Macklemore and Ryan Lewis don’t have to play small theaters and clubs like they will on their Camping Trip tour; the Seattle hip-hop duo graduated to arenas after The Heist came out in 2012.
So this eight-city tour — starting Aug. 23 in Spokane, Yakima on Aug. 24 and Walla Walla on Aug. 25 – is more of a “want to” than a “have to.”
The idea, according to Macklemore’s May 20 Instagram post announcing the tour, was that it’s “something just for you, our friends in our home state of Washington.” It’s all small venues. The Seasons Performance Hall, site of the Yakima show, lists its capacity at 420. It got the show in part because of its previous relationship with promoter AEG, Seasons Executive Director Jason Kildall said.
“We’ve had a long history of AEG renting The Seasons out for various performances,” he said. “So for them to consider The Seasons for one of the stops on The Camping Trip tour is amazing.”
But that next time, I got them. Obviously that’s a pretty marquee name for a town this small — and in a venue like The Seasons. I’m sure he could have sold out The Capitol in a heartbeat and probably could’ve sold out the SunDome.
Todd Lyons, the morning disc jockey at Yakima’s rock station KATS-FM
Tickets, relatively cheap at $20 per the artists’ request and available only via will-call to avoid scalping, sold out at all eight venues in about an hour. Only people lucky enough to have seen the Instagram post or the very earliest news reports about the tour were able to get tickets.
“It’s a gift back to their fans,” Kildall said.
Todd Lyons, the morning disc jockey at Yakima’s rock station, KATS-FM, feels lucky to have gotten tickets. He didn’t know about the show ahead of the announcement, and by the time he heard and was able to get online for tickets, they had sold out. He kept refreshing, though, until a pair that had been frozen by a potential buyer popped back up about 45 minutes after the sale started.
“The first 29 times I hit the button, it said ‘No tickets available,’ ” he said. “But that next time, I got them. Obviously that’s a pretty marquee name for a town this small — and in a venue like The Seasons. I’m sure he could have sold out The Capitol in a heartbeat and probably could’ve sold out the SunDome.”
Such is the appeal of Macklemore, a guy who hustled for about a decade on the Seattle hip-hop scene before hitting it big. His mixture of earnestness and goofiness drew fans from throughout the Northwest, as did his willingness to share his struggles with addiction in songs such as Otherside. He was well established regionally by the time he and Lewis released their first EP as a duo, 2009’s The Vs. EP.
Then 2011 came along, and Macklemore went from ours to everybody’s worldwide. It started with Can’t Hold Us, the single released in August of that year. It didn’t chart as a single till two years later, but that track, along with Thrift Shop, gay-rights anthem Same Love and the Seattle Mariners ode My Oh My were all over the place in 2011 and 2012.
Tickets, relatively cheap at $20 per the artists’ request and available only via will-call to avoid scalping, sold out at all eight venues in about an hour.
The album they came from, 2012’s The Heist, shot to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart and cemented Macklemore’s status as a top hip-hop draw nationally. Meanwhile, digital sales of his previously issued singles sent Can’t Hold Us and Thrift Shop to No. 1 and Same Love to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Then came the 2014 Grammys and wins for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Though Macklemore famously (via Instagram post) agreed with critics that Kendrick Lamar was a more deserving recipient, the Grammys launched him even further into superstar status.
“I saw them perform at the Key Arena in 2013,” Richmond said. “And I still cannot wrap my brain around how such a larger-than-life star is going to be able to go from such a huge venue to such a tiny venue at The Seasons.”
The opportunity to host Macklemore and Ryan Lewis provided The Seasons with a guaranteed sellout just as the venue geared up for its fall season, which opens Sept. 9 with Canadian band The Paperboys. It also may draw people who otherwise wouldn’t go to the venue, known primarily for jazz, folk and Americana offerings.
“That’s our hope for every performance,” Kildall said. “You hope that one-time experience will capture them as longtime patrons to your facility.”
The Seasons will host The Cookout, a pre-show party outdoors in front of the venue, 101 N. Naches Ave. from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24. That, unlike the sold-out concert, is free and open to all.
So all of those people lamenting that they missed out on tickets (just search “Yakima Macklemore” on Facebook for a taste of that) can still come out and enjoy the party. Richmond is going to be there.
“I plan on getting to the show several hours early, for sure, and being early in line,” she said.
You can meet Macklemore; no ticket required
YAKIMA — Tickets for Aug. 24 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis show at The Seasons Performance Hall sold out in less than an hour, but you can get a peek at the hit-making hip-hop duo even without a ticket.
Macklemore announced recently that each show on the eight-city Camping Trip tour through small Washington venues will feature an outdoor pop-up shop, at which people can buy specially designed tour T-shirts. Each city gets its own shirt, with Yakima’s based on a sunset motif.
The best part: According to the social media announcement, he and Lewis “will be kicking it and signing shirts” for an hour at those pop-up shops starting at 6 p.m. every day of the tour. The Seasons is at 101 N. Naches Ave. The concert starts at 9 p.m.
They also will perform Aug. 23 in Spokane and Aug. 25 in Walla Walla.