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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Big Business brings thunderous sound to Tacoma

Singer-bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis - aka Big Business, aka two-thirds of the Melvins' rhythm section - will bring their thunderous sound to local all-ages hot spot Real Art Tacoma on Saturday. In anticipation, Tacoma Weekly caught up with singer-bassist Jared Warren to get the skinny on “lumber hauling rock,” finding time to record between Melvins tours and raising a newborn, and how not to get invited back to open for Beck. Here is part of that conversation.  
Tacoma Weekly: Last time I saw you, you were in Melvins mode at Bumbershoot where you guys sounded amazing. Is that the first time you played the big stage there?
Warren: Yeah, I think it was.
TW: Buzz (Melvins front man Osbourne) was wearing his trademark wizard frock, and I think… Read Full Story

Weekly Rewind (Eric Church, Helms Alee, Soul Revue and more)

Another epic week of music is in the books, and Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard was there to capture all the action. Click through the gallery to check out his images from Eric Church, Chris Botti, Big Business, Walter Trout and "The Soul Revue." 

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The Things We Like


Legendary New York blues singer Bill Sims Jr. is the special guest at this weekend's Blues Vespers show which will kick off at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. I St. Sims was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015 for his work with the Heritage Blues Orchestra. He wrote the music for the acclaimed Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Jitney” and just released a new CD of songs by Bob Dylan, called “Bill does Bob.” This installment of IPC's Vespers series is also a fund raiser for a 2018 Habitat for Humanity build in Guatemala. For further details, call (253)… Read Full Story

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PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’
By Dave R. Davison

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings.…

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

Goings on this Week in Tacoma: Creative Colloquy Three Year Anniversary Celebration March 20, 7 p.m. B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402 Join Creative Colloquy in celebrating its three-year anniversary and the return of Spring at a special monthly reading and open mic event on…

Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Friday, March 17 TACOMA DOME: Chris Botti with Symphony Tacoma (jazz) 8 p.m., $26-$87, AA B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA DOYLE'S: Ockham's Razor, The Rusty Cleavers (Celtic rock, bluegrass) 6 p.m., $10 G. DONNALSON'S: Maggie Laird (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC,…

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage
By Steve Dunkelberger

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point. “Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t…

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Everyone's wearing green, Guinness and Jameson is flying off the shelves, and the muzak at your neighborhood grocery store is set to “Pogues.” Say, it must be St. Patrick's Day. Expect Doyle's Public House to again be one of the hottest spots in town this weekend since organizers have erected…

Low tech fitness options abound
By Matt Kite

Fitness gadgets abound these days: mileage trackers, smart watches, wireless headphones. There’s no end to the wave of hi-tech tools flooding today’s fitness market. But what if you’re an avowed luddite? Or broke? Or both? What if you’ve already filled your basement with treadmills, stationary…

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD
By Matt Nagle

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity…

Mark your calendars: Thomas Rhett
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair is Thomas Rhett. The country singer – best known for “It Goes Like This,” “Crash and Burn” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $70 to $90;…

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Museum of the Week: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum 407 S. G St. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: or (253) 383-2575 The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts and documents. The archives include literature,…

Kaleidoscope 2017
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Last weekend, Tacoma Musical Playhouse hosted the Washington State Community Theater Association’s One Act Play Festival, in which Washington State theatrical groups brought their best work to stage to contest for awards and for the honor of moving up to the next level of competition. For three…