One Direction rolls into Seattle
So far, the British boy band has only headed up.
The group, which will come to KeyArena at 7 p.m. Sunday for a sold-out show, has been riding a wave of good fortune since appearing on England's version of "The X Factor," the talent show similar to "American Idol."
Though the group didn't win that competition, it did land a record deal. Near-immediate global success followed.
The group has released two albums, and both have hit No. 1 in the United States. Its singles, meanwhile, are in constant rotation. The group's biggest track, the dance-ready hit "What Makes You Beautiful," has been viewed 400 million times on YouTube.
Though tickets to the group's Seattle date are sold out, they can be found at a markup at stubhub.com.
The Capitol Hill Block Party will again bring some of the most critically lauded and edgy names in indie music to Seattle this weekend.
The three-day block party features at least two dozen bands each day -- roughly 90 bands over the course of the weekend -- with a big-name headliner each night.
Friday night, Girltalk, the groundbreaking DJ, tops the bill. Saturday, the buzzed-about folk-soul group Pickwick plays a hometown show. And Sunday, alt-rock legends the Flaming Lips close out the block party.
Three-day passes are sold out, but single-day tickets remain for $40 at capitolhillblockparty.strangertickets.com.
This weekend also will find Phish playing a two-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheatre, with concerts starting at 7:30 Friday night and Saturday night.
The band first made its mark in the early 1990s. Though the group never had a hit single, its free-wheeling live show -- and the group's penchant for improvised jams -- led critics and fans alike to dub Phish the heir apparent to the Grateful Dead.
But then, unlike the Dead, the group called it quits in 2004. The fervent fanbase remained, though, and by 2009, Phish reunited, releasing a new studio album.
No new music has come since then, but Phish continues to regularly tour, remaining a popular draw.
Tickets are $74.40 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Closer to home, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville will host a pair of shows this weekend.
First up is the winery's own jazz festival. The event starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and features some heavy weights in contemporary jazz.
The line-up includes Peter White, who began his career as a session guitarist. He eventually went solo in the early 1990s, and hasn't looked back since. His most recent album, "Here We Go," hit No. 4 on the jazz charts this year.
David Benoit is also playing the festival. The jazz pianist has been churning out albums since his 1977 debut, "Heavier than Yesterday." His latest work, "Conversation," hit No. 9 on the jazz charts last year.
The festival's lineup includes Sax and the City, David Pack and BWB.
Tickets are $53.80 to $75.85 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Then, at 7 p.m. Sunday, the winery will host the Gipsy Kings.
The Latin pop group, credited with taking flamenco music into the mainstream, got its start in 1979 in the southern French village of Arles. Within a decade, the group broke big, landing on the charts across the globe.
A steady stream of hit albums followed, though the group's output has tailed off recently. The band's last studio album, the well-received "Pasajero," came out in 2007.
Fans can expect to hear music from that record, along with plenty of past hits.
Tickets are $53.30 to $85.70 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
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