Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

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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29 June 2015

Encore shutting down on Friday

One of Tacoma’s swankiest nightclubs is shutting its doors. Friday, July 3, will be the last day for bottle service and dancing the night away at popular downtown hot spot, Encore. Co-owner Jon Tartaglia said the venue - located 1025 Pacific Ave. - is being…

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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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24 June 2015

Make a Scene: Junkyard Jane’s Stoops releases solo CD

This may come as some surprise to anyone who has followed Billy Stoops' bands Junkyard Jane and Billy Roy Danger & The Rectifiers over the years: Stoops has never considered himself much of a songwriter.

“My songwriting has obviously developed over the years,” he said speaking in a rich, Kentucky drawl recently…

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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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18 June 2015

“SNL” vets deliver nostalgic but surprisingly short sets at the Tacoma Dome

Tacoma comedy fans partied like it was 1989 as three vets of NBC-TV's “Saturday Night Live” took the Tacoma Dome stage on Wednesday. Lovable goofball Kevin Nealon joked about “crop dusting” Jack Nickolson. (“I am Doug Wilson,” he joked, referring to his stoner character from "Weeds" during the Q & A part of…

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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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11 June 2015

Make a Scene: Nolan Garrett shows growth, maturity on sophomore album

In March, Tacoma's teenage guitar phenomenon, Nolan Garrett, debuted his new band featuring guitarist Riley Howe, bassist Alex Nelson and drummer Carson Dent; and on June 19 at Jazzbones, he'll debut a brand, spankin' new CD to showcase the new direction he's gone in with that ensemble.

“I'm making some changes as…

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3 June 2015

Weekly Rewind: Phasers on Kill

Last week, Tacoma Weekly rock photographer Bill Bungard caught up with local pop-punk quartet Phasers on Kill, which rocked Jazzbones on Wednesday,…

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2 June 2015

Tacoma City Ballet cries foul at new Pantages Theatre rental policy

Organizers at Tacoma City Ballet took to social media last week, accusing Broadway Center for the Performing Arts of targeting them with a new theater rental policy they say was enacted in retaliation for an ongoing contract dispute. Broadway Center issued its own statement on Friday, May 29, denying these charges.

Broadway…

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2 June 2015

Beware the “Moose”

In the trailer for “Moose the Movie,” viewers learn that cougars and grizzlies aren't nearly the most dangerous creatures lurking in the Alaskan wilderness.

A solemn narrator heralds the mayhem to come as a camera pans over miles and miles of pristine landscape. “The legend first appeared in writing 200 years…

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28 May 2015

Soul with a capital T.O.P.

Local fans are sure to groove to “Soul with a Capital S,” “What is Hip?” and other funky classics when Bay Area legends Tower of Power take over the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 showroom on June 6.

Band leader Emilio Castillo took a few minutes recently to reflect on nearly half a decade touring the world and…

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28 May 2015

Well worth the wait: New Ex-Gods (formerly Mahnhammer) album is finally here

It seems like forever since the band formerly known as Mahnhammer released new material. In reality, it has only been four years since the popular, Tacoma noise-rockers – now called Ex-Gods – made their debut with “Above the New Frontier,” a promising opening salvo that captured the gist, if not the full fury, of…

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20 May 2015

Make a Scene: Fun Police to unleash chaos, new CD Saturday

Tacoma’s Fun Police have channeled quite a bit of chaos in their first seven years as a band. There’s their matching cop outfits, penchant for handing out goofy “fun citations” and the way members would show up randomly, bus-king on local sidewalks while out “on patrol.”

There's their genre-confounding…

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17 May 2015

Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch deliver hits at Tacoma Dome (photos)

During one of the most fun moments of Luke Bryan's set Saturday, May 16, at the Tacoma Dome, opening acts Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser returned to the stage, huddling around Bryan's piano to take celebratory tequila shots (Lynch's 30th birthday was Thursday) and to pose for the daily tour “selfie.” Then Bryan used the…

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6 April 2016

... aaaaaaand we have Jeff Dunham contest winners

Congratulations to Debbie Nubile and Laura Moltzen who each answered all four…Read More

14 February 2016

Brad Paisley set list

Brad Paisley rocked the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night with a little support…Read More