If you've never caught the Portland Cello Project, this group of musicians do amazing things.
Don't expect standard cello fare; that's not in their repertoire.
What is included in their 800-plus collection of songs are incredible renditions of Jay-Z and Kanye West and much more.
The Project is celebrating the release of "Homage," their recent recording, and will appear with the Allelujah Chorus.
The show is at 8 tonight, The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle.
Tickets are $20 at www.tripledoor.net or 206-838-4333.
Since 1988, singer and songwriter Michelle Shocked has been a force to reckon with.
A frequent presence at demonstrations, the 50-year-old was arrested during the recent Occupy protests that swept the nation.
"There's just that element that I refuse to fiddle while Rome burns," she said in a recent phone interview. In the midst of an economic crisis and other world problems, no one is going to tell Shocked to just entertain and sing.
"I surely don't truck with that nonsense."
She calls this tour, "Roccupy," and she plans to spend time talking about the foreclosure problems so many people face in the Pacific Northwest and California.
But her concert isn't all protest. Shocked also is rolling out an audience participation part of the show called "Folkaoke." People should come prepared to sing "Blowin' in the Wind," "Do Re Mi," "Deportee" and "This Land is Your Land." She'll provide the words and guitar back up, the audience provides the voices. "We've been having a real hoot with it," Shocked said.
Shocked reflected on the musical legacy of Levon Helm, the pioneering rock drummer who played with Bob Dylan and was a force in The Band. Helm played mandolin with Shocked in the early '90s.
"A lot of people heard in that plaintive, kind of mournful sound of Levon's voice, that desperate condition that humans often find themselves in," she said.
In Shocked, we find the playful, the soulful, and the renegade.
"I'm just your average anarchist, skateboard, punk rock, born-again Christian," she said. "I get away with show business murder. I get away with what I want."
The music is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show at www.tripledoor.net or 206-838-4333.
The emotional Irish alt-rock band Snow Patrol is sweeping the country with their sound, a bit REM mixed with U2.
They're supporting the 2011 release, "Fallen Empires."
Ed Sheeran is opening.
The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $31.25 in advance, $35.25 on the day of the show at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Washed Out, the stage name for Ernest Greene, is perhaps best known for writing the song, "Feel it All Around," that runs during the opening credits of "Portlandia."
He's been signed to Sub Pop, the famous Seattle record label, and will be playing his chill groove at 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th, Seattle. Tickets are $16 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
If the Portland Cello Project didn't satisfy your groove for alt-cello performances, Zoe Keating, will be at the Neptune on Thusday.
She uses a wild blend of electronic sampling to accompany herself during her live performances.
Some call her compositions classical, others rock. I call it cool, cutting edge and great to listen to.
You can decide yourself at 8 p.m. Thursday, The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th, Seattle. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; email@example.com.
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