Crash his party
Luke Bryan has become a household name in the country music world, starting out writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. He released his first album “I’ll Stay Me” in 2007, with No. 1 singles “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” He continued with hit singles including “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer” and “Play It Again” and is a multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, American Country Awards and CMT Music Awards winner. He is on the road in his “Kick up the Dust Tour” that will be making a stop at the Tacoma Dome with a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Tickets are $39.75-$69.75 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Friday (May 15)
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They’re big, they’re bad and they’re back
Bringing back the style of the 1940s and ’50s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have been called the kings of swing, complete with Rat Pack lingo and zoot suits. Known for hit singles including “Go Daddy-O,” “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit,” the group combines classic American, jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band traditions in their music. Come see them perform in a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma. Tickets are $37-$59 and are available at 253-591-5894 or broadwaycenter.org.
Friday (May 15) —Saturday
Red hot blues
Lauded as one of the greatest living guitarists, Joe Bonamassa has produced 12 No. 1 albums on the Billboard blues chart. He will be bringing his blues-rock sound to the stage at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, 8 p.m. Friday (May 15) and Saturday. Tickets are $79-$125 and are available at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
Friday (May 15)
Delve into the life of Thomas Jefferson when Clay Jenkinson, Rhodes Scholar, humanities professor, author and host of “The Thomas Jefferson Hour” on PBS, will bring Jefferson to life on the stage. “An Evening with Thomas Jefferson” will take place at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. It’s a history lesson wrapped up in a realistic presentation. Jenkinson has presented at the White House many times and was awarded the first National Humanities Medal by President George Bush in 1994. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for OFS members and students. To find out more, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
There be dragons
It’s a full-on regatta at the annual Rainier Dragon Boat Festival taking place on the Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma. Billed as one of the premier dragon boat events in the Pacific Northwest, the festival will have competitive and corporate team racing. It is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Thea’s Park, 405 Dock St., Tacoma. It is free to the public. For more information on Tacoma Dragon Boat Association, go to tacomadragonboat.org.
Tuesday and Wednesday
Do you know the way?
It’s an up close and interactive experience when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance” comes to the ShowWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. The audience is invited to dance with all the favorite Sesame Street friends on the floor. It is a family-friendly time for all ages. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $17-$64 and are available at showarecenter.com.
With a self-described sound of “country-fed punkability” Reverend Horton Heat has been performing since 1985. Otherwise known as Jim Heath, he’s found mainstream success with songs featured in video games and commercials. He will be playing in an 8 p.m. show Thursday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle. Tickets are $25 and are available at neumos.com/events.
Catch ’em all!
Jump into the world of Pokémon at the Seattle Regional Championships this weekend. Open to players of all skill levels, the two-day event will be filled with live competition filling up the Exhibition Hall in Seattle Center. You can join in the competition or just come and watch, check out cards and revel in all things Pokémon. The action starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon.