Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber.

It’s the middle of March, and all the cool kids are down in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Maybe that’s why the next week or so is heavily weighted with what the music industry likes to call “legacy acts” such as Yes, ZZ Top, The Wailers (March 14 at the Commodore) and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

But, while March’s concert schedule may be a field day for classic rock radio listeners, Vancouver is getting some hip indie-rock and -pop acts as well. Here’s a look at some of the top concerts in the last two weeks of this month.

The Sounds (March 18 at Venue, 881 Granville St.) – Maja Ivarsson leads this Swedish electro-pop band, which kicks off the North American tour for its new album Weekend at Venue Tuesday night. It’s the fifth album for the group, and its first since 2011’s Something to Die For. Tickets: $20.00 at General admission/19+.

Yes (March 20 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie St.) – Prog-rock pioneers do it up right, at least as far as fans are concerned by playing three of their classic ’70s albums in their entirety, including The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One. Tickets: $39.00, $65.00, $89.50 at Reserved seating/all ages.

ZZ Top (March 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie St.) – Believe it or not these guys have been around since 1969! Their most recent album was 2012’s La Futura, the Texas trio’s 15th overall and first since 2003’s Mescalero. Tickets: $39.00, $65.00, $85.00 at Reserved seating/all ages.

St. Vincent (March 25 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – St. Vincent is guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie Clark, who was introduced to a whole new (read: older) audience when she recorded and toured with David Byrne for the 2012 album Love This Giant. Clark is here to promote her fourth St. Vincent album, a self-titled record that’s getting rave reviews.  Tickets: $27.50 at Show: 8:30 p.m./general admission.

Neil Finn (March 29 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – The New Zealand singer/songwriter is best known for his work with Crowded House, but he’s also recorded a number of solo albums (not to mention the work he’s done with brother Tim, including the great ’80s new wave pop band Split Enz). The North American tour for his new album Dizzy Heights kicks off in Vancouver. Tickets: $49.50 at Reserved seating/all ages.

Kings of Leon (March 30 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – One of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world at the moment, Tennessee Kings of Leon bring their Mechanical Bull tour to Vancouver. Tickets: $29.50, $49.50, $ Reserved seating/all ages.


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