By Keegan Prosser
Summer concert season is just around the corner, and here’s the scoop on which shows you won’t want to miss. Whether it’s bands of yesteryear hitting up Snoqualmie Casino and Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, or up-and-comers making their debut at the Vans Warped tour, The Scene has you covered from Seattle’s Key Arena to the Gorge in George.
June 4 – Hugh Laurie @ Benaroya Hall; 7:30 p.m.British actor and musician Laurie stops by to perform music from his hit blues album, “Let Them Talk.”June 10 – Chaka Khan @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.Nearly 50 years into her career, R&B songstress Khan brings her extensive collection of soulful ballads to the Snoqualmie Casino stage.June 14 – Primus @ Marymoor; 7 p.m.Led by critically acclaimed bassist Les Claypool, Primus hits the stage in support of “Green Naugahyde,” their 10th studio album – and first since 1999’s “Antipop.” Known for their humorous songs and odd stage presence the show is bound to be a hoot.June 16 – John Fogerty @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.Former CCR frontman and megastar solo act, Fogerty stops by the Woodinville winery for a night of Bayou-ready rock ‘n’ roll.June 21 – B52s @ Marymoor; 7 p.m.Featuring original members Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland, the original party rockers bring their exciting live show to Marymoor Park. Celebrating 35 years of lively dance parties, it’s safe to assume popular tracks “Rock Lobster,” and the “Love Shack,” will make the cut.June 22 – Natalie Merchant @ Benaroya Hall; 8 p.m.Indie-folk veteran Merchant joins the Seattle Symphony to perform selections from her highly acclaimed symphonic album, “Leave Your Sleep.”June 30 – Meat Loaf @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.American music icon turned actor Meat Loaf brings his “Mad, Mad World” tour to the Puget Sound in support of his new album, “Hell In A Handbasket.”July 3 – Joan Jett @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.Producer. Actress. Independent record label head. These are just some of the hats pioneering punk rocker Joan Jett has worn in recent years. This summer Jett and the Blackhearts stop by the casino to play a variety of career-spanning tracks.July 6 – Smokey Robinson @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.The singer-songwriter stops by Snoqualmie Casino to serenade the masses with his velvety vocals and unforgettable Motown jams.July 7 – Steve Miller Band @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.Local boy Miller brings his classic rock staples to the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery for a night of good wine and jungle lovin’.July 13 – Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.The boys of summer are sure to create some “Good Vibrations” when they bring their So Cal surfer tunes to the cooler shores of the Puget Sound as part of their 50th Anniversary reunion tour.July 15 – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.Country superstar (and one time beau of Julia Roberts) Lovett, brings his award-winning songbook to the Chateau in July.July 19 – Ziggy Marley @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m.The eldest son of the late, great Bob Marley comes to town for a night chock-full of reggae jams. In addition to Ziggy’s material, you can expect several tunes made famous by his dad. Jammin’!July 20 – Earth, Wind & Fire @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.R&B funksters, Earth, Wind & Fire share their classic soul tunes with the Northwest’s freshest winos.July 22 – Chris Isaak with Shawn Colvin @ Chateau Ste Michelle; 7 p.m.Rock vets Isaak and Colvin join forces for a powerful summer set at the Washington winery.July 23 – Neil Diamond @ Key Arena ; 8 p.m.Newlywed Diamond (he wed girlfriend Kate McNeil in an intimate ceremony this April) brings his bag of rock hits to Seattle as part of his 2012 summer tour.July 28 – Journey @ The Gorge ; 7 p.m.Led by YouTube sensation-turn-leading man Arnel Pineda, a revamped Journey stop by the Gorge with special guests Pat Benatar feat. Neil Giraldo and Loverboy.August 3 – Last Summer on Earth @ Marymoor; 6 p.m.In a nod to the impending end of the Mayan calendar, 90s superstars Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and The Monsters and Cracker stop by as part of their Last Summer on Earth tour.August 4 – Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas @ Chateau Ste Michelle Winery; 7 p.m.Grammy-award winning artist Krauss stops by Chateau Ste Michelle in support of “Paper Airplanes,” – her most recent collaboration with bluegrass band Union Station.August 4 – Vans Warped Tour @ Marymoor; 7 p.m.This year’s roster for Warped features more than 78 bands of varied genres: rap, metal, rock, electronica, hip-hop and pop. Headliners include Mayday Parade, All Time Low and Miss May I.August 10 – Kenny Loggins @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.Solo-act Loggins brings his “Footloose” and fancy free rock hits to the Snoqualmie Casino for one night this August.August 12 – Melissa Etheridge @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m.The Folk-rock vet stops by Seattle as part of her Fearless Love World Tour.August 15 & 16 – Pink Martini @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m.Known for an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, the Portland, Ore. natives bring their unique sound to Seattle for a night of old Hollywood romanticism – with a modern twist.August 18 – Norah Jones @ Marymoor; 7 p.m.Touring in support of her fifth studio album, “Little Broken Hearts,” Grammy-winning artist Norah Jones brings her smooth-as-silk jazz vocals to the Marymoor stage.August 19 – Franki Valli @ Snoqualmie Casino; 7 p.m.Jersey boy Franki Valli brings his powerful falsetto and endless songbook of American classics to the Snoqualmie Casino for a night of 50s soul-pop that’s guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing.August 22 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m.Soulful big bands bring brassy world music to the main stage in a show that’s equal parts funky and family-friendly.August 29 – Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux @ Woodland Park Zoo; 6 p.m.The two singer-songwriters, both of which have been making music since their teens, hit the road in support of their newest releases: Cash’s covers album, and Peyroux’s “Standing On the Rooftop.”August 31-Sept. 2 – Dave Matthews Band @ The Gorge; 6 p.m.Dave Matthews and Co. return to the beloved Gorge Amphitheatre for their annual Labor Day weekend festivities. In true Dave fashion, expect three hour sets each night – featuring cherished hits and rarities spanning the band’s 20 years (plus) in the business.September 1-3 – Bumbershoot @ Seattle CenterSeattle’s annual music and arts festival boasts one of the best, most varied lineups they’ve had in years. Headliners include Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex and Mac Miller.