by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
'Tell It to My Heart,' 'Prove Your Love,' 'Love Will Lead You Back,' and 'Heart of Stone' are just a few hits from Taylor Dayne's catalog that stretches from 1988 to present date. In total, the R&B-pop artist had 18 of them between the late '80s and early '90s. A strong ally of the Gay community, Dayne has performed at numerous LGBT events across North America, including the 2010 Gay Games, Atlanta Pride, Denver PrideFest, and the upcoming Augusta Pride in late June. The multiple Grammy nominee is set to perform locally as well, at Snoqualmie Casino on February 22. Before heading here, though, she'll be speaking with Seattle Gay News to preview her concert that will likely feature the aforementioned songs, plus 'I'll Always Love You,' 'With Every Beat of My Heart,' and 'Don't Rush Me.' For tickets to the Snoqualmie show, which includes opening act Ambrosia, go to www.snocasino.com. Look for an interview with Taylor Dayne in The Music Lounge on February 20.
You should definitely know who Mat Kearney is. But I'll forgive you for going to Wikipedia, though I'd rather direct you to Spotify or Pandora to listen to his music instead. The Eugene, Oregon native is a respected singer-songwriter who's toured with John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Keane, and Owl City. Now residing in Nashville, the 36 year-old musician is scheduled to drop his fifth studio album, Just Kids, on February 24 and will support it with a North American tour that delivers him to the Moore Theatre on March 6. But he'll slide into The Music Lounge for a brief chit chat a week before, on February 27, so be sure to grab a copy of the SGN that week. Take a listen to his songs; I think you'll love this guy.
If you couldn't get tickets for Death Cab for Cutie's show at The Crocodile two weeks ago, you've got another shot at seeing them live here in Seattle. But you'll have to wait until October. The rock trio - Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr - will wrap up a North American and European tour this fall in their hometown with a scheduled performance at the Paramount Theatre on October 3, promoting the group's new album Kintsugi. Should you wish to see them elsewhere, DCFC will also play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, The Pageant in St. Louis and The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, along with several festivals overseas. Tickets are on sale now via www.stgpresents.org.
The list of performers for next weekend's Grammy Awards has expanded. Sam Smith, John Legend with Common, Miranda Lambert, Usher, and Pharrell Williams have been added to the bill that also boasts appearances by Madonna, AC/DC, Eric Church, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran. As we near the February 8 telecast, more names are expected to be piled onto the lineup, such as Sia, Iggy Azalea, and Meghan Trainor. Additionally, U2 is rumored to be performing.
Thus far, there are no Seattle dates for Diana Ross. However, the R&B icon is booked for a 9-show engagement at The Venetian in Las Vegas with a concert experience titled 'The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade' from April 1-18. The exact performance nights are April 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, and 18. 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' 'Endless Love,' 'I'm Coming Out,' and 'Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)' are just some of the songs that will be included in the show, although I expect many others, such as 'Upside Down,' 'Chain Reaction,' and 'Workin' Overtime,' will also be squeezed in. I'll be mind-blown if she adds 'Swept Away' or 'Muscles.' Whatever she does, it'll be epic. Tickets for Diana Ross are on sale now at www.Venetian.com/DianaRoss. I've never stayed at the Venetian before, so I can't vouch for it, but I can highly recommend the very LGBT-friendly MGM Grand from personal experience.
Finally, look for a Grammy preview next week with picks and predictions for Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist, besides an updated list of performers and presenters.
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