From Beyoncé to Sasquatch to Port Townsend jazz, enjoy fresh music in the fresh air. Here are concert highlights for this summer.
Summer outdoor concerts make our soggy winters all seem worth it, and over the years venues such as Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Woodland Park Zoo have risen to the season. Here are concert highlights for this summer:
Beyoncé at CenturyLink
Though CenturyLink Field isn’t exactly bucolic, it’s certainly outdoors, as Seahawks fans know too well. And while it might still be chilly in May, it’s safe to say the first of five summer shows to shoot for this year would be Beyoncé, especially since Bey has a passel of new tunes, per last month’s surprise album, “Lemonade.”
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May 18, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, $45 and up; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Summer isn’t summer if it doesn’t include the Gorge Amphitheatre, so Sasquatch!, May 27-30, is a must. This year’s headliners include The Cure, Florence & The Machine and A$AP Rocky
Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Grant County; general admission festival pass $350; sasquatchfestival.com.
Is there a boomer alive who doesn’t want to sit on the lawn, picnic, drink wine and listen to Jackson Browne sing “Your Bright Baby Blues”? Doubtful. Maybe this year Browne will have time for an encore and make up for skipping “Take It Easy” last time. Browne plays Chateau Ste. Michelle two nights, Aug. 12-13.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, $50.50-$70.50; 425-488-1133 or ste-michelle.com.
ZooTunes hot bill
The zoo has a terrific triple bill of singer-songwriters June 30: Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, with Andy Shauf.
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Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, $49; zoo.org/zootunes.
Port Townsend jazz
And yes, Adele is the biggest show of the summer, July 25-26 at KeyArena, but it sold out almost immediately and it’s indoors. So if you didn’t get tickets, why not ferry over to Port Townsend for the laid-back jazz festival at indoor-outdoor McCurdy Pavilion, July 28-30, where tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen and singer René Marie, among others, will hold forth?
McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend; reserved seating $25 and up, centrum.org/jazz-port-townsend-performances