Father and son Tweedy to play the Neptune

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 4:26pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Like father, like son, maybe?

Jeff Tweedy, the famed frontman of Wilco, didn’t look far for a drummer when he started up his side project, the eponymous Tweedy. His son, Spencer, is manning the kit.

The project has gotten a lot of attention in large part because it’s a family affair. The group, which also features past Wilco collaborators, released its debut album, “Sukierae,” in October.

That disc, which hit No. 21 on the charts in August, was named for Jeff Tweedy’s wife — Sukierae is one of her nicknames. Many of the songs focused on the woman and her struggle with lymphoma.

Although some critics argued the two-disc album was a little overstuffed, it was met with mostly warm reviews. Now, the duo is taking those songs on the road, playing a handful of Midwest dates and a longer string of West Coast shows.

Tweedy hits the Neptune Theatre in Seattle as part of that tour at 8 p.m. March 12.

Tickets are $44 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

The Neptune also is hosting Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as the famed South African group comes to the venue at 8 p.m. March 6.

The group rose to prominence in the 1980s after it served as the backing band for Paul Simon on his groundbreaking album “Graceland.” Since then, the group has won Grammys and fans with its harmonious take on gospel and folk.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is touring now following the 2014 release of “Always With Us,” a tribute to the group’s matriarch, Nellie Shabalala.

Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Mat Kearney, the pop-flecked singer-songwriter from Oregon, also plays at 8 p.m. March 6 hitting the Moore Theatre.

Kearney released his debut album, “Bullet,” in 2004, but didn’t really start turning heads until a string of his songs appeared in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” a few years later.

Since then, his albums have landed higher and higher on the charts, with his 2011 disc, “Young Love,” reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and topping the Christian charts.

He’s now hoping to build on that success with “Just Kids,” which hit stores in the end of February.

Tickets are $30.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

K. Michelle, meanwhile, will play the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. March 8.

The R&B star is one of those cross-platform success stories. Along with a pair of albums — 2013’s “Rebellious Soul” and this year’s “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart” — she has her own show on VH1, “K. Michelle: My Life.”

While some have turned that amount of attention into a fault, her music has mostly silenced critics and won her loyal fans.

Tickets are $60 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

The Showbox SoDo also is hosting a double bill at 7:45 p.m. March 7, as In Flames and All That Remains roll into town.

The two acts both traffic in hard rock. In Flames, a Swedish group, is touring now behind “Siren Charms,” an album that found dabbling in progressive rock.

All That Remains, meanwhile, has used melodic touches on its sharp-edged metal to win fans over.

Tickets are $25 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Finally, Celtic Thunder is returning to Seattle for a show at the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 8.

The act sings traditional Celtic folk and classic pop song covers, finding a following thanks in part to its public television specials.

Tickets are $46.25 to $71.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

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