Arts & Entertainment:  Rebel Riot returns Aug. 4

// Tacoma’s newest car show returns for its second year celebrating car culture, music, local businesses and more

  • CLASSIC. The Rebel Riot car show will put classic cars in the spotlight, but it will offer something for everyone, with music, burlesque shows, contests, local vendors and more. (Kate Burrows)

  • (Kate Burrows)

  • (Kate Burrows)

  • (Kate Burrows)

  • (Kate Burrows)

Last year’s inaugural Rebel Riot car show became Tacoma’s breakout festival, and organizers expect this year’s Aug. 4 event will be bigger and better than ever. With Tacoma’s car culture already in the spotlight thanks to the opening of LeMay –America’s Car Museum, the event will provide an up-close and personal chance to check out pre-1969 traditional hotrods and custom cars, along with everything else a good car show offers – music, beer and pretty ladies.

The festival takes place at New Frontier Lounge, featuring a variety of local vendors, such as SuperNova – offering haircuts and straight-razor shaves throughout the day – vintage clothing shop Poison Apple, local vendors and a variety of contests.

The car show is limited to the first 300 registrants, and cars must be pre-1969 traditional hotrods and custom cars, and pre-1965 European cars and motorcycles are also welcome. Registration is $25 per car.

Organizers Allison Lazar and Ryan Skinner teamed up with New Frontier Lounge owner Neil Harris to fill a void in Tacoma left by the popular car show Hotrod-a-Rama.

“I think when people come to our car show, they will see how much we care about this community, and that’s what draws people in,” Lazar said. “It’s only been two years, but I think our car show is multifaceted and has many different pieces that should appeal to everyone.”

This year’s lineup includes live music and burlesque performances starting at 8 p.m. at New Frontier Lounge. This year’s impressive lineup already includes the Roy Kay Trio, The Hilltones, Billy Dwayne and the Creepers, and Bonzai Surf. Tickets to the show and burlesque performances are $15 in advance, available at, or $20 at the door.

A pin-up contest will take place at 3 p.m., sponsored by The Pin-up Angels, and hosted by burlesque performer Miss Kitty Baby. There is a $10 fee to enter the contest, and the proceeds benefit the Pin-up Angels, a group staffed with a team of hard-working pin-up girls who put together care packages for our troops stationed overseas.

Winners of the Rebel Riot pin-up contest will receive a train case full of prizes, along with a professional pin-up style photo shoot.

“This show is a great, fun way to experience history and celebrate the excitement of car culture,” Lazar said.

The New Frontier Lounge is located at 301 E. 25th St. in Tacoma. For more information, visit


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