September 8, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 36
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Elton John concert package giveaway at Martin's Off Madison; Justin Timberlake CD-release party at Manray; Arctic Monkeys claim Mercury Music Prize; Dierks Bentley announces Everett show
Win a pair of Elton John tickets at Martin's Off Madison, plus hotel stay

It's easy. It's painless. It's fabulous. It's an Elton John concert package giveaway, which includes a pair of tickets to the first of his two concerts at Key Arena on September 22, a one night stay at the MarQueen Hotel in Queen Anne, a copy of the openly Gay artist's new CD The Captain and the Kid, and a $10 Starbucks gift card for post-show caffeine. All you have to do is stop by Martin's Off Madison, a precious piano bistro on Capitol Hill, fill out an entry slip and drop it into a box. That's it. Simple as Key Lime pie. While you're at Martin's Off Madison (1413 14th Avenue), stay for dinner or an after-work cocktail. The karaoke sessions there are divine. If you're a fan of Sir Elton John, or know someone who is (who isn't?), then tell them Seattle Gay News is giving away a pair of tickets at Martin's Off Madison too see the multi-talented entertainer do his thing at Key Arena. Plus, we're throwing in a free night stay at a fantastic hotel two blocks from the venue. And, a new CD and coffee gift card. It's like winning the Gay lottery.

Ear-sample Timberlake's new CD at Manray Video Bar

Sexy is back. Not sure where it went. But it's back. And it's headed to Manray Video Bar on Friday night, as the club trumpets the arrival of Justin Timberlake's brand new album entitled Futuresex/Lovesounds. The CD features the current #1 single "SexyBack". The music video for the song is rotating daily on Manray's multiple TV screens. Timberlake, who deserves his own ice cream flavor for being creamy-delicious, is on the verge of announcing a 2007 nationwide tour very soon. I haven't listened to the new album because the record label is not making it available to media until a few days before it hits store shelves, on September 12. But from a good source, I hear it's really good. If you're not sure whether you want to buy it, that's what a CD-release party is for. So swing by Manray (514 East Pine) on Friday, September 15, to give it a listen.

Country star Dierks Bentley at Everett Events Center, December 1

Justin Timberlake isn't the only one who deserves an ice cream flavor named after him. So does Dierks Bentley. He's the triple scoop of sexiness in country music, who earned a CMA nomination last week for Male Vocalist of the Year. It's great recognition for a hard-working, humble, fan-loving artist who's logged in many hours in the recording studio and on the road. In July, Bentley performed at Qwest Field as part of Kenny Chesney's gigantic summer tour, which incidentally became the most profitable single concert event in Seattle history. I was five feet from the stage and Bentley looked heavenly, dressed in tight black slacks and a matching form-fitting dress shirt unbuttoned to reveal a sun-kissed chest. He sounded terrific, playing hits from his platinum-selling album Modern Day Drifter. Bentley's new effort, Long Trip Alone, journeys to record stores on October 17. He follows the CD's release with a tour that includes a show at the Everett Events Center on December 1. At press time, ticket price and on sale date were not available.

Arctic Monkeys win UK's prestigious industry award

Seattle Gay News has been covering the Arctic Monkeys for almost a year now, before their debut release Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not came out. The band, comprised of four rural Englanders barely out of high school, was immediately touted as the next big thing. Glowing reviews for their album and live performances, main stage gigs at major European and US festivals, an appearance on Saturday Night Live, and recent winners of a huge award are proof that the Arctic Monkeys have zoomed to superstar status. The quartet earned the Mercury Music Prize this week, the UK's "Album of the Year" award given out by a select panel that includes media journalists, working musicians and industry experts. I met members of the Arctic Monkeys earlier this year at The Crocodile Café after the We Are Scientists show. They were very British. And I was very hammered. Seattle Gay News passed along our congratulations to the Arctic Monkeys via management. Expect to see them on our year-end "best of music" issue.

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