Pause, worship, rock out in Tacoma

  • Wed Jan 8th, 2014 5:10pm
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald

Can we get a hallelujah for 2014?

After a brief drought of big-name concerts in the area, the Tacoma Dome will rev things up again at 6 p.m. Sunday with the Rock and Worship Roadshow, a concert that brings together two of the biggest names in Christian rock, Skillet and Third Day.

While Skillet’s prog rock sound has helped it win fans among mainstream audiences, the group first cut its teeth in Christian rock circles. The act is touring now behind its ninth studio album, “Rise,” which hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

Third Day, meanwhile, has been a force in Christian rock since 1996, when it released its self-titled debut. It’s touring now behind “Miracle,” a record that reached No. 10 on the charts and was produced by Brendan O’Brien, a man famed for his work with Pearl Jam.

Tickets are $20 at or 800-745-3000.

Panic! at the Disco is also heading to the area, playing a sold-out concert at the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The group became an alt-pop sensation in 2006 after releasing its debut album, which featured MTV Video of the Year-winning single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

While the theatrical band hasn’t reached those heights again, it has kept its loyal following. It’s touring now behind “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,” which topped the rock charts upon its release in 2013.

Tickets are sold out but available at a markup through

The long-running ska band Reel Big Fish is heading to Seattle, playing the Showbox at 8 p.m. Saturday.

To mainstream audiences, the group is best-known as a one-hit wonder that edged onto the charts with the snarky, horn-driven single “Sell Out” in 1997.

The group has continued to churn out new albums, though, and is gradually becoming elder statesmen among ska bands. The band returned to the charts in 2012 with the album “Candy Coated Fury,” featuring typically named songs such as “Your Girlfriend Sucks” and “Don’t Let Me Down Gently.”

Tickets are $19.99 at or 888-929-7849.

Meanwhile, the Randy Rogers Band has been slugging away in the country trenches for more than a decade — and has something to show for it.

The group, which will headline the Tractor Tavern at 8 p.m. Wednesday, is touring behind its latest album, “Trouble,” which hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200 last year.

The band built a following slowly, winning fans with its blend of country music and grunge rock. It recorded its debut album in a bar in 2002, but didn’t really start turning heads until five years later, when Rolling Stone calledit a must-see live act.

Tickets are $25.62 at or 800-745-3000.

Finally, Thao &the Get Down Stay Down will hit the Neptune Theatre at 9 Friday night.

The indie-folk group released its latest album, “We the Common,” to winning reviews in early 2013.

Tickets are $18 at or 877- 784-4849.