by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
Let's hear it for the girls! Not that there aren't any good concerts by men this month, it's just that the better live shows and most anticipated performances belong to these five cool chicks and girl-fronted groups.
November 5, The Showbox Market
Interview alert: Debbi Peterson, November 4 issue
Motored by girl power, this all-female pop band struck gold in the '80s with a stretch of hits that included 'Eternal Flame,' 'Manic Monday,' 'Be With You,' and 'Hazy Shade of Winter.' Often compared to that other all-femme quartet, the Go-Go's, The Bangles found their own audience and continued making good music until 1989, when they decided to take a 10-year break to pursue other interests and start families. Three members from the original lineup - Susanna Hoffs and Debbi and Vicki Peterson - are back in the saddle with a new album, Sweetheart of the Sun, and a coast-to-coast tour that delivers them to Seattle in early November. Ten bucks says everybody in the house does the King Tut move during 'Walk Like an Egyptian.' Visit www.showboxonline.com for ticket information.
Rickie Lee Jones
November 8-9, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
There were few people in 1980 who didn't know who Rickie Lee Jones was. That was the singer-songwriter's breakthrough year, winning a Grammy for Best New Artist, landing her single 'Chuck E's in Love' atop the Billboard charts, performing on Saturday Night Live, and eventually becoming a crossover 'it girl' in jazz and pop. Thirty years later, the Chicago-born musician is celebrating three decades of musicmaking with a new record, Balm in Gilead, that features collaborations with Ben Harper, Alison Krauss, and Bill Frisell, to name a few. The album was written and intended for mature listeners, those in Jones' age bracket who are encountering similar situations like raising their children as a single parent or watching their own parents grow old and pass away - in a nutshell, examining life through an older lens. The multitalented performer will appear for back-to-back nights at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley and is not to be missed. She's backed by a three-member band, including Reggie McBride (bass), Johnny Friday (drums), and Carlos Murguia (keyboards). Visit www.jazzalley.com for reservations.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
November 10, The Showbox Market
Call her vintage, call her retro, call her old school, but don't call her unoriginal. Sharon Jones may sound like a time warp from the '60s Motown days, but her sassy blend of soul-blues-funk music is indeed unique. It started in 2002 when this bad mama jamma released Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, yet it was 100 Days, 100 Nights (SGN's Top Ten Albums/CDs, 2007) that really thrust her into the spotlight. Though she remains mostly invisible to mainstream audiences, Jones has collected a grab bag of fans around the world - Gays, straights, blacks, whites, hipsters, vintage R&B geeks. Said to be a firecracker in concert - lots of shakin', struttin', and finger wavin' - Jones and her crew, the Dap Kings, are going to raise the roof at The Showbox Market. Her newest release, I Learned the Hard Way, came out in 2010. Visit www.showboxonline.com for ticket information.
November 17, Moore Theatre
Indie darling Feist, a part-time member of Broken Social Scene, has been pretty much everywhere and collaborated with dozens of considerably cool peeps, from Grizzly Bear to Wilco to Stephen Colbert. And even though she's made a splash in the U.S. - she's half American, after all - she remains more popular in the cold north, her native Canada. If you don't like Feist, you might think she's a bit full of herself, considering she released a bio documentary of herself last year, Look at What the Light Did Now. But if you do dig her, and there are many Gay men who worship the ground she dances on, you've probably already downloaded her new album Metals and are probably headed to the Moore Theatre in mid-November to swoon alongside fellow Feist faithful. Visit www.stgpresents.org for ticket information.
November 17, Snoqualmie Casino
Sometimes filed under 'Whatever Happened To,' Wynonna Judd has quietly drifted in and out of the music scene. When she isn't reuniting with Mama Naomi on an emotional version of 'Love Can Build a Bridge,' she's letting those husky pipes run loose on solo hits, such as 'Tell Me Why,' 'No One Else on Earth,' 'She Is His Only Need,' 'Is It Over Yet,' and my personal favorite, 'I Saw the Light.' Say what you will about Ms. Wynonna, but the girl can sing - a bit like the ghost of Elvis, I agree - though she's got a gift and knows how to use it. Wynonna swings through the Northwest with an appearance this month at nearby Snoqualmie Casino, where she'll surely sing both Judds' and solo material, and possibly something off 2006's A Classic Christmas. Visit www.snocasino.com for ticket information.
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