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posted Friday, June 8, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 23
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Chaka Khan performs this weekend at Snoqualmie

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Though the words 'legend' and 'icon' are used loosely these days, they both fittingly define Chaka Khan. Since the early '70s, this standout vocalist has been making some of the best funk and R&B music by any diva, initially breaking through with former band Rufus and then capturing the spotlight as a solo performer. Her long list of hit singles includes 'Tell Me Something Good,' 'Ain't Nobody,' 'Through the Fire,' 'I Feel for You,' 'Love You All My Lifetime,' and 'I'm Every Woman,' repopularized by the late Whitney Houston a decade after its original release. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to 'Ain't Nobody' and 'This Is My Night' over the years, on cassette and CD and now on an iPod. They were songs from my youth that I remember playing over and over again under the covers when my parents assumed I was asleep. Several years later it was Khan's Grammy-winning album The Woman I Am that kept me up late at night. She's a classy, unique, and multitalented artist who has stood the test of time.

Seattle fans will have to make a 30-minute sprint outside the city to catch the Queen of Funk at Snoqualmie Casino (www.snocasino.com) this Sunday (7 p.m.), but it should be well worth it. At press time, tickets were still available via Ticketmaster. If you don't drive, or don't want to, try the Snoqualmie Express bus, which provides pick-up and drop-off service from Seattle's International District. The fare is $10, but you get it right back when you arrive at the casino, in the form of food vouchers and gaming money. An evening with the great Chaka Khan? No arm-twisting needed here.

The summer/fall concert schedule keeps getting bigger and better. Grizzly Bear, led by openly gay Ed Droste who married his longtime boyfriend last year, returns to Seattle for a performance at the Paramount Theatre. The indie band had one of 2009's best-reviewed albums with Veckatimest (one of SGN's Top Ten Albums/CDs for 2009) and will follow it up with the forthcoming Warp229 (unofficial title). The leadoff single, 'Sleeping Ute,' debuted this week. Grizzly Bear plays October 5 in Seattle, and ticket information is available at www.stgpresents.org.

Other just-announced shows include Regina Spektor at the Paramount Theatre (August 9), Robin Thicke at Emerald Queen Casino (August 11), Jack White at WaMu Theater (August 14), and My Morning Jacket at Marymoor Park (September 7).

I'm headed to Jason Mraz's North American tour kickoff in Honolulu, set for July 1 at the Waikiki Shell. The concert features Christina Perri in the opening slot, who interestingly shared with Twitter followers that she got laid upon arriving in Jakarta recently. Mraz is touring in support of his latest album, Love is a Four Letter Word, featuring the single 'I Won't Give Up.' Look for exclusive coverage of Mraz in Hawaii on SGN's official Facebook page and on our blog, www.seattlegayblog.blogspot.com.

Finally, I expect to speak with singer-songwriter Rhett Miller in the coming days. He's also the sexy lead singer of rockabilly group Old 97's. Miller has interviewed with SGN once before, and he's such a sweet and insightful guy. I haven't talked to him in years, since hanging out with him briefly in his dressing room at the Showbox Market. Miller will appear at the Crocodile (www.thecrocodile.com) on June 22.

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