Must See Concerts in Seattle in May 2016

Seattle has long been known as a city of music. Full of historic theaters and host to over 100 years of live performances, it's possible to see a good show nearly any night of the week in Sea-town. Here are five of the biggest must-see shows scheduled for May 2016.

Tech N9ne
Who hasn't sang the chorus of "I'm a Playa" while dancing in the shower? It's the perfect way to start your day. On May 7 you can end your day with some Tech N9ne, too. Head on down to Showbox SoDo, where tickets start at $27. Nothing like some good old American Gangsta Rap to get the party started.

Mayer Hawthorne
If neo-soul is your scene, catch Mayer Hawthorne May 10 at The Neptune. As a special bonus, a digital download of Mayer Hawthorne's album, "Man About Town", is included with every ticket purchase. Not convinced? Do yourself a favor and watch "The Walk" music video, Mayer's delightful "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" tribute. Tickets for this show start at $23.35 and are available from STG Presents.

The Who
These guys are still around? Apparently "Hope I die before I get old" didn't really work out — they're celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band on this tour. Catch original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend — along with a full band — at Key Arena on May 15. Tickets start at $35.50 for the nosebleeds and go way up from there.

Queen Bey needs no introduction. Gather all your single ladies and head on down to CenturyLink Field on May 18 for this stadium show. Tickets start at $45 via Ticketmaster.

Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird is an expert whistler. His relaxed, seemingly carefree songs are often offbeat, always charming. See him May 19 at The Showbox. Tickets start at $39.95 and are available through Showbox Presents.

Runner Up
Selena Gomez almost made the cut. She just wants to look good for you, after all. Grant her wish on Friday the 13th of May at Key Arena.

Brandon Fralic is a Bellingham-based freelance writer. With a focus on the outdoors, travel, and craft beer, he has contributed to a handful of publications including Washington Trails, Whatcom Talk, and Outdoor Project.