Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

1 October 2015

Make a Scene: Comedian Mohr promises to ‘wreck house’ in Tacoma

In no time, Jay Mohr shifts into his go-to Tracy Morgan impression, familiar to fans of the popular comedian's stand-up and his sports talk program, “The Jay Mohr Show,” which airs from noon to 3 p.m. locally, weekdays on KHHO-AM (850).
“You sound fiiiiiiine,” he says, speaking in Morgan's thick Bronx drawl…

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24 September 2015

Maybe not ‘the realest,’ but Aussie rapper Azalea thrills youngish crowd in Puyallup

“First things first, I’m the realest,” goes the opening salvo of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” among the most ubiquitous hits of 2014. That sentiment has been widely debated since the Australian-born rapper took the pop world by storm, becoming the poster girl for cultural appropriation in the process with her faux Southern…

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24 September 2015

Make a Scene: Australian tribute act to bring Queen to life at Pantages

Freddie Mercury's supple, operatic tenor. Brian May's majestic, tone-rich solos. Nobody sounds quite like legendary rock band Queen. Well, almost nobody.
Recreating the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' sound is what the Australian production, “Queen: It's a Kinda Magic” is all about. Specifically, the production will…

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17 September 2015

Make a Scene: The Genius of Weird Al

Admit it, cool people. You secretly love Weird Al Yankovic. You once filed the nerdy King of Pop Parody under “guilty pleasure,” or maybe you pigeonholed him as “that guy who's cashed in on food puns since the Reagan Era.” But it's about time you openly embraced his brilliant brand of weirdness. 
Like many…

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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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29 July 2015

Make a Scene: Reunited Dead Letter Office set to rock MAWP Fest

Leaving Tacoma has only made Dan Stone's heart grow fonder for the music scene that he left behind.

“I had to leave Tacoma for years to come back and understand how unique and special that scene is,” said Stone, who has lived in San Diego since 2001.

“You kind of take it for granted,” he said, “but…

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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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15 July 2015

Ralphie May: “A Sam Kinison after party was no place for a 17-year-old boy” (audio)

Coming up in our next issue we have an interview with popular comedian Ralphie May who will headline five big shows at Tacoma Comedy Club from July 23 to 25. He landed on many fans' radar after he competed on the inaugural season of NBC-TV's…

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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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5 June 2016

Slipknot delays upcoming appearance in Auburn

Medical issues have caused alt-metal band Slipknot to postpone its scheduled…Read More

16 May 2016

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival canceled

This year's Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled. Organizer Rich…Read More