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July 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Jay-Z and Beyoncé play Safeco Field Wednesday

Mr. Carter and Mrs. Carter — better known as the pop-music royal couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé — have been celebrating life and love together with erotic abandon on their “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami on June 25, despite sizzling rumors that their marriage is on the rocks. Whether they are still “Drunk in…


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop

July 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

More free tickets! Lucinda Williams and Josh Ritter

Love singer-songwriters Josh Ritter and Lucinda Williams? So do we. That’s why we’re giving away free tickets to both shows at ZooTunes. Ritter plays Wednesday, July 30; Williams, Thursday, July 31. Please go to our Facebook page to find out how you can win! Click here for tickets to Lucinda Click here for tickets to Josh Have fun out…


Comments | More in Americana, General news | Topics: Josh Ritter, Lucinda Williams

June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

After a farewell, Cher says hello again | Concert preview

Cher billed her last tour as a “farewell” but soon had a change of heart, renaming it “Never Can Say Goodbye.” This year’s D2K (“Dressed to Kill”) tour features the usual array of outlandish costumes — Aztec warrior princess, Space Age rainbow — and familiar hits, from “I’ve Got You Babe” to “I Hope You…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Closer to the Truth", Cher, Cyndi Lauper

June 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Roosevelt High School trumpet player chosen for all-star band

Trumpet player Noah Halpern, who graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in June, has been selected to play in the 2014 edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Halpern is one of the 21 musicians from six states to make the cut. As part of the band, Halpern will make a two-week tour of…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Monterey Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Band, Noah Halpern

June 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Ladies rule at Vancouver jazz fest | Concert review


Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana with bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. (Photo by Chris Cameron)

With two large stages bookending the stately Vancouver Art Gallery and a student showcase by the Robson Square ice rink — plus a wall of food booths lining Howe Street — the Vancouver International Jazz Festival transformed downtown Vancouver into a fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, attracting an all-ages, urban crowd in sunhats and shorts to a wealth of free shows.

There, and in ticketed events on Granville Island and at Ironworks, a late-night Gastown venue, the 12-day festival stayed true to its mission of presenting a challenging menu of international acts.

For whatever reason, for those first few days, the ladies ruled.


Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Melissa Aldana, Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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