Live Tonight: Pizza Fest, Huey Lewis and the News, Mandolin Orange

Seattle’s not short on summer music offerings—nor is it lacking in garage punk bands. Combining both, Pizza Fest, now in its fifth year, collects enough acts, including Atlanta’s Coathangers, to set itself apart from larger festivals in and around town. Locals Dreamsalon will contribute a shoegazey take on the genre, replete with crib notes from Spacemen 3, while another local act, Freak Vibe, ramps up a more desolate Cramps influence. And of course, there’s a pizza eating contest Saturday night. Through Saturday. With The Coathangers, Summer Babes, White Fang, Musk, The Birth Defects, Pony Time, Freak Vibe, Lisa Prank, and more. 9:30 p.m. Thurs.: 2-Bit Saloon, 4818 17th Ave. N.W., 708-6917, the2bitsaloon.com. $7. 7 p.m. Fri. & 6 p.m. Sat.: Highline, 210 Broadway Ave. E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. $10 (three-day pass $22). DAVE CANTOR

Huey Lewis and the News have unfairly become a dad-rock punch-line in music history. Sure, the group had some cheesy hits in the ‘80s and for some reason thought it was a good idea to name an album Sports, but there’s something endearingly genuine about Lewis and co. The band has persevered over the years, spreading the good word of “Hip To Be Square” to its devoted fan base. Maybe it’s hard to keep a good band down. Maybe that’s just … the power of love. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, WA, 425-888-1234, snocasino.com. 7 p.m. $25-75. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

Bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange is a treat for the ears. Mixing folk, Americana, and dashes of Southern Appalachia—with topics ranging from religion (“Hey Adam”) to addictions and vices (“Morphine Girl”)—its most recent record, This Side of Jordan, is a subtle meditation on the beautiful mess that is this life. If that’s not enough, Andrew Marlin’s dusty vocals marry seamlessly with Emily Frantz’s lush, rich singing in a way that is to die for. With Wren. The Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 9 p.m. $10. 21 and up. BRIAN PALMER

 
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