When the fizzy, crowd-pleasing Portland-based musical contingent Pink Martini played the first show of a two-night stand at Woodland Park Zoo Wednesday, they brought along some special guests and a few surprises.More
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Earlier this week, in torrents of confetti, the new winners of two flashy TV singing contests were crowned. But the ballyhoo around the coronation of North Carolina hard rocker Caleb Johnson on Fox’s American Idol, and Indiana soulster Josh Kaufman, on NBC’s “The Voice,” was dimmed by chatter about the general decline of TV singathons.More
Is there room on your shelf (or your iPod) for another album of Yuletide songs? It’s worth making room, if you are a fan of the ultra-cool ensemble vocal jazz purveyed by the seven-member Seattle aggregation Groove for Thought. The group releases its new holiday CD “Songs of Good Cheer” this week, and they’ll celebrate on…More
Western Washington singers have had a generous share of airtime on television’s top vocal competitions in the past few years. With the new season of “The Voice,” which starts Monday on NBC, the trend continues. Maybe. In contention in the first round (and maybe beyond) is singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes, a young troubadour from rural Duvall. Part of the Seattle indie scene, Jenckes has put out…More
It was a rough year for the American Idols franchise. In its 12th year, the show that launched such pop stars as Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson seemed frayed and stale, lost viewers to glitzier talent shows (e.g., “The Voice”) and looked rigged to produce a female winner (after years of triumphing boys-with-guitars including last year’s Phillip Phillips).
But that didn’t stop the eager young contestants from giving the vocal horserace their all. The top 11 finalists, including new Idol champ Candice Glover, were rewarded with a spot on the national Idols tour, which kicked off its 30-city run on Friday at Kent’s ShoWare Center.More
Sinking ratings. Heavy competition for viewers. Hissy diva judges. Meh male contestants. Cancelled tour dates.
It’s been a rough 12th season for American Idol, the dowager queen of TV singing contests.More
Jane Monheit, she of the luscious voice and easy-going stage presence, is back vocalizing at Jazz Alley this weekend. And though she’s famous for burnishing jazz standards, don’t be surprised if the 35-year old New Yorker slips a few unexpected tunes into her set from other genres. Her new CD, “The Heart of the Matter,” mixes it up with a Buffy Sainte-Marie…More