Aug. 10-16, 2005

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Alison Krauss and Union Station

Krauss and Co. made bluegrass go unexpectedly pop with the 1995 compilation Now That I've Found You. Their latest, Lonely Runs Both Ways (Rounder), finds them on the road, where their myriad strengths are best experienced. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $6

Ozomatli

The L.A. Latin-funk-hip-hop-etc. collective finally made a record worthy of their concept with last year's Street Signs; live, they've always been worthwhile. Not so much the headliners, Los Lonely Boys. Summer Nights at South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N., 7 p.m. $38

CANCELLED Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

A boring singer-songwriter with well-publicized "attitude problems" is still a boring singer-songwriter. Moore Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $27 adv./$30

Tennis Pro + Hockey Night + Matthew Shaw

SEE TALK TALK, P. 51 (HOCKEY NIGHT). Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $6

Thursday, Aug. 11

Ahmad Jamal

The legendary jazz pianist plays a stand with equally legendary drummer Idris Muhammad backing him up; they're joined by bassist James Cammack. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25.50 Also Fri., Aug. 12–Sun., Aug. 14

Bruce Springsteen

SEE ARTS PICKS, P. 39.KeyArena, 305 Harrison St. and First Ave., 206-628-0888, 7:30 p.m. $75–$85

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The New Orleans legends have always been a reliable good time, and in a smallish room like this one, that should be even more the case.Nectar, 10 p.m. $12

Ozzfest 2005

The heaviest of all traveling festivals returns with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall, In Flames, Velvet Revolver, As I Lay Dying, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage . . . and more!White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Emunclaw Rd., Auburn, 206-628-0888, 9 a.m. $39–$99

Friday, Aug. 12

B.B. King Blues Festival

"Festival" is overstating it some—only three acts—but as a master showman who tours relentlessly, the headliner will probably make it feel like one anyway. Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Bonamassa open. Summer Nights at South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N., 7 p.m. $56 Also Sat., Aug. 13

The Blood Brothers + the Gossip + Get Hustle + Athletic Automaton

This punk, etc. bill is noteworthy as much for its goal as for its lineup: It's another benefit for Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto's emergency medical bills. Since her band bats third, chances are she'll thank you herself. Showbox, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

FCS North + the Stereo Future (CD release)

Live electro-funksters FCS North prepare for the October release of Say Go, and the Stereo Future, one of Seattle's most unpretentious pop bands, support their sparkly Young People EP. Machines and guitars go back to back again with openers Deceptikon (Fourthcity) and PartMan PartHorse. The VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $7 ($6 w/club card), all ages

Sky Saxon and the Seeds

Saxon helped define the archetype of frazzled garage-rock semi-genius frontmen with his band, whose "Pushin' Too Hard" defines the sound. Who knows what this reappearance will be like, but if you care about the style at all it should be worth a look. The Hunches, Scuzztones, and Brainhole open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $10

Saturday, Aug. 13

Bat Makumba + SunTzu Sound

A popular Bay Area band that takes their name from an Os Mutantes song loosely meaning "a blend of Brazilian traditionalism and international pop culture," they mix rock, ska, samba and forró, creating appropriately carnaval-esque live shows. With similarly eclectic SunTzu Sound. Nectar, 10 p.m. $7

Jack Johnson

Hawaiian Jack Johnson once rode for Quiksilver, but now he catches a different wave. His three albums of chiller-than-chill bluesy folk could only enliven the beach-starved or the stoned. Pass the bong. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., George, 5 p.m. $39.50

Stabmaster Arson + White Gold + Mathemattack + Birds of Prey + Romance + Blue Light Curtain + blackbelt + DJs Ryan (Black Nite Crash), Paul Blake, Tao

From the melodramatic glam of White Gold to Slowdive clones Blue Light Curtain and Locust-like blackbelt, this afternoon soiree organized by DJ Paco is a nice overview of what's happening in Seattle's many scenes. Funhouse, 4 p.m. $6

Sunday, Aug. 14

David Gray

Nice guys don't always finish last, but some of them write a lot better lyrics than Gray, whose forthcoming Life in Slow Motion features such gems as, "Tell the repo man and the stars above/That you're the one I love." Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $35–$40

Jesse Winchester

A native Memphian who fled to Montreal to avoid the draft during Vietnam, Winchester wrote and sang as wry and smart as any of his '70s singer-songwriter peers, only his ex-pat status made touring the U.S. impossible. But he's been playing again recently for the first time in decades, so this should be a boon for fans of his fine early albums (particularly 1970's self-titled debut) who never got to catch him the first time. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $20

Pelican + Big Business + Red Sparrow + Golgothan Sunrise

SEE FEATURE, P. 43. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $10. All ages

Monday, Aug. 15

Kid 606

Combine equal parts glitch and gabber, add traces of hip-hop, reggae, house, a couple drops of LSD and press puree: Kid606. With fellow Tigerbeat6ers Drop the Lime, Knifehandchop, Eats Tapes, and Seattle's DJ Collage. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $7

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Bailey

In a country we won't mention (again) in reference to drum and bass, the genre gets nearly 15 national radio hours per week, compared to Seattle's three-six per month. See what they're digging on Sunday nights when DJ Bailey plays with local Slantooth. War Room, 9 p.m. $7

Coldplay + Black Mountain

SEE REVIEW, P. 45. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $5

Liz Phair

Having raised more of a ruckus (and sold more copies) with her self-titled fourth album two years ago than at any time since her 1993 debut, Phair's forthcoming CD is said to follow in the same radio-sheeny vein. Hopefully, the songs will be a little better than the mostly boring stuff on the '03 disc. Matt Kearney opens. Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. Sold out E

UPCOMING SHOWS

Aug 16-21 Bob James Trio, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 17 Johnny Clegg, Triple Door

Aug 17 Cowboy Junkies, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 19-21 Dave Matthews Band + North Mississippi Allstars, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 19 Delbert McClinton, Marymoor Park

Aug 19 Pink Martini, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 19 Gus Gus, Chop Suey

Aug 20 Doobie Brothers, Emerald Queen Casino

Aug 20 Dinosaur Jr., Showbox

Aug 20 Keali'l Reichl, South Lake Union Park

Aug 20 Engine Down + These Arms Are Snakes, VERA Project

Aug 21 Cass McCombs, Crocodile Cafe

Aug 21 Amy Grant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 23 Rebecca Gates, Tractor Tavern

Aug 23-28 Eddie Palmieri, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 24 John Mellancamp + John Fogerty, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 24 Los Lobos, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 25 Susan Tedeschi, South Lake Union Park

Aug 26 (smog), Neumo's

Aug 26 Ben Folds + Rufus Wainwright + Ben Lee, Chateau Ste. Michelle

 
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