Little Big Show showcases rising stars, raises cash for charity

  • Wed Apr 18th, 2012 2:35pm
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

The Little Big Show aims to live up to its name.

A little show with big aspirations.

Started as a co-production of the Seattle Theatre Group, independent radio station KEXP (90.3 FM) and coffee giant Starbucks, the concert showcases great new bands while raising money for local arts charities.

This year’s Little Big Show features Real Estate, an indie rock group from New Jersey, and Poor Moon, a side project from the hit Seattle group, Fleet Foxes.

Proceeds benefit Coyote Central, a group that offers arts classes for kids ages 10 to 14.

The Little Big Show takes place at 9 tonight at the Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.

All-ages tickets are $15 at or 877-784-4849.

Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band has earned a reputation for its bluegrass and string sounds.

But don’t pigeon hole this fine quartet.

Like many other new-grass groups, they’re expanding the genre and sweeping in new fans.

They opened for Barak Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Catch the band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave S, Seattle.

Tickets are $23 at or 877-784-4849.

Brit alt-rockers Coldplay come to KeyArena in Seattle on Wednesday night.

Perhaps best known for their 2000 hit, “Yellow,” the band then followed in 2005 with “X&Y,” the critically acclaimed album.

Now, for the first time in three years, they are touring in support of “Mylo Xyloto,” the Grammy-nominated new album.

Coldplay plays with Metronomy and the Pierces at 7p.m. Wednesday at KeyArena, 305 N. Harrison St., Seattle.

Tickets are $46.50 to $107 at or 800-745-3000.

Matthew Sweet, a power pop singer and guitarist, was a part of the breakthrough rock scene in Athens, Ga., that gave birth to R.E.M. and the B-52s.

His 1991 album, “Girlfriend,” peaked his career.

It’s that material that he plans to play in a two-night gig at The Triple Door, backed by the Summer Twins.

The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle.

Tickets are $28 in advance, $35 at the door and $38 for VIP, at or 206-838-4333.

As a teenager, Kenneth Bruce Gorelick failed at his first attempt to join the high school jazz club.

The next year, the Seattle native earned first chair saxophone at Jackson High School. He went on to sell millions of records.

Better known as Kenny G, the curly-haired soprano saxophonist is instantly familiar.

A staple of smooth jazz stations, Kenny G is one of the world’s most popular musicians.

Although he rarely performs in clubs, he checks into Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for a four-night run beginning Thursday.

Set times are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle.

Tickets are $55 at or 206-441-9729.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447;