Live Around Town This Week

Well, August is coming to a close and it’s been looking like the beautiful summer weather we’ve been graced with the past month or so might be on its way out of town. While I’m glad that A) I no longer have to worry about waking up on top of sweat-soaked sheets at the crack of dawn every morning (east-facing windows during the summer are a bad idea), and B) every single Concert at the Mural event somehow stayed dry and sunny, there IS the issue of Bumbershoot this weekend, and as of now, the forecast is looking a little suspect. Regardless, there are, believe it or not, other shows going on around Seattle this week, all taking placing inside comfortable weather-proof venues. And if you are wondering about Bumbershoot, which takes place this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the Seattle Center (and will be amazing regardless of the weather), we’ll have previews later on this week and you can find most of the pertinent info on the official website.

Monday, August 30th

PETER CASE with Kasey Anderson @ The Tractor Tavern

This will be a rare but appropriately seated show at the Tractor, as Peter Case‘s folky storytelling can be considered a poetry reading just as much as it is a music concert. Since playing with The Nerves and the Plimsouls, Peter Case has enjoyed a long and successful solo career, with the focus being on his imaginative songwriting, which is probably best to sit back and let soak in as opposed to listening to while trying to shuffle your way around spilled PBR. Case recently underwent open-heart surgery, but has since released Wig!. which came out earlier this year, and of course, is back on the road. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Friday, September 3rd


On the eve of Bumbershoot, Macklemore will play host as Thee Emergency, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Sol, and Curtain For You will be at the High Dive to try to set the tone for a full Labor Day weekend of live music. When you’re talking about live local music, it really doesn’t get much better than Dita Vox’s Thee Emergency and Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. This night alone might be better than anything you’re going to see under questionable skies at the Seattle Center, so if you’re strapped for cash and still want to see some good live music this weekend, look no further. (9 pm, $10)

Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground - cr. Ouch My Eye


And if you’re excited for Bumbershoot but just want to go out and have a few drinks amongst like-minded individuals on Friday, Spin Magazine will be hosting a festival kick off party at The Crocodile. Come out and ask a bunch of people which bands they’re looking forward to seeing, and continue to chat about Bumbershoot-related subjects. I’m sure other topics of conversation will be permissible as well. KEXP’s own Michelle Myers will be DJ-ing from 7-8, followed by Sune of The Ravonettes playing some of her favorite tracks later in the evening. (7-10 pm, FREE – RSVP at

Saturday, September 4th

GARAGE A TOIS @ The Tractor Tavern

Garage A Tois are from New Orleans and play a heavily improvised, somewhat psychedelic kind of jazz fusion, incorporating a variety of different influences and styles into their performance. Being in a New Orleans jazz band, all four of Garage A Trois’s members live and breath live music and have played with innumerable bands and musicians. Normally you might expect a show like this to be held somewhere like Demitriou’s Jazz Alley, but on Saturday you won’t need a table reservation to come by the Tractor for a rare show of good jazz improvisation. And there will be no opening band, so Garage A Trois will be “playing all night,” as is indicated on the Tractor’s website. (9:30 pm; $15; 21+)

Sunday, September 5th

PAVEMENT with Quasi @ The Paramount

Pavement at the Paramount has been one of the most anticipated shows of the summer, and it’s time to get your e-tickets printed, because it’s finally here. A few technical snafus marred an otherwise enjoyable set at Sasquatch a few months ago, but on Sunday they’ll be headlining their own show, in one of the best venues in Seattle. They should have all the kinks sorted out by now in what should an incredible performance. Factor in that fellow Portlanders Quasi will be opening (who played one of the best sets at the Mural Amphitheater this August) and this should be a delightful and extremely loud trip down 90s Northwest indie rock memory lane (or should I say “Shady Lane”…get it?…maybe not). (8 pm, $32)


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