Buskers, Neil Diamond, and Arcade Fire


Pike Place Market just wouldn't be Pike Place Market without all those folk singers/jugglers/flea circuses jamming the sidewalks. Celebrate urban cacophony with the likes of Artis the Spoonman at the Pike Market Buskers' Festival. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 18. Free. Pike Place Market, 206-682-7453, www.pikeplacemarket.org. LYNN JACOBSON


When he said "Forever in Blue Jeans," Neil Diamond really meant forever. The veteran songwriter is still touring decades after his most prolific period, but recent reviews indicate he's a better showman than ever. 8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 20. $42.50–$75. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com. LYNN JACOBSON


Last seen at the Gorge leading this summer's Sasquatch crowd through its most feverish sing-alongs, Montreal indie ensemble the Arcade Fire return to rock a venue as expansive and romantic as their sound. 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 21. $22.50. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-682-1414, www.theparamount.com. RACHEL SHIMP

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