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The dude abides. And so will you if you see him play Chateau St. Michelle Winery .
Now that Sasquatch is over and the summer

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The Top Shows to See in Seattle Before Bumbershoot

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The dude abides. And so will you if you see him play Chateau St. Michelle Winery.
Now that Sasquatch is over and the summer festival lineups have been announced, there's still a lot of great music to catch in between. Our often-gray skies may try to hide it, but summer is fast approaching and there's no better season to get out and see as much live music as you can. Here are a few shows worth checking out while you while away our long summer days.

The Meat Puppets, Crocodile, 6/21: This iconic post-punk, pre-grunge group has stood the test of decades, never quite establishing themselves beyond a strong cult following, though never losing their relevance either and influencing numerous bands (Nirvana, most famously) while putting out an album once every 2-4 years since 1982. Their show at the Croc marks a quiet point in their tour and should be quite intimate; elsewhere they're supporting Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age.

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Vitamin D and his stacks of wax.
Vitamin D, Nectar Lounge, June 25: Seattle's Godfather of Hip-Hop is best known for his work as producer and engineer (Gift of Gab, Chali 2na, Redman, etc), but this hometown hero is an ace MC and DJ on top of it all. He performs later this month with a cast of talent from Tacoma to Seattle that's shaping up to be a marathon of Northwest hip-hop.

My Morning Jacket, The Paramount, June 26: Supporting their new album Circuital, the Louisville-based indie band is donating one dollar from every ticket sold to a local charity (in our case it's Arts Corps). But that probably won't sell out the venue: Fans want to hear the band's luscious harmonies, reverb-heavy jams, and possibly one of their famous covers of "All Night Long" by Lionel Ritchie.

Gillian Welch, The Moore, July 13: Eight years since the release of Soul Journey, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch will release her fifth studio album The Hallow & the Harvest later this month. Her voice is raw and haunting, and her music somehow never leaves you. Welch isn't a zealot on the tour circuit, and her Seattle appearance--with her songwriting partner David Rawlings--is just as well-spaced as her back catalog.

Commander Cody, The Triple Door, July 15: This country-rock outfit never rode to success like their friends Asleep at the Wheel, but they did have some hits--"Hot Rod Lincoln" their biggest--and have been a tight country-swing ensemble for decades. Best reason to go: to see them play "Everybody's Doin' It" unedited, their irreverent country-Western theme that drops the F-bomb just about every other lyric.

Steve Martin, Snoqualmie Casino, July 21: Of the two modern-day renaissance men on this list, you're bound to get more than a few laughs out of this one. Steve Martin + his banjo + the best weather our region can possibly muster = one potentially unforgettable evening. The icing on the cake would be if he whipped out a uke and encored with "You Belong to Me" from The Jerk.

Jeff Bridges, Chateau St. Michelle Winery, August 28: And here's your end-of-summer-pre-Bumbershoot-music encore: Jeff Bridges, performing songs from Crazy Heart, possibly some songs from his forthcoming solo album, and perhaps a Waylon Jennings or Highwaymen cover, those "outlaw country" bands Bad Blake was supposedly based on. Bridges is a supremely charismatic personality and a competent showman to boot, so it's bound to be a show no matter what. Here's hoping there's enough room on the lawn for your picnic blanket!

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