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Hit the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival after the Daffodil Parade

Tacoma Events Commission members felt that after enduring the seemingly endless overcast days of winter, a lot of usually chipper people were suffering from a bad case of the gray sky blues. So they created the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival as a fun way to welcome spring and the brighter days ahead. Please join us on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in downtown Tacoma for the Sixth Annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival. The best way to start shaking off those gray sky blues is find a good spot along Pacific Avenue between 10th and 21st Streets before 10:30AM and enjoy the annual Grand Floral Daffodil Parade. The floats can be previewed between South 7th and 10th on Pacific Avenue before the parade starts.
After the parade the thing to do is head to the Gray Sky Blues Music Festival venues for lunch, a favorite beverage, and some great music! Festival admission is free (except for headliner, see below) so it is easy to sample the great food and beverages available or do some shopping at the retail stores downtown. The event’s live music venues include The Harmon Brewery, The Swiss Restaurant & Pub and Cutters Point Coffee.
Included in the festivities is a Rod and Custom Car Show, sponsored by The Harmon Brewery. Over 100 custom rods will be located in front of the Harmon as well as across the street.
Over 12 acts will entertain throughout the day at the three downtown venues. The headliner for the festival this year is Franco Paletta and the Stingers from Portland, Oregon. Franco’s group represented the Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January, “A Chicago Style Blues Band that makes you want to get up out of your seat and dance the night away. Franco's unique vocals and dynamic harp, along with the best players on the local scene and beyond make this a "must see" Blues act”...Franco Paletta and the Stingers will perform, 6:00 PM at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. The festival organizers are always searching for young blues talent from around the country. This year the South Sound Blues Association is sponsoring a young group from Los Angeles, California, The Chase Walker Band. The Chase Walker Band was selected to represent the Los Angeles Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis TN! In February of this year they opened for BB King in Anaheim, CA. They will take the stage at The Harmon Brewery, 2:30 PM.
After the music raps up during the day an “After Festival Party” is planned at Stonegate Pizza in South Tacoma. The party starts at 8:30 PM with LIVE BLUES upstairs and an “All Ages Jam” downstairs. Cameo appearances will be made from our headliners and other musicians that performed throughout the day.


The Swiss Pub – 1904 S. Jefferson
1-2 p.m.         Paul Green and Straight Shot
2:30-3:30 p.m.    Maia Santell and House Blend 
4-5:30 p.m.        Nolan Garrett
6-7:30 p.m.        Franco Paletta and the Stingers (Portland, OR)

The Harmon Brewery – 1938 Pacific Ave.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Harmon Rod and Custom Car Show
noon-1 p.m.     Mary McPage and the Assassins
1:30-2:30 p.m.    The Chase Walker Band (Los Angeles, CA)
3-4 p.m.         The Crazy Texas Gypsies
4:15-5:30 p.m.    Alice Stuart and the Formerlys (Grammy Nominee)

Cutters Point Coffee – 1936 Pacific Ave.
12:30–2:30 p.m.    Malcolm Clark
2:30–4:30 p.m.    Alyx Phippen

Stonegate Pizza “After Festival Party” – 5421 So. Tacoma Way
8:30–midnight      Blues Redemption (upstairs in the Loft)
              (2013 Semi-Finalist International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN)
8:30–11:30 p.m.    All Age Jam hosted by Jumpin’ Josh Violette (downstairs)