by Amy Merrill
On Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m., tickets went on sale for an assortment of diverse shows at the Knitting Factory via ticketfly.com.
To soothe the wild beast within us all, Shawn Colvin will perform at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, Aug. 11. Colvin catapulted into the spotlight with her hit single, "Sunny Came Home," in '97, but the singer-songwriter has been actively involved in the American music scene since the 1970s. Colvin released her eighth studio album, All Fall Down, this year with guest appearances by Alison Krauss and Jakob Dylan. Tickets for general admission run $25 or $35 for floor seats. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will kick off at 8:30 p.m.
Speaking of '97, the Old 97's will also drop by the Knitting Factory this fall. On Friday, Sept. 7, the band will grace audiences with its eclectic synthesis of country and pop. The group released its ninth studio album in 2011, The Grand Theater Vol. 2, a follow-up to The Grand Theater Vol. 1. The albums are a foray into the world of gritty garage rock and psychedelic sounds. General admission tickets are $20 and skyboxes run $40 for VIP concert-goers. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m., with openers Those Darlins and Rhett Miller.
Tickets are also on sale today for Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, who will perform at the Knitting Factory on Thursday, Sept. 6. Smith dropped out of school after his freshman year at University of Colorado at Boulder to pursue music. In a few short years, Pretty Lights has been invited to attend major American music festivals, such as Bonnaroo and Coachella. Pretty Lights' sound is heavily saturated with digital sampling and doesn't shy away from crossing musical genres. The show costs $35 for general admission and $70 for VIP skyboxes. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert is slated to begin at 9 p.m.
Henry Rollins, formerly of Black Flag, is known for his ability to entertain an audience with his words. Rollins is passionate about a number of political issues, including LGBT rights, world hunger relief and an end to wars of all kind. Rollins' speaking tour, Capitalism, is making the rounds through all 50 states, finishing up on the eve of the presidential election. General admission tickets for his performance at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday, Sept. 18, are available for $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.