UPDATE: Ginn tells me he has canceled this series.
Local music producer and promoter Tony Ginn has started a blues, R and B and jazz series at the Imperial Dragon restaurant. Friday and Saturday features the The Al Earick Blues Band.
The weekend series will run through January after which Ginn and Dragon owner Dustin Luu will decide on whether to continue the series.
It’s all part of Ginn’s master plan to develop a circuit of venues in the South Sound for performers of those genres. “And to get paid well for their artistry,” Ginn said.
To make that happen Ginn and Luu are hoping for large crowds in the spacious restaurant. For fans, the $5 cover charge is a steal.
“They will have opportunities to hear real blues, R and B and jazz artists,” Ginn said.
Luu hopes he’ll make good use of his restaurant post eating hours and provide a venue for musicians and a more mature crowd.
“This is a big place. I want a place where middle-aged people can go (for entertainment). No hard rock,” Luu said.
When: 9 p.m-1 a.m. Friday
Where: Imperial Dragon Restaurant, 6805 6th Avenue, Tacoma
Tickets: $5 cover at the door
Friday and Saturday: The Al Earick Blues Band
Jan. 20-21: T Bone and The Porterhouse Boys (blues)
Jan. 27: The High Rollers (R and B/Blues)
Jan. 28: The Kingfish Band (Blues) hosts: All City Jam Session and YouTube Video Shoot/upload