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Dolly Parton, Coldplay, ZooTunes, Matt Costa, Puyallup Fair
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

You heard it here first: Dolly Parton is coming to Seattle! The legendary country diva will perform at Seattle's WaMu Theater on August 8. Tickets go on sale May 10, so don't spend that rebate check all in one place. When I mentioned a few weeks ago that a soon-to-be-announced concert would be of strong interest to Gay men and drag queens, this was it. I wasn't allowed to say anything for three weeks, until now - Parton's personal management gave me permission to announce it a week before it's officially announced to other press-media. Feel free to tell your friends, tell your colleagues, mention it in your inner circles that Dolly Parton is headed to Seattle, her first time in many, many years. With Mother's Day around the corner, a pair of Dolly Parton tickets would be an excellent gift for mom - with a Starbucks gift card, of course. The multi-Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated artist released a new album, Backwoods Barbie, earlier this year to glowing reviews. Stay glued to Seattle Gay News in the coming weeks and months for more on Ms. Parton. And remember, tickets go on sale May 10 at all Ticketmaster locations.

Coldplay fan club members (that would be me) were given exclusive privilege this week to download their brand new single, "Violet Hill." The song is included on Coldplay's fourth album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, set for release on June 17. The album is produced by Brian Eno and Markus Davis. I'm actually more excited about this first track than I was about "Speed of Sound," the leadoff single from the UK quartet's previous effort X & Y. Pre-order your copy of the new CD at your record store of choice, as it's expected to sell like hotcakes in its initial week of release. Thus far, with the exception of an appearance at the Pemberton Festival and two New York-London shows, Coldplay hasn't announced any tour plans yet. If and when I hear of any local concert dates I'll post the information here in "The Music Lounge."

ZooTunes officially announced its lineup with a few usual suspects and some newcomers. Artists scheduled to perform at Woodland Park Zoo's summer concert series include Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings with Marc Broussard, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Boz Scaggs, and The Avett Brothers with Shawn Mullins. The complete roster is available at www.zoo.org. Tickets for all shows go on sale May 5 (8 a.m.) at all Metropolitan Market stores with a $2 service fee, of which 90% is donated directly to the zoo. What makes ZooTunes unique is the natural setting - trees, plants, giraffes, elephants, and zebras, all in a totally urban neighborhood. You really do feel like laying out a blanket and listening to the music with a to-go dinner. Concertgoers are permitted to bring their own food and blankets. And due to noise ordinances, each concert finishes no later than 8:30 p.m. I highly recommend seeing the bad mama herself, Sharon Jones, a retro '60s soul singer who can sing like no one's biz'ness. Together with Broussard, an extremely talented performer with powerful Cajun-flavored pipes, it'll definitely be the shit.

I have a date with Matt Costa at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre in two weeks. The acclaimed singer-songwriter just returned to the US mainland following a lengthy tour itinerary that included dates in Europe, Japan and Honolulu. Easy on the eyes and boasting a Dylanesque sound, Costa is an irresistible favorite amongst pop hipsters who also cling to Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, and Amos Lee. His latest album, Unfamiliar Faces, produced the hit indie single "Mr. Pitiful" - watch the quirky video on YouTube. Personally, I adore the song "Behind the Moon" from Costa's 2006 recording Songs We Sing - it gets me moving. I just happen to be in Los Angles on the weekend of his El Rey performance, and I miraculously landed a spot on his hometown's guest list. Nice!!! Costa plays closer to home at the Sasquatch Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

The Puyallup Fair isn't until September, but already Carrie Underwood has announced a show date there on September 19. Fergie (September 16), Kid Rock (September 10), and Josh Gracin (September 11) are also on the fair's lineup, with tickets going on sale May 3.

Two more upcoming concerts of interest are Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Showbox (SoDo) on September 23 and Stevie Wonder at White River Amphitheatre on July 11.

Until next week, fall in love with Coldplay's new single and reserve some of that tax rebate cash for a cool summer concert.
picture: Dolly Parton
 

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