Concerts: Hum along with Van Morrison at the Gorge in Quincy

  • Thu Aug 5th, 2010 8:14pm
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

Everyone knows Van Morrison’s biggest hit, “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

Fewer may be able to hum songs from his critical high-water mark, the 1967 album “Astral Weeks.”

That disc, long considered his best work, has been experiencing a bit of a resurgence. He released a live concert version of the album last year.

Expect to hear selections from his entire career, however, when he plays the Gorge this weekend.

6 p.m. Sunday, the Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, Quincy; $56 to $356; or 877-598-6659.

Rush: More than 30 years after the group’s first appearance on the Billboard charts, Rush is still hard at work.

The Canadian prog-rock group is now on tour, playing the 1981 album, “Moving Pictures,” in its entirety. It’s also at work on its 20th studio album, set for release in 2011.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn; $50.50 to $115.50; or 800-745-3000.

Natalie Merchant: The former lead singer for the 10,000 Maniacs continues to enjoy success as a solo singer.

She is now touring behind the April concept album, “Leave Your Sleep,” which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200.

7 tonight, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville; $39.50 to $55; or 800-745-3000.

Michael Franti and Spearhead: It’s amazing what a pop hit can do for a singer.

After nearly two decades of relative obscurity, Michael Franti’s bright reggae song, “Say Hey (I Love You),” transformed him into a major headliner in no time flat.

7 p.m. Saturday, Concerts at Marymoor, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond; $29.50 to $39.50; or 800-745-3000.

The B-52s and Blondie: New Wave never gets entirely old.

That will be clear at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery on Thursday night, as the venue hosts two of biggest names to come out of that 1980s scene.

The B-52s will headline an impressive double bill that includes Blondie as an opener.

7 p.m. Thursday, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville; $49.50 to $69.50; or 800-745-3000.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang: The brooding indie singer Will Oldham records most of his best work under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

He’s coming to Seattle on Monday with the Cairo Gang. Together, the group is touring behind their critically acclaimed March album, “The Wonder Show of the World.”

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

Chromeo: This pop electronica group nudged into the mainstream in 2007 with its shimmery send-up of 1980s music.

The group blended hip and humorous lyrics with music that split the difference between Hall &Oates and New Order.

The group is now gearing up for the release of its new album, “Business Casual,” set for release on Sept. 14.

8 p.m. Thursday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $21; or 800-745-3000.

Matisyahu: Matisyahu is the rarest of breeds: a successful Hasidic Jewish musician who plays reggae and rap.

The Pennsylvania-born singer will return to Seattle on Saturday as he continues to tour behind “Light,” his third album.

8 p.m. Saturday, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $25; or 877-784-4849.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455;