By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Blues fans have had plenty of time to become acquainted with Joe Bonamassa.
The 35-year-old guitar god, who will play the Paramount Theatre at 8 Friday night, has been playing the blues for an almost comically long amount of time. After getting turned on to Stevie Ray Vaughn at age 4, he started playing guitar, and was opening a show for B.B. King by age 8.
Since then, he has shared stages with Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, among other luminaries. And, of course, he has made a name for himself with his own albums.
Those records have been topping Billboard’s blues album chart since his 2000 debut, “A New Day Yesterday.” The prolific guitarist has since released albums on pretty much a yearly basis, including many live albums.
He’s coming to Seattle just weeks after the release of his acoustic concert “… At the Vienna Opera House,” and about a year since he put out his latest studio album, “Driving Towards the Daylight.”
Expect to hear tracks off that most recent album during his Seattle show.
Tickets are $59 to $99 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Trey Anastasio also is back on the road, promising fans he’ll play two sets during his show at the Moore Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, running through both a solo acoustic set and an electric set with his latest band.
Anastasio made his name as the frontman for Phish, a jam band that, in the 1990s, enjoyed a following much like the Grateful Dead’s.
Anastasio has since gone off on his own, most recently releasing the 2012 album “Traveler,” which included his own music and a cover of the Gorillaz’s hit “Clint Eastwood.”
Tickets are $39.50 at sstgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Speaking of former frontmen, Colin Hay, the one-time leader of Men at Work, also is coming to Seattle, playing the Neptune Theatre at 8 Friday night.
Hay is best known for early 1980s hits like “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?” but the Aussie songwriter has gone on to enjoy a successful solo career.
His most recent album, “Gathering Mercury,” won acclaim for its finely crafted pop songs, while critics have also praised his live show, which balances music with Hay’s punchy stage banter.
Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Another relic of the 1980s, Bad Religion, will continue its 30th anniversary tour with a stop at the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Monday.
Bad Religion formed in 1980 but didn’t really hit its stride until the mid-1990s, when it had a string of minor rock hits amid the nationwide boom in punk rock.
Tickets are $26 to $30 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
The Gaslight Anthem also is coming back to Seattle, headlining the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The New Jersey band has a lot in common with that state’s premiere rocker, Bruce Springsteen, echoing his sound with its own pocket-size rock epics.
The group is touring behind its latest album, 2012’s “Handwritten,” which topped Billboard’s rock charts.
Tickets are $22.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, indie darling Bat for Lashes will play the Showbox at the Market at 9 p.m. Tuesday, as she continues her tour behind her 2012 album, “The Haunted Man.”
Like past efforts, that album found the singer chronicling her own haunting dream world.
Tickets are $21.50 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.