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The Rockford Files: Evening of Keys

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The Rockford Files: Evening of Keys

Nothing says the day after Thanksgiving like a night of piano music. That's why the ninth "Evening of Keys" drops Friday, Nov. 29, at Louie G's Pizzeria in Fife. Raymond Hayden of Maurice the Fish Records launched the concert series after he noticed the lack of collaboration between local keyboardists. Many

The Rockford Files: The Gig Spot opens in Gig Harbor

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The Rockford Files: The Gig Spot opens in Gig Harbor

When I began writing for the Weekly Volcano, the title "all-ages music columnist" was bestowed upon me. Many of my installments - particularly toward the beginning - strived to inform our readers about the current state of underage music in the South Sound. In the last year of my Volcano

The Rockford Files: Olympia legends at Northern

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The Rockford Files: Olympia legends at Northern

It's a very festive time of year. Along with Halloween rapidly approaching - and the slew of other holidays marked by the latter part of the year - there are also some important show dates to cram in between your full celebratory schedule. One falls on Oct. 26, the Saturday before

The Rockford Files: Maurice the Fish Records

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The Rockford Files: Maurice the Fish Records

If you've read The Rockford Files frequently, you've read several times about local record company Maurice the Fish Records. Founded in 2007, Maurice the Fish Records has a variety of goals, including providing its artists with, as its hype proclaims, "a platform in which they can maintain creative control of

Sunday, Sept. 29: Back To Beale Street Blues 2014 Funraiser Concert

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Sunday, Sept. 29: Back To Beale Street Blues 2014 Funraiser Concert

The International Blues Challenge hosted in Memphis, Tenn., is a - you guessed it - international competition where blues bands and solo/duo acts compete for a variety of prizes and recognition in the music industry. In its 30th year, competition will take place Jan. 21-25 -

The Rockford Files: Back to Beale Street blues bash

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The Rockford Files: Back to Beale Street blues bash

The International Blues Challenge hosted in Memphis, Tenn., is a - you guessed it - international competition where blues bands and solo/duo acts compete for a variety of prizes and recognition in the music industry. In its 30th year, competition will take place Jan. 21-25 - and will once again

The Rockford Files: Drake to play Tacoma Dome

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The Rockford Files: Drake to play Tacoma Dome

Since I generally focus on music that is rooted and written in Tacoma, I seldom write about an upcoming show at the Tacoma Dome. In fact, I have actually never as much as mentioned the venue that is the main - and pretty much only - tour stop in Tacoma

Saturday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 22: Dreamfest 2013

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Saturday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 22: Dreamfest 2013

I've previously noted Louie G's as one of the South Sound's premiere all-ages venues. Revered by fans and artists alike for it's fantastic stage, professional lighting and wonderful sound, Louie G's Pizzeria in Fife is loved in numbers. Sept. 21 and 22 will mark the venue's

The Rockford Files: Looking Northern

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The Rockford Files: Looking Northern

I suppose it's due time I update you on what's coming up at my favorite all-ages venue in Olympia - Northern. And it is for good reason I am bringing you this information because some fantastic acts are scheduled to be visiting our State Capitol. Thursday, Sept. 12 Portland-based band Hits

The Rockford Files: Rocket Records Grand Re-opening

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The Rockford Files: Rocket Records Grand Re-opening

Several months ago you may have received somewhat of a scare at the sight of moving boxes outside Tacoma's Rocket Records. A mainstay of local vinyl geeks - myself included - Rocket Records has been on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Proctor Street since 2007. The disappearance of its

The Rockford Files: Analogue Resurgence Tour

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The Rockford Files: Analogue Resurgence Tour

All-ages venue Northern in Olympia hosts a cool event Friday, Sept. 6. Follow me on this one. The evening's event - deemed "Analogue Resurgence Tour" and brought to you by Three Peas Records - will be a musical and cinematic collaboration between the very talented Russ Forster and Skizz Cyzyk.

Fife holds 2nd Annual Dreamfest

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Fife holds 2nd Annual Dreamfest

I've previously noted Louie G's as one of the South Sound's premiere all-ages venues. Revered by fans and artists alike for it's fantastic stage, professional lighting and wonderful sound, Louie G's Pizzeria in Fife is loved in numbers. This September 21st and 22nd will mark the venue's 2nd annual "Dreamfest."

Live It Outloud

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Live It Outloud

It seems as if Ted Brown Music is running a School of Rock. Literally. This Saturday, Aug. 10, is the culmination of an intensive, eight-week music program called Live It Outloud, produced by Ted Brown Music Outreach and sponsored by Ted Brown Music Company. The program - now in its third

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Upcoming shows at the Northern

It seems long overdue that I take a moment to acknowledge some upcoming events in our area that are worth penciling in on your midsummer calendar. In the excitement of the city's busy summer schedule - with the recent Taste of Tacoma, Art on the Ave, Ethnic Fest, and the

Saturday, Aug. 3: Western Hymn

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Saturday, Aug. 3: Western Hymn

The band members of Western Hymn - Craig Extine (guitar, vocals), Sarah Utter (bass, vocals) and Kris Cunningham (drums) - became acquainted when their previous bands played shows together. Brought together by their love of classic punk music such as The Sonics and The

Friday, Aug. 2: Western Hymn

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Friday, Aug. 2: Western Hymn

The band members of Western Hymn - Craig Extine (guitar, vocals), Sarah Utter (bass, vocals) and Kris Cunningham (drums) - became acquainted when their previous bands played shows together. Brought together by their love of classic punk music such as The Sonics and The Wipers, Western Hymn

The Rockford Files: Western Hymn

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The Rockford Files: Western Hymn

Receiving thoughtfully packaged parcels containing wonderful local music has become a reoccurring theme in my life. Last week, I shared with you South Sound music staple Regan Lane and his new band Strangely Alright. This week, I'd like to share with you the contents of yet another package I received,

The Rockford Files: "The Time Machine Is Broken" is not broken

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The Rockford Files: "The Time Machine Is Broken" is not broken

Several weeks ago, I received a package at work. I had been given a heads up that I should be expecting a CD to arrive for me for a possible review in my column. However, I had not been properly notified about the incredible quality of the aforementioned CD, or

Saturday, July 13: Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival

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Saturday, July 13: Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival

The Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival, founded as the Tacoma Old Town Blues Festival in 1991 by Ted Brown and Mike Mitchell, will add more rhythm to the annual beloved blues festival. Saturday will find the festival back in Tacoma's Old Town Park on North

The Rockford Files: Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival

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The Rockford Files: Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival

This is a busy month for Old Town Tacoma. The Fourth of July drew thousands of South Sounders to the Freedom Fair along Ruston Way for an all-day celebration featuring live music, food vendors a spectacular air show - and, of course, the annual fireworks display off the barge. And

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