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Archives: April 2011

April
28th

Josh Groban heading straight to Key Arena for August concert

Singer-songwriter Josh Groban is bringing his “Straight To You” world tour to Key Arena for an August 27 concert. It’s the first tour in four years for the entertainer.

Groban started rehearsing this week for the tour which kicks off May 12 in New Orleans.

Groban will perform selections from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled 2001 debut, 2003’s Closer, and 2006’s Awake, along with songs from his recent platinum album, Illuminations.

In a press release Groban said, “Gearing up for a tour, there is always the anticipation of something special; the excitement of traveling across

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April
27th

Dennis Kucinich, broadcaster Amy Goodman to appear at Green Festival in Seattle

Congressman Dennis Kucinich headlines a roster of more than 125 speakers at the 10th annual Green Festival in Seattle next month.

Billed by promoters as the nation’s largest green living event, Seattle’s Green Festival is among several festivals around the country promoting sustainable lifestyles. The event features presentations by more than 125 authors, leaders and visionaries, workshops, films, children’s activities, organic beer and wine, vegetarian cuisine and live entertainment, and a green marketplace featuring local and national eco-friendly businesses, according to the festival website.

The festival will be May 21 and 22 at Qwest Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. Other speakers include Amy Goodman, host of the TV and radio show Democracy Now; bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith who writes on the health dangers of genetically modified organisms, and Gifford Pinchot III, the president and co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA integrating sustainability and social responsibility with innovation and profit.
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April
27th

Vicci Martinez makes it to ‘The Voice’ – repeat tonight

Tacoma singer-songwriter and “Star Search” veteran Vicci Martinez made it on to another reality TV show Tuesday: NBC’s “The Voice.” The show will repeat tonight at 9 p.m.

Contestants go through a “blind audition” where celebrity coaches (Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine) listen with their backs to the singers so they are not influenced by the singer’s appearance.

Any celebrity who wants a contestant on the show must commit to coach the singer. The goal is a record contract and a $100,000 prize. Martinez, 26, is now on “Team Cee Lo.”
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April
27th

Spring wine tasting event coming to Ashford on May 14

The second annual “On the Road to Paradise” spring wine tasting event is coming to Ashford on May 14.

The tasting gives you a chance to sample a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines from small producers.

The featured wineries will be Flying Dreams in Woodenville, Madsen Family Cellars in Olympia, Naches Heights Vineyard and Winery in Yakima, Scatter Creek Winery in Tenino, Stina’s Cellars in Tacoma, Trillium Creek Winery on the Key Peninsula, Wilridge Winery in Seattle and the Small Lot Co-Op that represents 11 wineries.

For the beer drinkers out there, Naked City Brewery will be joining the event.

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April
26th

PLU Jazz Ensemble play big band jazz this Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal, Olympia

The St. John’s Concert Series presents the Pacific Lutheran University Jazz Ensemble this Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia.

The band will play big band repertoire from Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider under the direction of Bob Miller, with a reception afterwards. Free childcare will be provided.

PLU Jazz Ensemble will play at 3 p.m. May 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia. Entry by donation. 360-352-8527, www.stjohnsoly.org

 

April
26th

Alison Krauss to perform in Seattle

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 30, to see bluegrass-country songstress Alison Krauss perform this summer in Seattle.

Krauss & Union Station featuring Dobro performer and singer Jerry Douglas will appear in concert at 7 p.m. July 8 at Marymoor Park.

Their appearance will be on the heels of their album, “Paper Airplane,” released this month. The collection of 11 songs is Krauss’ 14th album and the band’s follow-up to the triple-Grammy-winning “Lonely Runs Both Ways” released in 2004.

Alison Krauss & Union Station. Photo from alisonkrauss.com

Krauss launched her recording career at age of 14 in 1985, when she signed with Rounder Records. Since then, she has sold more than 12 million albums and won 26 Grammy Awards, the most for any woman and the third most for any recording artist in Grammy history, according to a news release.
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April
26th

The Beautiful Mothers and DJ Macky Ramone at Hell’s Kitchen

It’s not every day that a new Ramone gets christened. But that’s what happened to Yokohama, Japan DJ Macky after a gig in Tacoma in 2006.

Drummer Marky Ramone (the last living member of the lineup most remember as the seminal punk band the Ramones) was the main attraction at a June 16, 2006 show at Hell’s Kitchen. As the story goes, Marky was so taken with the Japanese performer’s DJ’ing skills he named Macky an official Ramone.

And now on May 6 DJ Macky Ramone is back at Hell’s Kitchen.

Macky will be performing with garage punk band

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April
26th

Two Tacoma winners for the Washington Blues Society’s annual Best of the Blues awards

Tacoma band Little Bill and the Blue Notes are one of the recipients of the Washington Blues Society’s annual Best of the Blues awards, announced recently at the Triple Door in Seattle.

The awards ceremony, on April 17, included 30 categories from individual performers to bands and venues. Little Bill and the Blue Notes won Best Traditional Blues Act; the other local winner was the Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian Church for Best Non-Festival Blues Event. For a complete listing, visit www.wablues.org

The society is also holding its first-ever statewide competition to send a Washington state band and

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