Who needs to be at SXSW in Austin this week when so many great acts will be in Seattle? To name a few:
March 10, The Triple Door
South African jazz trumpeter Masekela is a legendary musician and humanitarian: a champion of the anti-apartheid movement and a staple on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour. He plays an intimate show at the Triple Door.
Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs
March 11, Tractor Tavern
Ellensburg’s Star Anna lends aching vocals to alt-country that has the grit and passion of hard-driving rock and roll. They play Tractor Tavern with the Brambles and Tini Beers and the Violet Line opening.
The Dismemberment Plan
March 12, Showbox SoDo
(with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and the Globes)
The DC-born postpunk act reunites behind the vinyl reissue of 1999 album Emergency and I (courtesy of Seattle indie label Barsuk Records). Expect a great live show.
March 15 & 16, Showbox SoDo
Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is the king of danceable mashups. His new album All Day samples, splices, and remixes more than 300 songs, everything from Eminem to the Ramones. Both shows are sold out, but there are reasonably priced tickets on StubHub. For once.
Chris Thomas King
March 15 & 16, Jazz Alley
After getting his big break as guitar-slingin’ Tommy Johnson in the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou, King has become one of the most successful blues musicians of his generation with his signature fusion of New Orleans-flavored blues, hip hop and country.