Children’s Hospital fundraiser features Northwest indie bands

  • By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:01pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The Showbox at the Market will embody the spirit of the season this Saturday night, as it hosts a fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The SMooCH Benefit — Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital — will feature a lineup of Northwests bands, including Allen Stone, the Helio Sequence, the Lonely Forest and Shelby Earl.

The second annual show starts at 7 p.m. and will include a silent auction.

Of course, it won’t be a silent night when the groups take the stage. The bands represent some of the local indie rock scene’s biggest names.

Tickets are $60 to $200 at or 888-929-7849.

Also this weekend the Average White Band will wrap up its headlining residency at Jazz Alley with four shows this weekend. The concerts are at 9:30 Friday night, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The group was one of the few white groups that managed to hit it big playing funk in the 1970s. The band topped the charts in 1975 with the No. 1 single “Pick Up the Pieces,” off its No. 1 album, “AWB.”

The group has been showcasing its live prowess in recent years, releasing three concert albums in the past five years.

Tickets are $37.64 at or 800-745-3000.

Chance the Rapper also is headed to Seattle, playing a sold-out show at the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Chicago rapper lit up the blogs earlier this year when he released his new free mix tape, “Acid Rap.” Put out just a month after he turned 20, the album found the rapper showcasing a fluid style and world-weary lyrics that seemed contrary to his young age.

The album has been landing on several best-of-2013 lists and scored Chance a spot on a new Justin Bieber track — which helps explain how the rapper is now playing sold-out shows across the country.

Tickets are available at a markup through

The Moondoggies are also playing Seattle this weekend, as they hold their annual Christmas show with the Maldives at Neumos at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The indie folk group, which got its start in Everett, released its third album, “Adios I’m a Ghost,” this September.

The group will share the stage with the Maldives, a Seattle group that also finds a balance between indie rock and country roots.

Tickets are $15 at

Finally, long-running art-rock band Pere Ubu will also hit Neumos for a show at 8 Friday night.

Pere Ubu may be best known for its influential debut album, “The Modern Dance,” which, while a commercial failure upon release in 1978, went on to influence a long list of post-punk acts.

Tickets are $15 at

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