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Dierks Bentley, Marymoor Park, Backstreet Boys, Snow Patrol
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Country's golden boy, Dierks Bentley, is riding into town on May 14 for a VIP performance at an undisclosed location. As always, he's included me on the guest list and I can't wait to see him because the last time we met up was backstage at the Everett Events Center in December 2006. The multi-Grammy nominee put out Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memor y this week, his first collection of hit singles since bursting on the music scene five years ago. Coinciding with the album's release, Bentley is embarking on a short promotional tour that offers mini-concerts and fan-hosted performances in 11 cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Seattle. He'll actually perform in backyards and living rooms belonging to his fans! The new CD includes fan-picked favorites such as "What Was I Thinkin'," "Come a Little Closer," "Long Trip Alone," and "Settle for a Slowdown." The Phoenix-bred cutie recently became the third country artist chosen for Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" commercial, a clever marketing campaign poking fun at dudes we love to hate. I've listened to an advance audio clip, and it's hilarious!

The day after Bentley performs in Seattle at a hush-hush location, he'll board a plane en route to Los Angeles to tape an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show . He and I could bump into each other at the airport, as I'm also headed to LAX the next day and will be in the audience for his televised outdoor concert on Kimmel. Following the cross-country promotional jaunt, Bentley will launch a full tour itinerary with dates in Eastern Washington, Midwest US, and across the pond to England and Ireland. Being gorgeous, talented, hard working, well respected by his peers, and truly devoted to his fans makes Dierks Bentley one of today's most successful artists - a guy worthy of all his merits. I'll post wrap-ups of Bentley's special appearances in Seattle and LA on our blog site, www.seattlegayblog.blogspot.com, next weekend.

Erykah Badu, MGMT, Jesse McCartney, Willie K, Flight of the Conchords, Los Lonely Boys, Willie Nelson, Backstreet Boys, and G. Love have something in common - they're all part of the Marymoor Park summer concert series. Badu and The Roots kick things off with a performance on June 5, followed by 107.7 The End's Summer Camp II with Flogging Molly, MGMT and Nada Surf on June 14. McCartney, a bubblegum pop star not related to Sir Paul, is part of KISS 106.1's Big Freakin' Deal on June 28. Willie K joins Keali'i Reichel and Na Leo for a night of authentic island music billed as One Hawaii on July 5, and Seattle-based Sub Pop Records celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a self-titled festival featuring Flight of the Conchords, Iron & Wine, and Wolf Parade. Grammy winners Los Lonely Boys and Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos come together on July 19, while Willie Nelson croons on August 28. G. Love and John Butler Trio close out the series on September 7. Tickets for all shows go on sale May 10 (9 a.m.) at Ticketmaster. The complete lineup is available at www.concertsatmarymoor.com.As mentioned above, Backstreet Boys will bring their reunion tour to Marymoor Park this summer, a performance on September 6 that'll likely attract a solid Gay crowd. The pop quintet rose to superstardom in the '90s with megahits like "I Want It That Way," "Quit Playing Games with My Heart," and "Everybody." My personal favorite - actually, the only song I like by them - is "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely." After failed attempts at solo careers, stints in rehabs, and sleeping with celebrity trashcan Paris Hilton, the Boys regrouped to release 2007's lukewarmly received Unbreakable. The tour has given the five-set (Nick, Howie, AJ, Brian, Kevin) better success, selling out many of their shows in select cities. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 10. By the way, I have a Millennium CD sleeve autographed by the then-adorable, now-fat headed Nick Carter that I'm willing to swap for a Taco Time crisp burrito.

One of my favorite bands, Snow Patrol, is back in the studio, recording a follow-up to 2006's Eyes Open. At this time, no official release date has been announced yet as the album appears to be in an uncompleted state. What I do know is that drummer Jonny Quinn is getting married soon, guitarist Nathan Connolly has moved to London, and sexy-as-hell lead singer Gary Lightbody (who wrapped his arms around me for a photo) has purchased a home in Glasgow. I haven't heard a peep from bassist Paul Wilson, not since dropping his ass off at the band's downtown hotel following a $100 drink tab at two separate bars (he's a real sweetheart though). More on Snow Patrol in the coming months, so stay glued to "The Music Lounge."

Finally, tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Dolly Parton and Nine Inch Nails. Until next week, treat yourself to a new CD by Dierks Bentley, R.E.M., Madonna, South, Frightened Rabbit, or Santogold.
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