Happy holidays, stoner nation! I hope you're all having an extra laid-back day, and because no one appreciates good music (or food. or sex.) like a stoner, it's a perfect night to get out and see a show.* If you don't already have plans to stay home, microwave some nachos, turn up the Pink Floyd, and pass out on the floor.
I personally will be spending my evening at the Comet with the genteel, mannerly Casey Catherwood and Witch Gardens. Young Hunting, Happy Birthday Secret Weapon, and Stres are all opening; the show's at 9 p.m. and the cover is $7. I can't think of a more fun group of kids to spend 4/20 with, but here are some other options:
For the Classic Stoner: Robert Plant and Band of Joy are at the Paramount. Listening to Led Zeppelin and smoking weed go together like Cheech and Chong; decades' worth of stoners can attest to that. Plant's reformed Band of Joy should do the trick just as well. 8 p.m. $55-$85.
For the Grieving Stoner: The Crocodile's holding a tribute to the lately deceased Nate Dogg, whose holiday-related cuts included 1998's "Bag O'Weed." Local rappers (still unannounced) will be performing Nate Dogg covers. Let your emotions flow. 10 p.m. $5.
For the Motivated Stoner: El Corazon's got a 420 Hemp Party! featuring Shyan Selah, the local soul singer and activist who's all about peace, love, harmony, and legalization (he's a HempFest regular). Echo Reason, MonicaCrystal, and DJ Kaz will open. 8 p.m. $7.
For the Stoner With Enough Energy to Dance: The Baltic Room's hosting Light It Up!, a dance party featuring Toronto producer Ill. Gates. The event promises "a whompy 4.20 Wednesday evening with beats & bass lines that'll keep you moving." 9 p.m. $10.
For the Aging Stoner: Paul Kantner, who founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965, is performing with Jefferson Starship Acoustic Empire for a "sky high" concert tonight at Nectar; he's joined by fellow Jefferson Airplane alum David Freiberg, Broadway star Cathy Richardson, and The Supremes veteran Chris Smith. Live it up, hippies! 7:30 p.m. $25.
For the Low-Key Stoner: If you're looking for a quiet evening, we won't blame you, and some nice chamber-folk might be your game. Dark Dark Dark and Y La Bamba are holding down the Tractor. 9 p.m. $8.
For the Stoner Who Likes to Trip: Psychedelic rock is reigning supreme at the Sunset tonight--Athens trio Maserati and Seattle's own Sleepy Eyes of Death will be blowing minds all night. 9:30 p.m. $10.
For the Death Metal Stoner/Big Nerd Stoner: Sweden's Amon Amarth (who take their name from a made-up Tolkien language from The Lord of the Rings) are headlining the Showbox at the Market. Amon Amarth primarily writes songs about Vikings, so brush up on your mythology, wear black, and have fun screaming along. 7 p.m. $26.
For the Partying Stoner: Seattle's favorite Pot Star Lisa Dank is having what's sure to be a wild party at Neumos; she's joined in her antics by a slew of equally energized friends Dyme Def, Sap'n, OC Notes, Concours d'Elegance, Nark, and Leeni. 7 p.m. $8.
*Reverb does not advocate smoking inside the venue, unless you're really discreet and/or have an understanding with the manager/bouncers.