Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

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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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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The Daily MashUp

16 May 2016

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival canceled

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

6 April 2016

... aaaaaaand we have Jeff Dunham contest winners

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