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 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 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 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 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 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 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

More in Life

‘Last Jedi’ is the best ‘Star Wars’ movie since the first one

This instant-classic popcorn movie makes clever references to the past while embracing the new.

‘The Shape of Water’: 1950s creature feature meets 2017 allegory

Director Guillermo del Toro’s allegory bears his fetishes for monsters and surrealistic environments.

‘Ferdinand’ a modern take on the beloved children’s story

The lovable bull is back in an enjoyable but spotty animated film from the makers of “Ice Age.”

Art mimicks reality in engrosing ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The Korean film tells the story of an actress recovering from an affair with a married director.

Everett’s Michael ‘Scooby’ Silva is the leader of the (dog) pack

Since 2012, he’s built a thriving business walking dogs while their owners are at work.

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Seattle Men’s Chorus brings sassy brassy good time to Everett

The annual show, this year at the Historic Everett Theatre, has warmth of brass and pinch of sass.

This harp concert is worth the journey to Everett

Annual holiday show by Bronn and Katherine Journey is Wednesday at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Still looking for that one special recipe for the holidays?

Columnist Jan Roberts-Dominguez shares her traditional recipes for cheese soup and chocolate sauce.

Most Read