Blair Waldorf's wild adventures in romance on season 5 of Gossip Girl are winding down--the season finale is coming up on May 14 (SW's editor-in-chief Mike Seely is predicting some sort of incestuous twist involving Nate Archibald and Elizabeth Hurley; I'm hoping Rufus gets hit by a bus, with the shock and grief causing Dan's hair to all fall out)--but that doesn't mean GG star Leighton Meester is taking any breaks. Meester's dabbled in music for years now--there was her très français 2009 collaboration with Robin Thicke, "Somebody to Love"; her spot as a guest vocalist on the 2009 Cobra Starship hit "Good Girls Go Bad"; her 2010 bubblegum single "Your Love's a Drug." The verdict on that music? A thousand times better than The Roommate but still not noteworthy enough to win her enough attention as her role as the Upper East Side's Queen B. Meester does have a legitimately great voice, though, which is why I don't mind that she's giving the music thing another try--and this time it's not as a pop tart. For about a year now, Meester's been collaborating with the L.A. Americana band Check in the Dark, singing and playing guitar, and now she's gearing up to hit the road with them.
Leighton Meester and Check in the Dark will play the Showbox at the Market on Tuesday, May 29. (Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door). Meester even personalized a message for her Seattle fans
This will be my first time visiting you, and I'm stoked to see what all the fuss is about. The Emerald City is a Mecca of all things cool, especially music, so the pressure is on to play an awesome show for you. My music is warm and fuzzy, (I hope that's ok with you), and I'm influenced by many artists who have graced your venues. Thank you for having me. I hope you like it!
For a taste of what of what to expect, here's a live version of Meester performing a song called "Jenny" with Check in the Dark--I think it sounds intriguing! No word on if the Jenny in question is evil Little J Humphrey.