Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

19 August 2015

Variety is the spice of life at Hilltop Street Fair

Martin Luther King Jr. Way will be swarming with family friendly activites on Saturday, Aug. 22, as a four-block section of the street is fenced, between South Ninth and South 13th streets, for the second annual Hilltop Street Fair.

“We didn't know quite what to expect last year,” event coordinator Kristie Worthey…

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28 July 2015

Mötley Crüe bids farewell to local fans (maybe)

Few videos capture Mötley Crüe's party hearty heyday quite like a widely circulated bootleg from the band's Oct. 15, 1987 performance at the Tacoma Dome. (Enter the proper key words into YouTube, and it'll pop right up.)

“Here I come Tacooooma!!!” drummer Tommy Lee declares around the 54-minute mark as a roll…

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22 July 2015

Fife’s Connor Lewis releases country CD

Connor Lewis has gone country. The Fife High School senior is probably best known as singer-guitarist for local teen rock outfit, Fistful of Dollars; but he'll showcase a twangier side of his repertoire on Sunday, July 26 at the B Sharp Coffeehouse as he celebrates the release of “Back to the Jukebox,” the four-song debut…

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22 July 2015

From Shrinky Dinx to ‘Extra’

The members of Sugar Ray called their third CD “14:59,” acknowledging how little time they had to bank on “Fly,” their sole hit at the time. Album No. 3 kept them in heavy radio rotation, with hits “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “Falls Apart,” and 16 years later they're remembered as one of the most ubiquitous…

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8 July 2015

Motopony’s new album, ‘Welcome You,’ is available through iTunes, Amazon.com and other outlets.

Five years ago, Daniel Blue was among the more prolific artists in Tacoma: a fashion designer, poet, blogger, creator of the ubiquitous 253 Heart logo and front man for Motopony, among Grit City's biggest buzz bands at the time.

But he abruptly relocated to Seattle in 2011. His growing alienation from the scene he…

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7 July 2015

MAWP Finalizes Lineup

Fans may be surprised at who's onstage and who is conspicuously absent at Tacoma's Music and Art in Wright Park festival, the all-ages rock fest that will kick off at noon on Aug. 8 at Wright Park.

On Monday, organizers released the full event lineup, which includes reunited Tacoma hard rock act Dead Letter Office…

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1 July 2015

Tacoma shows its LGBT pride

Tacoma Pride was already bound to be one of the biggest parties of the summer. The event draws an estimated 10,000 annually for a week of activities celebrating solidarity among the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their straight allies, peaking with the Out in the Park festival downtown.

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1 July 2015

Make a Scene: Blues scene shines at Old Town Rhythm & Blues Festival

The 24th Tacoma Old Town Rhythm & Blues Festival will take over Old Town Park, Slavonian Hall and the Spar Tavern on July 11 with a lineup that includes several heavy hitters from the regional blues scene. Recently, we caught up with promoter Mike Mitchell to talk about this year's lineup and the cause behind the event.…

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24 June 2015

Bring your hearty appetite to Taste of Tacoma

Taste of Tacoma turns 30 this year, and Tacoma's “ultimate family picnic” is expected to draw 225,000 hungry bellies to Point Defiance from June 26 to 28 where they'll enjoy the best in local food and live music. Here are five big reasons you won't want to miss this year's event:

Arrive early, get cupcakes:

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23 June 2015

Freedom Fair is back with music, air show and fireworks

When it comes to celebrating America's birthday in the Northwest, it doesn't get any bigger than Freedom Fair, which is expected to draw 100,000-plus to a two-mile stretch of Ruston Way Waterfront on Fourth of July for music, air shows, food and more, all culminating in the high-decibel bombast of fireworks.

Among…

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17 June 2015

253 Draft Punk

Know this, U.S. Open visitors: You're sitting in the cradle of Northwest rock, the city that unleashed three pioneers of garage on the world in the '50s and '60s, the Wailers, the Ventures and the Sonics. Through the years, Tacoma has also been home base for the likes of Robert Cray, Neko Case and members of Nirvana. There's…

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The Daily MashUp

22 July 2015

Rocky Sandoval celebrates new single “Just Like Stevie”

Rocky Sandoval will celebrate the release of a new single this weekend. The…Read More

1 June 2015

Kool & The Gang, En Vogue added to Washington State Fair lineup

Get ready for some old school R&B. Kool & The Gang – known for a string…Read More