August may be the final full month of summer, but, thankfully, there are plenty of ways to go out and enjoy it in Seattle. Below, we've rounded up the 100 biggest events that you should know about, including art events like Seattle Art Fair and the opening of Storme Webber's show at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle Opera's Madame Butterfly, the Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour, food events like the Ballard Burrito Fest and Sunset Supper, the 70mm Film Festival at Cinerama, iconic festivals like Hempfest and Seafair Weekend, and big-name concerts like Lady Gaga and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with the Lumineers. Click through the links below for complete details, and, as always, find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.
1. Green Day with Catfish and The Bottlemen
It’s probably fair to say that, back in 2004, most Green Day fans thought American Idiot would be an aberration—a heavily conceptual political record coming from a band known for writing extremely catchy songs about youthful slackerdom. Instead, it informed the trio’s arena-rock trajectory for the next decade. First came another rock opera (2009’s 21st Century Breakdown), then a triple album released incrementally in 2012. Last year’s Revolution Radio somewhat pares down such highfalutin tendencies, but there’s still a multi-suite rock epic, a song that rhymes “photobomb” with “Vietnam,” and a song about our troubled times called “Troubled Times.” At least American Idiot is more relevant than ever, even if Green Day aren’t. ANDREW GOSPE
2. Kendrick Lamar with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.
To Pimp a Butterfly was 2015’s best album, a breathtakingly ambitious funk/jazz concept epic finding Kendrick Lamar at the showy height of his considerable powers, conscripting a who’s-who cast of collaborators for its messy race opera. By contrast, 2017’s follow-up DAMN. was almost alarmingly spare, harrowing, and solitary-feeling, but sniped K. Dot’s usual demons and targets with an even finer motor control. When the very few guests showed up—modest talents Rihanna and U2—they merely served as well-utilized bit players in service to a deceptively linear internal monologue. Here’s a master of the form who’s racked up almost as many indispensable volumes as a Tribe Called Quest—and though he’s always hotly debated, his crown is indisputable. Thank you, Kendrick, for bringing it back West. LARRY MIZELL JR.
ZooTunes is a 30-plus-year Seattle tradition that brings big-name artists to the North Meadow of the Woodland Park Zoo. Kids are welcome, and can play in the Seattle Gymnastics Academy play area, but, if you’re attending without kids, there are also two beer gardens. This month, don't miss the Violent Femmes (Aug 2), Cake (Aug 10), Blind Pilot (Aug 13), Pat Benatar (Aug 15), and St. Paul & the Broken Bones (Aug 20). Plus, on Aug 17, come for Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home "Love & Comedy" Tour.
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4. X Y Z OPENS
In May, Rich Smith wrote, "Mount Analogue, Cold Cube Press, and Gramma are set to open up shops in Pioneer Square's Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts later this summer. You know Mount Analogue because they published two beautiful, one-of-a-kind books this year—Ted Powers's Manners and Halie Theoharides's Final Rose. You know Gramma because they published two incredible books of poetry this year—Sarah Galvin's Ugly Time and Christine Shan Shan Hou's Garden For Lonely Girls. And you know Cold Cube Press for publishing two gorgeous and fascinating risograph comics and literary arts anthologies, plus Taylor Dow's terrific comic book, Apocalypse Dad." The three groups listed above will be joined by a fourth—Specialist, an art gallery. Celebrate the opening of this exciting new spot with performances and a site-specific interactive installation by the beloved Mary Anne Carter (at Mount Analogue's Y SPACE), original artworks by Mungo Thomson, Sandy Skoglund, Nobuyoshi Araki, Linda Connor, and Shirin Neshat (at Cold Cube Press and Gramma's ZZZ SPACE), and paintings by Alexi Brown-Schmidt and benches by William E. Shields (at Specialist's X SPACE).
5. Seattle Art Fair
This mammoth art fair began in 2015 under the auspices of Paul Allen. In terms of the quality of art and the enthusiasm of the gallery-goers, it's been a great success, drawing Seattle and West Coast galleries and 18,000 participants. This year's edition will also be immense, with at least 80 galleries representing 25 cities, from as close as Pioneer Square to as far as Seoul, Korea. Seattle exhibitors include Bridge Productions, Foster/White, Greg Kucera Gallery, Davidson Galleries, James Harris Gallery, and Linda Hodges Gallery, among many others.
6. WE ARE PUSSY RIOT: Or Everything is PR
Playwright Barbara Hammond uses actual language from Anna Politkovskaya, Putin, Patriarch Kirill, and even Madonna to create this punk musical (with symphonic inflections!) about the show trial and imprisonment of the neon balaklava-clad feminist art collective, Pussy Riot, and the uprising their actions sparked in the streets of Moscow in 2012. But why should you trek out to Kent to see it, if you're not already there? Because it's a vision from Russia of the America to come. And because the play will extend outside the four walls of the theater, with special post-show forums conducted by mayoral and city council candidates. Local, national, and international politics all in one spot! Plus Russians! Woo! RICH SMITH
7. Out of Sight
In 2015, Jen Graves described Out of Sight, a spectacular featuring big and small works by a huge variety of local artists, as "the real Seattle Art Fair." In 2016, she wrote, that Out of Sight "can signal-boost what's fresh. It can lay down lineages, broadcast love letters, and dance at the edges of the insular commercial and academic art worlds. It can celebrate, bemoan, and document longstanding Northwest furies, fears, prides, jokes, voluptuousnesses. And it punches up." This year, the event looks just as promising, and will feature works by impressive artists including Bruce Bickford, Riley Donovan, Electric Coffin, Femail, Gregory Fitz, Gary Hill, Lisa Radon, Jody Rockwell and Junko Yamamoto. Plus, the bar proceeds from their opening night party on August 3 will go towards a laudable, ambitious, and relevant-as-ever local organization: the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
8. Joe Rogan
Noted Fear Factor host, podcaster, and opinion-haver Joe Rogan will perform standup comedy.
9. J Mascis, Steve Gunn, James Elkington
By this point, J Mascis—both as a solo artist and as the leader of Dinosaur Jr.—is a reliable generator of sonic comfort food for rockers whose favorite Neil Young LPs are Zuma and After the Gold Rush. J keeps doing what he does with minimal variations, and because he’s an emotionally resonant songwriter and guitarist, his output continues to satisfy those who dig his melodious turbulence. Steve Gunn ranks among the most compelling of the folk-rock guitarists who’ve been ruffling buckskin-jacket fringes over the last decade. The Time Off and Way Out Weather albums reveal Gunn as a fluid player who respects Takoma Records’ avant-folk-blues tradition while also questing into expansive psychedelic realms. His 2016 full-length on Matador, Eyes on the Lines, sounds richer and slightly tighter compositionally, but it retains Gunn’s knack for unspooling iridescent ribbons of six-string bliss. DAVE SEGAL
10. Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die, All Get Out
Sad boy careerists and purveyors of the ascent, plateau, and descent of the vast genre known as emo, Taking Back Sunday have returned to Seattle, alongside Every Time I Die and All Get Out, in support of their seventh full-length album, Tidal Wave.
11. Camille Dungy
Poet and author Camille Dungy (Smith Blue, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, and Suck on the Marrow, among others) will share two new works. The first is Trophic Cascade, a collection of poems "written in the face of despair to hold an impossible love and a commitment to hope," and the second is a series of personal essays titled Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, her prose debut that Roxane Gay called "an elegant, meditative love letter to the life of the writer, the natural world, histories from which we cannot nor should not extricate ourselves, black womanhood, black motherhood, and the unabashed joy of raising up a black girl."
12. Pretty Lights
Pretty Lights is the stage name of electronic music producer Derek Vincent Smith, whose sample-strewn, untz-fuzzy mixes call on hiphop production qualities and sounds that verge into down-tempo territories, but always remain groove-and-beat-oriented. Like, perfect head-bob music that amps up the pace enough to prompt you to break into easy hip shakes and full-body sways. These two nights at the Gorge aren’t just any Pretty Lights shows, either, but campouts jam-packed with quality warm-up from other artists of similar persuasions. Friday highlights include five-piece livetronica group STS9, who have a righteous light show, and Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na; Tipper, Cherub, and Marvel Years also perform. Saturday sees fine support in Rhymesayers-repped Minneapolis hiphop duo Atmosphere and brass-blasted funk ensemble Lettuce, with additional warm-up from Manic Focus, Kasbo, and Maddy O’Neal. LEILANI POLK
13. Mike Epps
Mike Epps—known for his comedic performances in movies including Friday After Next and Next Friday—will perform.
14. Seafair Weekend
One of Seafair's centerpieces, this weekend (which also caps off Seafair Fleet Week) includes the Boeing Air Show, the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup race, the Albert Lee Cup hydroplane boat race, music, and food.
15. Emerging Artist Showcase
The Emerging Artists Program offers up-and-comers the chance to thrive under Intiman's guidance (and the guidance of the hilarious and talented Co-Curator Sara Porkalob) and train for careers in theater. They add, "For 2016, the cohort was 73 percent people of color and 63 percent female-identified." At this production, you can see some of what they've been working on during their time at Intiman.
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16. Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series
Every year, Chateau Ste. Michelle lays out a full summer season of music legends and cultural luminaries to grace their beautiful landscape of flowing wine. This month, don't miss Allen Stone (Aug 4), Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs (Aug 10), Bryan Ferry (Aug 11), ZZ Top & the Doobie Brothers (Aug 25), and Chicago (Aug 26).
17. Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour
For the first time in a decade, comedy duo Tim & Eric of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (and about a million other strange things) will hit the road on a national tour in honor of 10 years passing since the last time they did this.
18. Tater Tots & Beer Festival
Potatoes and beer are one of life's great combinations. Be they frites, au gratin, hashbrowns, wrapped in tinfoil and baked in a campfire, or whatever, the humble potato is the perfect sponge for beer. This festival takes great advantage of that heaven made match, as well as the current popularity of tots ("totchos" are totally a thing these days). Get thee to Jefferson Park and try all eight of their crispy, bite-sized tot preparations. There will be beer, there will be tots, and there will probably be at least one human in a Utilikilt. What's not to love? TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
19. AFI and Circa Survive with Citizen
Pop-rock chameleons AFI have come a long way since their origins as a snotty, Misfits-loving punk outfit from California. Their early-’00s mainstream crossover lumped the band in with the ascendant emo scene of the time, but that assessment ignores the details that elevate their music. Prior to that, with the addition of lead guitarist Jade Puget, the band wrote a melodic hardcore masterpiece with Black Sails in the Sunset. And even their coldwave experiment, Decemberunderground, employed subtle use of odd time without sacrificing hooks. These days, Davey Havok and crew write pure and restrained goth music, but still play the sly licks that made them famous. JOSEPH SCHAFER
20. The B-52s
Sometimes lumped in with weirdo new-wave contemporaries like Talking Heads and Devo, the B-52s bridged sing-along pop melodies with a retro quirkiness that belonged in a campy '50s sci-fi film. Vocalist Fred Schneider has described the band as "a combination of rock ’n’ roll, funk, and Fellini, and game show host, and corn, and mysticism." With their bright, instantly identifiable sound—the female/male call-and-response vocals, '50s rock 'n roll-meets-wonky futurism style, and driving dance beats—the B-52s inspired legions of bands. Straight-up party jams like "Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack" will be sure to get feet moving for those lucky enough to have scored tickets. Are they "the world's greatest party band?" EDM may be ruling the dance charts, but after nearly 40 years as a group, the B-52s can still dance that mess around. BRITTNIE FULLER
21. Heart By Heart
Steve Fossen and Michael Dressier got kicked out of and/or left the legendary rock group Heart years ago, but they regrouped and revamped, with a new group playing the old hits. Heart By Heart will play all your favorite Heart tracks, just with a different line-up, and no Wilson sisters.
22. Lady Gaga
I saw Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza in 2010 as a part of her Monster Ball Tour. She wove the string of hits from her first album and LP into an autobiographical rock opera, a journey through a nightmarish New York City complete with a fountain of blood in Central Park and giant tentacle puppet that Gaga battled to the death at the show’s climax. Even people who don’t like her music ought to try and see her perform. (She hasn’t released a perfect album since, but she has written a few more great songs.) Her latest record, Joanne, is a little more subdued and country-inspired than the dance juggernaut that was The Fame Monster, but since then she’s performed at the Super Bowl and collaborated with Metallica, she’s far from out of ideas. JOSEPH SCHAFER
23. Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Steve Miller, the king of classic rock FM radio, brings his whole band to White River for a whole evening of flying like an eagle with Peter Frampton.
24. Madame Butterfly
Internationally beloved but also classically racist, Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly has enchanted as many as it has offended. The narrative recounts the whirlwind romance of an American naval officer and a Japanese geisha, dealing with the themes of tradition, honor, and the tragedies of passion. Due to the work's complex background, Seattle Opera is hosting an exhibit in the lobby of McCaw Hall about the trials of American imperialism in Asian countries.
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25. Storme Webber
Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit First Nations (Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw) interdisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and performer who creates socially engaged texts and images at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Through the exhibition of archival photographs, installation, and experimental storytelling, Webber uses the pre-Stonewall working-class LGBTQ history of the Pioneer Square neighborhood as a point of departure to shed light on the hidden stories of the marginalized people in Seattle's present and past. Expect to see the historical made timeless, and the timeless made tangible. EMILY POTHAST
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26. Dota 2 Championships 2017
For the fourth year in a row, teams of Dota 2 video game players will battle it out to win the "Aegis of Champions."
27. Belle and Sebastian with Big Thief
More than two decades into Belle and Sebastian’s career, one knows what to expect from Stuart Murdoch’s Glaswegian indie-pop group: well-constructed tunes that are plenty bookish and sometimes cloyingly cute. Rarely, though, as can be the case with bands who have a penchant for $5 words and literary references, does the music get bogged down by its pretensions. The band’s recent work dabbles in electronics and dance beats—a common antidote to creative inertia. In contrast, there’s nothing twee about opener Big Thief, a vehicle for Adrianne Lenker’s vivid storytelling and beautifully malleable vocals. The group has put out two strong LPs in the past 12 months; on June’s Capacity, Lenker spins emotionally resonant tales of death, romance, and abuse. ANDREW GOSPE
28. Bomba Estéreo
Bomba Estéreo hail from Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and in general manifest the necessary tropes for electronic dance music: chanted, sometimes distorted vocals, more fun with the pitch bender, regimented drum computers snapping to attention at the end of phrases, bouncy beats, sounds like somebody’s dropped a guitar in a vat of vegetable oil, chimes, echoes, whistles, and of course, the bass drop. I regret that I cannot understand most of the lyrics (some of it’s in English), but Liliana Saumet’s singing sounds passionate, even when it sounds like it’s being recorded by a recorder in the next room over (shades of Exile on Main St). The male singer, Simón Mejía, sounds like he’s having a hell of a time at his own karaoke party. ANDREW HAMLIN
29. Greg Adams and East Bay Soul
Greg Adams exhibits his musical signatures with East Bay Soul, showcasing legendary arrangements that made the Tower Of Power (of which he was a founding member) horn section a stand-alone entity. Adams continues to make his mark on today’s music landscape, especially with regards to jazz, soul, and funk.
30. Eyehategod with Guests
I first heard sludge-metal deities Eyehategod at my pot dealer’s house in East Detroit a gazillion years ago. It was 1996’s Dopesick. Man, that album is HEVVVV-VEE! Dealer dude always made me sit a while, so there wasn’t obvious traffic at his place. He was a pit bull breeder, and it was terrifying to watch him fist-pump, shirtless, to Eyehategod while I sat, petting one of his gigantic monster-dogs. 2013 marked the band’s 25th anniversary. It was also the year they lost their drummer, Joey LaCaze, at age 42. The New Orleans natives have been through a lot in two decades—including death, drug addictions, and Hurricane Katrina. But is it slowing them down? “We don’t know how to give up,” singer Mike Williams told NPR in an interview. “That’s been the story of our entire career, our lives, even without the band. We just don’t know when to quit.” KELLY O
31. Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat
Metallica will come to Seattle on their US-Canada tour in support of their well-received new album Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will provide support.
32. Jac Jemc: The Grip of It
Unless you've spent a lot of time hanging around the experimental fiction/poetry scene (or unless you went to APRIL Fest in 2014), you might be unfamiliar with with the dark, lyrical, dread-filled worlds Jac Jemc created in her novel My Only Wife and in short story collection A Different Bed Every Time. But you'd be forgiven! That stuff is great, but it isn't for everybody. Her new novel, The Grip of It, is reportedly a page-turning literary thriller that everybody can get behind. It's getting starred reviews all over the place, big-name literary types are comparing it to Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, and the first 10 pages creeped me the fuck out. The book is basically about a young couple who moves into a house that emits a creepy, constant, horrifying noise that never goes away. I can think of no better (contemporary) novel to read midway through the summer of Trump. RICH SMITH
33. Amadou & Mariam
Known as much for their story as their music, Mali duo Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia first met as children at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, having both lost their vision at an early age. They eventually began performing together in the institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, eventually getting married and starting their own band. Over the last three decades, Amadou and Mariam have developed an international following for their eight albums worth of dynamic world pop.
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34. Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series
The 640-acre Marymoor Park again hosts its annual outdoor concert series, so pack your blankets and wine Nalgenes and head out into a sonic woodland experience. This month, don't miss Willie Nelson & Family (Aug 9), Primus with Clutch (Aug 15), 107.7 The End Summer Camp (Aug 12-13), Idina Menzel (Aug 22), and Beck (Aug 25).
35. Baddies Summer Splash with Trina and Guests
Trina, baddest bitch in the game and unofficial rap queen of Miami, will stop by Seattle on her Northwest Issa Rock Star Summer party tour. Join in for a chance to get wild with a legend.
36. GZA, SIMS, Dyme Def, Kung Foo Grip
The Wu-Tang Clan contributed six albums to the hiphop canon, one of which is GZA’s Liquid Swords, which was released in the year of the supergroup’s peak, 1995. GZA’s claim to fame and distinction as a rapper is not flow (that goes to Method Man), or street ruggedness (that goes to Raekwon), or surly surrealism (that goes to Ghostface Killah), but instead raw and driven intelligence. His raps relentlessly reach for a level of consciousness and understanding that is high above the ordinary. Yes, he is abstruse, yes, he can be difficult, but he also never loses his balance as the line of his raps moves from complex thought to complex thought. GZA is the oldest member of the Clan. CHARLES MUDEDE
This evening presents a handy micro survey of twenty-teens psych rock. They're solid practitioners of the venerable art, if not particularly mind-blowing or form-dissolving. Instead, Temples operate within well-established parameters that privilege songcraft and indulge in judicious use of effects pedals, with sporadic forays into more expansive freak-outs when the drugs kick in. This is the sound that Tame Impalas have taken to the bank, albeit without the big-budget production of that Australian group. As someone who’s spent decades listening to psych rock, I wish these younger bands would slither their way out of the threadbare paisley shirts their forebears wore. But for all their obeisance to tradition, they do execute the moves with panache. DAVE SEGAL
38. Keiko Matsui
Not just her career, but Keiko Matsui's life itself as a Japanese producer, contemporary jazz pianist, and composer spans genres, borders, and decades. She tours constantly and has brought her music to every corner of the globe with over 20 albums of original music. She has also utilized her voice for causes dear to her heart, like The United Nations World Food Programme, Be The Match Marrow Registry, and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation.
39. Summer Meltdown 2017
Nestled in the mountains of central Washington, Summer Meltdown aims to provide a weekend of high energy live music performances in a lush woodland setting. Featured artists will include the String Cheese Incident, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Elephant Revival, The Wailers, The Grouch, TAUK, The Floozies, the Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.
40. SAM Remix
SAM Remix is a recurring and ever-changing art party that includes performances, sculpture tours, and dancing. This one promises extra joyful pop trippiness, because it'll be based on the work of Yayoi Kusama, as seen in the new exhibit Infinity Mirrors at SAM.
41. South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party, featuring diverse musical pleasures from local band talents, as well as food trucks, a grilling competition, beer garden, letterpress salon, and other things that crowds like.
42. Joyce Moreno Quartet
One of Rio's best exports, Joyce Moreno has been writing and performing solo and with popular collaborators like Paulinho da Viola and Caetano Veloso for five decades now. She'll sing her own lilting Brazilian paraiso, samba, and jazz-inflected pop works in an intimate set.
43. Nacho Picasso, King Leez, Gifted Gab, :30, Reklez, Bryn King
There are two—nay, three—things I love about Nacho Picasso. One, you can tell from his sometimes funny, sometimes perverse (sometimes both at once) rhymes that dude gives zero fucks. Two, he blithely raps about cocaine and other vices, providing an antidote to Seattle's sometimes squeaky-clean rap scene. Three, every time I hear that name, I picture Picasso eating nachos. AMBER CORTES
44. Raekwon, Carter Wilson, Relevant References, B. Cole, DTL
One of the original nine members of legendary New York hiphop outfit Wu-Tang Clan—and one of its core members alongside RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and the dearly departed Ol’ Dirty Bastard—Raekwon should need no introduction. But, here we are. If you’ve never listened to a Wu-Tang album, stop reading this and then go jam Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and pursuant to that, check out Rae’s first solo LP, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Both records present a master class in atmosphere and lyrical ferocity as primary drivers of the music, as opposed to dance beats, hooks, or choruses in general. In other words, Raekwon is everything most modern hiphop is not, and that’s a point in his favor. JOSEPH SCHAFER
45. Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave
Los Angeles-based posi vibe alt rockers Young the Giant manifest their dreams in their third album, Home of the Strange with their tour of the same name. They're joined by equally indie rock groups Cold War Kids and Joywave.
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46. The Halal Guys Grand Opening!
What started out as an open-air Manhattan gyro stand in the 1990s evolved incredibly fast to become a booming company, with franchises dotting the entire world. Now, The Halal Guys are bringing their insanely popular gyros and combo dishes to Seattle, for their very first foray into the Washington State market.
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47. Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory
Three Dollar Bill will screen films about those folks your parents warn you about: Rebels, tricksters, and weirdos. Bring your own chairs and blankets and buy yourself (or a cute friend) a popcorn. The films are Beetlejuice, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Juno.
48. Lusio: A Night to Awaken
This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring multiple light installations and generally relaxing, immersive experiences. You'll have to roam around the park to take it all in.
49. DJ Quik & Scarface with a Live Band
Compton rapper/producer legend DJ Quik’s debut, Quik Is the Name, came out in 1991—a full 20 years before his most recent full-length, The Book of David—but the quality of his output has barely (if at all) faltered in that time span. He’s still producing all of his own classic Way-2-Fonky West Coast beats and still running circles around suckers with his effortless flow and rapid-fire, smooth-yet-sharp rhyme patterns. Quik’s refusal to let his game slip has rewarded him the kind of career longevity that very few rap veterans get to enjoy. Expect his live set to include nothing but hits and very few signs of aging. MIKE RAMOS
50. Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth
Thirty years ago Slayer were one of the most important heavy-metal bands in America. Now they're a money-making institution, sponsored by Jägermeister and thrashing through later middle age without founding drummer Dave Lombardo—whom they fired—and guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away. Capitalism shows no mercy. Their most recent album, Repentless, is lame, but if you want to hear them play "Raining Blood" and watch a whole audience turn into bloodthirsty Neanderthals, Slayer will still deliver. JOSEPH SCHAFER
51. Rhythm In Colors Closing Day
Through this exhibit, the library is paying its respects to Seattle's rich jazz history, an expression of local black artistry and culture attesting to the strength of its musical education programs and heritage. Hear recordings of interviews conducted with great area musicians as part of the Seattle Jazz Archive project, hear special performances, and attend talks.
52. Mama Tits in "Sweet Like Candy"
Eminent drag giantess Mama Tits will star in her new jazz and blues tribute show Sweet Like Candy, yet another chance to showcase her talents as a vocalist and performer.
53. VNV Nation with Ivardensphere
For the past 22 years, VNV Nation have achieved cultlike status by offering monster-sized servings of thinking person's industrial, spicing up the harsh beats with lush orchestration and synth-pop subtleties. Fans of everything from trance to EBM and electro pop will find something danceable throughout their release, Automatic, the group's 11th release. Unlike much of the industrial underground, VNV Nation have always provided a dose of melodic accessibility alongside the darkness. KEVIN DIERS
54. Steve Earle & The Dukes with The Mastersons
Country and folk outlaw-cum-pagan-bard Steve Earle is a bonafide Americana legend. Many country stars making music today owe their style to this guy. He'll be joined by his backing band The Dukes, and The Mastersons.
55. Rancid & Dropkick Murphys
Aged punks Rancid helm the From Boston to Berkeley tour with (apparently) their friends the Dropkick Murphys, purveyors of all thing Irish and East Coast aggro.
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56. Redhook Brewlab Grand Opening Party
Redhook, long considered the "grandaddy of craft beer," is set to open a brand-new brewery-pub in the almost-as-new Pike Motorworks space. The grand opening event for the "brewlab" will feature a DJ set from KEXP, live music, and a tap list featuring collaboration brews by head brewer Nick Crandall and others. The new space also boasts patios, fire pits, a custom mural by Sub Pop Director Sasha Barr, and a 1930s vintage bar salvaged from a Greyhound station in Soap Lake.
57. Summer Slaughter 2017
The annual onslaught of metal, rock, thrash, and general devastation is back with ten straight hours of live sets by bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Devilation, and Primordial Atrocity to keep your Satanic bods busy.
58. Chief Seattle Days
Every year, the Suquamish tribe honors Chief Seattle in a tradition dating back to 1911. As in the first year, the organizers hold a salmon, canoe races, drumming, dance events, a baseball tournament, and a memorial for the Suquamish leader. That's not all, though: Over the years, new traditions have been added, like golf, hardball, a Youth Royalty Pageant, a market, the Coastal Jam, a fun run, and a pow wow. The events take place at the House of Awakened Culture and elsewhere in town.
59. One OK Rock with Palisades
Fusion rockers One OK Rock meld emo, rock, and metal into a loud and surging live act performed in both English and Japanese. They'll be joined by Palisades on their Ambitions US Tour 2017.
60. Sunset Supper
Chefs, vintners, brewers, etc. from dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc. will assemble on the cobblestones at the Market, and food, drink, live music, etc. abound. This year, they'll have a great view of the Sound, thanks to their expansion onto the MarketFront Plaza and Canopy. Funds raised go to the very worthy Market Foundation, which includes the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool, and the Downtown Food Bank.
61. Anastacia Reneé Tolbert
Tonight, Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert will celebrate the recent release of three new books: (v.), Forget It, and Answer(Me). Rich Smith writes, "If you haven't seen Reneé at a reading around town in the last year or so, you haven't been going to readings around town. She's everywhere, either performing her dramatic, multi-persona poems from one of those three books, or starring in her ever-developing solo show, 9 Ounces. She's swept up tons of local and national awards and residencies recently, and for good reason: her poems are smart and powerful, her delivery is varied and compelling, and she's got great style."
62. Sylvan Esso with Dana Buoy
Heavily hyped electro-pop group Sylvan Esso just dropped their equally hyped second album What Now, and will be touring in support of it, along with Dana Buoy.
63. 26th Annual Hempfest
Hempfest! It’s a word that floods love into the hearts of countless marijuana activists and pot aficionados (tie-dyed Phish-shirt division). Since its 1991 kick-off as the “Washington Hemp Expo” in Volunteer Park, Hempfest’s grown into a nationally recognized destination event on the Seattle waterfront, where hundreds of thousands of weed-curious citizens gather for a three-day festival of weed-themed music, speeches, and tchotchke commerce, and law enforcement looks the other way as dense puffs of smoke sporadically fill the air. Hempfest is a HUGE EVENT that’s helped make the tremendous progress we’re now seeing in Washington’s weed laws, and every year it seems to get bigger, with more and more people trekking to Seattle to cement Hempfest’s reputation as “the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture,” as the Hempfest website puts it. This year 1000 volunteers will help run the event, which has five stages of speakers, music, and more than 400 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors. Admission is free, but if you set foot in Hempfest without dropping at least ten bucks in a donation jar, you suck. DAVID SCHMADER
64. Gigantic Bicycle Festival
First you ride your bike (for 50 miles) and then you're done and you get to hang out and listen to music. You also can just drive. Cyclists take off from Centennial Fields Park on Saturday morning and follow an established route throughout Snoqualmie and then back to the park, where artists like La Luz, Lemolo, Star Anna, and Carrie Akre (among many others) will be waiting to play live sets over the weekend, all in celebration of the Northwest's favorite populist transit option: The bicycle.
65. Seattle Tattoo Expo
For enthusiasts of permanently decorated flesh, here are three days to admire the art of the tattoo needle-wielder. See displays, attend seminars, and find the right artist to punch that sweet Bob Ferguson tat into your skin.
66. Ballard Burrito Fest 2017
We all know burritos pack so much into one food missile that they cause gravitational distortion. Well, this Burrito Fest might actually prove dangerous to the fabric of space-time, because with thousands of enthusiasts planning on gorging themselves, the ratio of beans, rice, and tortilla to empty space in Ballard is going to tilt radically. Celebrate the food-induced end of the universe with live music and kids' games.
67. Mercer X Summit Block Party
Founded this year, Mercer X Summit Block Party intends to be a free all-ages music festival held at the intersection of Summit and Mercer on the north end of Capitol Hill. The lineup for this new summer fest includes local heavy-hitters like Smokey Brights, Acapulco Lips, youryoungbody, Sleeping Lessons, Spirit Award, Versing, Great Spiders, Bod, Black Whales, Wyatt Blair, Moon Darling, Eastern Souvenirs, Mirror Ferrari, LovFmly, Senor Fin, and Haunted Horses. The day-long fest will take place in the center of beloved local businesses Indian Summer, Summit Pub, Toscana, Sun Liquor, Generations, and Top Pot, so support your community and shop around.
68. Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & The Lion
Rockers of the early and mid '00s are taking over White River for a night of what will surely be some very intense high school recollections for everybody. Incubus and Brandon Boyd's locks will headline, with support from Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion.
69. Kip Moore with Jacob Davis
For the last few years, Georgia boy Kip Moore has been gigging around the globe, building his brand as a steady yet fired-up country music star. He'll be joined by Jacob Davis on this tour stop promoting his sophomore album, Wild Ones.
70. Mew with Monakr
Chart-topping superstars in their native Denmark, Mew are Pitchfork-beloved art rockers in the U.S., where their poppy, proggy, melodic swoon storms have earned them a small but impassioned fan base.
71. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Lumineers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and his beautiful hair and teeth) will grace Seattle with the smooth pop-rock tunes that have been stuck in your head for the past 40 years. They'll be joined by local indie rock stalwarts The Lumineers.
72. Washed Out
Washed Out's endless, shimmering synth is like taking an Ambien at noon, in the summer, and then drifting down to the beach with a cooler of peach mimosas. You lie on the sand, feeling vaguely buzzed, but mostly drowsy and disoriented as layers and layers of warm dance pop wash over you. In between dehydrated naps, a blurry voice assures you: "It feels all right" and "You're far away"—at least you think that's what he's saying. A couple hours or days later, you wake up draped in seaweed and sunburned. EMILY NOKES
73. Zac Brown Band
Singer and bandleader Zac Brown is pretty much on perma-tour, sharing his roughly hewn sound around the country with his backing band. He'll play tracks from his three platinum-certified studio albums.
74. 2 Chainz, Young Dolph, Trap Karaoke
There’s a tendency, for some, to enjoy the music of 2 Chainz ironically. It’s a mistake: The more seriously you take the claims of the man Tauheed Epps (who used to go by the nicely subtle nom-de-rap Tity Boi), the more you are liable to enjoy it. Songs like “Livin’” and “Big Meech Era” (the latter from the recently released Trap-a-Velli Tre) reveal Chainz as a man-made myth of paranoia, groan-worthy puns, and obscene luxury. His bars aren’t bound to blow anybody’s mind, but on top of beats as gold-plated as “Feds Watching” or “I’m Different,” he sounds a thousand times larger-than-life than his already imposing 6’5”. He’s like a way more fun Rick Ross, and that’s something we could all seriously use right now. KYLE FLECK
75. War on the Catwalk
In the recap of the Season 9 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, Chase Burns wrote about Sasha Velour, the winner: "Truly, each of her lip syncs was among the best in all nine seasons of the show. I want to watch them over and over and over again. They are master classes in acting, drag, storytelling, gender... Ugh. But the show couldn't demonstrate Sasha's skills because the show is small and Sasha is big. Or rather, the world is small and Sasha is big. The world wants Sasha to wear a wig, and she comes bald. The world wants beauty, and she gives a unibrow. Sasha continuously showed us that in drag the highest beauty is not the illusion, but what inspires the illusion. It's not about the wig, but the imagination underneath." See Sasha alongside other contestants from Season 9—including Trinity, Shea, Aja, Farrah, and Alexis—as they perform live, in a big way, and strut down the catwalk.
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76. The Seattle Poke Contest 2017
At this point, everyone knows about the poke craze sweeping the city. It's not an exaggeration to say that one seems to open every single week. So it's no surprise that a poke contest will take place, highlighting the best versions of the dish that the city has to offer. About time! The contest will feature local chefs who will share their interpretations of the dish, which will be judged by a mixed group of influencers and attendees. In addition to poke, there will also be music, drinks and other Hawaiian dishes.
77. David Cook with Kathryn Dean
You may recognize David Cook as the winner of the 7th season of American Idol. Well, now he's bringing his throwback country-infused rock sound to Seattle, with support from singer-songwriter Kathryn Dean.
AUGUST 21-27FOOD & DRINK
78. Seattle Highball Week
Here at The Stranger, we know just what you need, given the current state of 2017, life, the universe, and everything: You need GOOD BOOZE, and you need it NOW! So prepare yourself (and your liver) for The Stranger’s HIGHBALL WEEK! We’ve teamed up with 15 of the finest bars and restaurants in Seattle to bring you this one-of-a-kind boozetacular! At each of Highball Week’s locations, you’ll find specially crafted cocktails that are available only to Highball Week participants. Even better? Each of these fantastic, sanity-saving cocktails will be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour!) and cost you a mere $5!
79. OneRepublic, Fitz & the Tantrums, James Arthur
Colorado Springs band OneRepublic made radio history with "Apologize," which received the largest amount of airplay in history with 10,331 plays in one week. Now on their third full-length album, the chart-toppers continue to assault the Top40 on their 2017 Honda Civic-sponsored tour, joined by Fitz & the Tantrums and James Arthur.
80. Sawyer Fredericks, Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Lights, Haley Johnsen
The Voice standout Sawyer Fredericks will be joined by local group Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Lights and singer-songwriter Haley Johnsen for an evening of blue-eyed soul and neo-folk tenderness on the Triple Door stage.
81. Otis Taylor Band
Otis Taylor still hasn’t cut anything so essential since 2001’s White African, when, with hints of grim humor, he reminded us that the blues came from people the rest of society had forgotten. An executed killer who might have been innocent, wandering the train tracks as a ghost; a man watching his little daughter die; and other tales to still your breath. Since then Taylor hasn’t frightened us with honesty quite so much, but he makes surprising, stark, frank, brutal music to remind us that the blues is alive so long as it speaks to hurtful truth, and the desperation that drives us away from it into the arms of excess. Also, his last album contains epic discursions on “Hey Joe.” ANDREW HAMLIN
82. Actress, as_dfs, Raica, Bardo:Basho
Founder of acclaimed label Werkdiscs and seminal experimental techno artist Actress comes to Seattle for a headlining set, with local support from as_dfs, Raica, and Bardo:Basho.
83. Gender Odyssey Seattle
The annual, international Gender Odyssey conference will have workshops and keynote speakers who'll teach professionals and students about gender identity diversity in all age ranges. Sign up according to the category you fall into: The Professionals and Students conference (August 23-24), the Families conference for those raising trans kids plus students and professionals (August 24-27), or the Community conference open to all (same dates as Families).
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84. Terracotta Warriors After Hours
If you haven't yet seen the Pacific Science Center's Terracotta Warriors exhibit, you can still catch it at the end of the month—with a cocktail in hand. At this after-hours event, you'll get to listen to the GuZheng performed live, and you'll see real figures of the terracotta army. Food will also be available for purchase, and so will additional drinks (your first one is included in the admission price).
85. Mark Lanegan Band, Duke Harwood, Lyenn
Mark Lanegan, with a voice as gravelly and powerful as anyone to ever touch the alt-rock charts, could have parlayed his grunge-era success into a lucrative career on the mainstream metal circuit, croaking aggressive lyrics over chugging riffs right along side Phil Anselmo and dozens of others. And though he registered a few heavy numbers with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, his solo career is characterized by a much subtler shade of darkness. Since his 1990 solo debut, The Winding Sheet, Lanegan has chased demons through stripped-down acoustic and understated band arrangements, always leaving his voice at the fore, bare to tell twisted stories of love and death like a less traditional, more haunted Tom Waits. His release, 2014’s Phantom Radio, is another strangely beautiful collection of stinging lyrics crooned through cavernous folk and oddball electronic instrumentals that only add layers to his distinctive style. TODD HAMM
86. Ben Percy: The Dark Net
Before we go any further, it's important to know how deep Ben Percy's voice is. It's comically deep. Takes you a few minutes to overcome its startling deepness. But once you get past his sound and into his sense, you'll realize he's a strong advocate for and excellent executioner of the literary/genre novel hybrid. "Why can't the helicopter explode with pretty sentences?" he once asked a room full of Canadians during an event for the National Writers Series. Percy tests that question yet again in his new book, The Dark Net, which is about a Resistance forming in the shadier parts of the web. It's set in present day Portland, so there's a little pleasing local connection there, too. RICH SMITH
87. Bruce Bruce
Comedian Bruce Bruce (as seen in Think Like a Man, Maron and Top Five) will perform his stand-up routine. A 2015 Los Angeles Times article describes Bruce as priding himself "on not using vulgarity for his laughs."
88. Camp Rahh
Cut yourself off from Twitter and enjoy the outdoors with no distractions—not even alcohol or drugs. Spend your time horseback-riding, seeing concerts, climbing, having paint ball battles, and more.
89. Maceo Parker
Soulful saxophonist Maceo Parker has spent decades exploring and rewriting the history of funk in collaborations with icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, while simultaneously honing his own brand of creative showmanship.
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90. 70mm Film Festival
Adventure, sci-fi, horror, comedy, and epic films, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Lawrence of Arabia to Inherent Vice, will be shown in spectacular detail on 70mm film in this yearly celebration of the medium.
91. FIDLAR with Thee Commons
Greasy punx FIDLAR (it's short for "Fuck it, dawg, life's a risk") will headline the Showbox for the first time in two years, with help from Thee Commons.
92. SWANS with Okkyung Lee
Consider Swans. Not migratory (and mean!) waterfowl, but the legendary-to-some NYC rock outfit that sprang out of the no-wave movement and reduced loud rock music to minimal, crushing repetitiveness. After a long retirement, the band reawakened seven years ago sans vocalist Jarboe (now involved with her own successful solo career), and has since released a string of critically adored records, each supported by notoriously loud live shows. Swans main man Michael Gira likes to jam, and used to insist that the band play with every volume knob maxed and every house light on. White light, white heat and all that. JOSEPH SCHAFER
93. Tower of Power
The '70s soul and funk icons Tower of Power have been performing for over 40 years. They bring their decades of genre-blending skill back to Seattle for an evening of unparalleled groove and rhythm.
94. Kings of Leon with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
Kings of Leon's effort, Only by the Night, features the unstoppable song "Sex on Fire," on which Caleb Followill's vocals absolutely soar. "Yooouuuuu, your sex is on fiiiyaaah." Ears are held in the honey and strength of his vocal grip. The song goes off. The rest of the album, however, lacks that fire. It falls into a midtempo rut. KOL have said they're upset by lack of sales in the U.S. compared to those in Europe. Maybe if their albums were more full of the fire, sales would increase. We Americans like fire. KOL still need to be seen, though. They're carrying the Southern-rock torch. TRENT MOORMAN
95. TUF FEST
The second annual TUF FEST is an all-day/all-night extravaganza spotlighting musical performances, visual art installations, workshops, and artist discussions by female/nonbinary/trans members of the electronic-music community. Powered by the local TUF collective, the event features live sets by acclaimed DJs and beatmakers, with a TUF FEST ’Til Dawn after-hours party. In a field dominated by male-centric bills, TUF FEST is a spring-loaded step into a fresh future. DAVE SEGAL
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96. Celebrate Little Saigon 2017: Banh Mi Fest!
This year marks the seventh annual Banh Mi Fest, sponsored by Friends of Little Saigon. It's a community festival celebrating Vietnamese American food, culture and entertainment. You can expect a bevy of vendors offering up their versions of the sandwich, as well as activities and games, a "Banh Mi Throw Down," a Pho and Banh Su Eating Contest, and a 21+ outdoor beer garden.
97. Air Supply
Air Supply are the spray cheese in my musical diet-I know they're bad, I know they're bad for me, and I know they barely qualify as "music," but every now and again I still feel that awful, undeniable urge to indulge myself in the sheer (pardon the pun) cheesy brilliance of classic power ballads like "All out of Love," "Lost in Love," and, of course, "Making Love out of Nothing at All." (Does this count as a cry for help?) BARBARA MITCHELL
98. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Two things to set straight right away: (1) Rapper Yasiin Bey used to go by the name Mos Def. (2) It’s not controversial to acknowledge that Bey’s best work happened early in his career, as half of Black Star (the other half being Talib Kweli) and on his promising initial solo endeavors. Black Star’s self-titled first album and Black on Both Sides, Def’s debut, carved a middle path between socially conscious backpacker rap and silver-age b-boy boom-bap, with dexterous flows and a metric ton of charisma backing it all up. Since then, I’ve increasingly dug Bey’s work as an actor (seriously, he’s magnetic as Ford Prefect in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) in direct inverse to my enjoyment of him as a rapper, but he remains a consummate performer and chameleonic talent. KYLE FLECK
99. Sculptured Dance
Huge crowds are expected for this year's Summer at SAM showcase of local dancers in site-specific pieces, so show up early—even RSVPing isn't a guarantee of a spot. Performers will include Stranger Genius Award winner Noelani Pantastico and Dani Tirrell with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eva Stone with Au Collective, and Price Suddarth and the YC. Each group will be paired with a specific sculpture, like Richard Serra's Wake or Alexander Calder's The Eagle. There'll also be music by Jyun Jyun, a sculpture workshop with Romson Regarde Bustillo, a kids' corner, and food truck fare.
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100. Cécile McLorin Salvant
In 2016, Cécile McLorin Salvant won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her record For One To Love. She is celebrated for her ability to bring together the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music with her strong tone.