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Legendary Tony Bennett swings by Seattle

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By Jackson Holtz
Herald Writer
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  • Tony Bennett entertains at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Calif., at the Black and White Ball on May 22, 2010.

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    Tony Bennett entertains at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Calif., at the Black and White Ball on May 22, 2010.

Tony Bennett, the smooth singer, now 85, is as cool and entertaining as ever.
The last of a generation whose peers included Frank Sinatra, Bennett has been performing since returning home after serving in World War II.
He was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, but Bob Hope suggested shortening the name. The rest is history.
Bennett's popularity surged recently after his son helped market the iconic singer to younger audiences.
Thanks to appearances on late night television and the success of his "Duets" album, the second of which was just released, Bennett trajectory seems to know no bounds.
Here's a great chance to see him in concert.
The music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $31.25 to $121.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Fresh from being inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses makes a stop at Seattle's KeyArena.
The hard rock band from the late '80s still is fronted by Axl Rose, but gone are Slash, Izzy Stradlin and other original band members.
Today, the group still delivers its hits, including "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine," and "Paradise City."
A new album has been promised for years and rumors hint that it should be coming out next year.
Guns N' Roses today is Rose, DJ Ashba, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Richard Fortus, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Frank Ferrer.
The volume gets loud at 8 tonight, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Tickets are $26.50 to $72 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Two excellent Seattle bands, steeped in the resurgent Americana sound, the Moondoggies and the Maldives, are putting on a Christmas show Saturday at the Neptune.
Both bands are popular in the alt music scene and are regulars on KEXP.
The all ages concert is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, The Neptune, 1303 45th Ave NW, Seattle. Tickets are $15 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Since 1984, Chip Smith has delighted audiences with Mannheim Steamroller, the band that's a new-age blend of symphonic music and rock 'n' roll.
Known primarily for adaptations of familiar Christmas songs, the group has sold millions of records. (Dust off your Christmas collection, you know you have some Mannheim Steamroller in there.)
The live act includes what's said to be "dazzling" special effects.
The tradition continues at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $35 to $85 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Seattle radio station 106.1 KISS FM is hosting its annual featuring Selena Gomez & The Scene.
In addition to the teen pop band, the concert also includes: One Republic, Cobra Starship, Hot Chelle Rae, Tinie Tempah and Karmin.
The music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, WaMu Theatre, 1000 Occidental Ave S., Seattle. Tickets are $42 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Lastly, The Klemaniacs, a Grammy-winner and world renowned klezmer band, brings some of the sounds of the old country to the Neptune.
Klezmer began as Eastern European Jewish music, strong on the clarinet and accordion. The Klezmaniacs have broadened the repertoire, borrowing from a world of musical traditions.
The band has increased appreciation of klezmer music and re-introduced these wonderful tunes to the mainstream.
Their concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, The Neptune, 1303 45th Ave NW, Seattle. Tickets are $25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.
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