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October 16, 2014 at 7:08am

5 Things To Do Today: The Voodoo Organist, O'Leary-Spring reception, Gig Harbor Film Festival, Art + Science Salon ...

The Valley in Tacoma chose The Voodoo Organist to headline its first live music show.

THURSDAY, OCT. 16 2014 >>>

1. You say you want some spooky? The Voodoo Organist, the Los Angeles artist sometimes known as Scott Wexton, channels Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Devo, The Doors and an evil roller-rink to conjure a circus of lounge sounds darkly peppy. The Voodoo Organist has powers, brother - and unless you're willing to dance in the moonlight with Satan himself, the Weekly Volcano recommends you skip The Valley's first live music show featuring said organist, the return of bizarro punk jug-band Swampy Draws and Los Hermanos Brothers. The whale of the Voodoo Organist's Hammond and the moan of synths will get inside you - and it just might wreck you for good. If you do decide to brave it, the free show begins at 8 p.m.

2. Tacoma artists Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press host a dual exhibition reception beginning at 4 p.m. Here's how it works: stop by O'Leary's reception at the Tacoma Public Library Downtown Branch first and pick up an illustrated keepsake. Then, take your keepsake down the hill to Spring's reception at the Old Post Office, and print a phrase on it with her antique printing press. Both events are free and open to the public. Except a small pop-up shop at Spring's reception, stocked with goodies related to both shows and also featuring guest artist Mare Blocker.

3. The University of Puget Sound's Art + Science Salon series returns to the Tacoma Art Museum for a conversation about the intersection of science, analog and technology at 6 p.m. Expect to hear big words from computer-controlled installation artist Brent Watanabe, audio-visual artist Joel Ong, music composer James Bernhard and multi-media artist Cable Griffith. Admission is free.

4. This weekend the seventh annual Gig Harbor Film Festival will prove once again there's plenty of life across the Narrows by welcoming a variety of locally-made films, independents, documentaries, shorts and more to the Galaxy Theatres Uptown. Upping the ante, special guests scheduled to appear at the Gig Harbor Film Fest include Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu in It's a Wonderful Life. Tonight, at 6 p.m., the comedy Frank Vs. God kicks off the festival with a post-film Q&A with producer Scott Schill.

5. DJ SlimRock spins soul, funk and more beginning at 9 p.m. inside The Brotherhood Lounge.

LINK: Thursday, Oct. 16 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 10, 2014 at 7:26am

5 Things To Do Today: The Comic Strippers, Lucy Kaplansky, Rednecktoberfest, Steel Cranes ...

The Comic Strippers bare all for laughs tonight.

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 2014 >>>

1. While none of The Comic Strippers possess Chris Farley's shirtless je ne sais quoi, it's fair to say they'll never give Magic Mike a run for his sweaty singles. Truth be told, they may not even take off their pants. But once their shirts are off, they'll apply their trained torsos and minds to the sexy art of ... improvisational comedy. Read Christian Carvajal's full feature on The Comic Strippers in the Music and Culture section, then catch the Canadian improv comedians at 8 p.m. in the Rialto Theater.

2. The story of the von Trapp family who escaped Austria, moved to the United States and toured the world singing for two decades has inspired generations since the film The Sound of Music was released in 1965. The story continues as the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp take up the family tradition anew. Meet Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, four siblings that, for the last 12 years, have been singing on stages around the world to critical acclaim and packed houses. Check them out at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Center.

3. Lucy Kaplansky has some fierce little tunes. The New York City singer-songwriter with the Fast Folk pedigree and the masters in psychology has a beautiful flair for harmony and eloquent in her assessment of human foibles and domestic dynamics. She released Reunion, her seventh solo CD, in 2012, reuniting with her with musicians Buddy Miller, Richard Shindell, Jonatha Brooke, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter, J. Geils Band), Jon Herington (Steely Dan) and producer/drummer Ben Wittman (Paula Cole, Don Byron). It's doubtful most of these folks will be with her at 8 p.m. in Morso wine bar in Gig Harbor, but you can be certain the night will be filled with deeply moving, joyful, meditative and rollicking stories of human foibles and domestic dynamics.

4. Steel Creek American Whiskey Co. knows if you listen to country music and fly a rebel flag everywhere you go and your neck gets burnt from exposure to the sun when you're out partying with friends while country rap band THE LACS blares in the background, you might be a redneck. Therefore, the downtown country/western joint hosts Rednecktoberfest from 9-11 p.m. Enjoy $2 cans of PBR, Hamms and Rainier, as you could win a pair of tickets to see THE LACS live at Steel Creek Nov. 16.

5. Amanda Schukle and Tracy Shapiro are Oakland rock duo Steel Cranes. With Schukle on drums and Shapiro on vocals, the two will showcase their debut album, Ouroboros, at Le Voyeur at 9 p.m. Lazy Animals and Coma Figura will open.

LINK: Friday, Oct. 10 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area.

September 26, 2014 at 8:26am

5 Things To Do Today: Ritzy Retro Night, Jamie Joseph Trunk, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jessica Lynne ...

Minneapolis-based Davina and the Vagabonds will bring their rollicking New Orleans-flavored mix of blues, jazz and roots music to Jazzbones tonight. Photo credit: Grinkie Girl Photography/Christie Williams

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 2014 >>>

1. Who doesn't like a little pizzazz with their jazz? Short answer? No one. Jazzy tunes inherently beg to be paired with a little spice, like a beer and a plate of nachos (don't hold the jalapenos), like a fine wine and ... well, actually pairing wine and spicy food is kind of tricky. Jazzbones has noted this pairing potential and set out to create the perfect show - soulful tunes both local and from afar coupled with just the right amount of spice. Enter the tri-fold powerhouse that is Davina and The Vagabons, Chmpagne Sunday and Gritty City Sirens. Read Kristin Kendle's full feature on this ritzy retro night of serious girl power on our Walkie Talkie blog., then catch the show at 8 p.m. in Jazzbones.

2. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the renowned historian, author, and filmmaker, popularly known for his Public Broadcasting Service series Finding Your Roots, will speak at University of Puget Sound at 4 p.m. A theorist and cultural critic and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Gates will lecture on "Genealogy and Genetics" in the Memorial Fieldhouse. Admission is $20 for the general public and free for Puget Sound faculty and staff, but tickets must be ordered in advance. Attendees to the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference enter free, after their purchase of one-day or three-day tickets to the conference.

3. Compass Rose Tacoma hosts a Jamie Joseph Trunk Party with sips and treats from 4-8 p.m. Working together in Seattle, Jamie and Jeremy Joseph convey their artistic vision by focusing on bringing light, shape, and an organic framework to some of the most beautiful stones in the world. Jamie has an artisan's aesthetic and her collections are renowned for meticulous craftsmanship, signature stone cutting techniques, and an abundance of color. A woodworker and craftsman in his own right, Jeremy Joseph is the head stone cutter. The Proctor District store will keep the jewelry on display throughout the weekend.

4. Tacoma Brewing Company celebrates the fist bottling of its Dr. Alexander's Hard Ginger Ale with a release party from 5-9 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Ginger and receive a buck off your first bottle. Expect ginger ale cocktails tonight, too.

5. The music typically coming out of Denmark leans toward art punk, power electronics and cold synth pop. Jessica Lynne, who grew up 60 km south of Copenhagen, sings country music. Country Music Television had an effect, as did rural life, with cows outside the church windows. Whatever, Lynne relocated to the Pacific Northwest to be with family, and has struck up a relationship with local label Maurice the Fish Records. We found her Spiritual Cowgirl release on Spotify to be lyrically rich and melodically pleasing. Catch her at 8 p.m.at The Hub in Gig Harbor.

LINK: Friday, Sept. 26 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 20, 2014 at 7:59am

5 Things To Do Today: The Zags, Made in Tacoma, Lumins Festivus, Moss Brothers ...

The Zags perform tonight at the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia. Photo courtesy of Facebook

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 2014 >>>

1. The Zags are a prime example of the kind of devotees that worship at the feet of the perfect pop song. It's not surprising that the band, hailing fro Portland, has received so many comparisons to Squeeze, though they've only been around for a little over a year. In that time, they've released several singles, which have just been assembled into their debut EP, Small Bags. Every song is a triumph of economy, packing punch and beautiful harmonies into rarely more than 2-and-a-half minutes. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on The Zags in the Music and Culture section, then catch the band with Full Moon Radio and the Falsies at 10 p.m. at 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia.

2. There are numerous celebrations today involving beer. Narrows Brewing Co. head brewer Joe Walts celebrates the release of his Oktoberfest beer with a party on the deck. That's right Hans, live music, food vendors and a German Marzenbier-ish beer with Munich and Vienna malts from 6-11 p.m. There's no cover during Oktoberfest, Franz. Morso wine bar will pour seven beers from German brewery Ayinger, including its Oktoberfest, beginning at noon. Expect a brewplate special. Dick's Brewing Company hosts the 4th Annual Beer for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Lewis County Relay for Life event. Homebrewers will square off for a chance to have their beer brewed in the Dick's Brewing system. Also expect raffle prizes, food carts, live music and a silent auction from 2-8 p.m. Celebrate the Hub at Gig Harbor's first year anniversary all day at its digs next to the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Expect food and drink specials, a raffle for a Fly and Dine package and live music.

3. Wingman Brewers hosts Made In Tacoma, a Tacoma-based business veritable farmers market featuring 21 Cellars Winery, Bluebeard Coffee, Comeback Sports, Creative Colloquy, Dave's Meats, Ice Cream Social, Libertine Tacoma, Lifestyle Brewery Tours, Tacoma Tree Salvage and Wingman beers from 5-11 p.m.

4. The Moss Brothers Band is unmistakably Southern rock, but with a surprising funk twist. The songs feature whiskey-rattled vocals telling stories of betrayal and re-connections and phenomenal guitar solos break through, just to make sure you are still paying attention to what bad-asses these musicians are. Signed last year to Maurice The Fish Records, The Moss Brothers Band celebrates their second record release, Monarch Jubiliee, at Jazzbones with a 6 p.m. meet and greet and an 8 p.m. show.

5. Lumins Festivus, orchestrated by Adam Martin, should be a magical opportunity for the amateur and the professional photogs to grab incredible shots as it floats from Wright Park down and through Tacoma's Theater District Saturday night, beginning at 7 p.m. Thousands of people doing hundreds of things: illuminated dragons, illuminated butterflies, people on illuminated stilts, in illuminated make up, crazy illuminated hats, and women wearing red and white striped illuminated dresses and yellow illuminated wigs who stopped traffic - anything goes in this autumnal procession of lights in illuminated sea sculpture.

LINK: Saturday, Sept. 20 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

September 17, 2014 at 8:14am

5 Things To Do Today: Halfway to St. Patrick's Day, Bunco, Jazz Sound Trio, Easy Star All Stars ...

Doyle's Public House parties tonight.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 2014 >>>

1. It is not too early to be planning your St. Patrick's Day celebration - March 17 is six months away. To help you get in the mood - and another reason to drink a bunch of Jameson whiskey - Doyle's Public House will host its annual Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Party. The party begins with Doyle's Guinness Club toast at 5:17 p.m. All the members gather before Grand Poobah Russ Heaton, who recognizes members who have hit milestones, such as 500 pints of Guinness, while the other members tear up. After the announcement, Heaton raises a glass of the Irish Mother's Milk and toasts the members. The next Dublin On Doyle's finalist will be drawn at 8 p.m., followed with the Irish drinking bluegrass band The Rusty Cleavers. From 8-10 p.m. the weekly Knowledge Night trivia contest waits for no party, with shotty rewards.

2. Thousands of people across the country, mostly women, play Bunco, which originated as a British parlor game and came to the United States as a gambling game in the 1800s. More recently, Bunco was prevalent among housewives who would play at lunchtime while their husbands worked. Today, it has evolved into an evening social event, such is the case every third Wednesday at Morso wine bar. Kicking off with a social hour at 6 p.m., the dice roll at 7 p.m. Morso will serve a Bunco Bites menu. Expect prizes for the biggest winner and loser. Space is limited; RSVP at 253.530.3463.  

3. If you'd like to see and hear what the Arctic Circle is before it melts away, as well as Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, the World Affairs Council Tacoma hosts Beth Willis and Becky Bianco who will recount their journey to theses locales, which included encounters with reindeer, hot springs, geysers and a traditional Sami Village. Their "Places You Never Expect To Go: Crossing The Arctic Circle and Above" lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Annie Wright's Great Hall.

4. The Jazz Sound Trio, aka Pacific Lutheran University jazz faculty members David Deacon-Joyner on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums, perform at 8 p.m. in Lagerquist Concert Hall.

A year ago this week the Easy Star All Stars performed their opus, Dub Side of the Moon, at Jazzbones. Replacing of the cash registers on "Money" with rhythmic bong rips was brilliant. "Us and Them" was an utter showstopper in reggae. The reggae collective is back at Jazzbones to blend reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big stone groove at 8 p.m. The band with the greatest name in the world is also holding court at Jazzbones. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is a young group of fantastic musicians who kerplunk the one-drop pure and beautiful. Yeah sure, it's reggae, but there's no Rasta-posturing in the group's original tunes, just good, original, fun music - danceable as hell, too.

LINK: Wednesday, Sept. 17 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 19, 2014 at 7:49am

5 Things To Do Today: The Gothard Sisters, "Manos Sucias," graphic novel chat, hypnotist ...

The Gothard Sisters / photo courtesy of Facebook

TUESDAY, AUG. 19 2014 >>>

1. Hear (and see) classically-trained violinists Greta, Willow and Solana. See (and hear) the dancing of Greta, Willow and Solana. See sisters Greta, Willow and Solana present a Celtic variety show at no cost to you. Catch The Gothard Sisters at noon at Puyallup's Pioneer Park.

2. Catch the Fun Addicts at Skansie Brothers Park tonight at 6:30 p.m., part of the Gig Harbor Summer Sounds at Skansie Park series.

3. Yes, 5 Things To Do Today is pounding home the 25 New Faces of Independent Film at The Grand Cinema. The best rising talent in the film industry - actors, writers, directors and animators - can be seen in Tacoma's art house. Among the magic today is a 7 p.m. screening of the Spike Lee-produced Manos Sucias, the story of young, black Colombian men and their attempt to break free from the downtrodden and war-torn country and find peace in another place featuring young talented actors.

4. Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto literature shelves winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his masterful graphic novel, Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History - one of the hardest hitting graphic novels ever written. Spiegelman wrote Maus as a biography of his father, Vladek Spiegelman, and his Holocaustexperiences through very straightforward but well drawn and written metaphor. The Banned Book Club will discuss the graphic novel at 7 p.m. inside Doyle's Public House.

5. You are getting sleepy, v-e-r-y sleepy. Now, go see the hypnotist show at 8 p.m. inside the Red Wind Casino. Whether a skeptic or believer, the show will be sure to entertain with its comedy, rock and roll and outrageous hypnosis, like people sneezing and having orgasms(!) when Ron Stubbs, the man behind the magic, utters the word "pepper."

LINK: Tuesday, Aug. 19 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 14, 2014 at 7:46am

5 Things To Do Today: CannaCon, Tacoma Runners, Old Growth Poetry Collective, Joe Zimmerman ...

CannaCon is a true trade show. Come to buy stuff. It's not going to be a smoke-out. Photo courtesy of Facebook

THURSDAY, AUG. 14 2014 >>>

1. CannaCon opens today at 10 a.m. in the Tacoma Dome and runs through Sunday. The cannabis convention is more home-and-garden show than a public smoke-out as marihuana smoking will not be allowed. More than 500 exhibitors - Pipes, vaporizers, dirt, nutrients, lights and everything else but no medicine, because it has to be I-502 compliant. Also expect a whole section about hemp, from biofuels to paper, makeup, all the things that can be made out of hemp.

2. Tacoma Runners was founded over beers. When the weekly running group launches its 3-mile run at a brewery, it's almost like coming home. We have no idea what that means, so meet at 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor at 6:30 p.m. and get in on the party. 7 Seas Brewing was named Best Brewery in Pierce County in the Weekly Volcano's 2014 Best of Tacoma issue.

3. Old Growth Poetry Collective is hosting a weekly poetry open mic at Cafe Love every Thursday at 7 p.m. A different featured spoken word artist from the Cascadia area is featured every week.

4. Not sure what this means astrologically speaking, but it's time again for another Jazz Under the Stars concert, which kicks off at 7 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. The Jazz Sound Trio is in the house, which is comprised of PLU faculty members David Deacon-Joyner on piano, Clipper Anderson on bass and Mark Ivester on drums. In this performance, the trio will back Scott Whitfield, one of the world's greatest jazz trombonists, and his wife, Ginger Berglund, the newest addition to the legendary Modernaires. Show organizers say the event series has only been rained out twice (it heads indoors if it rains), so pack yourself a picnic.

5. New York City-based comedian Joe Zimmerman is praised for his accessible style of comedy that combines absurdity with a fun loving demeanor. He has been selected by Ricky Gervais as a Conan contest finalist and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM and Pandora. He is an original member of the Beards of Comedy. Catch him at 8 p.m. in the Tacoma Comedy Club.

LINK: Thursday, Aug. 14 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

August 7, 2014 at 8:03am

5 Things To Do Today: National IPA Day, wedding run, Green Drinks, Black Lillies ...

Colin Harvin of 7 Seas Brewing suggests you drink their IPA at their Gig Harbor brewery taproom today. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

THURSDAY, AUG. 7 2014 >>>

1. Today, as you surely know, is a pretty big holiday: National IPA Day (or #IPADay, if you're joining the cause on Twitter). National IPA Day celebrates this particular style because the India Pale Ale is one of civilization's saner inspirations for a holiday: it evolved from a means of preservation during beers' arduous travels from England to India; nobody died or was tortured; nobody has to fast; nobody has to commune with the dead or celebrate war. All you have to do is be glad this good beer made it to America and enjoy the hell out of it. Click here for IPA suggestions we found at last week's Olympia Brew Fest.

By now everything about Tacoma Green Drinks, the sustainability network platform to inspire new ideas and awareness, and get a little buzzed. Tonight's Green Drinks is something special.  The local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Cascadia, will graciously be offering a tour of the Pacific Plaza in downtown Tacoma. The building has received LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council - the highest rating possible - for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. After an informative look at this green building, there will be a regroup at Tacoma Cabana for drinks and green talk. All are welcome. Meet at 1250 Pacific Ave. in the lobby at 5:30 for the tour. 

Do you know Tacoma Runners Emily and Brian? They're getting married. Therefore, the Tacoma Runners will convert their weekly Thursday 3-mile run into a travelling wedding, asking everyone to meet at the Harmon Tap Room at 6:30 p.m. dressed in bridesmaid dresses, bow ties and other wedding-themed outfits. Don't invite that family member who gets drunk at every wedding. After the run, it's toasts and garter belts at the Tap Room.

Knoxville's the Black Lillies have done a nice job uniting varying strands of the country spectrum. They're an indie-label band that plies its trade at rock bars, but, in addition to making a big impact on the Americana charts and year-end lists as the case with their 2011 album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, the band is freakin' cool to rock a benefit for United Way of Thurston County and its work to support vulnerable children and families. Their sound is rooted equally in bluegrass and country-rock, but taken to the next level with the vocal interplay of songwriter/bandleader Cruz Contreras and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady. Olympia favorites the Blackberry Bushes will kick off the night at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater.

5. It's crazy band name electro night at Olympia's all-ages club Northern. At 8 p.m., electro-punk Violent Vicki, hip hop-ish Garlicman & Chikn, electro-dream-pop Vibrissae and dreamcore Nightspac3 take you to another time, space and dimension.

LINK: Thursday, Aug. 7 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 29, 2014 at 7:57am

5 Things To Do Today: SweetKiss Momma video shoot party, Stephen Steinbrink, Manakamana, Chris Anderson ...

SweetKiss Momma is shooting a video tonight at The New Frontier Lounge and they want you in it!

TUESDAY, JULY 29 2014 >>>

1. Local Southern rockers SweetKiss Momma has been asked by their European press agency and tour company Teenage Head Music to produce a video for the song "Dirty Uncle Deezer." The band grabbed Tacoma super videographer Kris Crews and will shoot the video at 8 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge. Of course, concert videos are cooler with a crowd laughing, cheering and drinking. If laughing, cheering and drinking isn't enticing enough, SweetKiss Momma will be raffling off two spots on their guest list to Friday's Watershed Festival, a show at the Gorge that sold out in 20 minutes. Here is the Facebook event for tonight's video party.

2. A sensorial stunner that transcends space and time, Manakamana is a ride that showcases the awesome grandeur of nature and the contradictions of contemporary Nepalese life. Via cable car, the film takes us up and down one of the vast valleys of Trisuli in the Gorkha district of Nepal, where the famous Manakamana Temple attracts pilgrims and tourists from the world over. These rides unfold in real-time, revealing a subtle interplay among passengers and landscape ... at 1:35 and 6:40 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

3. Sinatra-esque crooner Chris Anderson will take to the outdoors, hitting all the notes and making the ladies swoon in the process as part of Gig Harbor's Summer Sounds series from 7-8:30 p.m. at Skansie Brothers Park. Anderson has repeatedly proven to offer a throwback good time.

4. Stephen Steinbrink's music is pristinely recorded, gorgeously melancholy folk-pop. Immaculate harmonies and chiming guitars bridge the gaps between Beatles-esque pop, CSNY's tuneful folk and the Shins' serenely modern drift. There's a stately reserve to the music of Stephen Steinbrink that lends it a classic feeling, and the feeling of an instant classic. Catch him with Whales Wailing and Johanna Warren at 8 p.m. in Northern.

5. Comrades could just as easily be called adventurers as opposed to a band. Since forming in 2009, the trio - with married couple Joe and Laura McElroy at their core - have traversed North America countless times, exploring many off the beaten path locales and playing their unique brand of mostly instrumental music for anyone willing to listen, including an all-ages 8 p.m. show at Le Voyeur.

LINK: Tuesday, July 29 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 26, 2014 at 11:16am

Night Moves: Color Me Badd, Shai, Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, Eric Tollefson Band, Campfire Cassettes, Mad Mardigan ...

Shake It Off

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Downtown. The Linda Myers Band. All Ages. 8 pm.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat, Power Skeleton, Trueno, Tummler and Solomon, Rexx 8 pm. $5.

  • One of the things that tends to deter me from music with the "experimental" label is that it too frequently has a tendency to spiral out into free jazz journeys with no end in sight. My roots are too entrenched in pop construction for me to have much patience for 20-minute explorations. Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat never feel like they're noodling. Their avant-pop ditties are high on unorthodox instrumentation and off-the-wall ideas, but it all feels like it's in its right place. Of particular interest is the inclusion of a member who plays the Quintron, which is a rare synthesizer that functions off of exposure to light. It's propulsive, screwy music that lets things get experimental while always reassuring you that a sure, crazy hand is behind it all. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Dawson's Stage, featuring Keith Klawitter Jazz Alliance, Steve Stefanowicz, Palmer Junction, The Randy Oxford Band, Junkyard Jane. 2 pm.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Eric Tollefson Band. 9:30 pm. NC.

The Gig Spot Gig Harbor. Mystery Machines, Suite Clarity, The Orange Version. All Ages. 7 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Color Me Badd, with Mycle Wastman, William Jordan. 8 pm. $25.

Jezebels Olympia - Downtown. Shai. 9 pm. $20.

  • Grab a date; Saturday's show at Jezebels will be historic. Early 1990s R&B harmonizers Shai rolls into Olympia. Not only does this show mark a significant visit from the platinum-selling crooners, but also a going-away party of sorts, as Jezebels - formerly The Mint and Barcode - will be shutting its doors after a decade on Fourth Avenue. Jezebels has been a part of the bedrock for hip-hop, rap and other urban shows, most popularly known for its famous dollar wells Wednesday nights, that left all competition in the surrounding 20 miles floundering and confused about what to do. Reportedly the venue will re-open as a live rock music venue, and rock a party that will surely be memorable with Shai singing and DJ Drastic spinning. And the number of live hip-hop venues continues to dwindle. - Jose Gutierrez

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Midstokke, Blue Helix, Late September Dogs, Jason Kertson & The Immortals. All Ages. 5 pm.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Metronome Coffee Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Campfire Cassettes, Todd N Todd, Patrick Galactic 7 pm. NC.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Mad Mardigan, Old Man Wizard, Shake It Off, Jugs of Blood. 9 pm. $5.

South 56th Street Tacoma. Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Main Stage, featuring Little Bill & The Blue Notes, Junkyard Jane, Vicci Martinez, The Randy Oxford Band, Rich Wetzel's Groovin Higher Orchestra, Mike Vax, Jiggs Whigham. All Ages. 1:30 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. The Echo Devils. 8 pm.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Stonegate Stage, with Lance Buller Trio, Mitch Reems Combo, Lynda Myers Band. 2 pm.

Tacoma Dance Studio Tacoma. Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Dance Studio Stage, featuring Kevin England Jazz Collective, Carole Kapeliela Jazz Trio, Malo Castro, Clave Con Jazz. All Ages. 2 pm.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Stonegate Stage, with Lance Buller Trio, Mitch Reems Combo, Lynda Myers Band. 2 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, July 26 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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