July 27-Aug. 2, 2005

Wednesday, July 27

Creation Fest

Jesus is just all right with the many folks involved with this annual tribute to (literally) biblical pop. Among the headliners: Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, tobyMac, Relient K, David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, and more. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., George, 206-628-0888, 8 a.m. $36–$100 Also Thurs., July 28–Sat., July 30

The Long Ranger

Working with his sister, Shorty Circuit, and their bass player, the uncleverly monikered Seth, the Long Ranger's electro-pop has been making its way to great stages, recently opening for the Go! Team. Expect some breakdancing to go down at this benefit for D9 Dance Collective, with Sleepy Eyes of Death, Fankick!, and more. Sunset Tavern, 8 p.m. $10

Stanley Jordan

The renowned jazz guitarist's new, Web-only-so-far disc, Ragas, was recorded at Jazz Alley, so it was a natural that he'd stop by for a few days to play from it. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $7 Also Thurs., July 28–Sun., July 31

Tears for Fears

It's hard to overestimate the reviving effect Donnie Darko had on these underrated '80s pop prophets. "Head Over Heels" was the music cue for the film's amazing slo-mo survey of high-school castes and cliques, and Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World" tops the original. Go in '80s attire for the full experience. Jimmy Chamberlin Complex open. Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 7 p.m. $39.50–$59.50

Thursday, July 28

Ladyfest Olympia

This year is a milestone for Ladyfest, an annual celebration of female-centric arts and activism that spread from Olympia to cities across the globe in a scant five years. Along with performances, there'll be workshops on guitar and drum playing, and an incredible amount of film screenings. Scheduled performers include Wanda Jackson, Anna Oxygen, Rebecca Pearcy, Metalux, Mary Timony, the Gossip, King Cobra, Liarbird, and more. Also Fri., July 29–Sun., July 31. Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave., Olympia, 360-357-3722. For additional venues and information: www.ladyfestolympia.org


Maurice Fulton and Mutsumi Kanamori are the Paul and Linda of vomit disco; their new Out of Breach (Manchester's Revenge) (Output) is one of the best and weirdest dance records of the year. Romance open.War Room, 9 p.m. $5

Mystery Girls + Honey Hush

The cover of the Mystery Girls' Something in the Water (In the Red) suggests an obsession with the Rolling Stones, and the blues-rock inside confirms it. Nothing monumental about white boys from the Midwest playing the blues and feeling like punks, but the Mystery Girls do have moxie. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

The Salteens + Math & Physics Club + Tullycraft

The only way this conglomeration of indie-frothy bands could be anymore twee is if they handed out vanilla ice-cream cones at the door—in cup cones, not those harsh, sharp-at-the-bottom sugar ones. This is not necessarily a complaint, since all three acts do this type of thing quite well. This is a CD release party for Math & Physics Club. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $7

Shoplifting + Pussy Chop Banana

Wall of Sound presents Pussy Chop Banana, who are like an X-rated art punk version of the Shaggs, and Shoplifting, who are the most rhythmically keen political party in town. Rendezvous, 10:30 p.m. $5

White Gold + Secret Civilians (Dejha from Rotten Apples) + The Champagne of Bands

Joining the Rotten Apples' Dejha Colantuono in Secret Civilians are Ruby Doe drummer Joshua Gabriel, Harvey Danger/Nevada Bachelors guitarist Mike Squires, and keyboardist/laptopper Joey Veneziani. Colantuno's projects often strive to connect new wave, rock, and soul; Secret Civilians get her there. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $6

Friday, July 29

Maria del Mar Bonet

Born in Majorca and raised in Barcelona, vocalist del Mar Bonet has worked for 30 years with internationally known composers around the Mediterranean, receiving a National Prize in 1992 for popularizing Catalan folk music with her sultry voice and demeanor. Luis Delgado, Dimitri Psonis, Javier Mas, Feliu Casull, Dani Espasa, and Jordi Caspar round out the ensemble for her first Seattle concert. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 7 p.m. $24–$32 adv./$28–$36

Saturday, July 30

Bob Dylan

When he opened the 2005 volley of his never-ending tour here, he faced his six-piece band like a schoolmaster behind an electric keyboard. His pupils did their teacher proud, too—finding new grooves for old favorites, they made the night sing as much as Dylan's gargling-and-proud ululations did. It's a sensation worth experiencing again. Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway #14, Goldendale, 877-627-9445, 6:30 p.m. $49.50–$116

Capitol Hill Block Party

Insanity! Excitement! More good local bands than you can count! Well, maybe not quite, but one hell of a lot of good local bands! Bad Juju Lounge: Kingsley, Moc Moc, Sick Bees, Stab Master Arson, Pleasurecraft, No Fi Soul Rebellion, Bullion Brothers, Chuck Yay-grr! Mainstage: Razrez, Kuma, 3 Inches of Blood, the Thermals, Supersuckers, Blue Scholars, the Presidents of the United States of America. VERA Stage: Levi Fuller and the Library, Mikaela's Fiend, Mon Frere, Fall of Troy, Yaphet Kotto, Fankick!, the Saturday Knights, IQU. Decibel Stage: Greg Jaspen, Paul Edwards, Greg Skidmore, DJ Eddie, Nordic Soul, Kristina Childs, Mori, Jacob London, Lusine. Pike Street off Broadway, noon. $12/day

Femi Kuti + Daara J

The scion of Afrobeat royalty Fela has a few grooves of his own worth attending to that it might be easier to hear if he weren't working in such a long shadow. The opener is a trio that has been pioneering hip-hop in Senegal for a decade now, and whose work translates to the style's land of birth pretty wonderfully. Showbox, 8 p.m. $22 adv./$25

Mötley Crüe

Sure they're the partying-downest band pretty much ever. Yep, it's hard to resist some of the shout-alongs. But honestly—even if you have a soft spot for their genre, these guys pretty much bite it, and now they're over the hill on top of that. Something tells us that the memories are better than the reality ever was and should be left alone. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Emunclaw Rd., Auburn, 206-628-0888, 6 p.m. $39

Robbie Fulks

On the new Georgia Hard (Yep Roc), Fulks is handy with kiss-offs ("It's Always Raining Somewhere," "Goodbye, Cruel Girl"—"And don't forget to hurt") as well as subcultural satire like "Countrier Than Thou," in which the author of "Roots Rock Weirdoes" gets in a dig at that Texas "country sheriff walkin' with a frat boy's brain" you people inexplicably keep voting for. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $10.Also Fri., July 29 at Bishops Cafe and Lounge, 17618 Vashon Hwy S.W., Vashon Island, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12.

Von Iva

Former 7-Year Bitch Elizabeth Davis-Simpson wields the bass in this soul-shaking quartet, though frontwoman Jillian Iva steals the show with her robust voice and killer dancing. With the Groovie Ghoulies, Teenage Harlets, Izabelle, and Death by Doll. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $7

Wanda Jackson

The mother of rockabilly made a few great, raucous hits in the '50s and has been bringing them to life for true believers ever since. Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers open. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $15

Sunday, July 31

Beth Ditto Benefit: Pretty Girls Make Graves + Tracy and the Plastics + The Cops + Siberian

The extreme cost and inaccessibility of health care continues to be a problem for Seattle's working musicians, as most recently shown in Gossip vocalist Beth Ditto's emergency gall bladder operation. This show of local all-stars aims to help, and is $2 off with a Capitol Hill Block Party wristband. Nuemo's, 9 p.m. $10, All-Ages

Capitol Hill Block Party

More insanity, more excitement, more whatever else you want to insert here. Bad Juju Lounge: Pontoon, New Fangs, the Ruby Doe, the Crutches, the Village Green. Mainstage: Band of Horses, Mountain Con, These Arms Are Snakes, the Gossip, Built to Spill. VERA Stage: Racetrack, 31 Knots, Mary Timony, the Stereo Future, Aqueduct, Akimbo, Doomsday 1999, Shoplifting. Decibel Stage: Electrosect, Misha, Kris Moon, Brandy Westmore, Terso, Jerry Abstract, Obelus, Codebase, Caro. Pike Street off Broadway, noon. $12/day

Monday, August 1

Joe McPhee

The legendary Chicago free jazz saxophonist makes a rare and welcome local appearance, with bassist Michael Bisio and poet Paul Harding in support.Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $12

Modest Mouse

Yep, them again—only, you know, with a bigger audience this time. Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $25

Tuesday, August 2

The Turn-Ons + Mono in VCF + New West Motels

Three great bands + one skating rink = a helluva lot of fun. Shoot the duck with the Turn-Ons, get your slow-skate on with darkly dreamy popsters Mono in VCF, and grab a hottie for smooching in the corner during the New West Motels. Skate King, 2301 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 7 p.m. $7 (includes skate rental), All-Ages

Waldemar Bastos

This Angolan/Portuguese singer makes some of the supplest, most ingratiating might-as-well-be-soul music around, and the venue couldn't be better to hear him in. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./$23


Aug 3 Goldie, Chop Suey

Aug 3 Patty Griffin, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 4 Nikka Costa, Chop Suey

Aug 4-7 Terence Blanchard, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 5 Gipsy Kings, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 6 Aimee Mann, South Lake Union Park

Aug 6 The White Stripes + Sleater-Kinney, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 7 Hugh Masakela, Triple Door

Aug 8 Avril Lavigne, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 10 Celtic Woman, Benaroya Hall

Aug 10 Alison Krauss & Union Station, Marymoor Park

Aug 10 Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Moore Theatre

Aug 10 The Brotherhood Tour, South Lake Union Park

Aug 10 Tinsley Ellis, Triple Door

Aug 10 Violent Femmes, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 11 Bruce Springsteen, KeyArena

Aug 11 Ozzfest 2005, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 11 Jim White, Triple Door

Aug 12-13 B.B. King Blues Festival, South Lake Union Park

Aug 13 Jack Johnson, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 13 Natalie MacMaster, Marymoor Park

Aug 14 David Gray, Moore Theatre

Aug 14 Jesse Winchester, Triple Door

Aug 15 Michael Burks, Triple Door

Aug 16 Liz Phair, Crocodile Cafe

Aug 16 Coldplay, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 16-21 Bob James Trio, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 17 Johnny Clegg, Triple Door

Aug 17 Cowboy Junkies, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 19-21 Dave Matthews Band + North Mississippi Allstars, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 19 Delbert McClinton, Marymoor Park

Aug 19 Pink Martini, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 20 Dinosaur Jr., Showbox

Aug 20 Keali'l Reichl, South Lake Union Park

Aug 21 Amy Grant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 23-28 Eddie Palmieri, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 24 John Mellancamp + John Fogerty, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 24 Los Lobos, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 25 Susan Tedeschi, South Lake Union Park

Aug 26 Ben Folds + Rufus Wainwright + Ben Lee, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 26 Trio, South Lake Union Park

Aug 27 James Taylor, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 28 Brian Wilson, Paramount Theatre

Aug 28 Neko Case, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 31 Earth, Wind & Fire + Chicago, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 31 Taj Mahal Trio, Woodland Park Zoo

Sept 1 Pearl Jam, Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept 2 The New Pornographers, Showbox

Sept 2-3 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers + Black Crowes, Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept 4 Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maryhill Amphitheatre

Sept 8 Tori Amos, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Sept 9 Sigur Ròs, Paramount

Sept 9 Destiny's Child + Mario + Amerie, KeyArena

Sept 9 Oasis + Jet + Kasabian, Everett Events Center

Sept 10 Keith Urban, Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept 16 Overkill, Studio 7

Sept 16 Royksopp, Showbox

Sept 17-18 Dead Can Dance, Paramount Theatre

Sept 20 Santana, Everett Events Center

Sept 20 Neil Diamond, KeyArena

Sept 21 The Arcade Fire, Paramount Theatre

Sept 23 Nine Inch Nails + Queens of the Stone Age, KeyArena

Sept 25 Robert Plant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Sept 26 Green Day + Jimmy Eat World, Tacoma Dome

Sept 29 Four Tet, Neumo's

Oct 15 Brooks and Dunn, White River Amphitheatre

Oct 30 Rolling Stones, KeyArena

Nov 3 Paul McCartney, KeyArena

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