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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
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Bette Midler, Makana, ABBA, Pearl Jam

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Still no plans for New Year's Eve? Ring in 2011 with Bette Midler. No, the Divine Miss M is not coming to Seattle, but she is headed to a TV set near you. The multiple-award winner stars in The Showgirl Must Go On, a musical extravaganza taped at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that premieres on December 31. Midler performs some of her most recognized work during the performance, including 'From a Distance', 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'Wind Beneath My Wings' with help from her longtime backup clan, the Harlettes - a 13-piece band and the Caesars Salad Girls also join in. The Showgirl Must Go On debuts on HBO this New Year's Eve.

If you can't escape to the islands, let the islands come to you. The magical sounds of Hawaiian music, integral to the rich culture of the Pacific island chain, are en route to Seattle. Some of the country's finest musicians are from the Aloha State, and many of them play a form of slack key guitar - a genre of loose-style guitar that was introduced by the Hawaiians. Among the artists known for his slack key guitar skills is Makana, who often sells out concerts in Seattle and other mainland cities. The talented singer-songwriter, a lively performer of both traditional Hawaiian and contemporary rock music, even has a fan base as far away as Europe. Makana is set to perform January 9 at The Triple Door (www.thetripledoor.net), but he joins me next week for a special interview here in 'The Music Lounge'. Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on December 31 to learn more about this gifted, handsome and dark-tanned musician.

Last-minute stocking stuffer? Go with gold, as in ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits (Special Edition). The CD/DVD package was just released and includes 19 of the disco-pop group's hits, including 'Dancing Queen', 'Mamma Mia', 'Does Your Mother Know', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', 'Take a Chance on Me' and 'Fernando'. The DVD portion of the two-disc set features all 19 music videos of the singles, several of which were directed by world renown filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom. ABBA Gold is available at any local music store, or you can purchase it online - they'll love you for it.

Finally, Seattle rock icons Pearl Jam will mark their 20th anniversary in 2011 with plans to host a mini-festival and special performance right here in, what can appropriately be called, The Grunge City. More on Pearl Jam's music milestone coming soon.

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