By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Two sold-out shows will hit Snohomish County in the coming week, bringing arena rock to the Tulalip Amphitheatre.
First up is Foreigner, playing the venue at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The band scored most of its hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, thanks to the prowess of guitarist Mick Jones, who continues to lead the band today.
Granted, the group’s original line-up isn’t intact. Most notably, former lead singer Lou Gramm left the group in 2003 to focus on solo material, and was replaced by Kelly Hansen.
Still, Foreigner continues to churn out music, most recently scoring minor hits in 2009 and 2010, with “In Pieces” and “When It Comes to Love.” Expect to hear new material along with old hits like “Jukebox Hero,” “Double Vision” and “Feels Like the First Time” at the sold-out show.
Call the venue at 360-716-7162 to see if last-minute seating becomes available.
Then, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Joe Walsh will play the amphitheatre.
After establishing himself as a solo artist in the early 1970s, Walsh joined the Eagles, recording hits with the group during its heyday, the period that found the band releasing “Hotel California.”
Since then, he has divided his time between the Eagles — a sure way to rake in the bucks — and solo work. He’s now touring behind, “Analog Man,” his first solo outing in 21 years. Produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, it reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200.
Again, tickets are sold out, but call the venue at 360-716-7162 to see if seating becomes available.
Meanwhile, in Everett, 15 singers will vie for a spot to play with the Hometown Hootenanny in front of four judges and a crowd at the Historic Everett Theatre.
The Singer’s Showdown starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The audience can support its favorite singers, affecting the judged score.
The Hometown Hootenanny regularly plays local shows, covering country, folk and bluegrass music during a variety show that’s a bit like the Grand Ole Opry. This Saturday’s showdown kicks off its 2012-2013 season.
Tickets are $6.17 for children and $11.34 for adults at brownpapertickets.com or 425-258-6766.
Outside Snohomish County, Seattle’s 107.7 The End will hold its Summer Camp festival, featuring two of the biggest new names on alt-rock radio: Alex Clare and Fun. The show starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Marymoor Park.
Clare has had a breakout summer. His electro-tinged hit, “Too Close,” is the rare track that has found an audience on rock, pop, alt-rock, dance and adult pop radio.
Fun, meanwhile, hit the big time this year. The indie pop group’s song “We Are Young” was featured in a clever Super Bowl commercial, and quickly became a huge hit, reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100. The band followed that with another hit, the title track to their album, “Some Nights,” topping the rock charts.
Tickets for the show are $34.45 to $90.65 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
A string of smaller indie rock bands also will play Seattle in the coming days.
Desaparecidos is the punk rock, politically themed side project of Conor Oberst, the singer best known for his work with Bright Eyes. The group plays the Showbox at the Market at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The band only released one full album, “Read Music/Speak Spanish,” in 2002, but recently came together for some reunion shows, and even put out two new tracks, exciting fans.
Tickets are $22.50 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
Refused and Sleigh Bells will play together at the Showbox SoDo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Refused, the influential 1990s hardcore band, reunited for a string of dates, playing its bristly music, while Sleigh Bells loves layering sheets of fuzzed-out guitar on their own edgy, critically adored tracks.
Tickets are $35 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
Finally, Yeasayer, another indie rock group known for winning accolades, will play the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday. Earlier this week, the group released “Fragrant World,” another album that makes electronic music rock.
Tickets are $30 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3479, firstname.lastname@example.org