Check out the Fleet Foxes, live at Glastonbury!
The pairing of Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint at the Woodland Park Zoo is a gift for new and old fans of two American musical treasures. Staples turns 70 soon, Allen is 72, and both recently put out recordings that lovers of the blues should savor. Listening to these artists on disc is a treat. But seeing them perform live on the same bill? Priceless. Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint play today at ZooTunes at the Woodland Park Zoo, at 5 p.m.
Hosted by Woodland Park Zoo, the popular outdoor summer music series features such artists as the Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Amos Lee and Jewel. “People love the atmosphere,” said Rebecca Whitham, Woodland Park Zoo public relations coordinator. “It’s very laid-back. You can bring your kids and be comfortable with them. And, it’s a great place to catch an evening picnic and music.” Close to half of the 13 dates are already sold out, including next week’s kickoff show with The B-52s on Wednesday. For more information and a full list of shows, please follow the above link.
More acts are joining the already ridiculously stacked looking line-up for Capitol Hill Block Party: Built to Spill, Pela, The Lonely Forest, Fences, Awesome Color ,Wild Orchid Children, Sing Sing Reunion ft. Pretty Titty & FourColorZack. The Capitol Hill Block Party happens July 24-25 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood.
Summer is always jam-packed with live music—Block Party is right around the corner, Bumbershoot is sneaking up on us too, but there are even MORE festivals happening in the next few months. Check out a round-up of what’s been announced so far on the site!
Here’s some news for hip-hop fans. Or, more specifically, here’s some news for mainstream radio-friendly hip-hop fans. KUBE 93’s Summer Jam 2009 lineup has been announced and it includes Ludacris, Akon, Flo Rida, New Boyz, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, Pitbull, Soulja Boy and The Dream. Tickets for Summer Jam go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.
Bumbershoot keeps growing. The popular Seattle Music and Arts Festival has added more artists and bands to its already long lineup. Joining such stars as Modest Mouse, Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry and Franz Ferdinand and U.S.E. are lot of local and independent acts, as well as known national names. The newly announced include: Jason Mraz, Truckasauras, The Dusty 45s, Dyme Def, Minus 5, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Grand Hallway, Recess Monkey, Kore Ionz, Anomie Belle, Say Hi, Audrye Sessions, Visqueen, Head Like A Kite, The Knux, Akron/Family, Maximo Park, Wale w/ UCB, OTEP, Mirah, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, 3 Inches of Blood, Telekinesis, AKIMBO, Paul Oscher, Parenthetical Girls, Massy Ferguson, The Lonely Forest, Sleepy Eyes Of Death, PAST LIVES, Macklemore, The Whore Moans, Wallpaper, Point Juncture, WA, D.Black, Spaceman, Kim Field and The Mighty Titans of Tone, Handful of Luvin’, champagne champagne, Romance, Kristen Ward, Dept. of Energy, Hotels, The Not-Its! and Central Services presents The Board of Education! Bumbershoot 2009 goes down Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7 at the Seattle Center. The full lineup comes out in July.
The music students currently at the University of Washington are too young to remember that Jazz Alley, the glamorous, downtown jazz club, first opened on University Way in the University District in 1979 as a small club and bistro that catered mostly to the local music scene. Jazz Alley left the U-District in 1985, leaving a void that has been slow to refill despite the neighborhood’s proximity to the university and the city’s reputation as a hotbed of jazz education. A small nightclub, Lucid, is the only venue on “The Ave” devoted chiefly to the genre, balancing the needs of a lounge and a stage for serious jazz.
Hey, it’s almost Memorial Day weekend! That means it’s basically officially summer starting right now. And you know what summer means. Summer means it’s time to slather yourself in SPF 30, pile as many of your friends into one car as possible, and elbow your way through armies of like-minded music fans so that you can bat beach balls around while waiting for the Prodigy to take the stage. It’s festival season! Check out the whole list here.
The 2009 Sasquatch! Music Festival is the best music festival in America for three very important reasons: Location, location, and location. The Gorge is America’s most scenic major outdoor venue. Kicking back at the crest of its massive, sloping lawn just to watch the world — cloud convoys hauling across luminous blue skies; the gaping, twisting chasm that is the Columbia River Gorge; hours-long watercolor sunsets — would be worth a few bucks. Complimenting the main stage’s epic scale are a concert-hall-sized second stage and an intimate shedlike stage, both set on lush, grassy lawns. Thanks to clever layout, all three run concurrently, the hillside deflecting any sound bleed. Larger festivals demand a death march between distantly spaced stages, but Sasquatch! is compact and manageable. Even with a sold-out crowd of 22,000, it’s hard to figure out where all the people are (unless you’re in line for the Honey Bucket).