Seattle’s Outdoor Music Scene


Lions, Tigers, and Indigo Girls Oh My!

For Seattle music fans, summer marks the opening of the Gorge and White River amphitheatres, but what if you want to see —big names– without the long drive and hard benches- Although a past favorite in-town series, Summer Nights is still without a new venue, there are other close-in opportunities to see national recording artists on the grass and in the open air:

ZooTunes (in the North Meadow inside Woodland Park Zoo, North Fremont/Phinney Ridge), June 24-August 27. Tickets for all shows go on sale May 5th and most shows sell out quickly. Each ticket is good for one adult AND one child which makes this concert series a great family outing. Group picnics, a beer garden, food vendors, kids craft and play area, and the ever-popular rolling hill–, make the concert feel as much like a family reunion as a top-notch concert. Shows begin after the zoo closes at 6pm and everyone is shooed out by 9pm to let the animals, and exhausted children, get their rest.

* June 24 & 25 – Keb' Mo' / Taj Mahal $28
* June 29 – Indigo Girls with special guests $24
* July 16 – Marc Cohn / Aimee Mann $22
* July 23 – Andrew Bird $17, open with-Josh Ritter
* July 24 – Emmylou Harris $29.50, open with Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein
* July 27- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings $19, open with Marc Broussard
* August 13 – Boz Scaggs $24, open with David Jacobs-Strain
* August 21 – Amos Lee with special guests $18
* August 27- The Avett Brothers $18 open with Shawn Mullins

Chateau Ste. Michelle's Summer Festival on the Green (in Woodinville), June 6- Aug 29. The crowd here is almost as animated as the ZooTunes family party, but this time the group catching grapes and dancing around your picnic blanket is celebrating a night out without their kids (who knew wine connoisseurs– could let their hair down like this-) A few of the best shows are already sold out, but hurry and you can still pick up tickets (reserved chairs or general lawn) for some great shows:

* June 6- Crosby, Stills, and Nash- Sold Out
* June 13- Neville Brothers and Dr. John
* June 28- Earth, Wind and Fire
* July 2- Mark Knopfler- Sold Out
* July 3- BB King
* July 12- Hippie Fest (feat. Artists from Cream, the Animals, and Badfinger)
* July 19- Ringo Starr
* July 21 and 22- James Taylor- both shows Sold Out
* July 24- Chris Isaak
* July 25 & 26- Lyle Lovett
* July 30- Steely Dan- Sold Out
* Aug 1- Smokey Robinson
* Aug 2 & 3- KWJZ Jazz Festival (feat. The Crusaders (8/2) and Chris Botti (8/3)
* Aug 22- Gipsy Kings
* Aug 23 & 24- Chicago
* Aug 29- Michael McDonald

The Concerts at Marymoor (in Redmond), June 5-Aug 9, 2008. Tickets on sale now for reserved chairs and general lawn seating. Marymoor Park is a great venue with easy parking, great sound, beer garden, food court and childrens play area.

* Erykah Badu with The Roots- 6/5/08
* The End- Summer Camp II- 6/14/08
* Boston- 7/10/08
* Sub Pop 20- 7/12 and 7/13/08
* Doobie Brothers- 8/9/08

Bumbershoot– at Seattle Center, Aug 30-Sept.1
Three day passes are available now and single event tickets go on-sale when the final line-up is set on July 15, 2008. New acts are posted to the Bumbershoot website as they are added. The current list includes Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee Scratch– Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo & Nino Moschella, Xavier Rudd, Anti-Flag, Ian Moore, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Brother Ali, and Pacifika. Film, author readings, comedy, dance, and visual arts round out the schedule for this incredibly popular annual festival.