Big bands jam their way into Seattle

Chelsea Grin with Alex Khoeler performing at El Corazon during the 2013 All-Stars Tour.

During the spring and summer, there is a significant increase in concerts and events that come through Seattle. Students at RAHS are already buying tickets and getting pumped for their favorite bands’ concerts.

Some of the bigger names coming to town that students have expressed interest in include the current members of Queen,Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Of Mice and Men, All Time Low, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, Theory of a Deadman, Def Leppard, Lana Del Ray, Lindsey Sterling, Hoodie Allen, Man Overboard, as well as over 150 bands at Warped Tour and other shows.

There are many different venues that these bands are coming to that are close to home, including KeyArena, the Tacoma Dome, the Showbox, the Columbia City Theater, Woodland Park Zoo, Marymoor Park, and many other smaller venues.

Further away, shows by well-loved bands can be anywhere from ten minutes to six hours or more away. A popular venue where some great performers can be found is the Gorge in Eastern Washington.

Concert tickets, depending on which venue, how popular the band is, and when purchased, can range from $15 to $200. Some shows could be down to $5, or even be free.

Junior Ethan Fuller and senior Will Clawson are excitedly getting ready to go see their favorite bands in concert and in summer events.

“Concerts I will be attending [are] the Wombats on May 19, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on May 14,” said Clawson, “and AWOLNATION on May 27.”

Clawson has several bands that he is planning on seeing, but he also has some recommendations.

“An up-and-coming Melodic Metalcore band known as Avoid the Void play all the time at Studio Seven and El Corazon,” said Clawson. “They’re on Warped Tour, as well. These guys put on an awesome show and have some serious talent.”

While Clawson is getting ready to see the Wombats, Fuller is getting psyched about the Warped Tour.

“Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is coming to El Corazon on May 23, and that’s most likely going to kick off my summer of shows,” said Fuller. “They were stellar at Warped Tour [last summer], and I’m stoked to see them again.”

The Vans Warped Tour comes to Auburn’s White River Amphitheater on August 8. Over 150 bands play in the duration of this event, all within walking distance of each other.

“This year Slipknot is headlining,” said Fuller, “as well as Lamb of God, Three Days Grace, Motionless In White, Bullet for My Valentine, Crobot, and a Seattle indie-rock band called Aryon Jones and The Way.”

Tons of opportunities can be found at Warped tour, as well as Sasquatch and Paradiso. When in search of a calmer venue, Woodland Park Zoo and Marymoor Park could be great, low-key options that still house great shows.

There are even a couple students at RAHS who are playing some music of their own. Clawson and fellow senior Lori Baca are in a group with the working title “The Patients.” After performing shows at the Culture Club Lock-In and Soulful Books in Redmond, they will soon be playing in the Talent Show in May.

“[We] have been playing music together for several months. We focus on pensive, acoustic sounds while attempting to remain fun for an audience and accessible for a listener,” said Clawson. “After a short hiatus for senior projects, we’re already back to writing music and searching for Open Mic nights. This spring is a really exciting time for us, as we will soon be recording our first demos!”

There are so many options this year with so many bands coming to town. During tour season, it’s possible to catch a great headliner that might be once-in-a-lifetime, so it’s time to crack open the piggy banks, grab that babysitting money, and head out to catch a great show.


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