An often controversial show will take over the Tacoma Dome this weekend, as FreakNight celebrates its 20th anniversary with another over-the-top event.
The festival will bring some of the biggest names in EDM — electronic dance music — to the Northwest for two nights, with shows tonight, Oct. 28, and Oct. 29. This year, dozens of acts will play sets, with the headliners including Martin Garrix, Zedd, Armin van Buuren, 3LAU, Flux Pavillion, Galantis and Paul van Dyk.
The shows, with their rave-friendly culture and its concurrent drug use, often draw concern. Past years have been marred by overdoses, hospitalizations and, in 2014, a drug-related death.
Festival organizers have taken steps to stem drug activity, although given its place in rave culture, stamping it out isn’t very likely. Admittedly, among the thousands of attendees, the vast majority of attendees will be there to instead enjoy the laser lights and synth-driven sample-heavy music, all while dressed in Halloween-ready costumes.
Tickets are $204 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
That same level of controversy won’t follow Tony Bennett, the famed 90-year-old crooner. He plays the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Bennett’s stunning career began in the 1950s and has continued through this decade. His enduring popularity found him singing duets with Lady Gaga on their joint album, “Cheek to Cheek,” in 2014. Expect to hear classics like “(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco” and “The Lady is a Tramp” during his Seattle stop.
Tickets are $30.25 to $120.25 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
A pair of shows also will keep Seattle’s Moore Theatre busy in the days ahead.
First up is a stop Friday from Jethro Tull, the group led by possibly rock music’s only famous flutist, founding member Ian Anderson. While the lineup has changed significantly since its founding in the late 1960s, Anderson remains at the helm of the group, which is probably best known for hits like “Aqualung” and “Thick as a Brick.”
Tickets are $45.50 to $75.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Then Maceo Parker while play the Moore with the Jones Family Sisters at 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Parker, a North Carolina native, has carved out his place in music history during his 50-plus-year career, leaving a deep mark on funk, soul and R&B. Credited with being one of the preeminent creators of funk music thanks to his time playing saxophone with James Brown, his own lives shows are often deemed legendary.
Tickets are $37.50 to $47.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
The Showbox SoDo is holding a couple of shows as well. First up is a visit from alt-rock favorites Young the Giant, who play the venue at 8:30 tonight, Oct. 28. The guitar-driven anthem-friendly act from California has landed a series of big hits on rock radio, including “My Body,” “Cough Syrup” and “Something to Believe In.” Tickets are $29.50 at axs.com.
Then punk rock pioneers NoFX will play the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. The long-running act’s style of snotty social criticism — including sarcastic tracks like “Don’t Call Me White” and “The Brews” — helped turn them into evergreen favorites among the Mohawk-wearing teens who want to poke a finger in the eye of The Man.
Tickets are $29.50 to $89 at axs.com.
A couple of other famed names will play the relatively small confines of the SoDo’s sister venue, downtown Seattle’s Showbox. Alt-rock elder statesmen Bush will hit the venue at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 for a show that is virtually sold-out.
Posterboys for 1990s rock radio, Bush created some of the more radio-friendly music for the grunge generation, including hits like “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Comedown” and “Everything Zen.” Only $200 VIP tickets remain for the show via axs.com.
Then, famed bassist Peter Hook will bring his band, the Light, to the Showbox at 9 p.m. Nov. 3. Hook was a founding member of a pair of iconic acts — first Joy Division, and then New Order, the band that formed after the death of Joy Division’s front man. Hook’s time with those groups inspired countless other acts. He parted ways with New Order in 2007. His Seattle stop will find him playing “Substance,” a collection of Joy Division hits, along with songs from his time with New Order.
Tickets are $25 at axs.com