22 June 2017
With the arrival of summer, it's time to head over to Point Defiance for some alligator on a stick. More than 225,000 noshers are expected to bring their appetites to the Emerald Queen's annual Taste of Tacoma celebration as it takes over the park from Friday to Sunday, June 23 to 25.
This year's festival will showcase…
15 June 2017
Inspiration can come from the weirdest places. Just ask Tacoma singer-songwriter Forest Beutel, best known for singing and picking banjo for popular bluegrass outfits, Barleywine Revue and the Rusty Cleavers.
Beutel felt stuck when writing one of the new songs he plans to perform on Friday, June 16, at Jazzbones. “I…
11 May 2017
Jazzbones has new owners, but they will be familiar faces to regular patrons of the Sixth Avenue hot spot.
Longtime bartender and manager Rachel Hogan and her boyfriend, Jonathan “Bruce” Hanshaw – a construction worker who had already been helping with repairs – have bought the 300-capacity music venue. The…
23 February 2017
Surf-punk quartet Tacocat - among the buzziest bands coming out of Seattle at the moment – will make its Tacoma debut at Real Art Tacoma on Wednesday, March 1; see www.realarttacoma.com for show details. In anticipation, we caught up with drummer Lelah Maupin who dished on last year's “Lost Time” album, “mansplaining”…
16 February 2017
One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne Trevelyan are…
2 February 2017
LeRoy Bell took stardom for granted the first time around. The Tacoma-bred singer-songwriter – the main attraction Feb. 10 at Jazzbones – enjoyed his first big success in 1979 the year Bell & James, his duo with Casey James, broke through with disco hit “Livin' it Up (Friday Night).” (For fans that are only familiar…
26 January 2017
For months, Stadium residents have watched the Bavarian-themed restaurant, Rhein Haus, being assembled in the wedge-shaped building that used to house Titus-Will's service center, next to Wright Park at 649 Division Ave.
Recently, got an ETA thanks to the Bavarian Village Band, which took to social media to advertise…
12 January 2017
A group of local writers will meet on Sunday, Jan. 15 to discuss ways of combining their art with community activism. Tacoma Writers Resist will hold its first public event at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., using readings and workshops to spark conversation about community needs and what life may look like…
12 January 2017
Saucy Yoda has turned to the dark side (sort of), which may come as some surprise to local fans that have followed her since she first surfaced in Tacoma at Maltoberfest, an Oktoberfest-spoofing event held at Bob's Java Jive in 2011.
Saucy Yoda being the stage name of Alaska's Melodie Langer who will headline The Valley…
29 December 2016
Still looking for last minute New Year's Eve plans? Here are six good bets for ringing in 2017.
First Night Tacoma (downtown Tacoma): Between 10,000 to 20,000 are expected to flock to downtown Tacoma for the city's biggest and most family friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Festivities will kick off…