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July 9, 2009 at 7:16am

Bluegrass fix tonight


Deadwood-Revial-7_9 Contrary to what some will have you believe, Tacoma is the type of town where bluegrass can thrive. Just because white folks with trust funds and Subarus have stuck their flag in the genre (a flag covered with Apple stickers and ticket stubs from that summer they followed Dave Matthews Band to “decompress” after the rigors of the college drum circle circuit), it doesn’t mean the music’s roots will just fade into nothing and become meaningless. No, bluegrass will always be a genre created by hardscrabble immigrants and played with the passion of calloused hands. Bluegrass, at heart, is blue collar â€" and the same thing can be said about Tacoma.

For this reason, Deadwood Revival’s foot stompin set at Doyle’s tonight is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whether Subarus from the North End descend on Tacoma’s favorite public house in droves, or the dusty and faded denim of our city’s south and east sides shows up in bigger numbers, Thursday at Doyle’s is sure to be a good time. For fans of bluegrass, this one’s a no brainer.

[Doyle’s Public House, Thursday, July 9, 7-9 p.m., no cover, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7468

Filed under: Matt Driscoll, Music, Tacoma,

July 9, 2009 at 8:24am

Jazz under the party cloudy sky


Kareem-Kandi Not sure what this means astrologically speaking, but it’s time again for the annual Jazz Under the Stars summer concert series, which kicks off tonight at the outdoor amphitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.

In the wake of a rare double eclipse month, Jazz Under the Stars carries on with a decade of high-octane, free, outdoor jazz concerts at PLU, and regularly features big talent, emphasizing the nice collection of jazz artists we have residing here in the Pacific Northwest. 

Show organizers say the event series has only been rained out twice (it heads indoors if it rains), so pack yourself a picnic, or enjoy free refreshments.

This year’s kick off features well-known/loved Tacoma saxophonist Kareem Kandi.

[Mary Baker Russell Music Center Ampitheater, Thursday, July 9, 7-9 p.m., no cover, bring blankets/folding chairs, 12180 Park Ave. S., Parkland/Tacoma, 253.535.7787]

Filed under: Music, Paul Schrag, Tacoma,

July 9, 2009 at 9:01am

Morning Spew

July 9, 2009 at 3:18pm

Hey bartender! Have you heard? ...


LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink,

July 9, 2009 at 3:31pm

Friday film openings


Moon "Close the pod bay door, Gerty."

MOON: Sam Rockwell plays a man serving the end of a three-year tour of duty on a lonely mining outpost on the far side of the moon.  What kind of a man would volunteer for such duty?  What kind of a corporation would ask him to?  We find out. The Grand Cinema hosts this superior science fiction film.

Also opening tomorrow: Bruno and I Love You Beth Cooper

Discover what the hell these films are about and when they screen here.

Filed under: Screens,

July 10, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Friday


5-Things-photo-7-10 1. The McCleary Bear and Second Growth festival began in 1958 as a fun way of regulating the pesky bear population.  Today, the tradition remains as alive as it is strange, serving bear stew and electing a royal court, to around 12,000 people.

2. Metro Parks’ Play Tacoma Family Carnival brings its carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, hands-on activities and an interactive show featuring Let’s Pretend Circus to Wright Park from 5-8 p.m.

3. Jazz guitarist Ed Taylor will perform inside C.I. Shenanigan’s from 7-9 p.m.

4. Distinguished writers, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and people who scribble on cocktail napkins will step up to the mic from 7-9 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Writer Series and Open Mic at King’s Books.

5. Open Choir Fire performs a CD Release Show with Bayonet and Elder Mason at 9 p.m. inside The New Frontier Lounge.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Events, Music, Tacoma, Word,

July 10, 2009 at 4:38am

Rapping the open range


Sandman His name is Chris Sand. He grew up in Ronan, Montana on the Flathead Reservation.  He now lives in a house in Dunn Center that he bought for $1,000.  He’s a truck driver when he has work, which he currently does not.  He has a bulging disc in his back from a lifetime on the farm.  He’s also one of the most original and inventive musicians anywhere.  He’s a cowboy who raps. Read the full interview here.

Move on down to Bob’s Java Jive tonight night and catch his show.

[Bob’s Java Jive, with Glass Elevator, Jesus Chords, Friday, July 10, 8 p.m., 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]

Photo: Emily Nash

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

July 10, 2009 at 4:56am

Nosh Pit: Summer Lunch Series and more


Summer Lunch Series: Tacoma Chamber lures folks into Tollefson Plaza with grub from Pacific Grill, Upper Crust Pizza and Mad Hat Tea Company.

Outdoor Barbecue: Chef Charlie McManus will be grilling in front of his Crown Bar tonight.

West Coast Represent: Best ice cream shops according to Food & Wine.

Today’s South Sound Special

Every Friday from noon to 1 p.m., Museum of Glass visitors can chow down on a pre-ordered boxed lunch from Gallucci's Catering while watching a featured artist in action in the Hot Shop.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Tacoma,

July 10, 2009 at 5:15am

Bead it


Beads There is no way in hell you’re going to the Bellevue Bead Festival in November because you are boycotting those bluegrass-stealing bastards.

So now you’re going to go to the Puget Sound Bead Festival at Hotel Murano today through Sunday, just like you’re going to do all that other stuff you can do now that American Idol and Michael Jackson are over. You’re going to the Bead Festival, and you’re going to have the choice of buying gems or beads or silver or minerals or crystals or just saying, the hell with it, and buying some fine jewelry, which you know you’ve wanted to do all along anyway. Haven’t you?

[Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, July 10-12, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma]

Filed under: Events, Fashion, Tacoma,

July 10, 2009 at 9:06am

Morning Spew

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