, but while their previous work has definitely boasted some heavy breakdowns, I always found the most chilling moments to be when the band would slow things down and lurk, slowly, all around me. MEGAN SELING
115. Peter Bjorn and John
Remember that one song with all the whistling? Well, Peter Bjorn and John are back with a new album (Breakin' Point) to remind you how indie rock it can really get in 2016.
116. Skye with Ross from Morcheeba
Skye and Ross from Morcheebe bring their downtempo sample-heavy soul and country-inflected mood music in a duo format to the Showbox.