Live music in a beautiful outdoor setting returns to King County’s this summer with the ninth-annual Concerts at Marymoor series.
Kicking off the 2011 season at Marymoor Park’s amphitheatre on Friday, July 8, is critically-acclaimed bluegrass and roots singer Alison Krauss with Union Station. Rock/reggae hybrids Slightly Stoopid with special guests Rebelution follow on July 23.
The series continues Aug. 14 with ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden, Aug. 22 with indie favorites The Decemberists, Aug. 26 with 311 and Sublime with Rome, and Aug. 27 with Grammy-winning blues/folk/reggae star Ben Harper.
The summer series winds down on Sept. 2 with 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp ’11, featuring bands Neon Trees, Manchester Orchestra, Joy Formidable, AWOLNATION and more.
Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Marymoor Park business office and online at http://www.concertsatmarymoor.com.
Located on the great lawn next to the historic Clise Mansion, Marymoor's state-of-the-art venue has space for 1,700 reserved seats and 3,300 general admission lawn tickets, many of them elevated on an earthen berm.
Here’s the current line-up:
July 8 – 7 p.m.
Alison Krauss & Union Station
featuring Jerry Douglas
Pop quiz: Name a female singer who has won more Grammys than Alison Krauss. Trick question! Krauss, who appears July 8 with genius bluegrass band, Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, has been honored with an astronomical 26 Grammys, most recently for her duet with Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant.
July 23 – 6 p.m.
Slightly Stoopid with special guests Rebelution
Identifying the proper musical niche in which to place Slightly Stoopid would be an exercise in futility. Rock? Yes. Reggae? Sure. Punk? Definitely. Add ska and hip-hop to the list and you’re getting close to describing this Southern California band. While their sound has evolved quite a bit since its formation in the mid ‘90s, the band’s fans have remained faithful as ever. Reggae/roots band Rebelution, another Southern California act, opens.
Aug. 14 – 7 p.m.
Arrival, the music of ABBA
This is your excuse to dust off that satin jumpsuit and white leather jacket with fringe. Arrival is the only ABBA cover band allowed to use original costume designs and ABBA references and is the largest ABBA tribute production in the world. They’re even Swedish! From “Dancing Queen” to “Momma Mia,” you just can’t sit down during this concert.
Aug. 22 – 7 p.m.
These fast-rising indie rockers are from Portland and are well known for their eclectic live shows. Coming off a successful European tour, the band’s songs range from upbeat pop to instrumentally lush ballads and sometimes include unrockish instruments such as the accordion, Wurlitzer organ and upright bass. Many of their songs are like well crafted stories based on historical incidents or folklore.
Aug. 26 – 6 p.m.
311, Sublime with Rome
311 takes its name from the police code for indecent exposure. If you have to cover them with a label call them “alternative rockers,” but they’ll also stun you with riffs of rap metal, ska punk and jazz fusion. By the time they play Marymoor, they will have just released their 10th album, “Universal Pulse.”
Sublime, 10-plus years into their recording careers, remain on top of their game with Rome Ramirez replacing the late Bradley Nowell on vocals, thus the “Sublime with Rome” era. They play a genre-blending mash-up style mixing elements of first and second wave ska, punk rock, rockabilly, dub, reggae, hip hop, psychedelic rock and even acoustic rock. Let’s face it: They can play whatever they feel like. Their new album, “Yours Truly,” is set for release in July.
Aug. 27 – 7 p.m.
Harper transcends musical boundaries, smoothly segueing from blues to folk to reggae to soul to rock and back again. His two Grammy Awards highlight his versatility, winning both for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
Sept. 2 – 1:30 p.m.
The End Summer Camp/ Neon Trees, Manchester Orchestra, Joy Formidable, AWOLNATION and more
Ten artists for 20 bucks—that’s the way to top off your summer of music. And what better way to finish than with Neon Trees, whose hit “Animal” was named Billboard Music’s alternative rock song of the year. You’ll feast on music all day long with the nine other bands on the ticket. If summer has to end, this is the way to wrap it up.
—From a King County news release