Microsoft Store Opens With The Black Keys

The rock duo will put on a free show to honor U. Village’s newest resident.

In this tech-centric society of ours, the opening of the University Village Microsoft Store on Thursday, Oct. 20, is a decidedly important event. However, alternative rock fans in Seattle (we know there’s at least a few of you) will have reason to celebrate the following day, when the bluesy, eccentric pair of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – familiarly known as The Black Keys – are scheduledto perform at the store.

If the band’s name doesn’t strike a chord with you, then their music probably will. The Ohio pair’s hits include ‘Howlin’ for You,’ ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Next Girl’ – and those are just singles from their most recent album, Brothers, which picked up the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2011.

Auerbach and Carney have been rockin’ together since 2001, and their fans can tell you the band’s sound has greatly evolved throughout the past decade — so there’s no telling what these two will play on Friday.

Microsoft has not announced the time of this surprise concert, though one thing is for sure: The Black Keys are very different from the artist chosen to inaugurate the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square – one Miley Cyrus. Something else is certain, too — those lucky enough to be in the store when the guitars start riffin’ won’t pay a cent to hear those sweet, live, funky tunes.

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If for no other reason, head to the U. Village Microsoft Store on Friday, Oct. 21 just to use the line, “I have to go look at computers and see The Black Keys perform for free.” It’ll kill your friends later when they find out you weren’t joking.

The Microsoft Store Opening Show| Friday, Oct. 21| 2623 NE University Village St., Seattle