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Category: music – band

July
2nd

Lemolo, MLKBallet and Barefoot Collective in The Kaleidoscope Dance at Urban Grace this Saturday

Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.
Lemolo – Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox – play live with contemporary dance this Saturday at Urban Grace. Photo: Genevieve Pearson.

New choreography meets live music this Saturday as indie rock female duo Lemolo collaborates with two Tacoma contemporary dance companies – MLKBallet and The Barefoot Collective – in the warm acoustics of Urban Grace Church. The collaboration is not the first such collaboration; MLK’s Move show once featured Vicci Martinez playing a couple of numbers before she got famous, and TBC is known for including a couple of live musicians in their dance shows, from solo viola to jazz combo. But “The Kaleidoscope Dance” is entirely live from beginning to end, and sets some of Tacoma’s best choreographers to the rock duo’s 2012 debut album “The Kaleidoscope,” played in its entirety.

Lemolo, made up of Port Orchard gals Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox, has wowed the Seattle area scene over the last year.  They’ve been called everything from “heavenly and haunting” (City Arts Magazine) to “fragile yet strong” (Seattlepi.com), layering high ethereal voices over guitar riffs and sparse drums. Read more »

Dec.
9th

Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas – Day 7

Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)

 

So here’s Day 7:

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby

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Oct.
24th

“Ooh La La”: The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this Sunday with a visit from the band of La Croix Valmer.

The La Croix Valmer Band. Courtesy photo.

The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this weekend, literally, with a concert in the Pantages Theater that features both French music and a French band, visiting Tacoma this week from La Croix Valmer on France’s Cote d’Azur.

It’s a reciprocal visit. Back in 2007 the 60-strong Tacoma Concert Band, now in its 32nd season, was invited to perform at Les Anches d’Azur, an international band festival in La Croix Valmer. It was the second time the band had toured to Europe, and the experience was wonderful, say band members.

“We had a fabulous trip,” said TCB board president and trumpeter Jim Hunt. “They had set up day-trips for us to Monte Carlo, Nice and Toulon. One of our concerts was on the beach, one was in the town square.”

The Tacoma Concert Band on the beach at the 2007 festival at La Croix Valmer, France. Courtesy photo.

Now the TCB get to repay the hospitality. Band members from La Croix Valmer arrive Saturday, hosted by TCB members, for three days of sightseeing in Seattle and Tacoma. Read more »

Sep.
25th

A bluegrassy day at the Proctor Farmers’ Market

Love bluegrass? Love fresh fruit, flowers, meat and veggies? Then the Proctor Farmers’ Market is the place for you this Saturday. During market hours (9 a.m.-2 p..m) the market will host a variety of local bluegrass bands at the not-so-euphoniously-named MarketGrass day.

Musicians include The Pine Hearts and Tattered Dress, plus jam sessions for kids and adults alike, all completely free. Bring an instrument (there’ll be cover provided if it rains) or just a shopping bag and enjoy the atmosphere.

And just so’s you know, the market is open every Saturday through Christmas, then second Saturdays through winter.

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Sep.
20th

Free for All kicks off a varied and exciting Broadway Center season, with guest appearance by Vicci Martinez

Singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages this Saturday for Tacoma's Fall Free for All festival. Courtesy photo.

Who doesn’t like free dance, theater and music? The Broadway Center knows it’s pretty hard to resist a free show, let alone a free weekend of shows, and for the second year around is kicking off its season with the Fall Free for All weekend of free arts events this Saturday and Sunday to entice newbies into the downtown theaters and give us all a taste of what’s coming up. Headlining the weekend is Tacoma indie singer Vicci Martinez, playing the Pantages Saturday night.

You can download the program pdf on the Broadway Center’s website, but here are some highlights:

-       New this year is Vicci Martinez, the Tacoma native singer/songwriter who went big on NBC’s “The Voice” and has found it hard to schedule her adoring hometown into her gig schedule ever since. She didn’t make it to Art on the Ave – but she’s booked in at the Pantages, so get in line early. 9 p.m. Sat.

-       Also new this year is a scheduled dinner break. No, they’re not giving you a free meal, but at least there’s a two hour break in the performance schedule to allow everyone to refuel at some of downtown T-Town’s great eating places (Two Koi, Matador, Maxwell’s, The Old Spaghetti Factory, El Gaucho, Corina and The Office), where your FFFA wristband will get you discounts. 5-7 p.m. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Sun. Read more »

May
17th

Two free jazz evenings at local churches: Jazz Live at Marine View with Danny Quintero and Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian with Bill Sims Jr.

There’s plenty of free jazz this weekend at two Tacoma churches. Jazz Live at Marine View features 23-year-old crooner Danny Quintero, while the Immanuel Presbyterian Blues Vespers this months features blues artist Bill Sims Jr.

Danny Quintero is becoming known for a vocal talent that gets him compared to Frank Sinatra. Says John Hanford of the Fabulous Wailers: “That Danny possesses a great set of pipes is obvious; what strikes one on first hearing is the sheer quality of the voice mature and burnished sonority that belies his age. There is also the confident sense of swing, and

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May
8th

Rock star panel with Jini Dellaccio 1960s photographs at Harbor History Museum next weekend

If you’re into 1960s rock, save the date: Bob Holden from Don and the Goodtimes, Jim Valley from Don and the Goodtimes and Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Steve Lalor of the Daily Flash are coming on May 19 to Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor to take part in a panel discussion on 1960s rock photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose large-format photography is now on exhibit in the museum in “With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio.”

The rockers were each part of a group that was photographed by Dellaccio, who took iconic album covers

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April
26th

Brass Unlimited plays annual free Pops Concert at Tacoma Community College

Tacoma ensemble Brass Unlimited hosts it’s 5th annual free Pops Concert this Sunday at Tacoma Community College.  Trombonist Gary Shutes is the soloist for a program that includes two Henry Mancini numbers, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” musical salutes to Copland and Sinatra, music from Riverdance and a medley of music by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Playing alongside Brass Unlimited will be a 16-member brass and rhythm section directed by TCC music chair John Falskow.

3 p.m. April 29. Free. Tacoma Community College building 2,  6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma. 253-759-9511, brassunlimited.org, tacomacc.edu