Installment 11 of our Walk Down Memory Lane Series catches rapper Ja Rule and R&B artist Ashanti performing at the Showbox. The two have collaborated numerous times, including on “Down 4 U,” a track Ashanti revealed in Billboard as one of her favorites with Ja Rule. In fact, the pair seems to enjoy working with each other so much, they have two shows in California this weekend, and will actually have a Thanksgiving Eve show in Atlantic City.
Beloved Seattle quartet, Tacocat, pretty much just off their Coachella debut this year, play the Fisher Green Stage. I also enjoy their Faceboook page, which provides pictorial evidence that this band loves animals – just like I do!
They nearly won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording with “Drinkee.” The duo, Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, got major attention with the song, which is sung in Portuguese. They’re repped by some of the same folks who worked with Scissor Sisters, so I have high hopes for this group.
Bumbershoot is here!! All Labor Day weekend, musicians, visual artists, comedians, films/filmmakers and writers take over Seattle Center. We never miss the event, and we always want you to join us as we explore loads of cool stuff. And some tasty food. Did we mention you can get food? (There’s a detailed list of food for sale right over here). And beer? And you can just have fun. So plan ahead and keep your strength up. You’ll need it as you explore all the cool things to do this year. Important: Get your mobile app and keep up to date with what’s happening, and informed of any late-breaking news.
A few music highlights for Friday, broken down by stages, include the following:
Los Angeles, California quartet famous for “Pumped Up Kicks.” Singer-songwriter shared these sentiments earlier this summer. Thank you, Mark:
We live in a trying time right now. Racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and religious persecution are more rampant than ever. This record was made in defiance against those cancerous ideas. Hopefully it makes you feel as it made us feel when we were working on it – that life is beautiful. And love will always be bigger than politics.
Foster the People’s third album, Sacred Hearts Club, was released in July 2017!
Eighteen-year-old DJ Whethan continues his Good Nights Tour with a stop in Seattle. He’s played other summer festivals (Coachella, SXSW) this year, and he should receive a very warm welcome at Bumbershoot. Electronic music has become extremely popular in our city.
Led by Joe Gregory, the quartet J GRGRY is one of the best-known bands in Seattle. An intriguing band, their moodier sounds will be a juxtaposition to the summer day. . . not that this is bad. If they do a song called “eFlower,” though, it should just hit the spot.
Day 2 of Watershed with 10 artists performing on the Main and Next From Nashville stages. Darius Rucker headlined on the Main stage with Bailey Bryan opening. Bryan headlined the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on August 15th. Lots of sun and a festive atmosphere. The photos are shown in reverse chronological order – from the headliners in the evening on each stage, to the openers in the early afternoon.
Get ready for Louisiana’s Lost Bayou Ramblers to cause some serious stomping at the Sunset this Thursday, August 24th. The Cajun band will, I am certain, perform song new songs from their ninth release, Kalenda. Kalenda, which also features title track “Kalenda,” gets its name from the dance (there’s a championship of it!). Also, the Caribbean dance is a stick fight! How cool is that? Anyway, please leave any sticks at home, and dance in a matter however it moves you. Lost Bayou Ramblers has played lovely music since 1999, when brothers Louis and Andre Michot decided to do their own thing. Accordion fans will get to hear Andre Michot play the Cajun accordion; Michot is actually one of the only Cajun accordion builders! The group’s worked with actress-singer Scarlett Johansson on 2012’s Mammoth Waltz tracks “Coteau Guidry” and “Coteau Guidry Reprise.” If she likes them, you’ll like them.