Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

22 June 2017

Taste of Tacoma to bring the best in local eats to Point Defiance

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…

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15 June 2017

Forest Beutel to debut new solo CD at Jazzbones

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…

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11 May 2017

New Jazzbones owners plan club makeover

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…

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23 February 2017

Tacocat hoping Tacoma is nicer than Olympia

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”…

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16 February 2017

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary

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…

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2 February 2017

Make a Scene: Leroy Bell still enjoying another 15 minutes of fame

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…

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26 January 2017

Endlich! Stadium Rhein Haus to open in February

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…

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12 January 2017

LOCAL WRITERS PREPARE TO RESIST

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…

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12 January 2017

Make a Scene: Get the party started, she will: Saucy Yoda returns next week

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…

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29 December 2016

Can’t miss options for New Year’s Eve

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…

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28 March 2017

Little Bill Engelhart pays homage to Buck Ormsby (video)

As promised, there's more video from Sunday's tribute to Northwest rock legend…Read More

27 March 2017

Merrilee Rush brings the house down at Ormsby tribute with “Angel of the Morning” (video)

On Sunday, a who's who of classic Northwest rock descended on the Temple Theatre…Read More