Ernest Jasmin


15 April 2015

Make a Scene: The Real Big Beat

If you have a drum kit and even a hint of rhythm, the organizers of Woodstick Big Beat 2015 want you.

For the 12th installment of the charity event – which is organized in cooperation with Groove Music for Youth, the Emerald Queen Casino and Donn Bennett Drum Studios – hundreds of drummers will again assemble…

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14 April 2015

An order of rock, hold the cheese

If you were a local scenester in the early '80s, chances are you remember No Cheese Please, the popular Tacoma power-pop outfit that helped shape regional rock during the Reagan Era, along with bands like the Heats, the Cowboys and the Moberlys.

Last year, No Cheese unexpectedly roared back to life, eventually leading…

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14 April 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Spring Fair brings fun and frivolity

Locals will pet cuddly critters, cheer on metal-mashing machines and take “selfies” with a 20-foot-tall rubber duckie this weekend as the 26th annual Spring Fair takes over the Washington State Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave., SW, in Puyallup.

Gates open at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, with festivities continuing…

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8 April 2015

Make a Scene: Sonics boomed Moore Theatre

Tacoma's garage-rock super-heroes, The Sonics, have made several regional appearances nearly eight years after they came back from their mysterious, 40-year hiatus. But none of them have been quite like the heavy hitting, star-studded affair the band headlined at Seattle's Moore Theatre on April 2.

For starers, the…

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8 April 2015

Arts & Entertainment: New Nirvana book highlights Tacoma ties

There always seems to be a spike in interest in Nirvana around the anniversary of singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain's death, even more so this year as buzz builds for HBO's forthcoming documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” which will debut on May 4.

There is also a new book that highlights some of the band's…

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8 April 2015

Vicci Martinez unveils new tunes, band

For her first act, Vicci Martinez spent a decade growing her Vicci Martinez Band into one of the region's most popular live acts.

For her second, she built a national following as the spunkiest member of Team CeeLo on the inaugural season of NBC-TV's “The Voice.” Her brush with pop stardom came at a cost, though.…

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3 April 2015

Tacoma’s Sonics rock the Moore with a little help from some famous friends

Tacoma's garage-rock super-heroes, The Sonics, have made several regional appearances nearly eight years into their comeback (which followed a mysterious, 40-year disappearance.) But none of them have been quite like Thursday night's heavy hitting, star-studded affair…

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1 April 2015

Teddy Lee Hooker begins new chapter with return to Gray Sky Blues Fest

On April 11, Ted Grimes will return to Tacoma's Gray Sky Blues Music Festival for the first time since he headlined the inaugural event in 2008. The singer-guitarist – who performs as Teddy Lee Hooker – counts his previous Gray Sky performance as a pivotal moment in his career; and, similarly, he sees his return as the…

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25 March 2015

Make a Scene: Riot grrl redux

Olympia's Full Moon Radio started with a hostile takeover of sorts.

Guitarist Jessie Jackson and drummer Sarah Lynn moved to town in 2000 inspired by Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney and other bands associated with the city's feminist, “riot grrl” movement in the '90s. “That's the exact reason I moved here,” said…

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25 March 2015

“Spiritual Cowgirl” Jessica Lynne plays for a good cause

Tacoma country singer Jessica Lynne has been a mover and shaker in the regional country scene since shortly after she arrived in 2010.

In 2013, she beat out competitors from around the state to reach the western regional finals of the Texaco Country Showdown, among the biggest showcases of unsigned country artists…

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18 March 2015

Clan Gordon holds its annual fundraiser for kilts and kits

Locals united to celebrate the music (and libations) of Ireland on Tuesday. On Saturday, March 21, though, they will gather to enjoy the bagpipes and drums of Scotland as the Clan Gordon Pipe Band holds its 52nd annual Tartan Ball fundraiser in the pavilion of the Washington State Fairgrounds, located at 110 Ninth Ave., in…

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17 March 2015

Will Jordan takes listeners on musical ‘Journey to the Land of the Lost’ with new trilogy

Tacoma singer-songwriter Will Jordan will appear at Austin's South by Southwest festival this weekend, playing the Roosevelt Room on March 20 and promoting tunes from his ambitious new music trilogy, “Journey to the Land of the Lost.”

SXSW has long been one of the country's biggest showcases for up-and-coming…

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17 March 2015

Above & Beyond Tour

The Tacoma Dome will throb with the pulse of electronic dance music on Saturday, March 21, when British progressive trance trio Above & Beyond takes over with what's sure to be an epic DJ set. Their tour, in support of last year's “We Are All We Need” album, will also bring opening acts 16 Bit Lolitas, Matan “Mat…

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11 March 2015

Make a Scene: Southern Troubadours head to Broadway Center

Gregg Allman famously pointed out the redundancy of the term “Southern rock.” “You might as well say 'rock rock,'” he said; the South being the crucible for a world-conquering sound that borrowed liberally from the traditions of blues, country and gospel.

Paul Thorn is one of three singer-songwriters that…

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4 March 2015

Hughley Entertaining

D.L. Hughley has been a comedic force for two decades, from his run as the first host of B.E.T.'s “Comic View” in the early '90s to his appearance in Spike Lee's stand-up classic, “The Original Kings of Comedy,” and his most recent Showtime special, “Clear.”

These days, you can hear his syndicated “The…

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3 March 2015

Love the earth at Sustainability Expo

The eighth annual South Sound Sustainability Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, highlighting ways locals can reduce their carbon footprint and maybe save a few bucks in the process.

“For anyone who is unsure about the breadth of how they could…

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25 February 2015

Sandoval’s Star Keeps Rising

Los Angeles is notorious for chewing young artists up and spitting them out, a reality that local R&B singer Rock Sandoval is all too familiar with.

“It’s a really harsh industry down there,” the Spanaway native said, recalling his hard knocks in the City of Angels. “I was told that I would never be a singer.…

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24 February 2015

Attention patriotic crooners: The Washington State Fair needs you

Think you can sing? Can you remember the words to the National Anthem better than Christina Aguilera? Then you could be the next Jacqueline Pearson.

Pearson got concerts at the grandstand started on a patriotic note for years, followed by Jennifer Lauer more recently. Now fair organizers are looking for a fresh face…

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18 February 2015

TSO features violinist Vadim Gluzman

Ukranian-born, Israeli virtuoso Vadim Gluzman is considered his one of the greatest classical violinists of his generation. “Gluzman is that kind of monster – the kind who leaves an audience staggering from the hall, smiling, shaken and re-made,” critic Chris Waddington writes for New Orleans Times-Picayune.


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18 February 2015

Make a Scene: Grand Cinema Host annual Academy Awards party

It's nearly Academy Awards time, movie buffs, and all our cinematic questions will soon be answered.

Will “Boyhood” best “Birdman” for Best Picture, or might it be the uplifting “Selma?” Will veteran Julianne Moore snag her first Best Actress trophy (shocking, we know) or will Meryl Streep toss another…

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The Daily MashUp

12 November 2015

Seattle radio station outlines plans to buy KUOW, switch to all-jazz format

Today, Seattle's KUOW-FM (94.9) announced plans to purchase the broadcast license…Read More

28 October 2015

Smoke + Cedar will close this weekend

Smoke + Cedar will go dark after next weekend, owner Gordon Naccarato announced,…Read More