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Where It's At
Rob Thomas struts his stuff to the Paramount Theatre, Vienna Teng knocks on The Triple Door, Diamond Nights blowing out The Crocodile Cafe

By Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer

Rob Thomas w/ Anna Nalick

Wednesday, November 9 - 7:30 pm

Paramount Theatre - Sold out

If you're a gay male and have a pulse, chances are you've dreamed about doing something dirty with Rob Thomas. I have. But I'll keep the details to myself. Let's just say it involves an elevator and Cool Whip. And if your adoration for Thomas goes deeper than looks, chances are you own a copy of his solo debut Something to Be and possibly have tickets for his sold out concert at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday night. If you don't have tickets, let the tears start flowing now because it's completely sold out. I feel for you. Really. But for those of us fortunate enough to be going, the thought of seeing Thomas shake his goodies while belting out "This is How a Heart Breaks" and "Lonely No More" is almost unimaginable.

Thomas is the lead singer of the pop-rock group Matchbox 20. To be honest, I'm not sure if the band has entirely broken up or if they're just on hiatus. What I do know is that Thomas has had a red-hot year in 2005. But this isn't the first time Thomas branched out and did his own thing. He won three Grammys back in 2000 for co-writing and performing on the mega hit single "Smooth" with the legendary Santana. Thomas could find himself again on the Grammy podium next year. He's a frontrunner for a Best Male Pop Vocal nomination, though I'm not sure what single his record label submitted for consideration.

At the Paramount Theatre, expect Rob Thomas to wear his usual form-fitting pants that leave little to the imagination and expect him to play mostly songs from Something To Be, but he'll probably pull out well-known M20 favorites like "Push", "Real World" and "Unwell". Newcomer Anna Nalick opens the show. For pre-concert cocktails, support the gay bars and restaurants, and if I happen to bump into Mr. Thomas out and about I'll be sure to give you the scoop next week. The crowd should be a mix of gay men and straight girls who share the love of his music and his&um&other assets. - A. Rodriguez

Pre-concert CD recommendation: Something to Be featuring "This is How a Heart Breaks", "Lonely No More" and "I Am an Illusion".

Vienna Teng w/ opening act

Wednesday, November 9 - 7:30 pm

The Triple Door - Call for reservations (206) 838-4333 / $15 adv, $18 dos

Last week's issue of the Seattle Gay News featured an interview with singer-songwriter-pianist Vienna Teng. In it, she talked about getting ready to record her new album that will include a song about the gay marriages that took place in San Francisco's Town Hall in February 2004. Teng, a Bay Area native who once worked for a prominent computer software corporation, has two critically acclaimed recordings under her belt, Waking Hour and Warm Strangers (SGN's Top 25 Albums/CDs, 2004). The twentysomething artist has opened concerts for Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Marc Cohn and Joan Baez.

Teng returns to Seattle for a performance at The Triple Door on Wednesday night. If you don't have tickets for Rob Thomas' show or have a liking for something different, then I strongly recommend Teng's concert. She's often compared to Sarah McLachlan, creating music that combines melancholy, mystical lyrics with soothing, at times dramatic, piano-based backdrops. Not all of her songs are deep and provocative; she'll throw a few uppity numbers into her set as well. And in last week's interview, Teng mentioned that she would be introducing new material at The Triple Door. This is a dynamic artist who is so kind, very gifted and is beautiful to watch and listen to. Should Wednesday night on your calendar be open, consider Vienna Teng. - A. Rodriguez

Pre-concert CD recommendation: Warm Strangers featuring "Feather Moon", "Harbor" and "My Medea".

Diamond Nights w/ opening acts

Thursday, November 10 - 9:00 pm

The Crocodile Café - Tix through www.thecrocodile.com / $8

* Free in-store performance by Diamond Nights at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne location) on November 10 at 6:00 pm

Imagine four sexy, young men playing rock n' roll like the good ole days when Corvettes and Tranzams ruled the road. Rock music with fun, frisky lyrics and guitars rummaging through the Led Zeppelin and Rush bins with a touch of 80s keyboards a la Billy Idol. This is Diamond Nights. The New York-based quartet released their full-length debut Popsicle in September after strong media buzz, including high marks from the Seattle Gay News and The Stranger, circulated about their EP Once We Were Diamonds. Both the EP and twelve-track CD include the playful, rocking tunes "Destination Diamonds", "Saturday Fantastic" and "The Girl's Attractive".

In July, Diamond Nights performed an evening show at The Crocodile Café that was wild and out of control, but in a good way. I caught up with Diamond Nights that day, and they were so entertaining and so down to earth in person. They're very sweet, genuine guys. A gay fan base is brewing for Diamond Nights. I hear that a small bear audience went to their Los Angeles concert recently. You can listen to their music and get better acquainted with them by going to their official website www.diamond-nights.com or check out this week's "The Music Lounge" column for a fun interview with lead singer Morgan Phalen. Diamond Nights will jolt The Crocodile Café on Thursday night like no one's business, so be there and support this lively new act. And do come out to Easy Street Records for their free in-store performance and CD-signing at 6:00 pm on the day of show. - A. Rodriguez

Pre-concert CD recommendation: Popsicle featuring "Destination Diamonds", "Saturday Fantastic", "The Girl's Attractive" and "It's a Shokka"
Vienna Teng
Diamond Nights

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