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2018 Greater Seattle Area Summer Concerts You Shouldn't Miss

Red Door Team

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Sherri Hansen and Carmen Johnson, a mother daughter duo, together formed the Red Door Team...

Jun 25 22 minutes read

Wherever your musical tastes land, there’s a summer concert to suit them—choose from major Seattle Opera productions, pop-classical crossovers, international jazz legends, classic rock bands at wineries, Top 40 hitmakers, 1990s rap icons, and everything in between. Below, we've rounded up the biggest and best music events you need to know about this season.

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Classical & Orchestra

2018 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival

When: July 2 through 27

Where: Benaroya Hall, Isley Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall

Cost: $30 - $564

Seattle Chamber Music Society is, once again, throwing their Summer Festival, with free informal recitals and full orchestral performances for all ages, featuring esteemed artists like Mary Lynch, Andrew Wan, Benjamin Beilman, and many more. Don't miss the Music Under The Stars series, during which a student ensemble sets up in a park and plays to folks with picnic blankets in tow, after which Benaroya Hall pipes in whatever festival performance is happening that night.

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival

When: July 6 - 21

Where: Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826

Cost: $12 - $121

The 24th Annual Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival beckons, with three weekend-long sessions of musical experiences brought to you by beloved composers and world-class artists like Oksana Ezohkina, Soon Cho, and the Avalon String Quartet.n real estate, more showings are an inescapable prerequisite to more offers.

Olympic Music Festival

When: July 14 - September 9

Where: Joseph F. Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Cost: $20 - $100

The Olympic Music Festival features classical programming from everyone from Beethoven and Mozart to Schubert, and Ravel, bringing artists of the highest caliber (like internationally acclaimed Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrandez, violinist Tessa Lark, and bassist Michael Thurber) and of varied musical traditions to Port Townsend.

Porgy and Bess

When: August 11 - 25

Where: McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109 

Cost: $25 - $335

The setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The time: long ago. The story: Porgy is a beggar ("I Got Plenty o' Nuttin"); Bess is a loose woman ("Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?"). The two are part of a love triangle completed by Crown, a rough and manly longshoreman. Early in the opera, a craps game happens. But the pleasures of gambling do not last long. A fight erupts. Crown kills another man, Robbins. Crown flees before the police arrive. Bess, who is hated by the other women of the ghetto, moves in with the only man, Porgy, who will offer her protection from the law. Porgy falls in love with her; Bess fails to fall totally in love with him. The opera has a sad ending. But the George Gershwin opera provided jazz with two giant standards: "Summertime" and "I Loves You, Porgy." It's also considered by many as the US's only legitimate contribution to the opera canon.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience with Ramin Djawadi

When: September 6

Where: Key Arena, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 

Cost: $36 - $96

The composer of the music from the popular HBO series that has executed the most amazing long-form tease in television history (surely there has never been another show in which the thing you keep wanting to happen—war, dragons, revenge—happens least) adds a choir, an orchestra, and video visuals to bring the whole kooky thing to life.

Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy with the Seattle Symphony

When: September 12 - 13

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: $35 - $100

The collection of music from Final Fantasy will be presented with the music of Japanese video game composer Nobu Uematsu and projected imagery from the game, conducted by Grammy-winner Arnie Roth.

Opening Night with Ludovic Morlot & Jean-Yves Thibaudet

When: September 15

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101

A bittersweet, but nevertheless glamorous, opening night for music director Ludovic Morlot's final season with the symphony. Ludo should feel right at home with his fellow Frenchman, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, playing Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, a perennial favorite that closes with one of the biggest bangs in all of symphonic music. After that, Thibaudet will bring the romance and high drama of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto.

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Jazz

Nearly Dan

When: July 19 - 22

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $35

Steely Dan was one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan's 12 members (who've played with Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task.

Bebel Gilberto

When: July 20

Where: Triple Door, 216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: $35 - $45

Bebel Gilberto shines brightest in the quietest moments. She’s skilled, understandably, at all kinds of volume levels, as well as keys, tempos, and shading; having bossa-nova pioneer João Gilberto for a father and the singer Miúcha for a mother assured Bebel a head start in all matters musical. She’s stated that her father taught her to be a perfectionist, but her mother taught her to “lose it.” In the soft moments, down to whispers and the patter of the lightest possible percussion, she’s getting ready to lose it again. And that’s what weaves the anticipation.

Jazz Port Townsend Festival

When: July 22 - 29

Where: McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Cost: $25 - $185

Here is what you have to do: drive onto a ferry, enter Port Townsend, and, when you finally park your car in the pretty park, roll down your window and listen to jazz music in the sun-brightened air. Cars were not made for the city, but for short trips like this. 

Bruce Cockburn

When: July 28

Where: Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826

Cost: $32 - $35

Folk and jazz-influenced singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is widely regarded as one of Canada's finest exports. He'll play an evening set rife with memories from his exceptionally long career.

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

When: August 2 - 5

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $35

 The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band will offer plenty of chances for you to shimmy and shake to their warm, slinky, percussive-fueled rhythms. Mexican American namesake Sanchez has been rapping, tapping, and slapping congas for crowds since he played his first-ever set in the mid-1970s with renowned vibraphonist Cal Tjader. Sanchez went on to release more than 30 albums as a solo conguero (backed by a full band that currently includes players on timbales, bass, trumpet, sax, trombone, bongos, and piano), and has built on his Latin-jazzy sound with elements of R&B, soul, cha-cha, and salsa music. 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz

When: August 4

Where: Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Cost: $45 - $65

A whole day of live jazz classics and new interpretations from featured artists: Chris Botti, Morgan James, Sarah Niemietz and Snuffy Walden, and Tuck and Patti.

Tinariwen

When: August 4

Where: Benaroya Hall Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: $45 - $60

A performance by Tinariwen will transport you to the windswept sands of the Sahara Desert. Rooted in blues, rock, and Afropop, their music incorporates exotic Berber and Arabic influences, and their mix of guitars, bass, percussion, and handclaps is carried by a chorus of male voices crooning, chanting, and howling harmonies in a language you won't know, but will feel deeply in your soul. The group's members are former Tuareg rebels who came together in 1979 to make music while living as refugees in Algeria. They returned to their home in Mali in the 1990s after a cease-fire and continued to play together, though they didn't release their first album until 2001. Six LPs and a Grammy Award have followed, including last year's Elwan, recorded in tents that were set up in a southern Morocco oasis.

Ledisi: Back to Blue

When: August 14 - 15

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $41

Local powerhouse Ledisi has racked up 12 Grammy nominations for her golden tones, pulling from soul, gospel, and jazz styles to create her chart-topping sound.

Maceo Parker

When: August 16 - 19

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $41

Soulful saxophonist Maceo Parker has spent decades exploring and rewriting the history of funk in collaborations with icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, while simultaneously honing his own brand of creative showmanship. This series of shows will serve both as a celebration of Maceo's 75th birthday, as well as his latest CD release.

Mike Dillon Band

When: August 17

Where: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: $12 - $15

Traditionalist heads, beware: You could call what Mike Dillon does "jazz" in the broadest sense of the term—there are grooves, there are rhythms, and there are vibes. But, Dillon is a percussive force of nature, not content to remain within the genre lines. The longer he's played, the weirder his music has become; he grunts, howls, murmurs in crusty intones, and pretty much create a musical ruckus, while playing drums and vibraphone, sometimes both at once. Definitely a must-see.

Otis Taylor Band

When: August 21 - 22

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $31

Otis Taylor is from Colorado, but he took hill-country blues to heart. He sang in the voice of a black man framed for a murder, lynched, doomed to roam railroad tracks and the wilderness alongside them as a ghost, trying in vain—and already losing hope—that anyone would ever hear. Well, that cost me a few winks. The new album is called Fantasizing About Being Black, so his humor is still obstinately corrosive, and over the years he's added drums, trumpet, and a few other not-strictly-blues touches. But he's still singing about death.

Jane Monheit

When: August 30 - September 2

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $33

Jane Monheit sounds like she took the persona of an opera diva (not a diva diva) and assumed the diva’s point of view, but toned it down just a few notches, singing in, let’s say, her bathroom, alone. Private joy. Private sadness.

Larry Fuller

When: September 4 - 5

Where: Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $16

World-class pianist Larry Fuller is deeply rooted in the hard-swinging tradition of classical jazz. A concert of his is like a master class in the history of jazz.

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Concert Series

Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series

The 640-acre Marymoor Park will yet again host its annual all-ages outdoor concert series, so pack your blankets and wine Nalgenes and head out into the great outdoors for a sonic woodland experience.

When: June 8 - September 9

Where: Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA 

Lineup:

  • Sublime with Rome (July 28)
  • Willie Nelson & Family (August 1)
  • 107.7 the End’s Summer Camp with AWOLNATION, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and others (August 11)
  • Dispatch (August 25)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (September 6)
  • Jason Mraz (September 8–9)

Columbia City Beatwalk 2018

Head south for the Columbia City Beatwalk, a music festival for locals by locals, every second Sunday through September. In July, catch R&B, funk, soul, and hip-hop sets from acts like Thadillac, Swingset, Roc Phizzle and the Rhythm Section, and plenty of street buskers across multiple neighborhood venues.

When: June 10 - September 9

Where: Various locations, around Columbia City, Seattle, WA 98118

Participating Venues:

  • Backyard, 3820 S Ferdinand St Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98118
  • Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
  • The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
  • Lottie's Lounge, 4900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • Rumba Notes Lounge, 5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
  • Royal Esquire Club, 5016 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
  • Hummingbird Saloon, 5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series

Every year, Chateau Ste. Michelle lays out a full summer season of music legends and cultural luminaries to grace their beautiful landscape of flowing wine. From Sheryl Crow to Chris Isaak, to Rodrigo y Gabriela, this stacked lineup occurs in single shows every few days from June to September, many of which sell out almost immediately. So head over to Woodinville, do a free tour and tasting because hell, you're already there, and buy tickets to see some of America's pop culture greats.

When: June 10 - September 15

Where: Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Lineup: 

  • John Fogerty (July 19–20)
  • Sheryl Crow (July 21–22)
  • Jackson Browne (July 27–28)
  • ZZ Top (July 30)
  • the Gipsy Kings (August 10)
  • Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (August 24)
  • the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton (August 25–26)
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela (September 7)
  • the Mavericks and Los Lobos (September 8)
  • Lake Street Dive (September 13)
  • the Australian Pink Floyd Show (September 14)
  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (September 15)

ZooTunes

ZooTunes is a 30-plus-year Seattle tradition that brings big-name artists to the bucolic North Meadow of the Woodland Park Zoo. Kids are welcome, and can play in the Seattle Gymnastics Academy play area, but, if you’re attending without kids, there are also two beer gardens and plenty of kettle corn.

When: June 13 - September 9

Where: Woodland Park Zoo North Meadow, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

Lineup:

  • the Roots (July 22)
  • Psychedelic Furs (July 29)
  • Adam Ant and the Fixx (August 2)
  • Amos Lee (August 5)
  • Phillip Phillips & Gavin DeGraw (August 12)
  • Andrew Bird and the Punch Brothers (August 19)
  • Pink Martini (August 22 & 23)
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (September 9)

Music In The Vines

For the eighth year, gather under the grapevines for an outdoor summer music series providing live rock, pop, and Americana at Gilbert Cellars Winery at Hackett Ranch. Each show opens at 5 pm and starts at 7 pm, with select Gilbert Cellars wines available by the glass and bottle, and local food vendors with snacks aplenty.

When: June 22 - August 24

Where: Gilbert Cellars Winery at Hackett Ranch, 2620 Draper Rd, Yakima, WA 98903

Schedule/Lineup:

  • Dead Horses (July 27)
  • Austin Jenckes (August 10)
  • Dirty Revival (August 24)

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Spend your summer Wednesday evenings enjoying free live music from local bands, drinking brews in a RAM beer garden, and snacking on gourmet bites from U-Village restaurants.

When: July 11 - August 22

Where: University Village, 2623 NE University Village, Seattle, WA

Schedule/Lineup:

  • Nite Wave (July 18)
  • DoctorfunK (July 25)
  • The Paperboys (August 1)
  • Kalimba (August 8)
  • Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme (August 15)
  • Hit Explosion (August 22)

Hot Spot

Soak up some sun with live music and DJ dance parties, food, and family activities on the waterfront throughout the summer.

When: July 12 - September 2

Where: Waterfront Park, 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Chittenden Locks Summer Concert Series

On weekend afternoons, enjoy free performances from symphonic bands, show choirs, jazz trios, and more in the gardens by the Ballard Locks.

When: June through September 16

Where: Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, Wa 98107

Schedule/Lineup: Please click on the link to view the full list of performances.

UHeights Summer Music Festival

Every Saturday afternoon, check out live music from bands of every genre, world dance troupes, and children's shows at this festival that's spread throughout the summer. The whole series is free to the public, with food available from the U-District Farmers Market.

When: June 2 Through September 29

Where: University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Schedule/Lineup: Please click on the link to view the full list of performances.

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NOTABLE POP, ROCK & HIP-HOP CONCERTS

July Schedules

G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo, Murda Beatz

When: July 20

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Cost: $30 - $165

Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb

When: July 21

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Cost: $70 - $157

HOT 103.7's All-Star Throwback Jam 2018 

When: July 21

Where: ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, Washington 98032

 Cost: $35 - $152

Blind Pilot

When: July 22

Where: Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $25 - $29

Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

When: July 27

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA

Cost: $30 - $219

Animal Collective, Lonnie Holley

When: July 29

Where: Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $33

Toto

When: July 31

Where: Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $37 - $57


August Schedules

Niall Horan, Maren Morris

When: August 2

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Cost: $37 - $107+

The Isley Brothers & The Pointer Sisters 

When: August 3

Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271

Cost: $65 - $105

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

When: August 3

Where: Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA 98404

Cost: $50 - $115+

Weezer, Pixies, The Wombats

When: August 4

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA

Cost: $25 - $90+

Pearl Jam

When: August 8

Where: Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $92 - $112

Alison Wonderland
When: August 10

Where: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $27

Panic! At the Disco, A R I Z O N A, Hayley Kiyoko

When: Aug 10

Where: KeyArena, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: $47+

Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train, Guests

When: August 11

Where: KeyArena, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Cost: $66 - $125

Jack White

When: August 13

Where: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $78

Clint Black, Sara Evans

When: August 16

Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271

Cost: $70 - $115

Halestorm, In This Moment, New Years Day

When: August 17

Where: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $37 - $45

Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert, Wheeler Walker Jr.

When: August 18

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Cost: $30 - $129+

Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, DJ Mackle

When: August 18

Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, WA 98824

Cost: $30 - $95

Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Russell Dickerson

When: August 19

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA 98092

Cost: $35 - $110+

A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper 

When: August 19

Where: Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave #200, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: $42 - $92

STYX

When: August 23

Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271

Cost: $70 - $399

The Smashing Pumpkins

When: August 24

Where: KeyArena, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 

Cost: $29 - $125

Ed Sheeran

When: August 25

Where: CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $66 - $86

Dave Matthews Band

When: August 31 – September 2

Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, WA 98824

Cost: $50 - $575

Zac Brown Band, OneRepublic

When: August 31

Where: Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $71 - $128

September Schedules

Foo Fighters

When: September 1

Where: Safeco Field1250 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $59 - $99

Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper

When: September 1

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA

Cost: $30 - $500+

Florida Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen

When: September 2

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 

Cost: $95 - $160

The War on Drugs, Land of Talk Paramount Theatre, Thurs Sept 6

Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling

When: September 7

Where: White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd, Auburn, WA

 Cost: $25 - $110

Scotty McCreery

When: September 7

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371 

 Cost: $40

Andrew W.K.
When: September 8

Where: The Showbox, 1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: From $25

Dwight Yoakam, Joe Nichols

When: September 8

Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271

Cost: $70 - $105

Jamey Johnson

When: September 8

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: $40

Boy George and Culture Club, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
When: September 13

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: $45 - $65

Angel Olsen with Hand Habits 

When: September 14

Where: Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $29 - $33

Leon Bridges, Khruangbin 

When: September 14

Where: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 Cost: $50 - $279

The Avett Brothers, The Head & The Heart, Shovels & Rope 

When: September 15

Where: Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, WA 98824

Cost: $45 - $65

Ms. Lauryn Hill Performing the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 

When: September 15

Where: ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, Washington 98032

Cost: $40 - $200

NEEDTOBREATHE, Johnnyswim, Forest Blakk

When: September 15

Where: WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: $37 - $147+

Toby Keith, Ned LeDoux

When: September 15

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Cost: $70 - $95

UB40 with Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue

When: September 16

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: $45 - $80

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