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December 5, 2012 at 12:29pm

Green Drinks Tacoma hosts coal train discussion and concert at Doyle's

DANA LYONS: The singer/songwriter will add his two cents Dec. 6 at the Green Drinks Tacoma gathering at Doyle's. Press photo

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"One of the obligations of owning a proper public house is being open to the public," says Russ Heaton, co-owner of Doyle's Public House in Tacoma.

So when Green Drinks Tacoma approached him about having Dana Lyons perform his song "Sometimes" about the coal train slated to head from Billings, Mont. through Tacoma, it was a no-brainer. The show is tomorrow at 6 p.m.

"There is going to be a hearty and robust conversation," says Heaton.

Indeed. Green Drinks Tacoma holds its final gathering of the year tomorrow at Doyle's. The social organization that mixes sustainability, conservation and environmental conversations with cocktails asked Lyons to perform at its meet-up.

"I would like to make sure we've done our due diligence and talk about the issues. If you don't start talking about it - you're going to have knee jerk reactions from both sides," adds Heaton, honored Green Drink Tacoma choose Doyle's for the concert.

Lyons, who is known for his political leans, gruff voice and acoustic pleasantries, is perhaps most well known for his song, "Cows with Guns."

Heaton is looking forward to Lyon's performance, stating he'd seen some of Lyon's work online, but opted out of watching "Sometimes" because he wanted to experience it first hand.

Doyle's and Green Drinks seem a natural collaboration, as Heaton explains Doyle's has taken great lengths to minimize its impact on the environment.

"We pay a pricier sum for some of our electricity because we asked the power company for a renewable source. We've switched from plastic to sugar based silverware. We're in process of switching over to LED light bulbs. We're also working with tenants and the city for the food waste recycling program."

And as final encouragement to enjoy the show and engage in learning about the coal train, Heaton says, "Before passing judgment on anything, make sure to get all the information you can gather."

DOYLE'S PUBLIC HOUSE, GREEN DRINKS TACOMA, THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 6 P.M., $8-$10 SLIDING SCALE, 208 SAINT HELENS AVE., TACOMA, 253.272.7468

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