Live Tonight: Bryan Ferry, Chuck Ragan

McCaw Hall is the perfect setting for Bryan Ferry, well suited to his sartorial sophistication and his orchestrated musical output both as a solo act and as the leader of influential art-rock band Roxy Music. At 68, Ferry is just as musically active—and musically daring—as he was as a young man. In 2012 he released The Jazz Age, in which he reworked his older songs as 1920s jazz numbers, while last week saw the release of his version of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary” remixed by Norwegian dance-music king Todd Torje. Ferry is one of those rare artists who can segue seamlessly between his own material and covers without creating a chasm between the two. His Seattle stop, one of just a few West Coast dates surrounding his Coachella performances, promises “40 years of career highlights,” which will likely include the staples (“Do the Strand,” “Love Is the Drug”) alongside covers of John Lennon, Van Morrison, or even Lana Del Rey. One thing you know Ferry will indubitably deliver, however, is class. With Dawn Landes. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 733-9725, mccawhall.com. 7:30 p.m. $45–$65. DL

Chuck Ragan was one of the first punks to reinvent himself as a troubadour when Hot Water Music broke up in 2005. His fourth album, Till Midnight, is his best yet, and his touring band features members of Lucero, Social Distortion, and the Wallflowers. With The White Buffalo, Jonny Two Bags. Showbox. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$22 DOS. 21 and over. DL

 
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