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July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Mötley Crüe, Chris Isaak and more

Also featuring: two Seattle-area summer-music festivals, a golden-voiced country music hitmaker, and an indie-pop band from the MySpace era.

1 Bret Michaels

7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $25–$75 (425-888-1234 or

Now days, people are likelier to recognize Michaels from his numerous reality TV appearances than from his days as the lead singer of Poison. In April, he released “A Beautiful Soul,” a saccharine power ballad with an accompanying music video that looks like something produced in a high-school film class.

2 Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

5 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 N.E. 40th St., Carnation; $65 (

This small second-year festival, held in the town of Carnation, Wash., is insular and relaxed compared to the hectic Capitol Hill Block Party. Unsurprisingly, the lineup skews older: soul man Charles Bradley, ’80s alternative-rock guitar hero J Mascis and folk singer Damien Jurado are among the biggest names.

3 Capitol Hill Block Party

3 p.m. Friday, July 25, at E. Pike St. and 12th Ave. E., Seattle; $125 (

Twenty-somethings and teens in tank tops and neon sunglasses will once again clog Pike Street for Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle’s biggest summer music festival not named Bumbershoot. This year’s lineup has something for EDM festivalgoers (Chromeo, Odesza), bros who still enjoy indie rock played with guitars (Spoon, The War on Drugs) and rap fans who are active on Tumblr (A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg).

4 Sugar Stems

9 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Victory Lounge, 433 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $8 (206-382-4467 or With Bad Tats, Terman Shanks, The Rushmore Incident

True to its name, this Milwaukee four-piece makes gleeful-sounding guitar pop that feels something like the auditory equivalent of a sugar rush.  The breezy, harmony-laden singles from the recently released “We Only Come Out at Night” are a good example of the band’s preferred mood.

(Dirtnap Records)

(Dirtnap Records)

5 Queen Omega

8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $14–$20 (206-324-8005 or With Ikronik, Maka Roots, Unite-One

This Trinidadian singer-songwriter has been performing since the age of 9, and her brand of roots reggae is steeped in tradition. She’s toured with Marcia Griffiths, one of reggae’s most celebrated voices and certainly its most iconic female performer.

6 Chris Isaak

5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $45–$69.50 (425-488-1133 or


Isaak, an impeccably coiffed singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor, is best known for his 1990 hit “Wicked Game.” David Lynch co-signed the song, but its popularity probably had more to do with its music video, a stylish black-and-white clip featuring a shirtless Isaak writhing around on a beach with a supermodel.

7 Mötley Crüe

7 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $25–$285+ (206-825-6200 or With Alice Cooper

Seattle-area Crüe fans are likely aware of this show’s importance; in January, the band held a press conference to announce its retirement. This final, sure-to-be-extravagant tour features all of the hard-rock group’s original members, each of whom signed a legally binding agreement to bars them from performing under the Mötley Crüe name after 2015.

8 Miniature Tigers

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $12–$14 (360-956-8372 or With The Griswolds, Scarves

Miniature Tigers got its start in 2006 making effervescent, too-cutesy-for-its-own-good indie pop. It’s aged better than one might expect—new album “Cruel Runnings” has a handful of good cuts—not bad for a group that was once included in a Rolling Stone article about the best bands on MySpace.

9 Josh Ritter

5 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $25 (206-548-2500, With Lake Street Dive

Ritter is a seasoned songwriter with a dedicated following and a Northwest background—he grew up in Moscow, Idaho. He and his Royal City Band are touring behind “The Beast in Its Tracks,” his seventh album, released last year.

10 Josh Turner

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; $50–$90 (253-594-7777 OR

A hitmaker on the country charts (four No. 1 and two No. 2 hits since 2005), Turner has built a macho reputation on his sturdy baritone voice and a traditionalist sonic template. He’s written a book, “Man Stuff,” that teaches how to “be a stronger, more effective dad, family man, and man of God.”

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