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Tinariwen

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These extraordinary guitar-poets from the southern Sahara desert blend blues, rock and pop with Berber and Arabic influences to create an altogether hypnotic concert experience. A bass chord and a chorus of male voices open the dance, followed by youyous, cries and handclaps. The powerful melodies of Tinariwen have become the soundtrack for a whole generation of exiled Touareg youth living in Algeria and Libya. Their latest album, Elwan (2017), continues this theme. While Tinariwen were criss-crossing the globe on their recent triumphant tours, the frontiers that encircle their desert home were closing and forcing them into exile to record this album.


WATCH: Tinariwen performs "Sastanàqqàm" from the album Elwan (2017).

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Saturday, 4 August, 2018 8:00PM

An Intimate Evening with David Foster

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Superstar music producer David Foster brings his Hitman Tour to Benaroya Hall for one night only. For his remarkable work, Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and has racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song.” He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.

Now one of the biggest musical forces of our time hits the Benaroya Hall stage for a retrospective of his legendary career. Foster will perform songs that he wrote or produced from his four decades of hits, including Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” The Bodyguard original soundtrack, Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration,” Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” Michael Buble’s “Home” and many more.


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Sunday, 12 August, 2018 7:30PM

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue

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The legendary English band UB40 has defined reggae music for a generation with hits like "Red Red Wine," "Cherry Oh Baby" and "(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You." Founding members Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue have brought their rootsy musical sound to all corners of the globe over the past four decades, selling a staggering 70 million records. With the March 2018 release of A Real Labour of Love, the trio took a fresh look at their legendary series of albums by putting the focus primarily on reggae tracks from the 1980s. Backed by their eight-piece reggae band, Ali, Astro and Mickey are breathing new life into an intoxicating mix of timeless covers and classic UB40 originals.  

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Sunday, 16 September, 2018 7:30PM

Al Di Meola: Opus Tour 2018

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A bona fide guitar hero, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.


$160 - VIP PACKAGE:
  • Includes one (1) orchestra level concert ticket to the performance
  • Pre-concert Soundcheck
  • Meet & Greet with picture and Q&A Opportunity
  • Autograph keepsake
  • Personal photograph opportunity with Al Di Meola at Benaroya Hall

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Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 7:30PM

DeRay Mckesson: On The Other Side of Freedom Tour

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY

Join DeRay Mckesson — the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People — for a timely conversation on culture, social justice and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay's upcoming first book, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. DeRay will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. Every ticket includes a copy of ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM by DeRay Mckesson (a $25 value).

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Friday, 21 September, 2018 7:30PM

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