Show Review & Photos: Beach House w/ Ami Dang @ the Paramount Theatre

Beach House w/ Ami Dang @ the Paramount Theatre 4/3/22
Show Review & photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House returned to Seattle for the first time since the pandemic. Last time they played the Moore Theatre , and before that the Sub Pop 30th Anniversary Party at Alki Beach.

Beach House includes vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/vocalist Alex Scully. Drummer/bassist James Baron joined them. The set included several older favorites, plus songs from their February 2022 album, Once Twice Melody.

Seattle is home to the group’s label , so Beach House has a significant local following. Even at a 3000-capacity venue, the show sold out well in advance. According to venue staff, fans had lined up hours before showtime to secure a spot on the general-admission floor.

Even the band seemed surprised by the enthusiastic reception. Legrand reflected, “All this warmth that’s emanating from you … It’s glorious.” The audience later roared for an encore, and Legrand exclaimed, “Holy fuck!”

Opening was Ami Dang, a sitarist–electronic experiment act also from Baltimore.

Beach House plans European and North American tours later this year. 

Beach House – all photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Ami Dang – all photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Beach House/Paramount Signage – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Show Preview: Tori Amos @ the Paramount Theatre – Sun. 6/5

Show Preview: Tori Amos @ the Paramount Theatre – Sun. 6.5

Tori Amos – photo by Desmond Murray

The wonderful singer-songwriter Tori Amos visits Seattle’s Paramount on Sunday, June 5th. Amos, who has been nominated for and won many awards (winning the Peabody Award, putting her in the same remarkable category as Quincy Jones, Pete Seeger and Leonard Bernstein, among others) has maintained an incredible career that began with her debut, Little Earthquakes. Her latest, Ocean to Ocean, is the impetus for the current tour, but I’m seeing a spread of songs on latest Amos set lists, such as the very current “Russia.”

For tickets & show details, click here.

Photos: Judas Priest & Queensryche @ Angel of the Winds Arena

Judas Priest & Queensryche @ Angel of the Winds Arena – 3/9/22
Photos by Alex Crick

Judas Priest – photo by Alex Crick

Another tour that was cancelled last year due to the pandemic was Judas Priest’s 50th Anniversary tour. The group’s dates were rescheduled for this year, with the Seattle-area show taking place at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. The massively welcome date was flavored with a setlist to cry happy tears over, including “Turbo Lover,” “Electric Eye” and “Painkiller.” These Brits sizzle eternally, and with Queensryche as openers, how can anyone go wrong? Big P.S.: Queensryche returns to Washington State in September with an appearance at Pain In The Grass on September 4th.

Judas Priest – photos by Alex Crick

Queensryche – photos by Alex Crick

Photos: Isabella Kay @ Club Sur

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Isabella Kay‘s music offers real life experiences that connect with her listeners’ emotions.  With nearly 400k streams on her release “Under Your Skin”, she is quickly gaining a dedicated fan base.  This was evident during her recent performance at Club Sur for Seattle Minifest, where she showcased her rich and diverse vocals and commanding stage presence.  Her upcoming release “Never Gonna See Me Cry” drops June 10th. You can follow Isabella on Instagram @isabellakaymusic and TikTok @isabella_kay_music, and pre-save on Spotify. In my well-founded opinion, expect to see Isabella on American Idol in the not-too-distant future.

Isabella Kay