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July 19, 2006 at 11:05am

All-ages blues jam at Jazzbones tonight

Anyone can play tonight at Randy Oxford's Jazzbones jam tonight, including kids.  Every Wednesday some amazing young talent have shared the stage with local blues greats.
Tonight at 8 p.m. Jazzbones will be giving away a free acoustic guitar to an eager teen.  If you know of a child or teen that can not afford an instrument, contact Jazzbones at (253) 396 9169. You and your family may receive a free instrument and dinner.
The Weekly Volcano is proud to join Jazzbones' mission to encourage youth to play music.
Join us tonight.  There will be several prizes given away as well.
Jazzbones is located at 2803 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma.  â€" Arson Carson

Filed under: Club Hopping,

July 19, 2006 at 1:42pm

ER Rogers and Associates

The old ER Rogers restaurant in Steilacoom has a "sale pending" sign up on the Victorian building.  Rumors indicate a law firm is interested in the site.  Bummer.  â€" Jason de Paul

Filed under: Food & Drink,

July 19, 2006 at 3:03pm

Nightspot gamble to be a winning hand?

Thefactory The Factory, currently looking factory-like and mostly vacant at 5602 S. Washington, is due to open in less than a month.  On Aug. 11, the South Sound will get a taste of the new nightspot with the longest bar in Western Washington, and quite possibly the most intriguing Thursday night contest, ever. (Hint: the contest involves kissing.  Second hint: and girls. Third hint: and no boys.)
The Factory's other entertainment will be free salsa dance lessons on Tuesdays, $1 wells with karaoke on Wednesdays (because nothing says “get up and sing” like cheap booze!) live music and DJs most other days, and up-coming charity events involving motorcycles. (Hint: more girls, scantily clad. Second hint: wet, too.)
General manager Jeff Jordan and owner Max Messmer like to gamble, and may have found a winning hand with this concept, where there will be something for everyone (older than 21), with four full-sized custom pool tables set for the open-beamed catwalk area and a secondary bar to service that area (“second largest in the bar!” quips Jordan) on top of all of the other proposed events.
It's possible that I won't be a contestant any time in the near (or far) future, but the salsa lessons sound like fun.  I always wanted to try to get my Merengue on. ... â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Club News,

July 19, 2006 at 5:25pm

Family rocks Hell's Kitchen tonight

Peanutbutterhoneytoast Here's the story of a man named Hans Henriksen who is raising three kids of his own.  They all live togther in a Gig Harbor apartment.  Yet they don't rock out.
Until one day. ...
What does a divorcee do with three children who don't taking their music lessons seriously?  He shows them how to rock. 
After several feeble attempts to get his kids to take their music instruments seriously Henriksen suggested they form a rock band. 
“I have always loved music, but never really played.,” Henriksen told the Weekly Volcano. “I picked up a sax when I was in my 20s and taught myself to play.  Just melodies and show tunes.  I believe in music and have tried to encourage it in each of my children.”
Henriksen says each child received an instrument for their 7th birthday. 
“Kimber, now 13, wanted a keyboard. Wolf, now 10, wanted a guitar.  They fooled around with these, but mostly they were great dust magnets.  I bought them books and worked with them, but I never saw work going into the instruments to make lessons worthwhile.”
It wasn't until Walker, now 8, received the drums he wanted that Henriksen got his bright idea.
“I was not sure about this.  Walker couldn't keep a beat to save his life,' Henriksen says.  “I have video from when he was 6, and he was the only one of his classmates who couldn't clap in time.  Drums where going to be expensive, and we had no place for them.  I finally used space as my excuse and asked the kids, “If we get Walker drums for his birthday, where will we put them?” 
The kids decided to get rid of the television. 
“So for Christmas 2004 we donated an entire entertainment center (TV, VCR, DVD, Surround Sound System) to a family in need, and have been television free ever since,” Henriksen says.  “Walker turned 7 on Jan. 1, 2005, and got his drum kit.  I bought him the books and started working with him, and he actually started playing.  I realized we had everything for a band, and saw a great family building opportunity and asked them about it.  They became passionate about being a band.”
Tonight, the Hendriksen clan, as Peanut Butter & Honey Toast, takes the stage at Hell's Kitchen.  The door for this all-ages show opens at 5:30 p.m.  The Empty Hollow, Grenerds, Spazo Kardia and The Electric Sockets join the family.  Admission is $10 at the door.
Check back here tonight for a LIVE review.
You may also check out Peanut Butter & Honey Toast on the Myspace site. â€" Ken Swarner

Filed under: Club Hopping,

July 19, 2006 at 8:00pm

Rock 'n' roll revue

Such incredible musical artists came out of the 1950s and 1960s: storyteller Otis “The Big O” Redding who swiped the International Male Vocalist Of The Year award from Elvis Presley the year prior to his death; the spirited, multitalented Ray Charles who continues to inspire beyond the grave; powerhouse vocalist Aretha Franklin who demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T and got it; and Sam & Dave with their hits “I’m A Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Coming.” Olympia’s Harlequin Productions puts on a heart pounding, high-energy musical tribute to these R&B stars and others of Atlantic Records in their show “Let the Good Times Roll â€" A Tribute to Atlantic Records.” Comfy seating is provided, but if past shows are any indication, most of the audience will be on their feet dancing their way down the aisles to the dance floor and singing along to longtime favorite tunes belted out by Harlequin’s talented vocalists. The music itself is performed by a live, swinging band of musicians. Like the originators of the songs, Harlequin’s performers put a unique and individual spin on each number by acting out the songs’ stories with exaggerated flair and enthusiastic, dramatic passion. After all, they don’t call it musical theater for nothing. Through July 29, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $29-$34, State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., downtown Olympia, (360) 786-0151. â€" Jennifer Johnson

Filed under: Theater,

July 19, 2006 at 8:20pm

Peanut Butter & Honey Toast at Hell's Kitchen

Dad played the bass guitar and sings, sister pounded the keyboards, junior strumed the guitar and little 8-year-old Walker slapped the skins (and threw his sticks into the crowd). Yes, there's no mistaking the Henriksen family for the Partridge Family. After all, Peanut Butter & Honey Toast actually have a dad, not that greaseball Reuben Kincaid. They also sing their own songs, which are inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Thorogood and a bit of AC/DC.
Peanut Butter & Honey Toast joined an all-ages show tonight at Hell's Kitchen.  Their performance was a bit rough, but, hell, their 13, 10 and 8.  By time young Walker is in junior high they'll be tight.  Count on it.
I just hope they realize how cool their dad is for landing them a show at Hell's Kitchen. â€" Ken Swarner

July 20, 2006 at 7:40am

Sliding on the sand Sunday


Take your average, typical Sunday.

After the chaos and glory of Friday and Saturday nights, most of us get a case of the boo-hoos when we think about going back to work on Monday.

One of the best ways to get over the Sunday blues is to drink beer in the afternoon and into the early evening.

My hitching post of choice when these opportunities arise is none other than the Beach Tavern.

When I drink on Sundays, I always feel like I'm getting away with something, which is probably why having a Monday off is kind of risky for me.  But no matter what, you have to refer to it as Sunday Funday and always be committed to making the best of it.
You'll find that there are several people who feel the same way at the Beach.
The regulars sit around the horseshoe-shaped bar that's right next to Titlow Beach, but no one in there needs a view of the water.  There are far better things going on inside.

The best thing EVER about the Beach is the shuffleboard table. The heavens seem to sing down on anyone who lays eyes on it. My crowning moment at the Beach was when this boy that I was (and sometimes am) in love with taught me how to play shuffleboard. In my very first game, my team beat his by one, and my final toss secured the win. We worked 'em again in a subsequent game, too.  Beginner's luck? Maybe, but I think the starry eyes and the beer helped.

If shuffleboard isn't your cup of tea, the Beach also has three pool tables, pull tabs, dart boards, a big-screen television and the ever-addictive Golden T golf game.
For the perfect beverage to accompany a match, I usually stick to Bud Light because I think it goes nicely with Sundays, but the Beach also has microbrews including Alaskan and Widmir Hefeweizen, along with a variety of wine.

There's one other essential at the Beach of which you must be aware. The food is freakin' awesome. I consistently go for the grilled cheezer and jo-jos, but I'd recommend anything from the grill-lovin' menu.

An important person whom you'll want to get to know there is Chad the bartender.  I realize that I talk about eyes quite a bit in this column, but his baby blues are certainly worth mentioning, too. Another amazing facet of The Chad is his unparalleled humor and wit, which makes sitting at the bar completely worth it.

Games, food, bros and brews? If that doesn't bring some sunshine to your Sunday, I'm not sure what will. Well, maybe if I was right there with you.


Beach Tavern, 8612 6th Ave., Tacoma, (253) 564-9984

Tell me where you like to party here.

Filed under: Club Hopping, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

July 20, 2006 at 8:00am

Local scene news

Gingerknoxx_16 PERMANENT LIPSTICK by Ginger Knoxx
Here's the truth. I've been to more barbecues, dinner at friends' houses and park picnics than shows, events or nightclubs. Does anyone really want to hear about that again? So, I will now offer you a fine listing of cool stuff to do and some of my mindless chatter.

  • This Thursday is Tacoma's Third Thursday Art Walk. Check this - Embellish Salon du Jour is hosting a bus ride around town. What better way than this is there to get your lazy behind around to all of the galleries staying open late to give a peek at T-town's massive variety of art? Don't miss the boat, er, bus. It's free, so show up at Embellish on St. Helen's Avenue at 5:30 p.m. sharp to tool around town with the lovelies and gents. Also this Thursday, check out the last SiteWorks show featuring dance companies, theatrical antics and spoken word by Luke Smiraldo at the Museum of Glass.
  • City Lights Billiards has expanded to the end of the block and will be devoting the whole area to live music. We're talking classic rock from the '50s, '60s and '70s. It won't be a small stage pushed in a corner either, but a large-scale sound system catering to bands on the weekends and an open mic night.
  • Urban Xchange is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a mash-up dance party held at Club Zoe on July 29. DJ Colin of Seattle band Mercir spins. Woo-hoo! Dress to wow in runway fashion fury and heart-stopping couture. You know it's true.
  • Umber Sleeping is out on the road for a quick mini tour to Cali, but will be back for an Aug. 4 show at Hell's Kitchen. Speaking of the road, Broken Oars is also on a West Coast jaunt. Let's hope the engine issues in Oregon don't keep them from rocking stages with Nuetral Boy as planned. They'll be back on July 28 at Seattle's Jules Maes for a tear-down-the-walls birthday party for Sickboy Mike.
  • Do you love puppies, kitties and the rest of God's little creatures? Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 5. The Dugan Foundation is putting on the first annual Woofstock at Cheney Stadium. There will be music all day from Dudley, The Degrees, In Lunar Blue, Modest Mouse side project The Vells and a super special big name headliner. Funds raised go to keeping homeless pets from taking the long sleep, so it's money well spent AND there's a beer garden (you lushes).
  • The Factory opens Aug. 11 in the space previously housed by The Brickyard out on South 56th Street and Washington. Think high-end sports bar with a dance floor and smokin' hot cocktail girls in sexy black outfits. Get your South End drink on for rock bands on Thursdays at their 73-foot long bar!
  • Wanna be in the Guinness Book of Records for playing the national anthem of rock 'n' roll, aka "Louie Louie," along with hundreds and hundreds of your closest friends? Yes, the 1,000 Guitars event is back again on Aug. 19 for LouieFest '06 at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. Register at John L. Scott Realtors on Sixth Avenue and they will pay half of your registration fee. Nice.

Give me a wink and a kiss here.  Knoxx knows.

Filed under: Club News,

July 20, 2006 at 8:10am

Saints of Everyday Failures new album

Saintsofeverydayfailures Saints of Everyday Failures
Sounds like: A séance with John Coltrane, Hermann Hesse and Public Enemy
Album: State of the Art is Failure. Limited copies available now. Full release this fall.

Saints of Everyday Failures are the Sonic Youth of hip-hop, says MC D-scribe. They are living the dream that nobody remembers, says MC ePhryme. If those statements make no sense, you haven’t been listening.
“This album’s message is two-pronged,” says MC ePryme. “It’s a commentary on where the entertainment industry is, and that what is considered ‘making it’ is a trap. Not that I don’t want to be successful, but that the iconic nature of pop culture is empty. We want something different.
“It’s also a commentary on where we’re at artistically. This is the best we can do, and were total failure in a common sense. And we’re totally happy with it.”
The album features the Saint’s trademark socio-spiritual esoterica, with production by the mysterious MyLeftFoot, Smoke, Shin and Tha Goonie. A list of spicy underground artists also contributed to Failure, including Awol One, 2Mex, Onry Ozzborn and members of Chicago’s Typical Cats. Murky, mystical hymns mingle with a spate of energetic anthems.
With State of the Art complete, the Saints are channeling psychic and spiritual energy into half a dozen projects, including ready-to-record solos from D-Scribe and ePhryme.

See ‘em live tonight
Saints of Everyday Failures will play the Capital Lakefair festival July 20 with One Block Radius and a very special guest courtesy of Living Legends crew. Doors open at 9 p.m. at The Mark, 407 Columbia St. S.W., in Olympia.  Cover is $5 at the door. â€" Paul Schrag

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music,

July 20, 2006 at 10:07am

"Merchant" at Olympia Little Theatre

The Weekly Volcano incorrectly placed "The Merchant of Venice" at Midnight Sun in today's print edition. Please note that is playing at Olympia Little Theatre: Theater Artists Olympia is producing "The Merchant of Venice," a version set in the early 1960s. Through Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $10, Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E., Olympia, (360) 786-9484, www.buyolympia.com/events.

Filed under: Theater,

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