The festival’s top headliners this year are Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs (Saturday), Wiz Khalifa (Sunday), and, in true flashback fashion, Daryl Hall & John Oates (Monday). Other big names: Broken Social Scene (Sunday), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (also Sunday), and Seattle’s own The Presidents of the United States of America (Monday).
Check out the full lineup by day here. Bumbershoot will be releasing the full comedy and arts lineup later this month. The full schedule (with time and stage information) will be released in mid-July.
The Seattle Men’s Chorus will be singing up a storm at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall this weekend. And this particular concert has a unique historical context—entitled “Falling in Love Again,” this show uses a wide variety of music to evocatively highlight the lives of gay men in German before and during the Nazi era.
From the Seattle Men’s Chorus:
Act I, Life is a Cabaret, brings to life the free-wheeling high spirits of the pre-war Weimar period with outrageously entertaining music by Kurt Weill, Kander and Ebb (Cabaret), and songs made popular by German icon Marlene Dietrich.
Act II presents Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch, a poignant look at two gay lovers torn apart by the Holocaust. Starring guest baritone Morgan Smith, staged by Intiman Theatre’s Andrew Russell, and featuring the full Men’s Chorus, this thought-provoking, ultimately uplifting musical drama is a soaring tribute to the strength of the human spirit.
There will be two performances of Falling in Love Again, the first at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, and the second at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Tickets range from $20 to $55, depending on which show you attend. More ticket information here.
Learn more about the history behind Falling and Love Again, and get insight into the music that makes up the concert here.
The featured nonprofit this week is Friends of Seattle Public Library, which will be running at Cookbook Exchange at their table. Market-goers are invited to bring in a gently used cookbook, and take home another.
As always, the market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at W. Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N.
Beginning today, the soul uplifting sounds and spirit of gospel music will grace Seattle Pacific University as part of GospelFest10: A Celebration of the Gospel Music Legacy. Three days of an educational symposium, rehearsals and a dinner culminate Saturday night in a mass gospel choir concert – proving that there is so much more to Seattle than alt-indie-pop.
For $10 a person, the symposium at the First Free Methodist Church adjacent to the SPU campus features workshops and sessions in the history, literature, and ministry of the Gospel music tradition, as presented by some of the genre’s pre-eminent practitioners and scholars, including Robert Darden, an associate professor of journalism at Baylor University and author of “People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music,” (which is the subject of one of the symposium’s clinics).
Saturday’s concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in SPU’s Royal Brougham Pavilion, 3414 Third Ave West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Free parking is available in the Nickerson, Ross, and West Dravus street parking lots. The event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2966 or visit the GospelFest10 website.
The audience will be in for a real treat as they bear witness to some of the region’s finest gospel choirs, including JudahSong, SureHouse, The Sound of the Northwest, SPU’s gospel choir, and gospel choirs from Antioch Bible Church and University Presbyterian Church. If the memory of these stirring voices isn’t enough, a souvenir booklet will also be available for purchase.
Based off of creator Craig Brewer‘s vision for the show, which followed a handful of Memphis bands in its first season, Seattle native Lynn Shelton took over as director of the second season and its cast of up-and-coming musicians fighting for “love, inspiration, and money to pay the rent”.
Mónica Guzman at the PI got the scoop on how the second season will depart from the original, which Shelton said she considered a bit more “contrived” in a later interview. “We wanted to keep it as close to reality as possible,” Shelton told Guzman, emphasizing that the band members would be organically connected to one another, and that the stories told would imitate events and situations from their own lives.
The trailer has been available for a few months now, but just came up on my radar when Guzman posted this update yesterday (Thanks again, Mónica!). Watch the trailer and see if you can spot the scene filmed right here in Queen Anne. Here’s a clue: Like the entire show, the setting relates to music. Still can’t get it? Here’s another clue: A link in this story will take you to the answer.
The release date for $5 Cover Seattle has not been announced yet, but the tagline for the show reads “Thirteen bands…one city…and one broke-down van,” which somehow seems very fitting.
The Vienna Boys Choir is coming to Seattle early next year, and will be performing for one night on February 21 with a group of 22 singers at Our Lady of Fatima in Magnolia.
Tickets are already on sale, starting at $100. They are also selling gold package seats that include a spot in the first six rows and a private reception after the performance. On the day of the performance, 100 additional tickets will be sold with seating around the pews. For ticket information call (206) 352-4587 or click here.
The Vienna Boys Choir dates back to 1498. Today there are around 100 members between the ages of ten and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour.