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June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Devo, Merle Haggard, Maxwell and more

Also featuring a funk-saxophone legend, a mechanically precise jazz trio and a stacked bill of local rock at the Fremont Fair.

1 Dawn of Midi

8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at THE TRACTOR TAVERN, 5231 BALLARD AVE. N.W., SEATTLE; $12 (206-789-3599 OR WWW.TRACTORTAVERN.COM). With Big Scary

Using the setup of a traditional jazz combo (grand piano, upright bass and drums) this New York trio creates a hybrid of experimental jazz and minimal techno. The group’s clock-like precision is a feat that’s best experienced live.

2 Maceo Parker

5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at JAZZ ALLEY, 2033 SIXTH AVE., SEATTLE; $34.50 (206-441-9729 OR WWW.JAZZALLEY.COM).

Parker’s credits as a sideman are impressive enough—the saxophonist has played on records with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince and others. As a bandleader, he and his seven-person backing group play the funk and soul music that’s defined his career.

3 Fremont Fair Solstice Concert Series

5 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Redhook Main Stage, Evanston Ave. N. and N. 35th St., Seattle; $20 (206-633-0422 or

The first night of Fremont’s annual solstice fair features an array of ascendant local bands (Tacocat, The Young Evils, Campfire OK) supporting Built to Spill, one of the Northwest’s most influential rock groups.

4 Cashmere Cat

9 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With Customs DJs

As Cashmere Cat, Norwegian producer Magnus August Høiberg makes bombastic EDM that’s unusually expressive. His productions are heavy on acoustic instruments like piano, bells and horns; a song like “Wedding Bells” is the closest you’ll come to hearing Sigur Rós at a club.

5 Emily Wells

8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $12 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). With Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps

In some ways, Wells fits the singer-songwriter mold, but her ear for production sets her songs apart, swathed in electronics and atmosphere. Her style is hard to pin down, a fact Wells acknowledges on her Facebook page: “Genre: listen in headphones.”

6 Maxwell

8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at EMERALD QUEEN CASINO, 2024 E. 29TH ST., TACOMA; $50–$105 (253-594-7777 OR WWW.EMERALDQUEEN.COM).

“Mature” is the operative word with this neo-soul/R&B singer, whose slow-burning songs are more adult than contemporary. His last album, 2009’s platinum-selling “BLACKsummers’night,” was a critical and commercial success.


7 Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $49.50–$85 (425-488-1133 or

Haggard and Harris are two country-music pioneers and longtime contemporaries, but the most recent collaboration to come from this tour was Harris and Crowell’s 2013 album “Old Yellow Moon,” which won a Grammy for Best Americana album.

8 Shannon and the Clams

8 p.m. Monday, June 23, at CHOP SUEY, 1325 E. MADISON ST., SEATTLE; $10–$13 (206-324-8005 OR WWW.CHOPSUEY.COM). With Pony Time

This Oakland trio fuses the immediacy of modern punk rock with the structure and melodicism of ’50s pop and ’60s R&B. Its latest record, “Dreams from the Rat House,” was released on local label Hardly Art.

(Kaliisa Conlon)

(Kaliisa Conlon)

9 Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson

5 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $39.50–$49.50 (206-205-3661 or With Mary Lambert

DeGraw (“I Don’t Want To Be”) and Nathanson (“Come on Get Higher”) are co-headliners on this tour, but of note to Seattleites is Mary Lambert’s inclusion as an opener; touring with two adult-contemporary hitmakers is a coup for the local singer.

10 Devo

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at THE NEPTUNE, 1303 N.E. 45TH ST, SEATTLE; $50 (206-784-4849 OR WWW.STGPRESENTS.ORG).

Anyone looking to hear “Whip It” at this show will come away disappointed. On this “Hardcore Devo” tour, which comes just months after the death of founding member and guitarist Bob Casale, the influential new-wave band is focusing exclusively on experimental material written before its 1978 debut.


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