Hot singers of today and yesterday play Puyallup

  • By Sharon Wootton / Special to The Herald
  • Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Hilary Duff has come a long way since her first major role as Wendy the Witch in the 1998 film “Casper Meets Wendy.” On Sunday, Duff will close down the Puyallup Fair with a concert.

The almost-19-year-old gained fame as the star in the TV series “Lizzie McGuire,” and performed in “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “A Cinderella Story” while climbing the pop music ladder, selling millions of albums, spending time in the Billboard Top 10 and scoring with a popular single, “Wake Up.”

Today, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers The Beach Boys perform at the fair with their familiar harmonies and classics, including “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around,” “Surfer Girl” and “Good Vibrations.” The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records since their debut in the early 1960s.

Pop singers Anna Nalick and Teddy Geiger perform at the fair Saturday.

Nalick’s breakout hit “Breathe (2 AM)” has appeared in three TV series and reached the fourth slot on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Nalick wrote the songs on her 2005 album, “Wreck of the Day.”

Geiger was a finalist in VH1’s “In Search of the New Partridge Family,” was cast as an aspiring singer-songwriter on the TV series “Love Monkey,” and his CD “For You I Will” (Confidence) entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 8.

DjangoFest Northwest: The five-day gypsy-jazz festival starts Wednesday on Whidbey Island, celebrating the music and spirit of Django Reinhardt, the great French Gypsy guitarist. One headliner is Birele Lagrene, who will perform twice on Sept. 30 at the event, which is sponsored by the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Fingal: A new trio of veteran performers will deliver traditional Irish music through jigs, reels and songs in Gaelic and English on Saturday in Seattle. One musician, Whidbey Island resident Randal Bays, is a self-taught American fiddler who made an album that was named one of the top five traditional recordings in 2005 by the Irish Times.

Jazz Alley: It will be an interesting week at the Seattle nightspot with performers including cabaret singer Julia Cascioppo (Sunday), trumpeter Christian Scott (Monday), Brazilian vocalist and pianist Elaine Elias (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the vocal ensemble Manhattan Transfer (Thursday through Oct. 1).

Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar: Formed in 1958 as part of the island’s independence movement against Great Britain, the musicians, singers and dancers play taarab music, blending the sounds of East Africa with musical influences from the Arab world.

Raising the Roof: A benefit concert for a group helping Hutus and Tutsis live together by building homes in ethnically mixed communities in Burundi, Central Africa, will be Sunday on Whidbey Island. Several church and school singing groups plus Talia Toni Marcus, Mark Wahl, Roger Bennett, Judith Adams, Mike Seymour, Barbara Dunn, Cosmos, and Magaya and Ambuya Beauler Dyoko from Zimbabwe will perform.

Tret Fure: The singer-songwriter’s Saturday concert in Seattle features music from her CD “Anytime, Anywhere.” In 2004, Fure won the South Florida Folk Festival singer-songwriter competition in two categories, Best Up-Tempo and Best Overall. That year, she also won the Phyllis Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music.

La Rocca: The Dublin-to-Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll transplants have already had some success in Australia and are touring with the French band Phoenix, stopping Wednesday in Seattle.

Vaux: Visceral rock comes to Seattle on Sunday, backed by critics offering opinions such as “neighboring between Muse’s apocalyptic dance operas and the haunting, ethereal soundscapes of latter-day Smashing Pumpkins.”

Medeski, Martin &Wood: The instrumental jazz trio can play in the grove-based jazz style, follow the call of avant-garde improvisation or add some hedonistic funkiness to their jazz. MMW performs tonight in Seattle.

Patricia White Buffalo: The Heaven on Earth Ensemble, a group of musicians and healers, combines music with shamanic journeying, energy healing and White Buffalo’s inspirational teaching Saturday in Seattle at the “Awaken to Your Magnificence” event.

Godsmack: Eight years of performing hasn’t taken the edge off Godsmack’s hard-rock act. The band performs Wednesday at White River with Rob Zombie and Shinedown. Godsmack songs such as “Straight Out of Line,” “Moon Baby,” “Voodoo” and “I Stand Alone” will keep fans happy.

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