Sun's Out, Get Out

Today’s Summer Guide Pick: Star Anna Plays a Free Show at Waterfront Park

By Laura Dannen July 13, 2011

Don’t mess with a Star.

From the Seattle Summer Events Guide:

I don’t care if it’s raining, hailing, or chunks of the viaduct are falling from the sky this afternoon—get over to Waterfront Park at noon to hear Ellensburg alt-country band Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs play a free Out to Lunch set. Music writers are always touting the “next big thing” with the hopes that they’ll actually get one right—and with the release of their new album Alone in this Together yesterday, SA&TLD is breaking out in a big way—but I doubt Star Anna would give a damn what anyone has to say about her. She’d just level that steely gaze and unleash another round of aching vocals. Point made.

I’ve been listening to Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs for about a year now—seeking rock solace from all the indie pop—but this is no new act. Star Anna (her given name) was discovered busking outside an Ellensburg cafe at age 16, and the 25-year-old counts Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Guns N’ Roses’s Duff McKagan as fans and collaborators. With her band the Laughing Dogs, she’s been a regular at Tractor Tavern for the last few years, but this week feels like a coming-out party anyway. They have a new PR machine, a new label (Local 638 Records, the imprint of another Seattle rocker you’d feel cooler just knowing, Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard), and an exhaustive live schedule. There was last night’s record release party at Easy Street Records, today’s Out to Lunch show, and upcoming appearances at Teatro ZinZanni, University Village, and Kirkland’s Summer Concert Series before the big ticket: playing the Pearl Jam 20th anniversary show in Wisconsin.

Before they get too big to play free shows, see them at:

Waterfront Park, Seattle, noon, July 13
Teatro ZinZanni, 11pm, guest appearance, July 16
University Village Concert Series, 7:30pm, July 20
Kirkland Summer Concert Series, 7pm, July 21

New singles off Alone in this Together:

For When I Go
Alone in this Together

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