January 2009

PNB: Jewels

Starting this week, the Pacific Northwest Ballet is performing George Balanchine's famous 3-act work, Jewels. Originally created for the New York City Ballet in 1967, Jewels is a tour of the three great traditions of ballet set to the orchestrations of some of its greatest composers. Especially for newcomers to classical dance, it is a wonderful way to appreciate the many facets of this beautiful art. Under PNB artistic director Peter Boal, the company has put on a stunning, crowd-pleasing rendition of Balanchine's ballet. The structure of Jewels and the generosity of the direction gives the company's principal dancers equal time at center stage, so a range of styles and talents peppers the performance. Backed by the impeccable accompaniment of the PNB Orchestra under conductor Stewart Kershaw, Jewels is a success on many levels. The show opens with "Emeralds", an act devoted to the choreography of romantic-era France with the compositions of Gabriel Fauré.

Etta James Performing Tomorrow

Yes, the rumors are true. The American blues, soul, R&B, pop, rock & roll, gospel and jazz singer and songwriter is singing in Seattle tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th. She will be performing with the Roots Band at 7:30 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $35 to $65. Don’t miss one this winner of Four Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. Not to mention the writer of the famous ballad, “At Last,” played at ten different balls last Tuesday for Barack Obama’s Inaugural celebrations. Often considered the bridge between blues and rock & roll, she has since influenced a wide variety of American and British musicians. This legendary American singer will be the experience of a lifetime.

Adele to Sing at Neumo’s

Adele, the singer behind the song, “Chasing Pavements,” is finally going to play in Seattle after two cancelled shows. The British musical artist has been nominated for four Grammys for her self-described “heartbroken soul” music. She received the first ever BRIT Awards, given to artists in the process of releasing an album. With Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as her influences, it is no wonder that this singer-songwriter has been so widely-recognized for her work. Adele has done some amazing covers on popular songs like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Fool That I Am,” in addition to her own work, including “Daydreamer” and “Melt My Heart to Stone.” So come see her sing tonight at Neumo's at 7pm. Tickets were sold out, but we hear there’s a chance you can still find some at TicketsWest.com.

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

If you’ve ever sung “American Pie” by a campfire, in a sing-a-long, or along with Don McLean on the radio, then you cannot pass up this opportunity. Don McLean is coming to the Edmonds Center for the Arts tonight and will be performing at 8pm. Tickets are on sale for $43, and can be purchased at boxoffice@ec4arts.org, by calling 425-275-9595, or at the door. Though he is most famous for his renowned songs “American Pie” and “Vincent,” Don McLean has put out a whopping 23 albums between 1970 and 2005. He has so much to offer the crowd musically, so start singing, “Bye, bye, Miss American Pie…” and get ready for the night of your life!

Disturbed, Sevendust, and Skindred in Everett!

Come to the Comcast Arena in Everett for some amazing hard-rock bands. Disturbed, Sevendust, and Skindred will be performing tonight beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale now for $35 or $40 at the door. Chicago’s Disturbed recently released their fourth studio album, "Indestructible,” which they will be playing from at the concert tonight. They are self-described as “a dependable source not only of pummeling riffs and jackhammer beats, but of personal and political insights into our troubled times.” Sevendust recently released their seventh studio album “Sevendust VII: Hope and Sorrow.” The band members mention that the artists began writing the music for this album from very different musical perspectives, and that the final result is a diverse and very strong collection of musical works.

The Neil and Damage Done

Neil Young, one of the greatest singers and songwriters to come out of the 60s, will be honored tonight with a tribute. Though he won’t be there physically, he will be there in spirit while. Elder Mason, Amateur Radio Operator, At the Spine, Van Gross and the Gypsies, and Spanish for 100 be performing his songs (among others). The performances will take place at 9pm at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. Ticket price is $7. So if you’re in the mood for rock tonight, this is the place to be

Celebrate a Changing America

Come celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama tomorrow with Ernestine Anderson tonight! She will be performing with Chic Street Man, singers from Seattle Operaâ??s Young Artist Program to celebrate both President Obama and the late Odetta Holms, entertainer and human rights activist. The concert will take place at the Town Hall in downtown Seattle at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale for $7. Ernestine Anderson is one of the notable jazz greats, whose voice was often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday. But she would prefer to be known for her own voice, and not by association with other female jazz singers, saying, “I wish they would just let me be me.” Ernestine is a legend, both in Seattle and around the world. She has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and received the Golden Umbrella Award at Bumbershoot in 2002 for her contributions to the cultural landscape of the Seattle region.

The Knitters and Dead Rock West

Has your life been lacking a little country punk? Then perhaps tonight is the night to go out to the Tractor Tavern so you can get your fix on The Knitters and Dead Rock West. Both bands will be performing there tonight and tomorrow night, so if you’ve already made plans for MLK day, there still is tomorrow. The show starts at 8pm with tickets on sale for $20. The Knitters features John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Dave Alvin, Jonny Ray Bartel and D.J. Bonebrake. They play primarily alternative country, a sound they largely created over 20 years ago. Btu they’re back, and their latest album, “The Modern Sounds of The Knitters” has both new sounds and covers of sounds they wrote and others, such as Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.” Dead Rock West (DRW), an alternative country band hailing from California has played hit songs, such as “All I Know,” “Burning House of Love,” and “Boredom How did I Get Here.”

Robin and Linda Williams (and Their Fine Group)

Whether you’re lifelong listeners of A Prairie Home Companion, saw the 2006 Robert Altman movie, or are looking for a way to get into the famous pastime, then this concert is a must see. If Come to the Seattle Town Hall tonight at 7:30 to relive the magic with Robin and Linda Williams, the husband-and-wife folk duo, who will be bringing it home to the prairie’ with their blend of folk, old-time, and acoustic country music. Both instrumentalists and singer-songwriters, Robin and Linda will be joined by Their Fine Group to make your evening complete. Tickets are sold for $22 to $25, and can be found on www.kbcs.fm and at Dusty Strings.

Come On Baby, Light My Fire

Remember that catchy keyboard lick from Light My Fire? Every good rock band has a great keyboardist, and The Doors are no exception. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and co-found of one of the greatest rock bands is coming to Seattle to play at The Triple Door. And while Ray Manzarek will continue to Break On Through (to the Other Side), he won’t be doing so alone. Manzarek will be joined by Roy Rogers, a critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist. Together, they will take on Doors classics as well as other blues/jazz/classical tracks, including renditions of Eric Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1. For you Doors fanatics, this will be a dream come true. Ray Manzarek plans to talk about what Jim Morrison was really like, not to mention his personal insights into the legendary rock band he helped to co-found. Don’t miss this west coast exclusive event! The show will be begin at 8pm, and will take place both tonight (January 9th) and tomorrow (January 10th).