By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
The Gorge closes up for the year with a double bill that features two of the biggest names in pop.
At 7 p.m. Saturday the venue will host Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, two acts whose slickly produced hits have made them household names.
Maroon 5 headlines the night. The group continues to tour behind its 2012 album, the aptly named “Overexposed.” The disc spawned hits like “Payphone” and “Daylight,” while lead singer Adam Levine’s spot as a judge on the singing show “The Voice” gave his band virtual omnipresence.
Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, catapulted to fame as the first winner of “American Idol.” Her string of hits has kept her on the radio ever since, with the likeable pop star most recently winning a Grammy for her album “Stronger.”
Tickets are $45.50 to $116.30 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Closer to home, country star Jason Aldean will bring his Night Train tour to the Tacoma Dome at 7:30 Friday night.
The Georgia-born singer first landed on the charts in 2005 with his No. 1 country hit “Why.” Since then, he has become a familiar face at the top of the charts.
He’s touring now behind his No. 1 album, “Night Train,” featuring “1994,” “The Only Way I Know” and the hit title track.
Tickets are $37.84 to $66.30 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Seattle also will host some big names in the coming week.
The Pet Shop Boys will play the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday, as the still-productive group tours behind its new dance-oriented album, “Electric.”
The band got its start in the early 1980s when it scored some of its biggest hits, including “West End Girls” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”
Tickets are $35.75 to $55.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Tech N9ne also is heading to the Paramount, hitting the venue at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Midwestern rapper has carved out a name for himself with his bizarre and bloody rhymes. Specializing in the subgenre known as horrorcore, Tech N9ne has won over both concertgoers and other musicians.
His most recent album, “Something Else,” featured guest appearances by the remaining members of the Doors, metal singer Serj Tankian and rappers including Kendrick Lamar and T-Pain.
Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Steve Earle and the Dukes also are playing a show at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Neptune Theatre.
Earle, a roots-rocking country artist, has never exactly torn up the singles charts. Instead, the singer has won a loyal following with a near-constant stream of critically lauded albums.
The singer first appeared on the charts in 1983, but is touring now behind “Low Highway,” his new album, which was greeted with typically middling sales and rapturous reviews.
Tickets are $36.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, Mavis Staples will play a show at the Moore Theatre at 8 Friday night.
The 74-year-old soul singer has experienced a career-rejuvenating renaissance in the past decade, with new fans lining up to hear her famed voice.
Part of that fresh acclaim can be credited to one of her biggest fans, her producer. Jeff Tweedy, the frontman for Wilco, has shepherded her last two albums, 2010’s Grammy-winning “You Are Not Alone” and its followup, this year’s “One True Vine.”
Tickets are $37.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.