Groban plays KeyArena; Bon Jovi rocks in Tacoma

  • By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:45pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Josh Groban will try to make KeyArena feel a little bit more intimate at 8 Friday night, when he brings his “In the Round” tour to Seattle.

The hugely popular singer’s show will find him plopped into the middle of the venue, singing to all corners from a 360-degree stage.

Groban, who first came to fame in 2001 with his self-titled debut, has made his name by blending classical compositions with his crisp, soaring pop delivery.

He’s touring now behind his latest No. 1 record, “All That Echoes.” That album found him covering Stevie Wonder and traditional songs such as “She Moved Through the Fair.” It also featured his own compositions, like the uplifting “Brave.”

Tickets are $61.11 to $113.99 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Groban isn’t the only stadium show coming to the Northwest this week. Bon Jovi will return to the area for a show at the Tacoma Dome at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bon Jovi is touring now behind its latest chart- topper, this year’s “What About Now.” Unlike some of the group’s more recent work, the album didn’t produce any big hits — lead single “Because We Can” probably won’t become a live staple.

That’s fine, though. The group has plenty of old material to lean on. This is the group that wrote “Bad Medicine,” “It’s My Life” and, of course, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Tickets are $29.43 to $653.75 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Fiona Apple, meanwhile, is set to play Benaroya Hall at 8 Friday night.

Apple is known for her angsty piano pop. A critical favorite, Apple also has a devout fan base that pushes her albums to the top of the charts. Her most recent effort, 2012’s “The Idler Wheel…,” debuted at No. 3, despite not producing any hit singles.

Tickets are $45 to $59.50 at www.seattlesymphony.org or 206-215-4747.

The Moore Theatre is hosting a pair of shows this weekend as well.

Michael Franti and Spearhead headline the venue first, playing at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Franti started off as a politically minded rapper, only to shed that skin with surprising ease.

He released the ubiquitous hit, “Say Hey (I Love You),” in 2008. That poppy track laid the way for future releases, like his most recent hit album, this year’s sun-drenched “All People.”

Tickets are $32.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Then, at 7 p.m. Sunday, the Moore will welcome Father John Misty for a solo show.

Father John Misty — the countrified persona of singer J. Tillman, one-time drummer for Fleet Foxes — is kicking off his North American tour with the hometown show. He’s touring now behind his latest album, “Fear Fun,” an acclaimed album that saw release through Sub Pop Records in 2012.

Tickets are $25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Finally, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Disclosure will play a sold-out show at the Showbox SoDo.

Disclosure is a pair of brothers from England who play electronica. The act is touring behind its new album, “Settle,” which has been greeted with buzz-building reviews on websites like Pitchfork.com. The album debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200, a strong showing for an act that was a relative unknown at the beginning of the year.

Tickets are sold out but can be found at a markup at stubhub.com.

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