The hottest concerts to see in the Seattle area in fall 2021


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The fall back to live music got off to a somewhat chaotic start, with a handful of tour cancellations and an evolving COVID-19 protocol. Welcome to the new normal? Regardless, the Seattle-area concert schedule is packed this season, with tours ramping up this month. From big-name pop stars to hip post-punks and hometown heroes, here are some of the highlights.

Herbie Hancock


After brightening up Marymoor Park with a group of aces in 2019, the 81-year-old progressive jazz greats take them inside the more advanced acoustic environment of the Paramount Theater. One thing we have learned during the pandemic is not to take opportunities to view living legends lightly.

7:30 p.m. September 21; Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $ 39.50 to $ 99.50; stgpresents.org

Macklemore

It’s the last call for outdoor shows before Washington gets rainier, and the local rap hero is helping kick off the state’s final weekend. Country star Darius Rucker formerly known as the Hootie and Old Dominion perform on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to set scone season a sonic milestone.

7:30 p.m. on September 24; Washington State Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup; $ 85 to $ 110 (includes fair admission); thefair.com

Armand Hammer with Open Mike Eagle

In stark contrast to Mack’s grandstand-ready pop raps, this double list of underground pillars on the same night won’t disappoint. New York duo Armand Hammer soar high on this year’s stunning LP “Haram” with producer as The Alchemist, while LA provocateur Open Mike Eagle is one of the most respected emcees in the world. Western coast.

8 p.m. on September 24; Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St .; $ 20; chopsuey.com

Japanese breakfast

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner is coming to the Neptune Theater September 25-27.  (Paul R. Giunta / Invision / The Associated Press)


Few artists in the independent world have a better year than Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, the Oregon-raised songwriter who wrote an acclaimed memoir, “Crying in H Mart,” dealing with the heartache of losing a relative because of cancer. Zauner followed up on the New York Times bestseller with a more festive new album, aptly titled “Jubilee,” garnering equal praise.

8:25 p.m. – Sep 27; Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle; $ 45; stgpresents.org

Beyond wonderland

It’s the dawn of a new era for Washington ravers, as EDM’s national powerhouse Insomniac Events launches a northwest edition of its Beyond Wonderland festivals in Gorge. Anchored by renowned producers like The Chainsmokers, Rezz, Alison Wonderland and Steve Aoki, Beyond Wonderland is well positioned to become the state’s first dance festival after Paradiso’s death amid legal issues and bill allegations. unpaid.

October 1 and 2; Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Road NW, George; $ 139 to $ 399; pnw.beyondwonderland.com

100 Gec

After COVID-19 derailed the genre duo’s all-encompassing Neumos show last spring, the hyperpop progenitors are making their highly anticipated Seattle return to the much larger Showbox SoDo stage. Since then, Dylan Brady and Laura Les of 100 Gecs have each collaborated with Seattle’s fluid pop phenomenon Left at London.

8 p.m. October 13; Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $ 55; showboxpresents.com

Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson, left, is scheduled to perform with the Seattle Symphony on October 30 at Benaroya Hall, while Ann Wilson will perform at the Neptune Theater on October 13, 16 and 17.  (Rob Grabowski / Invision / The Associated Press)


Heart’s Hall of Fame siblings return to their hometown in October, armed with respective solo projects hatched during the pandemic. The premiere is Ann, who slips into the Neptune Theater for three nights (October 13, 16-17), followed by Nancy’s postponed concert at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony (October 30).

Ann Wilson: 8:13 p.m., October 16-17; Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle; $ 50 to $ 75; stgpresents.org

Nancy Wilson with the Seattle Symphony: 8:30 p.m. October; Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle; $ 80 to $ 120; seattlesymphony.org

Tinashé

Since being freed from the big label chains a few years ago, Tinashe has been in tears and returns to Seattle – where she pissed off a 2018 Bumbershoot crowd with killer choreography – towing one of the pop / albums. Most immersive R&B of the year, “333.”

8 p.m. on October 21; SoDo Showbox, 1700 First Ave S., Seattle; $ 30; showboxpresents.com

Cold game

Pop rock stars get their first chance at the NHL franchise’s new home in Seattle, playing the first Climate Pledge Arena concert on the eve of the Kraken home opener. With the Brits’ first gig in nearly five years (also broadcast live via Amazon Prime Video), Chris Martin and his team are likely to present new tracks from their upcoming album, “Music of the Spheres”, released a week earlier. The CPA’s opening tour continues with country star Eric Church, opera force Andrea Bocelli and two evenings with the Eagles.

6 p.m. October 22; Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle; $ TK; Climatepledgearena.com

Yves Tumor

This exciting experimenter, who sketches and contorts elements of rock and electronic music, is as electrifying live as on record.

8 p.m. on November 3; Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $ 21.25 to $ 24.25; neumos.com

Jack harlow

Jack Harlow is scheduled to perform at the SoDo Showbox on November 6th.  (Amy Harris / Invision / The Associated Press)


The Louisville rapper’s stock grew immeasurably when his grammatically indifferent “Whats Poppin” banger exploded. Hoping the newly created star’s performance was more focused than that of her main stage at the 2019 Capitol Hill Block Party, when Taylar Elizabeth of Seattle beat him ahead while performing on a smaller stage at the same time. time. General admission is full, but “AXS premium” tickets remain.

8:30 p.m. November 6; SoDo Showbox, 1700 First Ave S., Seattle; $ 189; showboxpresents.com

Harry Styles

One Direction member officially joined the club Justin Timberlake, successfully growing from a boy group sensation to a compelling adult pop star, raising his “Watermelon Sugar” high in his first Grammy win this year. Following the COVID-19 delays, Styles is expected to bring his Love On Tour and impeccable taste to openings at the Tacoma Dome with indie rock singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis. Limited (i.e. stupidly expensive) tickets remain, although StubHub may be the better option.

8 p.m. November 7; Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $ 454 to $ 599; tacomadome.org

Monster festival

Ballard’s spookiest musical tradition resumes with this multi-venue festival contested by local label Freakout Records and psych-rock veterans Acid Tongue. Always with a psychedelic undercurrent, Freakout is constantly expanding its sonic ranges and in recent years has established a cool pipeline to the Mexico City rock scene. Stoner Big Business crushers, Memphis bluesman Cedric Burnside and electronics experimenter Matthew Dear are part of Freakout’s eclectic mix of talent from the Northwest, South of the Border and beyond.

November 11-14; several sites; $ 25-215; the-freakout.com

Genius of perfume

Perfume Genius is slated to play at the Showbox November 13-14.  (Amy Harris / Invision / The Associated Press)


After opening for Australian psyche giants Tame Impala at the Gorge this month, hometown kid Mike Hadreas is bringing Perfume Genius back home perfectly to Seattle. with two nights at the Showbox.

9 p.m. November 13-14; Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $ 30 to $ 35; showboxpresents.com

Dry cleaning

The angular quartet stands out among the UK’s current post-punk renaissance, thanks to vocalist Florence Shaw’s observational lyrics, delivered with an unwaveringly dry sense of humor that has critics raving. Headlining Dry Cleaning in Seattle is one of the most anticipated shows of the new Crocodile, which is set to open this fall.

7:30 p.m. November 14; Crocodile, 2505 First Ave., Seattle; exhausted; thecrocodile.com

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