Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Keyboardists from top area bands assemble for Evening of Keys VI

// Tacoma photographer Bill Bungard unveils first exhibit

For one night only on Dec. 1, keyboard players from some of the most prominent bands in the Pacific Northwest will take the stage back-to-back for a music event like no other – and admission is free.

A concert event to which all ages are welcome, “Evening of Keys VI” at the Mandolin Café promises to be a night to remember. The list of performers reads like a who’s who of Tacoma’s favorite bands:

  • Mark Johnson (Perry Acker) 6-6:30 p.m.
  • Raymond Hayden (The Jupiter Order) 6:30-7 p.m.
  • Anthony Ciarochi (Tinman) 7-7:30 p.m.
  • Mark Bittler (Bump Kitchen) 7:30-8 p.m.
  • Eric Robert (Vicci Martinez Band) 8-8:30 p.m.
  • Doug Skoog (Blues Redemption) 8:30-9 p.m.

Organized by Hayden (who is also co-owner of Maurice the Fish Records), “Evening of Keys VI” offers the players and the audience something new in the field of acoustic entertainment. “Most of the time when you go to an acoustic event, it’s guitar players,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘why not try something new?’”

“Evening of Keys” provides a way to get keyboard players from different bands together and to let people see and hear more of them. Over the years, “Evening of Keys” has grown into an annual event that the musicians love to take part in. This year it is extra special in that the line-up represents keyboard players who are the backbone of big bands in Tacoma. What’s more, these guys have a chance to show their skills outside of their band’s repertoire. What they play at “Evening of Keys” won’t be the same music they play with their respective bands.

Normally, the keyboardist is not front-and-center when their whole band plays, but at “Evening of Keys,” it’s all about letting keyboard players have the spotlight. Variety is another highlight of this music event.

“Every one of us is from a different genre of music,” Hayden said, “and every keyboard player will bring different styles.

“It’s also a way to share our audiences and bring different audiences together.”


Also opening at “Evening of Keys,” local photographer Bill Bungard will have his first exhibit hanging in the Mandolin. A favorite among area rock bands, Bungard is known for his efforts to help bands get their faces out there with his skills and he’s an accomplished nature photographer as well. His shots of Tacoma’s urban landscape are truly works of art. See many examples of his photographs at

“It’s not a theme-driven exhibit; it’s all over the board,” he said.

The prints will be for sale, and he’ll have extra matted prints as well that won’t be hung on the walls. The exhibit will be on view until Christmas.

He said he’s proud to have his first show at the Mandolin. “The Mandolin has always been a wonderful place that supports the arts. I wanted to create a win-win situation for me, the Mandolin and the people who come to hear the music.”