Monday, Nov 11, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Ten concerts that will matter in 2011
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Ten concerts that will matter in 2011

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

For music enthusiasts, particularly those in search of great live performances, 2011 is already knocking on the door. The New Year brings a wealth of top tier talent and critically-acclaimed rising stars to Seattle, not to mention the usual slew of area festivals that bring a bevy of artists together on a single weekend - Sasquatch, Capitol Hill Block Party, Decibel Festival, Northwest Folklike, City Arts Fest, Earshot Jazz, etc. From what's been announced thus far and what's been whispered in my ear, here are ten live shows to be ready for in 2011.

1) U2
Qwest Field
June 4

Resheduled because of a back injury, Bono and his clan - known in rock royalty circles as U2 - are set to jam at Qwest Field in June. The 360-degree tour will be 'in the round' and will feature towering claw-like columns with room underneath for screaming fans. While the superband hasn't released any new material since 2009's No Line on the Horizon, they always play a strong set of catalog favorites, like 'Mysterious Ways,' 'Where the Streets Have No Name,' 'Beautiful Day' and 'One.' Lenny Kravitz will open the Seattle concert.

2) Janet Jackson
No official Seattle date
announced

Hong Kong, China is the first of 35 dates to be announced by Janet Jackson on her upcoming world tour. The R&B-pop superstar will be out promoting last year's greatest hits compilation, Number Ones, and early indication hints that she'll exclude the Pacific Northwest, although she's towed her previous tours to Key Arena and the Tacoma Dome. You'll likely have to go on an 'escapade' to catch Jackson at rumored stops, including Dubai, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Lucerne, Chicago and Las Vegas.

3) Sade
No official Seattle date
announced

Smooth jazz act Sade hasn't unveiled details for an area performance on their upcoming tour, but Seattle is shortlisted on the group's 2011 tour according to their website. If things go according to plan, this would be Sade's first North American tour in ten years, and songs from this year's Soldier of Love release, as well as older favorites like 'The Sweetest Taboo,' 'No Ordinary Love,' 'By Your Side' and 'Your Love is King' will finally get some live action.

4) Taylor Swift
Venue not announced
September 7

2010's Grammy darling, Nashville cutie Taylor Swift, ends the year on a high note - her newest album appears on many 'best of' music writers' lists, including mine, and details have emerged on her extensive tour planned for 2011. She'll come to Seattle in early September, though an official venue hasn't been announced. Look for the concert to be at either Key Arena, Tacoma Dome or Everett's Comcast Arena.

5) Sleigh Bells
No official Seattle date
announced

As revealed in an exclusive interview with Seattle Gay News on December 17, the electronic-garage punk duo Sleigh Bells will return to Seattle in late April or early May. Responsible for one of this year's most praised CDs, Treats, the Brooklyn act is said to co-headline a tour beginning in early spring that definitely includes more stage time than their 34-minute set at The End's 'Deck the Hall Ball' earlier this month. Who are they co-headlining with? My lips are sealed.

6) Bettye LaVette
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
February 3-6

Blues diva LaVette makes her annual jaunt to Seattle early in 2011, slated for a four-night residency at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. She's knocked my socks off twice, at Bumbershoot several years ago and the Jazz Alley last summer, digging way deep into her songs with her robust, whiskey-soaked vocals. Her latest work, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, finds her varnishing classic rock tunes from The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Moody Blues. Add Bettye LaVette to your bucket list and then cross it off in February, a passionate entertainer worth seeing at least once.

7) New Kids on the Block /
Backstreet Boys
Tacoma Dome
July 8

Not quite a Gay guy's wet dream, but close. Two of pop music's biggest boy bands will share the stage, and hair gel, next year when they co-headline a summer arena tour. What's known is that New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will perform full separate sets, but what hasn't been revealed yet is whether they'll collaborate on a song or two - my guess is they will, and if you believe in miracles throw in a wet T-shirt contest. The 'NKOTBBSB Tour' lands at the Tacoma Dome on July 8.

8) John Mellencamp
McCaw Hall
April 12

Veteran rocker Mellencamp plays his first in-city gig in many, many years - he usually tours outdoor venues in the summer, but this time he'll be indoors right here in Seattle. The tireless philanthropist for working farmers, especially in his native Midwest, the singer-songwriter will probably unload a string of rockabilly and Americana hits dating back to 1982's breakthrough album American Fool, including 'Hurts So Good,' 'Crumblin' Down,' 'Jack & Diane,' 'Pink Houses,' and 'Human Wheels.'

9) Crystal Castles
The Showbox Market
March 8

Electronic-punk outfit Crystal Castles hasn't been through Seattle in about two years, emphasizing to fans of this awkwardly enticing duo to not skip their March appearance at The Showbox Market. The Toronto natives received tremendous buzz for this year's self-titled album, not to be confused with 2008's self-titled record. Crystal Castles performances are loud, frantic and chock full of excitement, so don't be surprised when they sell out here in a few months.

10) Ke$ha
The Showbox SoDo
February 16

The second date on Ke$ha's debut headlining tour, which happens to be in Seattle, sold out in a matter of days after being announced. The California pop star who put out two of 2010's top-selling singles, 'Tik Tok' and 'Take It Off', was scheduled to open for Rihanna last summer at White River Amphitheatre, but the concert was scrapped due to a delay in tour preparations. Okay, you really wanna see Kes$ha at The Showbox SoDo? Craigslist and prayer are your best bets.

Other possible shows or tours to be announced: Eminem, R.E.M., Mumford & Sons, Keith Urban, and maybe Madonna.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Wendy Ho skanks up Seattle for the holidays
------------------------------
John Cameron Mitchell enters the Rabbit Hole
------------------------------
Firefighters heat up Purr
------------------------------
An Unconventional Life: Author explores a life of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
------------------------------
Phoenicia and Vic
------------------------------
The Men of Neighbours
------------------------------
Searing Rabbit Hole a poignant drama
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Burlesque, The Bobs and Pancho Sanchez
------------------------------

------------------------------
VIDEO - President Obama Signs Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
------------------------------

------------------------------
Sara Michelle's 2010 movie recap
------------------------------
Jeff Bridges takes on John Wayne in True Grit reboot
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Bette Midler, Makana, ABBA, Pearl Jam
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Best of television 2010 - Glee, Mad Men and Man Zou were tops
------------------------------
Ten concerts that will matter in 2011
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News