Sasquatch Music Festival marks the unofficial kickoff of summer concert season with an epic, four-day run at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, from May 24-27. Main stage acts include the Postal Service, Elvis Costello, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons and Seattle’s newest superstars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, not to mention dozens of other Pitchfork.com-approved bands spread out on multiple stages. Four-day passes are $337.50, though few, if any, remain; http://www.sasquatchfestival.com.
Allen AME Church will host its inaugural Gospel Music Awards on May 26. The awards will celebrate local legends in the gospel scene, including Claudette Nash, Jimmy Brown, Martha Nash, Willard Loggins, Robin Caldwell, Mammie Taylor, Minnie Horton, Eloise Glenn, Stella Johnson, Gilbert Evans, Curley Evans, Claudia Turner, Eloise Glenn and Pastor Patrinell Wright. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at 1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, in Tacoma.
Assemblage Theater presents the West Coast premiere of “Bluebeard,” a play by Pericles Snowdon directed by David Domkowski. Twenty-five years after the end of the world as we know it, four girls are brought up in an abandoned church, never allowed out by an enigmatic and mysterious woman named Blue. A dark, creepy and beautifully written play about parenthood, political subjugation, gender politics and the apocalypse. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. from May 31-June 15. Pay-what-you-can performances June 6 and 13. The Chapel at Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St. Tickets $14 adults, $7 for students (with identification) available at the door and in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets. Information: http://www.assemblagetheater.com.
GET THE BLUES
The 11th annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will showcase some of the best players from around the region on May 25. The blues stage will feature Steve Cooley & the Dangerfields, the Cody Rentas Band, Maia Santell & House Blend and Arthur Migliazza starting at 12:30 p.m. The big band stage will have Johnny Lewis Big Band and Roadside Attraction starting at 1 p.m. And Rich Wetzel’s Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra will play the evening stage, which gets started at 8 p.m. at Stonegate Pizza & Rum Bar. All performances are free and open to all ages except for the late show, which will cost $5 and be open to 21 and older; http://www.tacomajazzandblues.org.
The sexy, scantily-clad ladies of Gritty City Sirens have built a formidable following as they have shimmied their way through Tacoma venues. The troupe includes Rosie Cheex, Heather Hostility, Ava D’Jor, Funny Face Fanny, Kitty Kisses and Dessi De Vine and will next headline Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma, at 9 p.m. on June 1. Tickets are $19.99; http://www.jazzbones.com.