The sun has barely set on a roaring summer concert season and a busy fall slate ensures there will be no rest for even the weariest local music fans. From intimate clubs to bustling arenas, here are five of the buzziest shows coming to Seattle this fall.
The ’90s indie-rock deities arrive in Seattle during a busy weekend for rock reunion tours, with Olympia punk greats Bikini Kill playing Marymoor Park the same night. Pavement’s music has been similarly enduring, with generations of rock critics salivating whenever the scruffy, slacker rock heroes’ influence is detected in bands two generations removed from Pavement’s heyday. Following years of speculation, the California rockers — led by Portland resident Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, who lived in Seattle for a spell — kick off a full-blown reunion trek this fall, starting on the West Coast. Sub Pop art rockers Guerilla Toss open.
8 p.m. Sept. 17, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; sold out, stgpresents.org
Washington fans might be feeling some déjà vu after the bespectacled Rocket Man brought his gleeful goodbye tour to the Tacoma Dome in 2019. Evidently, it was such a nice (or lucrative) farewell that Sir Elton’s taking another lap around the Dome, with two more shows this fall. Anyone considering shelling out the big bucks to bid the music legend adieu once more, before he (theoretically) retires from the road, should know that recent set lists have looked nearly identical to the celebratory hit parade he blessed us with last time.
8 p.m. Oct. 16-17, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $193-$2,647, tacomadome.org
It’s funny to think the hottest artist in country music actually eschews the genre label. Country radio might not be dialed into the singer-songwriter’s rollicking barnburners and pensive folk songs, but that hasn’t stopped the former Navy man once stationed in Washington from topping the country (and rock and folk) charts with his mammoth triple album “American Heartbreak,” his first with major-label backing. After building a devoted audience online, the Oklahoma-reared artist’s career has been on a rocket-like trajectory since his discharge from the military last year allowed him to hit the road. COVID-19 forced Bryan to miss what would have been a massive Washington return, opening for Luke Combs at Lumen Field in June. Instead, he’ll pack a nearly sold out WAMU Theater himself.
8 p.m. Oct. 25, WAMU Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; limited remaining tickets currently start at $174, lumenfield.com
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Anytime this vocal dynamo MacArthur fellow comes to town, local jazz nerds are abuzz. And for good reason. Widely hailed as the greatest jazz singer of her generation, Salvant’s fluttering compositions and reinvigorated standards appeal to both jazz purists and outsiders alike. With this year’s immaculate “Ghost Song” — which could very likely earn Salvant her fourth consecutive Grammy for best vocal jazz album — the decorated singer strays further from trad jazz and, for the first time, features more originals than covers. During her two-night stand at Jazz Alley, Salvant is joined by her frequent collaborator Sullivan Fortner, an estimable New Orleans pianist in his own right.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2, Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $42.50, jazzalley.com
Pop music’s flute-tooting twerker-in-chief reemerges from the lockdown days a bona fide arena headliner, ready to bring her bubbly empowerment anthems to the largest audiences of her career. Equipped with a doctorate in self-love and a fresh batch of positive pre-funk jams in this summer’s “Special” LP, Lizzo’s Seattle date looks to be a feel-good affair amid bleak times. Latto opens.
8 p.m. Nov. 9, Climate Pledge Arena, 334 N. First Ave., Seattle; limited remaining tickets currently start at $420, climatepledgearena.com