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Thursday, March 30, 2017 This Week's Paper

Tacoma bids farewell to Northwest rock legend John ‘Buck’ Ormsby

John “Buck” Ormsby was among the most pivotal figures in the development of Northwest rock n' roll, first as a member of seminal Tacoma garage-rock bands Little Bill & The Bluenotes and the Fabulous Wailers, then as co-owner of Etiquette Records which released the first rock version of Richard Berry's “Louie Louie,” among the most iconic recordings in rock history.
So Ormsby's passing on Oct. 29, his 75th birthday, was especially jarring to Tacoma's music community. He died from injuries sustained during a fall while in Mexico, where he had gone to seek cancer treatment; and on Sunday, March 26, fans, friends and family members descended on the Temple Theatre to give him a proper sendoff.
Paying tribute were several luminaries of early Northwest rock, everyone from the Ad Ventures – featuring Don Wilson and… Read Full Story

Punk “Power Rangers”

Things you can expect to experience at a Peelander-Z show: performers dressed in bright spandex for a look best described as “Power Rangers on acid;” high-octane punk tunes about cranky tigers, ninjas and tacos; front man Peelander-Yellow getting whacked with folding chairs and tossed headlong into bowling pins.
And – oh yeah – monsters. There will be monsters next Wednesday when the Japanese quartet takes over Real Art Tacoma. Needless to say, the band's first Tacoma stop in years should not be missed. Recently, we caught up with Yellow (born Kengo Hioki) to talk about life after last year's “Mad Tiger” documentary, the various times he's hurt himself onstage and how he likes to chowing down on the road.
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The Things We Like


Ms. Downs will headline Broadway Center's Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. The multiple-Grammy-winning artist captivates and inspires audiences with soaring vocals around which she mixes a variety of traditional Mexican music, Latin American hip-hop, jazz, blues and klezmer influences. Downs' performances are always a colorful and unforgettable celebration of Mexican culture and arts. Tickets were still available as of press time, with prices ranging from $29 to $85;


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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, March 31 JAZZBONES: Jeff Angel's Staticland with Jason Kertson, China Davis, Dedset (alternative) 9 p.m., $12-$15 B SHARP COFFEE: Ian Crocker Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA G. DONNALSON'S: Eugenie Jones (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: 4 More (dance) 9 p.m., NC KEYS ON MAIN:…

Mark your calendars: Modest Mouse
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Northwest indie-rock favorites Modest Mouse and Built to Spill are headed to Puyallup's Washington State Fair. The former will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 21, performing songs from 2015's “Strangers to Ourselves” and, presumably, a new album that's expected to see light of day…

Olds installation examines populations in flux
By Dave R. Davison

Around these parts, Tacoma artist Matthew Olds has been making a name for himself by creating meditatively poetic installations that bring together his penetrating insight, his excellence as a painter and his highly skilled craftsmanship. His recent “Shipwreck” installation at the Foss Waterway…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

This week: April 2, 2 p.m. "Back to the Fur Trade" DuPont Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave., DuPont "Back to the Fur Trade," an interactive storytelling session with Karen Haas, is an event for all ages, from elementary-aged students to adults. Dressed as a Hudson's Bay Company…

Mark your calendars: Hank Williams, Jr.
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Country and southern-rock legend Hank Williams, Jr. is the latest superstar to be announced for the Washington State Fair concert series. Williams – known for “Born to Boogie,” “Young Country,” “Family Tradition” and a slew of other hits - will headline the Fair's 11,000-seat grandstand…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, March 24 B SHARP COFFEE: Brett Benton (blues, country) 8 p.m., $7, AA EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B, pop) 8:30 p.m., sold out G. DONNALSON'S: Cara Francis (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC JAZZBONES: The Iron Maidens, Second…

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

University of Puget Sound Dept. of Music Events of the Week: March 24, 7:30 p.m. "No Passport Required" Schneebeck Concert Hall This Woodwind Quintet plays as part of the Jacobsen Series. Performers: Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Karla Flygare, flute; Shannon Spicciati, oboe, guest; Francine…

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot
By Dave R. Davison

And now for something completely different… Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John…

Make a Scene: ‘The Waltz of the Toreadors’
By Jackie Fender Special to Tacoma Weekly

Housed in Merlinos Art Center snug above Tacoma’s beloved Grand Cinema is an intimate, independent theatre company called Dukesbay Productions. Dukesbay produces a variety of stage shows that highlight the diversity of our local theatrical community by ensuring that actors with a variety of religious,…

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced dates for his U.S. Tour which includes a July 29 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The flame-haired singer – known for “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and other hits – is touring in support of his newest disc, “%.” The show will start…