By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
Three huge shows are coming to Seattle’s KeyArena this weekend, with Kanye West, Pink and the Avett Brothers sure to draw tens of thousands of concertgoers to the stadium.
First up is arguably the smallest of the three shows. The Avett Brothers headline the venue at 7:30 Friday night.
The folk-pop band’s career has been a slow burn. The group released its first album in 2000, and gradually won a following. They didn’t get a real boost, though, until signing with famed producer Rick Rubin, known for his work with Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Rubin guided the Avett Brothers’ 2009 album, “I and Love and You,” and is again behind the boards on the group’s latest, 2012’s “The Carpenter.” That album bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, a career best.
Tickets are $46.29 to $60.61 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, KeyArena will host a very different show, as Kanye West brings his first solo tour in five years to the venue.
West has become a household name in part because of his songs. The man can take credit for writing some of the best singles of the past decade, including “Jesus Walks,” “Stronger,” and his latest single, the button-pushing “Black Skinhead.”
Of course, he’s also a household name for press-baiting antics, be it interrupting Taylor Swift during an awards show or dating Kim Kardashian.
Tickets are $50.90 to $141.23 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Pink wraps up the weekend run with a sold-out show at KeyArena at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The multiplatinum pop star is touring now behind her latest album, “The Truth About Love,” which topped the Billboard 200 in 2012.
That album added the tracks “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “Just Give Me a Reason” to her large catalogue of hits, which also includes No. 1 singles “Raise Your Glass,” “So What” and “Get the Party Started.”
Tickets are sold out but can be found at a markup at stubhub.com.
The Paramount Theatre is also bringing three big names to its stage, each sure to attract a very different audience.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Moody Blues headline the Paramount.
The long-running classic rock act has eeked out hits over the course of four decades, although it’s by far best-known for its glory days in the early 1970s, when four of its albums reached the top 5.
Those albums produced resilient hits, including “Nights in White Satin” and “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).”
Tickets are $35.75 to $95.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Then, Joe Satriana will hit the Paramount as he tours behind his latest studio album, “Unstoppable Momentum.”
The guitar god broke into the mainstream in the late 1980s, when his sophomore album, “Surfing With the Alien,” produced a string of unlikely hits.
Tickets are $31.25 to $61.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Empire of the Sun take the Paramount’s stage.
The electro-pop duo won an audience in 2007 with its theatrical shows and catchy hooks, showcased on its debut album, “Walking on a Dream.”
The group is touring now behind its debut’s follow-up, “Ice on the Dune,” which reached No. 20 on the charts earlier this year.
Tickets are $35.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.