By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
It all starts here.
The Vans Warped Tour will launch its 19th annual tour with a daylong stay starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn.
Like past years, the festival will feature roughly 90 bands playing on multiple stages throughout the day.
Picking a headliner is always a little tough with the Warped Tour, since the egalitarian-minded festival promotes most of its acts equally. Nonetheless, some names stand out, such as Hawthorne Heights.
That emo-punk band, a favorite among the Hot Topic set, is gearing up to release a new album, “Zero,” this month. The Ohio-based group is no doubt hoping to repeat the success of past outings, such as the 2006 record, “If Only You Were Lonely,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Long-running punk and ska bands including Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger also will be churning up some mosh pits at the festival.
Tickets are $47.50 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Attracting a very different crowd on that same afternoon, A Prairie Home Companion will bring Garrison Keillor to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Keillor’s balance of humor and Americana helped establish his radio variety show as a favorite among NPR listeners. Nearly in its fourth decade, the long-running broadcast blends homespun tales of a fictional small town, Lake Wobegone, with folk music and humorous fake advertisements. (Powdermilk Biscuits — heavens, they’re tasty.)
While the show often welcomes folk acts to the stage, Keillor is the main draw. The 70-year-old host uses his warm voice to share the news from Lake Wobegone and sing several music numbers.
Tickets are $52.80 to $81 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd will also play the White River Amphitheatre in the coming week, bringing their dual-headlining show to town at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The two groups were arena rock tent poles in the 1970s, and together should help bring plenty of lighters into the air.
Both acts have a long list of familiar hits. Bad Company’s best known tracks include “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Skynyrd, meanwhile, scored huge hits with “Sweet Home Alabama” and the epic, often-requested “Free Bird.”
Tickets are $49.35 to $119.15 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Damian and Stephen Marley will open the concert series at Marymoor Park in Redmond, as they carry on their father Bob Marley’s musical legacy.
The two brothers have carved out a niche in the reggae world, collaborating on music together.
Damian’s biggest solo album to date was the 2005 record “Welcome to Jamrock,” which featured the single “Road to Zion.” That record — like much of his work — featured Stephen Marley as its executive producer.
Tickets are $40.50 at marymoorconcerts.com.
Finally, Fall Out Boy will play a sold-out concert at the Showbox SoDo at 7 p.m. Wednesday as it launches its comeback tour.
The emo-pop band hit it big in 2005 with its major label debut “From Under the Cork Tree.” After scoring a No. 1 album in 2007 with “Infinity on High,” the group’s star began to fade a little, as tabloid tales of songwriter Pete Wentz started overshadowing the band’s solid music.
The group took a hiatus, and that seemingly stoked interest in the group. Its latest album, the confidently titled “Save Rock and Roll,” was greeted with strong reviews as it debuted at No. 1 earlier this year.
Though sold-out, tickets can be found at a mark-up at stubhub.com.