du Maurier International Jazz Festival Held at 37 venues around Vancouver, the du Maurier celebrates its 15th year with a typically strong lineup that stretches jazz's boundaries to include blues, pop, and world music. This year's highlights include the Brad Mehldau Trio, the Nicholas Payton Quintet, Cesaria Evora, Rickie Lee Jones, Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio, and Jonny Lang. More adventurous programming includes DJ Spooky and AALY Trio with Ken Vandermark. For a complete schedule, call 888-438-5200 or go to www.jazzvancouver.com/jazzfest2000. For tickets in Seattle, call 206-628-0888. Fri 6/23-Sun 7/2.
D'Angelo Five years in the making, the Virginia soul stirrer's Voodoo (Virgin) is one of the year's most-praised albums and his shows have received even fiercer accolades. And, yes, ladies, he will take off his shirt. Pier 62/63, 628-0888. $43. Sun 8/13 at 7.
EMP Grand Opening The museum celebrates its Grand Opening with a weekend of festivities that will likely go down in history as one of the hottest summer music festivals ever. From Metallica to Bob Mould, Built to Spill to Bo Diddley, Ann and Nancy Wilson to No Doubt, James Brown to Beck, this weekend is sure to get the mercury rising even if the Northwest weather doesn't comply. Some shows are free, some come with a hefty price tag; check out www.emplive.com for details or call 628-0888. Seattle Center. Fri 6/23-Sun 6/25.
LadyFest 2000 This multimedia event promises to be everything you'd expect from that hotbed of indie culture and artistic intelligentsia, Olympia. Besides the groundbreaking pop and rock acts set to perform—Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney, the Need, Sarah Dougher—the week-long event will include steamy spoken word, simmering films, and sultry visual arts. See www.ladyfest.org for more information or call 360-252-2086. The Capital Theatre and other venues in Olympia. $5-$8 for individual events, $50 for full passes. Tue 8/1-Sun 8/6.
Bumbershoot Geez, has it been 30 years already? The Seattle Center will buzz again this Labor Day as the four-day monstrosity named (slangily) for one of this city's unofficial symbols, the umbrella, consumes Queen Anne. Programming the last few years has been inspired, with cutting-edge acts like Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney mixing it up with pop heroes such as Beck and Everlast, and a range of others from Loudon Wainwright to the Roots; lotsa locals weigh in as well. Of course, there's food, arts, and those pesky drum circles too, but with so much music going on at Bumbershoot's dozen or so stages, it's hard enough to keep up as it is. Ani Difranco, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Iris DeMent are on board this year; look for the full schedule to be announced July 14. Seattle Center, 628-0888. Fri 9/1-Mon 9/4.
Ricky Martin Let's face it: It's been a year, and you still can't get that damn song out of your head, can you? Neither can we—and we're not complaining, either. Tacoma Dome, 2727 East, Tacoma, 628-0888. $35-75adv. Wed 7/26 at 8.
Destiny's Child Four nice 18-year-old girls from Houston who completely own the radio right now, thanks to a pair of killer singles: "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name." Seattle Center Opera House, 628-0888. $24-$28adv. Fri 6/9 at 7:30.
Britney Spears/'N Sync What's hotter than Britney in a tube top? Those 'N Sync boys with their shirts off, that's what. We're sweating already. Britney Spears: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. $37.55-$48.05. Fri 8/11 at 7:30. 'N Sync: Tacoma Dome, 628-0888. $39.75-$49.75. Tue 6/13 at 7:30.
Warped Tour How many tours have not one but two bands with four-letter names ending in X in their lineup? Only the NOFX- and MxPx-bolstered Warped Tour. Long the skaterat's festival of choice, the Vans-sponsored tour always lines up the finest in punk talent, from the poppy Green Day and Donnas to the harder Suicide Machines, as well as some choice wild cards like the skankin' Mighty Mighty Bosstones and old-school-style hip-hoppers Jurassic 5. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. $25adv, plus $25 per campsite per night. Mon 7/4 at 10am.
Eruption Sure to be one of the hot spots of the already steamy Gay Pride weekend, Manray presents Eruption Party, a block party where all your neighbors are muy caliente and the best accessory is just a hint of glowing perspiration. Headlining the show is Deborah Cooper of C&C Music Factory. More live DJs, mayhem, and merriment are sure to complete the event. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Gay City Youth. Manray, Belmont and E Pine. 568-0750. Sat 6/24 at 1pm.
Pain in the Grass Now in its 11th year, Pain in the Grass offers a quick escape from the workweek, with free shows featuring mostly local acts taking place every Friday evening throughout the summer at the Seattle Center. Past years have featured many Seattle rockers who have gone on to bigger things, from Pearl Jam to the Presidents to the Posies. The schedule should be announced by early June at www.paininthegrass.com. Fri 6/30-Fri 8/25 at 6. Free.
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SIL2K Summer Season Strategic Improvisation Laboratories 2000 has been building a strong base for experimental music with its weekly series at I-Spy. It's impossible to predict how most of these shows will turn out—which is half the fun of going. Amy Denio and Fred Chalenor, A.Frequency, and Rebreather play on Mon 6/5. Also appearing are: Electron Love Theory, Fabric, and DJ Aaron (Mon 6/12); Minus +, Steve Barsotti, and Dave Knott (Mon 6/19); Anansi, Mutant Data Orchestra, and Tripod (Mon 6/26). And don't miss the 15th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival, featuring Toshi Makihara v. Wally Shoup, Bill Horist v. KK Null, and Intonarumori, among others (Wed 6/28). I-Spy. $7.
WOMAD Now in its third year, the American branch of this Peter Gabriel-spawned world music festival is taking a stab at increased prominence. Set in the breezy, tree-lined confines of Marymoor Park, the multiple-stage event features a blend of easy-to-swallow faves (Paula Cole, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff), more exotic fare (Tuva's Huun-Huur Tu, Vietnam's Khac Chi Ensemble, Peru's Susana Baca), and a few big names like Meshell Ndeg鯣ello and Jimmy Cliff. Promoters One Reel have also lured genuine world music luminaries Ali Farka Toure and Femi Kuti to round out an impressive lineup. This year, Womad also offers overnight camping. $25 per day, $65 for three-day pass advance/$35 per day, $75 for three-day pass at door. Marymoor Park, Redmond, 628-0888. Fri 7/28-Sun 7/30.
KUBE Summer Jam Always one of the hottest shows of summer, KUBE's Jam brings in huge hip-hop and R&B studs and ladies to tear up the Gorge. Sign up for first crack at tickets and schedule information at www.kube93.com. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. Fri 7/14.
Kiss You just couldn't get enough, could you? The reunion, the makeup, the conventions—eventually, it had to come to an end. So this is their farewell tour: no more makeup, no more reunions. At least you'll always have the conventions. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. $53.85-$95.85adv. Sat 7/22 at 7.
Wilco, John Hiatt How's this for a perfect summer evening: The sun turns the sky pink as it sets over the Olympics, salty breezes blow past your sunburned face, the beer in your hand is cold and dewy, and Jeff Tweedy and the Wilco boys serenade you with songs that rock gently and alternately bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. Pier 62/63, 628-0888. $33. Thu 7/27 at 7.
Dinosaurs of Rock This summer will see plenty of old timers rocking the Northwest. And while the thermostat is set rather low for these forefathers of punk, rock, folk, and blues, we're confident that the sun can part the clouds and raise the temperature to downright sizzling. Even though old folks constantly complain they're cold, we're betting on the Who (Sat 8/19 at the Gorge) to beat the poor circulation rap. Lou Reed could spark it up (Fri 6/2 at Benaroya Hall), and Bob Dylan always has potential (Sat 6/17-18 at the Gorge), as does Roger Waters (Fri 6/30 at the Gorge). 628-0888.
Ozzfest Ozzy! Pantera! Godsmackstatic-xIncubus! P.O.D. MethodsofMayhem! Queens of the Stone Age! Ministry! Kittie! Taprootprimer55Pitchshifter! Disturbed! Crazy Town! DeadlightsslavesonDope! Pump! Jack! Reveille! And Shuvel! Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. $59.35adv plus $25 per campsite per night. Thu 8/24 at 10am.
Port Townsend Country Blues Festival Fans of Seattle's local blues and folk scene will want to make the trek to Port Townsend for this weekend-long event, which also features national acts like Cephas and Wiggins, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, gospel singer Pat Wright of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and singer/violinist Howard Armstrong. Among the locals: Del Rey, Guitar Slim, Orville Johnson, Jerry Ricks, Annieville Blues. McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, 360-385-3102. $39-$45 for all three nights; individual evening tickets are also available. Fri 6/30-Sat 7/1.
Nine Inch Nails You'd have a head like a hole, too, if you kept banging it around onstage as much as Trent Reznor does. But everybody's favorite screaming id has every right to be pissed: Garth Brooks stole his look, for chrissakes! Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 628-0888. $48.05adv. Fri 7/9 at 8.
Endfest KNDD won't announce its lineup until late June or July, but I'd guess that heavy-hitters such as the Deftones and A Perfect Circle will jump on the radio station festival bandwagon. Moby played the electronic tent last year, but he's probably too big to come back again. Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Silverdale, 622-3251. Sat 8/5.
Girls Room Seattle marks the kick-off point of this all-ages female fest, a sort of substitute for the bygone Lilith Faire. This show features Tara McLean, touting her major-label debut Passenger (Capitol). McLean is a pretty decent pop/folk singer/ songwriter of the I-was-raised-in-a-log-cabin-on-a-remote-island variety, but she's way cooler than Jewel, who only lived in a car. Also on the bill is Kendall Payne, this decade's answer to Alanis—now if we could only figure out who's asking that question and get them to shut up. The promoters ask that you bring a donation of canned food and/or clothing as the show is free and the girls are making a donation to a local charity in each city that they visit. Crocodile Caf鮠Fri 7/7 at 7. Free.
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Seattle Peace Concerts The annual series of concerts featuring local acts takes place at parks around town, including Woodland, Volunteer, Gas Works, and Golden Gardens. Acts scheduled to appear range from the bluesy Smokin' Gun to the folk-rocky Jill Cohn to the surfy Manatees (not to be confused with surfing manatees!). All shows take place on Sunday, except for the weekend-long Taste of Soul Festival (Sat 7/15-Sun 7/16) and are free. For more information go to www.seapeace.org. Sun 6/4-Sun 8/27. Free.
Summer Nights at the Pier OK, it's hardly perfect: Hall and Oates? Manhattan Transfer? The Mike Love-led Beach Boys? But this year's Pier 62/63 concert series features some nice selections. Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Cray are perennial audience pleasers, while the bill pairing funk diva Chaka Khan and a reconstituted version of the greatest of all disco bands, Chic, should be far more interesting than its "oldies" vibe would indicate. (Wilco and D'Angelo are profiled elsewhere here). Pier 62/63, 628-0888. Dates, times, and prices vary.
Summer Festival on the Green It's a smooth, smooth summer in Woodinville, as the best-known adult stars stop in to make beautiful music while you sip Chardonnay under the stars. This year's lineup kicks off with Natalie Merchant (6/16) and features the Chieftains (6/18), Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin (6/25), Dan Fogelberg (7/2), and the B.B. King Blues Festival (8/12-13). You can fly like an Eagle with Don Henley (7/22), bring your bagpipes to the Celtic Festival (9/2), or spend Friday and Saturday in the park with Chicago (9/8-9). Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, One Stimson Lane, Woodinville, 425-415-3300. Dates, times, and prices vary.
Rootsfest Victoria, BC, presents its annual three-day folk and roots music extravaganza. Highlights this year include Alejandro Escovedo, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ferron, Joan Armatrading, and Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca. Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, 250-386-3655 or www.rootsfest.com. $65-$69 adv. Fri 7/21-Sun 23.
Diana Ross Though it's billed as a Supremes reunion tour (not possible, given that of the original members Flo died and Mary won't speak to Miss Ross), what we have here is a case of Diana feeding her cult Similac instead of mother's milk by bringing in later replacements. Key Arena, Seattle Center, 628-0888. Sat 7/24 at 8.
Puyallup Fair Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Bill Cosby. Wayne Newton. Gallagher. Harry Belafonte. Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Clint Black. Yep, that's right—it's Puyallup time again. Puyallup Fairgrounds, Puyallup, 253-845-1771. Prices vary. 9/8-9/22.
Creation Festival Yes, it's time once again to lavish praise on the Creator (a.k.a. God) and to celebrate with a weekend's worth of music and speakers. As the press release instructs us, "You will have fun at Creation2000, but more importantly, it will be a time to learn and grow in the Lord." Helping you experience this, um, growth are a host of bands with names like the Gospel Gangsters, Insyderz, Audio Adrenaline, Raze, and of course the Newsboys. Hallelujah! Ticket info at www.creationfest.com. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW, Quincy, 800-327-6921. Thu 7/27-Sat 7/2.
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