I’m excited about the Summer Concert series coming to the Tulalip Amphitheatre. It’s so great that we can see so many legends of music perform right in our back door.
We don’t even have to go to Everett, let alone Seattle. It can be a bit costly, but they always are these days. Long gone are the days of my first concert in 1975 with Tower of Power at the Seattle Center. I think it was about $6.
Three of my all-time favorites are on the list of six this summer: Styx, Melissa Etheridge and Frankie Valli.
Because Styx and Valli are so far past their prime, I’d say my top choice this summer with be Etheridge July 14. Leann Rimes is performing, too, which is a plus. She was amazing last summer at the Festival of the River.
I’ve seen Etheridge twice before, and she rocks. My favorite albums are Yes I Am and Your Little Secret, with “I’m the Only One” and “I Wanna Come Over” my favorite singles.
Rimes is best-known for “Blue” and “How do I Live,” but I liked some of her new stuff she sang last summer outside Arlington.
Styx really was my favorite band back in the day, but I’m really a purest. It’s just not the same without Dennis DeYoung. I’ve seen them twice, once with, once without, and there is no comparison.
He wrote 10 of their top 15 songs, even though he’s been away from the bad for decades.
I saw them in Seattle during their Grand Illusion tour then years later at The Gorge. I’m still a fan of guitarists Tommy Shaw and James Young, but they are the flash – DeYoung was the soul of the band.
What can I say about Valli and the Four Seasons. I was very little when they were popular. But their harmonies are amazing. They are so legendary a Broadway show, Jersey Boys, was done about them.
So many of their songs are well-known to people my age. In fact, as I look at their list of songs, this is a can’t-miss concert. Just a few: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” “Walk Like a Man” “Dawn (Go Away)” “My Eyes Adored You” “Let’s Hang On!”, “Working My Way Back to You”, and ”Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.
At one time I was a big CCR fan, but I got over that quickly as they were all too similar for me. Thought not my personal favorites many others still like “Proud Mary,” although I prefer “Bad Moon Rising” and “Down on the Corner.” Performing with Credence Clearwater Revisited is Blue Oyster Cult, never one of my favs, but I’m heard they put on a great show.
Country star Joe Nichols is probably the youngest artist on the summer series. He’s best-known for “Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off,” “Size Matters” and “Brokenheartsville.” He’s performing with Dwight Yoakum, who songs “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “The Streets of Bakersfield” I like.
The other concert features the Isley Brothers and The Pointer Sisters.
I enjoyed the sisters and saw them years ago in San Francisco with their songs “Jump (for My Love)” “Fire”, “He’s So Shy”, “Slow Hand”, “I’m So Excited” and “Neutron Dance” – but like CCR I’m over it.
Actually I forgot about all the good songs The Isley Brothers do: “It’s Your Thing” and “That Lady.”
Now that I look at the entire list, if the price and time is right I could see myself going to all of them.
Check tulalipcasino.com for tickets and more concerts to be announced.