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Music festivals abound along the Puget Sound

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:11PM June 19th, 2014

The Northwest is flush with music this time of year, with mass concerts almost every weekend from now through Labor Day.

Kicking off the list is Rockstar’s Mayhem Festival, featuring a hardcore set of rock new and not-so-new. Avenged Sevenfold, still touring with their last album “Hail to the King,” teams up with mid-1990s staple Korn on July 8 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn.

Next up is the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, featuring some of the brightest rising stars in popular music. The party, set for July 25-27, features headliners Spoon, A$AP Rocky and summer darling Chromeo, just off the release of their newest album, “White Women.”

That album also has one of the summer’s most catchy hits, “Jealous.”

MusicFestNW is a Portland-based festival also focused on up-and-coming bands, including Phantogram, Haim and Tune-Yards. The festival plays out over two days starting Aug. 16, with nine acts playing each day.

Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual Labor Day bash, is one of the largest international art and music festivals in the country, has some of the hottest headlining acts of the past year.

Foster the People, Neon Trees, Capital cities, Bobby Womack, Wu-Tang Clan, The Both (featuring Aimee Mann) and the Replacements will perform on multiple stages throughout the event. Local artists include Lonely Forest and Iska Dhaaf.

Bumbershoot also features art, apparel and food vendors galore across the three-day weekend starting Aug. 30 at Seattle Center.

If you don’t want to be tied to a single weekend, Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and Chateau Ste. Michelle each have series this summer with plenty of local and Top 40 flavor.

The zoo has its annual ZooTunes series each week, featuring jazz and blues artists from around the nation. The next concert is Sunday and features Mavis Staples.

Chateau Ste. Michelle holds its series at its amphitheater in Woodinville. The next show that isn’t sold out is June 22, featuring Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Noise for the Needy, an annual charity concert series in Ballard, moved from June this year to Sept. 12-13. This year will be the series’ last, director Richard Green said.

The concert series features local bands and artists playing to raise money for local charities. The Helio Sequence will kick off the event this year at the Tractor Tavern. This year’s beneficiary has not yet been decided.

“We’re going to begin new music-oriented fund raising projects, but in order to focus our efforts on future plans the time has sadly come to wind up NFTN,” Green said on the project’s website. “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who’s been a part of these events, and we look forward to seeing you in Ballard this fall.”