STG Announces Upcoming Events: Alberta Cross and More

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Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announces the following concerts going on sale this week.

  

 

Alberta CrossSTG Announces Upcoming Events: Alberta Cross and More

Special Guests: Everest &

Aaron Lee Tasjan 

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 9:30pm  

Venue: The Crocodile (All Ages)
Price: $13.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show, not including applicable fees    
Seating: General Admission
On Sale: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10 am     

Ticketing Information: Available online atStrangerTickets.com, in person at Under The Needle Tattoo (open daily, noon-10 pm), or online at TheCrocodile.com . More info can be found atSTGPresents.org

 

The title of Alberta Cross' new album, Songs of Patience is, in many ways, literal. "It's been three years since we last released a full-length album," says singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, a Swedish-born musician who has spent a big part of his life abroad in London and now Brooklyn, NY. "It was a crazy ride that ended on a positive note. Three band members and five producers later, the record is now ready."  The highs and lows of the band's journey raised a grander set of ideas, infusing the disc's title with additional universal meaning.  After touring extensively on their debut, Broken Side Of Time, with bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and stopping at festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, Alberta Cross headed to an old, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere near Woodstock, NY. There, they braved the freezing winter and embraced a sense of the building's haunted past to envision ideas for a new record. Initially, the motivation was to get back to the songwriting quality of the band's 2007 self-produced EP The Thief & the Heartbreaker-a blurry forethought that would later become clearer. "Bringing other guys into the band on the last record changed things," says London-born bassist Terry Wolfers. "I think we became aware that we wanted to bring back some of our original sound. That was the basis of our intentions."  In the end, the record is the sum of three years' worth of parts - a struggle that concluded in victory. It opens new possibilities for the band's visceral live show, a notable facet of the group defined by their raucous, gritty onstage performances that swell the tracks into bigger, more expansive versions of themselves. Songs of Patience has also, in many ways, become a decided source of inspiration for the band members - one they hope magnifies the personal battles and upsides of their fans.

 

 

 

An Evening withSTG Announces Upcoming Events: Alberta Cross and More

Eric Johnson

Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 8:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (All Ages)  
Price: $25.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show, not including applicable fees    
Seating: General Admission
On Sale: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10am    
Ticketing Information: Available online at Tickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online at STGPresents.org.  

 

Basic fact: Eric Johnson is one of popular music's most respected and renowned guitarists. Further fact sometimes overshadowed by the brilliance of Johnson's playing: The reason why he stands both out and above the rest in a world peopled with many "guitar gods" is that, for Johnson, it's as much about the music and the song as it playing his guitar. A Grammy-winning musical artist who is a member of Guitar Player's Gallery of Greats and was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine, Johnson "plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that's more real than life," raves The New Age Music Guide. Similarly, as his friend and fellow guitarist Steve Vai observes, "Eric has more colorful tone in his fingers than Van Gogh had on his palette."  Johnson's gift for composing and playing songs that evoke vivid imagery and tell palpable stories even without words can be witnessed on his Anaheim performances of the aptly-named "Trademark" and his signature song "Cliffs of Dover," which won Johnson a Grammy in 1991 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The effervescent 2006 live performance at The Grove in Anaheim includes "S.R.V.," Johnson's stirring salute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who rose to fame alongside Johnson from the Austin, Texas music scene, and his only recorded performance of "Manic Depression" by Jimi Hendrix, a seminal inspiration to whom Johnson has often been compared.

  

  

 

JovanottiSTG Announces Upcoming Events: Alberta Cross and More

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 8:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (All Ages)  
Price: $25.00 not including applicable fees    
Seating: General Admission
On Sale: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10am    
Ticketing Information: Available online at Tickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online at STGPresents.org.

 

Until now, American audiences have had to make do with mere glimpses of the brilliant career of one of Italy's most famous contemporary artists, the Tuscan singer and songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini, professionally known as Jovanotti.  Over the past twenty years his recorded collaborations with Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, and Bono, among other well-known names, have occasionally caught the ear of the adventurous listener. Delivering lyrics in a half-sung, half-spoken style that has something esthetically in common with a downtown reading by a Beat poet, Jovanotti uses the rhythm and the ricochet of consonants and catchy melodic hooks to create songs that are instantly accessible to an international audience.  Jovanotti has recorded eleven studio albums; the four most recent releases have all gone to number one in Italy. His current album, the award-winning, multi-platinum Safari(March 2008) was recorded in Los Angeles, Tuscany, Rio de Janeiro, Hannover, Germany and Milan. The CD has been certified as Italy's #1 selling album of 2008 with more than 600,000 copies sold.

  

  

 

James McMurtrySTG Announces Upcoming Events: Alberta Cross and More

& The Gourds

Date: September 18, 2012 @ 8:00pm  

Venue: The Neptune (All Ages)  
Price: $22.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show, not including applicable fees  
Seating: General Admission 
On Sale: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10am  
Ticketing Information: Available online at Tickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online atSTGPresents.org.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. On Just Us Kids, James McMurtry follows up his critically acclaimed Childish Things with a dozen new, sharply drawn illuminations as he continues to hone and expand his considerable gifts. And the self-produced opus (James' fourth venture pulling strings on both sides of the glass) unquestionably represents his most ambitious, accomplished and ass-kicking presentation to date. You would think that after multiple albums and seventeen years of touring coast-to-coast and across the pond, the Gourds would have it all down. Well, they do: they project the alt/indie/roots sensibilities of their hometown, Austin, Texas, better than any music group going. They are also the quirkiest bunch of guys you'll ever meet. Playing 150 gigs a year while helping raise 12 offspring among them will do that to a band.  But from the first notes of "I Want It So Bad," it's clear this is a whole 'nother Gourds on Old Mad Joy.

  

 

Date: October 2, 2012 @ 8:00pm 

Venue: The Neptune (All Ages) 

Price: $20.00 in advance, $23.00 day of show, not including applicable fees 
Seating: General Admission
On Sale: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10 am 
Ticketing Information: Available online at Tickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online at STGPresents.org

 

Before launching his career as an acoustic singer/songwriter, Ben Howard grew up in South Devon, England, where his mother?s collection of folk records helped instill a love for Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and Richie Havens. Howard also developed an interest in surfing, catching his first wave at the age of 11 and heading to the beach whenever he wasn?t busy writing music in the folksy style of his influences. While pursuing a journalism degree years later, he briefly moved to Newquay, the surf capital of the U.K., where he received class credit for working at a surfing magazine. Howard dropped out of school six months shy of graduation, though, convinced by the surf community?s enthusiastic response to his music -- which, despite its acoustic folk sound and beachy vibe, sounded more like John Martyn than Jack Johnson -- that he should ditch the newsroom and focus on songwriting.  The surf community proved to be a big stepping stone for Howard, who found himself playing to packed audiences long before his music spread beyond the U.K. beaches. He continued developing his style, too, adding a percussive element to his playing by learning to rap his knuckles across the guitar body between strums. A European tour with Xavier Rudd helped him build a wider audience in late 2008, as did the release of EPs like These Waters and Old Pine. By the Time Howard finished recording his fulllength debut, Every Kingdom, in autumn 2011, he?d signed a major-label deal with Island Records (the same label that once released music by John Martyn) and graduated to headliner status, thanks to growing fan bases in England, Germany, France, and Holland. 

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