Sat, Aug 30
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
The dream of the ’90s is alive in the White River Amphitheatre. Or perhaps it’s the nightmare of the ’90s. Titans of that decade’s heaviness Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden team up for a massive coheadlining tour that serves as an alternative option for those looking for harder rock than Bumbershoot offers. White River Amphitheatre, $35–$120.
Dave Matthews Band
Life’s certainties: death, taxes, and Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge for Labor Day weekend. This go-round Seattle country queen Brandi Carlile opens up the show. Gorge Amphitheatre, George, $62–$90.
Sat, Aug 30
The Beach Boys
Calling them boys might be a stretch at this point, but, more than 50 years on, the Beach Boys can still deliver all the hits that put fans in a summer state of mind. Sweet SoCal harmonies like those in “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Barbara Ann,” and “Good Vibrations” never grow old. Snoqualmie Casino, $25–$240.
Sun, Aug 31
Brand New has become a cult band through a combination of amazing music and relative silence. In the social media era, the band keeps fans in the dark only delivering spare official announcements and rarely giving interviews. But the New Jersey rock group’s ever-changing albums—from Your Favorite Weapon’s pop punk to Deja Entendu’s frustrated angst to Daisy’s grungy edge—keep fans coming back for more sold out shows. Showbox SoDo, sold out.
Sun, Aug 31
Pitchfork Nightcap: Metz and Posse
Tastemaking music news website Pitchfork has started the new Nightcap late night concert series. The first Seattle edition occurs over Labor Day weekend when terrifically loud Sub Pop band Metz brings its electric live show to the Crocodile for only $3. That alone would be an amazing deal, so having rarely-gigging local indie rock act Posse round out is a bonus treat. The Crocodile, $3.
Thru Sept 8
Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair
There’s a sense of identity one derives from hair, and few styles are as big, bold, and beautiful as the afro. It’s a loud declaration that can be simultaneously powerful and playful. Brooklyn photographer Michael July documents modern incarnations of the ’do—spanning a range of ethnicities and ages—in Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair at the Northwest African American Museum. The exhibit is BYOP: Bring your own pick. Northwest African American Museum, $7.
Fri, Aug 29
Flatstock 46: Ink & Drink
The ongoing poster series Flatstock showcases some of the most respected concert poster artists around. Before you pick up some of your favorite gig art from the Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot, swing by Solo Bar this Friday for a happy hour preview and a meet and greet with all the Flatstock artists. Solo Bar, free.
Aug 30–Feb 15, 2015
City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India
It turns out having over a billion citizens makes for fascinatingly complex urban life. Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit City Dwellers: Contemporary Art From India drops viewers into modern India via photos and sculptures to see the various forces pulling the multifac- eted culture in contrasting directions—Hindu religious ceremonies, Bollywood pizzazz, economic disparity in a newly industrialized country. It captures a country bursting with life and trying to figure out how to manage it all. Seattle Art Museum, $20.
Thur, Aug 28
Dancing til Dusk Finale
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and head to Long Beach, where the week-long International Kite Festival has the seaside skies ablaze with colorful, aerial acrobats. The annual festival draws famed kite fliers and spectators alike, but we think the picturesque Pacific peninsula setting is reason enough to brave the three-hour drive. Olympic Sculpture Park, free.
Aug 29–Sept 1
Gamers from around the globe head to Seattle this Labor Day weekend for PAX (the Penny Arcade Expo), the Northwest's biggest gaming convention (which is even bigger in 2014 after expanding to four days). Whether you're looking for the newest blockbuster video game titles by Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, future technology like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, or fresh and creative games by tiny independent developers, PAX has you covered. If you don't feel like staring at a screen the whole time, the expo also offers panels, musical performances, and plenty of board and card gaming gatherings. Wasington State Convention and Trade Center, sold out.
Aug 30–Sept 1
After three years of KeyArena scheduing conflicts, Bumbershoot headliners return to the open air of Memorial Stadium in 2014, increasing main-stage capacity from 12,000 to 15,000. Barring rain, that’s great news for all those wanting to check out Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang Clan, Foster the People, and the Head and the Heart. Seattle Center, festival pass $175–$575; single day $62–$230.
Aug 30–Sept 1
Carillon Point Battle Sails
Let your inner pirate out this summer at Carillon Point’s Battle Sails. Board The Lady Washington (i.e., the British HMS Interceptor from disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series) or the Hawaiian Chieftain for a ride complete with booming cannon fire, pinpoint turns, and even some sea shanties. Carillon Point Plaza, $63.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Thru Aug 31
After a summer on the hardwood, the Seattle Pro-Am concludes this weekend. The Sonics may be gone, but Seattle native Jamal Crawford is making sure Seattleites still get a chance to see NBA All-Stars showcase their talents. Each summer the two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner brings his professional pals to Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion for his Seattle Pro-Am. Seattle Pacific University, $5.