May 5, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 18
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Monday, Jul 06, 2020



the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Fiona Apple and Linda Ronstadt headed to Chateau Ste. Michelle; Shawn Colvin and Etta James make their way to Woodland Park Zoo; Snow Patrol to give Easy Street Records in-store performance; James Blunt autographed poster up for grabs
Apple, Ronstadt, Isaak, Pink Martini fill out Chateau's summer schedule

Summertime is the right time for listening to great music outdoors. This summer, there's no shortage of excellent concerts in open-air spaces to choose from. Chateau Ste. Michelle, a winery located in Woodinville with manicured grounds and surrounded by tall trees, announced its seasonal lineup this week. Alternative rock darling Fiona Apple is scheduled to perform at the winery on Monday, July 3 with special guest Damien Rice. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's last visit to the Seattle area was an opening slot for Coldplay at Key Arena in January. Pop diva Linda Ronstadt, one of my absolute favorite artists of all time, will give back-to-back performances on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8. I wish I could say Ronstadt's previous appearance in Seattle was mindblowing. But it wasn't. She performed a too-short concert at the Pier two years ago with an orchestra, barely highlighting her multi-genre catalogue. It was too cheeky of a performance and her spoiled reputation was in full bloom. At the Chateau, I hope Ronstadt leaves her diva wig at home and focuses on a strong set list with lots of hits, which she failed to do before. I have two words for her. Bring it.

Besides Apple and Ronstadt, the Chateau Ste. Michelle roster features Pink Martini (July 22-23), Chris Isaak with Allison Moorer (July 27), Styx (August 23) and the Lord of the Rings Symphony (September 9). The entire lineup can be viewed at by clicking on the "Summer Concerts 06'" banner. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (9 o'clock), May 6, at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone or online. Ticket prices for Fiona Apple with Damien Rice are $79.50 (reserved seating) and $49.50 (general seating, lawn), and for Linda Ronstadt with special guest Livingston Taylor prices are $99.25 and $49.50. Concertgoers are allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the grounds, but booze will be confiscated. I strongly suggest treating yourself and your desired company to a bottle of tasty wine made by the Chateau itself. On-site food vendors will offer burgers, salads and other light entrees.

Colvin, James, Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile appearing at ZooTunes this summer

The Woodland Park Zoo announced its summer concert series this week as well. Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Etta James lead the artist list for "ZooTunes", which raises money for animal care, educational programs and wildlife conservation initiatives, this year. Colvin is responsible for the folk-pop hits "Sunny Came Home", "I Don't Know Why" and "Get Out of This House". She hits the stage, with opener Dar Williams, on Wednesday, July 26. I've seen Colvin three times in concert and she's never disappointed. She's one of the few artists I'd pay to see solo. Blues legend James is not to be missed in an intimate outdoor setting. No ifs, ands or buts about it - you gotta see Etta James once in your life. It's a musical commandment. She performs at the zoo on Wednesday, August 16. Also scheduled to appear at ZooTunes are Indigo Girls (July 2), Brandi Carlile with Mat Kearny (August 2) and Los Lobos (August 9). The complete schedule of artists and dates can be viewed at by clicking on the "ZooTunes" banner. Tickets go on sale May 8 (8 o'clock) at all Metropolitan Markets (, including locations in Queen Anne and West Seattle. Ticket price for Shawn Colvin is $28.00. And for $22.00, you can experience one bad mamma jamma, Ms. Etta James. Just thinking about James singing her version of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" gives me a serious case of the chills. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the zoo, but personal booze containers are a no-no. Food will be available for purchase.

Snow Patrol to give in-store performance at Easy Street Records in mid-June

Let the love for Snow Patrol flow. And flow. And flow. The Glasgow-based quintet releases its brand new album this week entitled Eyes Open. The first cut is called "Hands Open". Go figure. I don't ask questions, I just pimp for them. The group is headed to Seattle for a show at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, June 15. You can also check out Snow Patrol on the day of show when they give an in-store performance at Easy Street Records, in Queen Anne. How do you get in? Simple. Buy a copy of Eyes Open at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne location only) on June 15 and they'll slap a wristband on you. Nice and tight. That's it. Plus, your buck and a half Metro fare. For that, you get to see and hear a world-class rock band in a neighborhood record store. Priceless, if you ask me. I'm already there. In the front. In the Gay groupies section. Tongue out. Set time is still unknown. When I know, you'll know. Let's love Snow Patrol together, eh?

James Blunt signed poster to be given away next month

James Blunt, that adorable Brit with a flat arse who sings "You're Beautiful" and "High", generously signed a poster with Gay Pride greetings backstage at the Paramount Theatre last month. And it needs a good home. So here's the deal. Seattle Gay News will be giving it away for free in June. No raffles, no fundraising auction, no bar cover. It will be given away free of charge. It's our way of saying, "Happy Gay Pride". At this time, I have to keep mum on the details. It'll be another week or two before I can announce how you can win it. Blunt continues our annual Gay Pride poster-signing campaign, which began last year with Grammy-nominated trio Keane. In December, Jason Mraz autographed a poster with a warm and cozy holiday greeting. We'll do that again late in the year. Details on how to win James Blunt's poster are coming. Hang on.

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