Photos: Maddie & Tae @ Auburn Performing Arts Center

Country duo Maddie & Tae – Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye – recently played at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. The show was sponsored by KMPS (94.1 FM) and was a benefit for the Auburn Rotary’s college scholarship fund. Backed by a four-member band, the Nashville-based singer-songwriters played songs from their debut, self-titled album plus five new ones. Dylan Jakobsen, originally from Seattle, opened.

Maddie & Tae

Dylan Jakobsen


Photos: Flaming Lips with Klangstof @ the Paramount

Flaming Lips with Klangstof @ the Paramount, Tues. 5/16
Photos by John Rudolph

The wacky and wonderful psychedelic band Flaming Lips played for an equally loony crowd at the Paramount on Tuesday with a newer band from Holland, Klangstof. I just love seeing the Lips in concert. They make me and everyone else around me laugh. Don’t get me wrong, they are very talented, but a Flaming Lips shows is just so damn fun!

Do yourself a favor. Don’t take the Flaming Lips too seriously (but also take them seriously as artists) and buy their new record, Oczy Mlody.

Flaming Lips


Flaming Lips Fans


Preview: Celebrational Puppetational! @ MoPOP, Fri. 5/19

Preview: Celebrational Puppetational! @ MoPop, Fri. 5/19

Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog– photo by John E. Barrett

Museum of Moving Image brings The Jim Henson Exhibition to MoPop, beginning with Celebrational Puppetational! tonight, Friday May 19th. The opening night for the exhibit will include a fashion parade, puppet making workshops, a 7:15 PM performance of “Rainbow Connection” by local artists Jason Dodson of the Maldives and Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies (don’t miss that), and – this is also special –
talks by Muppets puppeteer, Dave Goelz and Muppets/Sesame Street puppeteer Karen Prell. There will be Jim Henson puppets in the exhibit, plus photos and costumes! Celebrational Puppetational! is open to all ages, with, I am guessing, special Muppets-based cocktails in the restaurant.

Karate Chop!

Tickets & details are right over here.

And, before I forget, Campout Cinema: The Muppet Movie happens at MoPOP this Sunday, May 21st at 6:45 PM. See the 1979 film with fellow Muppets fans.


Photos: Chloë Agnew @ Fremont Abbey

Irish soprano Chloë Agnew played at the Fremont Abbey during a stop in her North American tour. The former Celtic Woman member was accompanied by Dermot Kiernan on piano, guitar and vocals. They played a variety of songs ranging from traditional Irish ballads to modern favorites. The show was nearly two hours long and included a brief intermission and costume change. Local singer-songwriter Kristin Chambers opened.

Chloë Agnew

Kristin Chambers


Show Review: U2 @ CenturyLink Field

Show Review: U2 @ CenturyLink Field, 5/14/17
~John Rudolph

U2 – photo by Anton Corbijn

Playing to a sold out crowd at Centurylink Field on Monday evening, U2 opened with “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” and then seamlessly worked their way into “New Year’s Day.” Bono’s voice sounded very clean and strong; the entire band was incredibly tight. I was surprised to hear that it was the second leg of the tour given how fresh they sounded. From the very moment U2 grabbed the stage, the crowd sang and danced to every song.

This was more than a concert, it was like a 1960s social movement – one that only U2 fans would understand.

U2, known for their big visuals, delivered with this performance. A massive screen spanned the entire width of the stadium. The vastness of the screen was equaled by the dimensions of the imagery, which depicted the American Southwest and California’s Joshua Tree. It was truly amazing. The visual journey transitioned to different scenes, depending on the topic of the song. During Bono’s compliments about US involvement in AIDS research, the scenes were patriotic.

U2 quickly became very political, and their target was President Trump.

A scene from the TV Western Trackdown began to play, and the crowd immediately knew what it was. The character shown was named Trump, and in an episode, he was as a liar and a snake oil salesman ready to save the world from doom by building a wall. The fans cheered. U2 carefully prefaced the Trackdown usage with Americana imagery so they could not be accused of being anti-American. This was followed by two fists, with No Hate appearing on the screen.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder slowly sauntered on stage with openers Mumford and Son, and they performed “Mothers of the Disappeared,” Joshua Tree‘s last track, with U2.

All That You Can’t Leave Behind‘s “Beautiful Day” was the first song of the encore. During the song, Bono encouraged women of the world to rewrite history into Her Story. Bill and Melinda Gates got a special recognition for their work in the One Campaign, and he specifically thanked the American people for helping save 18 million people in the AIDS epidemic, and assisting others in a large list of global social issues, from poverty to education. In fact, the next major visual was an image of a 15-year-old Syrian girl, speaking about wanting to come to the US. A giant banner of her photo was passed around the stadium.

U2’s Joshua Tree tour is a sensory explosion of WOW. Everyone could only say wow, from the time they took their seats, and through their journey home.

U2 Seattle - Remember Syria
U2 Seattle Imagery – photo by John Rudolph


A Rainy Night in Soho (The Pogues cover)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
A Sort of Homecoming
Pride (In the Name of Love)
The Joshua Tree
Where the Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
With or Without You
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Mothers of the Disappeared


Beautiful Day
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Miss Sarajevo
The Little Things That Give You Away
I Will Follow