Pals Carpenter, Colvin perform in Edmonds

  • Thu May 10th, 2012 10:20am
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

We all know and love Mary Chapin Carpenter, 54, and Shawn Colvin, 56, through their individual careers and recordings.

What we might not know is that the singers also are fast friends.

Combined, they’ll treat audiences tonight at the Edmonds Center for the Arts to an intimate evening of music making.

Carpenter recently was awarded the “Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award,” by The Americana Association, recognizing her musical and advocacy work.

Colvin is gearing up for the June release of her eighth studio recording, “All Fall Down.” The album features performances by Carpenter, and Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Seattle-local Bill Frisell and others. (I wonder if Frisell will join the duo in Edmonds … )

If you can’t make it to tonight’s show, which likely will be sold out, there are other opportunities to see this dynamic duo.

They also will be performing at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma on May 12.

The local concert is scheduled for 7:30 tonight, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Tickets are $45 or $50 at or 425-275-9595.

In the late ’80s, folk singer Christine Lavin launched an idea. Fresh from the success of a recent recording, she decided to pull together some colleagues for a concert tour.

She turned to three girlfriends: Patty Larkin, Megon McDonough and Sally Fingerett. By the time the tour ended, Four Bitchin’ Babes was formed.

Since then this great quartet has entertained us with their harmonies, fun story telling and seemingly timeless music.

Catch the Babes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Tickets are $25 to $30, $15 for youth; Girls Night Out Tickets are $35 to $40 and includes a beverage plus a treat from Frosted Cupcakes and Cakes, at or 425-275-9595.

This month, you can “Take a Back Road” to The Hometown Hootenanny May show.

It’s a concert lineup that “explores country roads, country life and the journeys along the way,” said Beckye Randall, the show’s producer.

Returning singer and songwriter Rachel Mae has been on a journey of her own, as she hopes to land a gig at the Grand Ole Opry.

“Many of her songs pay homage to the ‘church of country music’ in Nashville,” Randall said. “Her throwback musical style and genuinely charming personality have made her a Hootenanny favorite.”

Mae recently raised more than $7,000 to produce a record in a Nashville recording studio with industry musicians.

Mae and the Hometown Band will recount the journey with some favorite road songs including “Take a Back Road,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Mud on the Tires,” “Tennessee Homesick Blues” and more.

Arlington’s Jim Brunkhorst and the Lem Pratt Band also are scheduled to play.

Hitch up for a ride at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors, students and military, $5 for kids 12 and younger at 425-258-6766 or

The Seattle sensation Death Cab for Cutie returns to the Paramount for a hometown gig with the Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Already capable of gorgeous music, the added string section of the San Francisco orchestra gives the band’s live performance extra richness and body.

While I’ve heard other pop musicians play guest shows with symphony orchestras, this is a bit different. Magik*Magik is a group of classically trained musicians who regularly break down classical barriers. They’ve been on the road with DCFC all season, so the group is really tight.

From what I could find on YouTube (and you can find too), this will be a great concert.

Youth Lagoon, aka Trevor Powers, is opening.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday, The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle.

Tickets are $31.25 to $61.25 at or 877-784-4849.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447;