Beach Boys, Ringo, Lyle Lovett at the Chateau
The Beach Boys (from left), Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson and David Marks perform at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville
"American Idol" season 11 contestants include (from left) Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone.
Musician Ringo Starr celebrates his 72nd birthday July 7 with his wife Barbara Bach (left) and musician Joe Walsh (right) at The Hard Rock Cafe, Nashville, Tenn. Starr and his All Starr Band plays Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. Walsh plays Aug. 30 at Tulalip.
The Beach Boys kick things off tonight with a sold-out show, as they continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary on a headline-making reunion tour.
Regularly called one of the most influential pop acts ever, the group had been fractured by decades of in-fighting.
But a fragile truce has been struck, to the delight of fans. Founding members Mike Love and Brian Wilson are not only touring together, they're recording new material.
Earlier this year, the group released "That's Why God Made the Radio," landing at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Many critics have called it the band's best work in decades.
While tickets are sold out, you can call the winery at 425-488-1133 to see if last-minute seating becomes available.
Then on Saturday, Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will hit the Chateau Ste. Michelle stage.
Starr has continued to shine since drumming for The Beatles. Earlier this year, he released "Ringo 2012," the latest in a long line of solo albums.
Another bright bit of pop rock, the album collects new material with covers of songs Starr holds near and dear, like the Buddy Holly track "Think It Over."
Expect to hear music from that album, along with some Beatles classics.
Tickets are $57.50 to $117.55 at ticketmaster.com, at 800-745-3000 or at the winery.
Finally, on Sunday night, Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group take the winery stage.
The Grammy-award winning singer has balanced heartfelt country with pop hooks throughout his career.
Most recently, he released "Release Me," an odd-and-ends collection that still managed to garner rounds of praise from fans and critics alike.
Tickets are $47.50 to $94.90 at ticketmaster.com, at 800-745-3000 or at the winery.
Seattle also will make its mark on the concert calendar, hosting one big show on Wednesday night.
"American Idol Live!" will come to KeyArena. The show will gather together the latest season's 10 finalists, giving fans a chance to see their favorite contestants in the flesh.
Both the season's winner, the improbably named Phillip Phillips, and runner-up Jessica Sanchez will be together on stage, belting out the kind of pop hits that are the show's bread-and-butter.
It's anyone's guess if either of those singers will attain the kind of fame of past contestants such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or Chris Daughtry.
One thing is sure, though: This is a chance to say you saw them back when.
Tickets are $43.26 to $80.81 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
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