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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons take fans on a fun nostalgia trip

Posted September 14th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Still witty and engaging after decades of performing, 80-year-old Frankie Valli led his storied vocal group on a baby boomer nostalgia trip Friday, Sept. 12, at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose tale has been told in the Broadway musical and movie “Jersey Boys,” rolled out hit after hit [...]

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New Waterfront Festival features live music and synchronized light show

Posted September 10th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
The New Waterfront Festival will bring live music back to Seattle’s waterfront in a big way.
Performers during the six-hour festival from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Waterfront Park include Vaudeville Etiquette, Geoffrey Castle, Wanz, ChebonChebon, McTuff and Stephanie Anne Johnson.
The festival boasts an historic first: Vaudeville Etiquette will perform a synchronized [...]

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MusiCares benefit concert celebrates the sounds of Little Feat

Posted September 10th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Northwest musicians are gathering Friday for “Get Yer Feet Wet,” a tribute show featuring the music of Little Feat, an eclectic, influential band that has played nearly every genre of roots-oriented music, from rock to soul.
The lineup of local all-star players includes Jeff Fielder, Garth Reeves, Chris Friel, Kim Virant, Andy Stoller, Jason [...]

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All-star band gathers at Bumbershoot to perform Big Star’s iconic third album

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
“Never traveled far,” Replacements singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg sang in the set-closer “Alex Chilton” Sunday at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, “without a little Big Star.”
No matter how spectacular The Replacements’ early-evening set at the Main Stage (“We’re a bar band,” bassist Tommy Stinson complained about performing without the cover of darkness) might have been, the [...]

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Gorge Amphitheatre has huge economic impact, report says

Posted August 27th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Concertgoers spent nearly $56 million last year at The Gorge Ampitheatre, the Tri-City Herald reports.
That figure includes ticket sales, food, merchandise and camping, based on information released by Live Nation, which owns and operates the amphitheater. The figures came from a study by former state Department of Revenue Director Don Burrows.
Gorge revenue had [...]

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