Six must-see concerts for August in Vancouver

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It’s August, which for many Vancouverites means a last-ditch effort to make the most out of their summer before nine months of rain begins at the stroke of midnight September 1 (we exaggerate, but only a little). For some, there’s nothing like a day at the beach capped by some live music – especially if it’s outdoors. The Concert in the Park series continues in August, with a number of potentially great shows by proven performers, but we also have a couple of big arena-rock shows to look forward to – in fact, two that almost couldn’t be more different…

Lady Gaga (Aug. 9 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – You know her and, unless you’re one of her self-proclaimed “little monsters”, you’re probably somewhat indifferent to her. Lady Gaga comes to Vancouver with her latest spectacle; caught somewhere between an alien-landing and a drag show, it’s the artRAVE – The ARTPOP BALL. The concert was previously scheduled for May but was cancelled due to Gaga’s “severe bronchitis.” And if you believe that one, we have some unceded First Nations territory you might be interested in. Tickets: $35-$200 at General admission, reserved seating.

Tom Petty (Aug. 14 at Rogers Arena) – You can bet there won’t be a lot of overlap in the audiences for Lady Gaga and veteran rocker Tom Petty. Petty will be rolling out plenty of past hits as well as tracks from his latest album, Hypnotic Eye. The Vancouver stop is the sixth show of the tour, which starts Aug. 3 in San Diego. Tickets: $68.55-$171.75.

Beck (Aug. 19 at Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Road, Burnaby) – Critics regard 2002’s Sea Change as a high point in the career of Beck. The singer/songwriter’s latest, Morning Phase, is being called a return to that album’s straightforward emoting. Former child star-turned-singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis opens. Tickets: $59.59. General admission, all ages.

Jenny Lewis with Jenny and Johnny at Venue, Vancouver, May 29 2011. Anja Weber photo.

Jenny Lewis with Jenny and Johnny at Venue, Vancouver, May 29 2011. Anja Weber photo.

Little Dragon (Aug. 27 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – All the way from Sweden (Gothenburg, to be exact), comes Little Dragon. Fronted by Swedish-Japanese vocalist Yukimi Nagano, the band has just released its fourth album, the R’n’B-flavoured Nabuma Rubberband. Expect a show of wild theatrical abandon. Tickets: $27 at All-ages, general admission. Show: 9:30 p.m.

Little Dragon at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver

Little Dragon at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Jan 11 2011. Ashley Tanasiychuk photo.

Jack White (Aug. 28 at Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Road, Burnaby) – Yes, that Jack White – one-half of the White Stripes, lead vocalist of The Raconteurs, collaborator in The Dead Weather with Alison Mosshart, Third Man Records label owner, Loretta Lynn producer, and Black Keys hater. He’s on tour for his latest album Lazaretto. Tickets: $59.50 at All ages/general admission.

Slint (Aug. 29 at the Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings) – The same night as Afghan Whigs at the Commodore, another, perhaps even more seminal ’90s band plays the Rickshaw Theatre. Slint’s 1991 album (their second) Spiderland is regarded by many critics as a must-have indie-rock classic. Tickets $26 at 19+.


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