Chris Isaak: Mr. Lucky plays at Ste. Michelle

  • Wed Aug 11th, 2010 7:46pm
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

Chris Isaak is your basic multimedia man.

The singer made his name with atmospheric Roy Orbison-esque songs like “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.”

His matinee-star looks, however, helped him cross over into TV and film. He has popped up in “The Silence of the Lambs,” “That Thing You Do” and his own Biography Channel interview show, “The Chris Isaak Hour.”

He hasn’t left music, though. His latest album, last year’s “Mr. Lucky,” was another collection of light rock ‘n’ roll. Expect to hear music off that disc tonight when Isaak plays Woodinville.

7 p.m. Friday, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville; $45 to $79.50; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Vans Warped Tour: You’re basically paying 40 cents a band when you go to the Vans Warped Tour.

The massive annual round-up of all things punk rock will hit the Gorge this weekend with nearly 90 bands in tow.

The lineup includes long-running acts such as the Adolescents, Billboard-friendly groups including Alkaline Trio and Everclear, and Cartoon Network show host Andrew W.K.

The one thing in common to all the acts? You can mosh to their music.

11 a.m. Saturday, the Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, Quincy; $35.45; livenation.com or 877-598-6659.

KMTT Mountain Music Fest: Jakob Dylan will headline this year’s Mountain Music Fest as the singer-songwriter tours behind his second solo album.

Dylan — famous for both leading the Wallflowers and being Bob Dylan’s son — saw his second solo effort debut at No. 12 in April on the Billboard 200. The album, “Women + Country,” is a dreamy alt-country affair and was produced by T Bone Burnett.

A few other notable acts will join Dylan at Saturday’s festival. The BoDeans, Sara Bareilles and Robert Randolph &the Family Band are on the bill.

4 p.m. Saturday, Concerts at Marymoor, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond; $32.50 to $49.50; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Rodrigo y Gabriela: This Mexican guitar duo has shown that heavy metal in fact does lend itself to flamenco interpretations.

The group’s third album, “11:11,” was produced by Colin Richardson, a man better known for his work with Slipknot. The disc again showcased the pair’s intricate and explosive guitar work.

The album hit No. 34 on the Billboard charts after its release last September.

7 tonight, Concerts at Marymoor, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond; $35 to $39.50; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

The Hold Steady: This Brooklyn band is proof positive that it’s never too late to follow those rock ‘n’ roll dreams.

The Hold Steady is led by singer Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler, two guys fast-approaching middle age. The guys formed the Hold Steady after their first band, Lifter Puller, broke up.

They figured there was a market for music built around anthemic guitar riffs and smart lyrics. They were right.

The group is now touring behind its fifth album, “Heaven Is Whenever,” which reached No. 26 on the Billboard 200 — the group’s best showing to date.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $22; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; arathbun@heraldnet.com.