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August 27, 2007 at 1:46pm

Tacoma Jr. Idol winner

Jridolwinner Paige Lawson, 7, won the Tacoma Jr. Idol title with the song “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” as a mist cooled the Saturday evening crowd at the South End Recreation Area.  The Gig Harbor girl won a check for $250 and will compete at the Jr. Battle of the Idols Sept. 15 at the Puyallup Fair.

The adults will battle it out Saturday, Sept. 1 at Vassault Park. â€" Michael Swan

Photography by Charles Maclauchlan

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

August 27, 2007 at 3:21pm

Pretty dumpsters

Olympia Dumpster Divers post a few dumpsters they dig.  So trashy! - Suzy Stump

Filed under: Culture, Olympia,

August 27, 2007 at 3:44pm

Love Tacoma feed their heads

Love Tacoma, the grassroots group creating events that feature the hippest places in Tacoma, drop by King's Books Wednesday, Aug. 29, to read and hug beginning at 5:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m. they'll walk next door to Doyle's Public House and drink and hug. â€" Suzy Stump

August 28, 2007 at 6:58am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

Learn it, use it, spell it

Palliate \PAL-ee-ayt\, transitive verb:

1. To reduce in violence (said of diseases, etc.); to lessen or abate.
2. To cover by excuses and apologies; to extenuate.
3. To reduce in severity; to make less intense.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Bobble Tiki is no doctor, but if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that there’s nothing like eight or nine cans of Bud Ice to palliate the pain of one’s seemingly miserable existence. It works every time.

Breakfastatbobbletikis THE MORNING NEWS

GONZALES: Dems stay the course.

HAWAII: Dude, like hanging ten with a Superferry.

SENATOR: Look at me before I go-go.

ELTON: Madman across the Internet.

You can stand atop the mountain and scream your naked desires to the universe or shed that synapse epilepsy and hug the South Sound today with your fellow man:

MUSIC: Despite the fact that Bobble Tiki just overheard Matt Driscoll on the phone with Seaweed guitarist Wade Neal, and he knows an interview story in the next issue of the Weekly Volcano is imminent â€" Bobble Tiki is going to try his damnedest not to be overcome with giddy school girl excitement, and stick to the task at hand. There’s time for Seaweed excitement. Today is only Tuesday.

Today, go to KISW.com, and vote for Top Heavy Crush as they’ve been named a finalist in the station’s American Idiot Local Band Competition. You can vote until Sept. 5. Top Heavy Crush will also be playing the “finals show” at Studio 7 in Seattle on Sept. 7, according to an e-mail from the band.

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.

Duke Robillard is a guitarist â€" in the truest sense. Over the course of a career that has spanned four decades, and probably twice as many styles, Robillard has again and again proven he’s one of the best pure guitarists to ever step on stage or set foot in the studio. His career began in 1967 when he co-founded the jump blues band Roomful of Blues with pianist Al Copley, and he’s still touring and teaching guitar to this day (obviously, since he’ll be at the Capitol Theater Aug. 29.)

Please be Bobble Tiki’s friend here.

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Deal with it.

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Music, News To Us, Tacoma,

August 28, 2007 at 9:32am

Hello! hello, cupcake

hello, cupcake, the much anticipated cupcake shop between BKB & Company gallery and South Sound Running in downtown Tacoma will have a pre-opening event Thursday, Aug. 30 followed by a grand opening celebration this weekend.

Julie Bennett, owner of neighboring urbanXchange, was lucky enough to sample their delicious lemon, chocolate espresso, key lime and coconut cupcakes. 

“They’re absolutely gorgeous, too,” says Bennett. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

August 28, 2007 at 12:48pm

Duke Robillard tomorrow in Olympia

While I don’t consider Duke Robillard a “blues” artist, his affiliation with Room Full of Blues and the Fabulous Thunderbirds has landed him that genre. I’m not discounting the fact that his finesse of the Gibson has its roots firmly planted in the Chess records catalogue though as he can bend them strings with the best of em and has been greatly influenced by T-bone Walker.  I guess what I’m trying to say is Robbilard defies labels and is a well-rounded guitar slinger who is not afraid to experiment.  Each project he has tackled over the past 30 years has shown an inquisitively gifted musician who enjoys diversity. 

Robillard performs tomorrow night at the Capitol Theater in Olympia.

Robillard formed Roomful in 1967 and stayed with the blues franchise for decade before exiting stage left to pursue other musical endeavors. After grinding his axe with rockabilly singer Robert Gordon as well as the Legendary Blues Band, he set out on his own. Since then Robbilard has released more than 25 albums playing everything from jazz, swing, blues and rock. In June Robillard released World Full of Blues on which he packed two discs with every style he could think of. Covers of Walker, Booker T and Tom Waits are all executed with his signature style. â€" Tony Englehart

[Capitol Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., all ages, $10-$15, 206 Fifth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.754.6670]

P.S. Bobble Tiki waxes Robillard here.

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Olympia,

August 29, 2007 at 6:47am

It's a big week

It’s a big week, Tacoma â€" a week I’ve been giddily anticipating for a long time.

First off, the start of the NFL season is, literally, just around the corner. The first real NFL action of the year will go down Thursday, Sept. 6, when the New Orleans Saints travel to Indianapolis to face the world champion Colts. Three days later, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 13 NFL games are scheduled â€" enough to keep this hack journalist happily couch-bound for the entire Sabbath.

But, that’s next week. This week is big because, as is quickly becoming a tradition, the weekend before the start of the NFL season is reserved for my fantasy football draft.

Fantasy Football, in case you live in complete oblivion or denial (possibly both), is where eight to twelve dudes get together and fantasize about running a professional football team â€" drafting rosters from the entire league, deciding who they’ll start and sit every week, and awarding points to players for their statistics on game days.  Usually money is wagered, and usually beer is consumed. Especially on draft day.

Whatever fantasy league you play in, draft day is the biggest day of the year. It’s the day when everyone in the league chooses their team. While, over the course of the season, some teams will do well and some will suck, on draft day everyone has a shot. On draft day, everyone is involved. Most of the time fantasy football is an activity you can do by yourself, in front of your television, wearing sweats pants, and passing in and out of consciousness with a pound and a half of nacho cheese in your stomach. That’s one of the beautiful things about fantasy football. But on draft day everyone is in the same room. Everyone comes together and the dudeage is heavy. That’s the most beautiful thing of all.

Fantasy football brings people together â€" especially on draft day. I’ve been waiting, and I’m ready. If you’re a fantasy geek like me, good luck.

More importantly, at least to readers of the Weekly Volcano’s music section, this weekend â€" Saturday at the High Dive in Seattle, and Sunday at Bumbershoot â€" marks the heroic return of one of the greatest bands in the history of Tacoma.


Check out my interview with Seaweed guitarist Wade Neal tomorrow in the Weekly Volcano. â€" Matt Driscoll

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Sports, Tacoma,

August 29, 2007 at 11:46am

Syren Lounge closes

The Syren Lounge at 1117 Tacoma Ave. has closed its doors.  Owner Chad Melton says he’s pondering other options for the space.

The Weekly Volcano will miss the view from its deck. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Club News, Tacoma,

August 29, 2007 at 12:13pm

Howie Puyallup

Howie Mandel will perform at the Puyallup Fair Saturday, Sept. 15 at 5 and 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are on sale right now for $20 or $40 at Ticketmaster. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music,

August 29, 2007 at 1:35pm

Hilly Kristal, the man behind CBGB, dies

What could be said about the venerable club on the Bowery that hasn’t been said before? It paved way for punk rock by insisting that bands play their own material; it was a refuge for the disenfranchised, the forgotten, and the lonely; it was a dump, a shit hole, but it was ours collectively, it was our shit hole. Hilly gave us that, even if it wasn’t meant to last.

Less than a year after the house that Hilly built passed on to the great unknown, so did its proprietor, Hilly Kristal. Kristal died yesterday a fighter, fighting a losing fight to save the club that he loved so much, and eventually fighting lung cancer.

I first met Kristal some time ago during a particularly cold New York winter. Broke, and without a job, I answered a help wanted add for work at CBGB. Desperate for money and equally excited for the opportunity to work at CBGB, I ran down to the small club at 315 Bowery only to be turned around by Kristal, “Come back next week and we’ll see.”

Short, simple, gruff, and to the point, “Come back next week.” I did come back, three consecutive weeks until I was hired. For the better part of two years, before leaving New York, I had the great privilege of being Kristal’s assistant; which basically equated to opening the club, watching CNN and Regis and Kelly, and sharing stories with Kristal until mid-afternoon before we went home.

Kristal, born on a small Southern Jersey farm, moved to New York to pursue a career as a folk and bluegrass singer. Clad in denim overalls and slicked, greased hair, he played around the West Village folk scene for a number of years before settling into a job as manager of the Village Vanguard.

If his career had ended at the eclipse of the folk scene, Kristal may have remained a New York legend. While managing the Vanguard, he was responsible for bringing the Newport Folk and Jazz Festival to New York’s Central Park, hung out with future rock luminaries such as Dylan, and worked as the tour manager for Peter, Paul, and Mary at the height of the Folkways set.

But of course his life and career didn’t end when Dylan went electric. Tired of the Vanguard, Kristal opened a small bar in the West Village simply called “Hilly’s.” Before long he had moved to a small location on the Bowery and opened “Hilly’s on the Bowery.”

Kristal opened the club while it was only $600/month to rent and had visions of showcasing country, bluegrass and blues bands, eventually changing the name to “C.B.G.B.” or Country Bluegrass and Blues, the O.M.F.U.G. was added later.

We all know the history of the now vacant venue, and for many it's hard to separate the man from the club. Kristal, always ambitious, had other bars; CB’s on 14th St., and of course the Gallery; managed other bands: The Dead Boys, The Shirts; but remained rooted in the fact that with CB’s he was giving something to people who needed anything. Until recently, when stars who have never even been on the same block as the club began wearing their T-shirts, CB’s was a passion of love, and if you ask him, a little irritation as well, barley breaking even, always in disrepair, home.

So what's going on with Kristal's former haunt these days? It's been gutted in spite of that, the space will rent for around $200 per square foot â€" a far cry from what it rented for 34 years ago. So far there have been inquiries from art galleries, retail shops and high end companies, but no takers. As for the former tenant, there were talks of reopening the venue in another (lower rent) city, but will Kristal's death mean that CBGB is officially gone, too?  Only time will tell. But for me CBGB is dead. â€" Timothy Radar

Filed under: Music,

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