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Archives: April 2012


Pitbull will perform at JBLM Thursday

First, the good news: Rapper Pitbull is performing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Thursday. Now, the bad news: Forget about seeing him if you don’t have access to the base.

Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, apparently is so big now he has more than one nickname: Mr. 305 and Mr. Worldwide. Whatever you call him he’ll be performing in a free show for JBLM soldiers, airmen and their families (18 and over only).

Pitbull has collaborated with T-Pain, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. He racked up five nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards. His single

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It’s a watershed moment for country music

Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam and other country stars are headed to the Gorge Amphitheatre for three days of music and camping this August.

From Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5 the Watershed Music Festival will take over the spectacular setting in George. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at and

Live Nation Entertainment promises late night sets, impromptu jam sessions, collaborations and more. They are modeling the festival on their popular (and sold out) Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Artists confirmed include Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks,

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Gig Harbor paddling event, history at Fort Nisqually, charity events, music, theater and more happenings this weekend

Adventure/Outdoors Events
Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup and Expo
Competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards, benefiting the Gig Harbor Kayak Club and Surfrider Foundation, 10 a.m. April 28-29, Skansie Brother’s Park, Jerisich Dock, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-327-1786,

History Events
Fort Nisqually’s Sewing to Sowing Living History Day
11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. $4-$6. 253-591-5339,

Charity happenings
Spring FunDay Fundraiser For the independent production “Soliloquy” with arts, crafts, games, food and a raffle, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28, Christian

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Free day and wine/brew fest at Mt. Rainier, plant sales, May Day fun and more happenings this weekend and beyond

Wine for a fee, Mountain for free
Head up to the Mount Rainier Wine & Brew Festival and take advantage of free entrance fee days (Saturday and Sunday) at Mount Rainier National Park. Start your weekend by enjoying a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines and microbrews from small Washington producers at the festival from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Rainier Lions Club, Grand Tasting Hall, 27726 State Route 706 E., Ashford. The $25 cost includes a complimentary wine glass, 10 tasting tickets, appetizers and live music. For more information on free entrance days, go to

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The Grizzled Mighty play Harmon Tap Room on Saturday

Seattle-based The Grizzled Mighty is hooking up with Tacoma’s Voxxy Vallejo and Cottonwood Cutups at the Harmon Tap Room on Saturday for an 8 p.m. show.

The Grizzled Mighty is a Blues Rock duo made up of lead singer/guitarist Ryan Granger and drummer, Whitney Petty (formerly of Deerhunter). Their style has been compared to The White Stripes, Black Keys and The Kills.

For the past few months four singles from The Grizzled Mighty’s LP have been in rotation on KEXP and, after a trip to New Zealand, there as well. The Grizzled Mighty will play

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‘Escape Routes’ and ‘ABDC’ reality show updates

It seems like I can’t open my email anymore without getting a notice about a local appearing on a reality TV show. Last year we had Tacomans Vicci Martinez on “The Voice” and special effects artist Marcel Banks on “Face-Off.” Earlier this year Parkland cupcake baker Amber Serrano was on “Cupcake Wars.”

Currently, Alex Porter, 13, of Graham, and Bailey Anderson, 15, of Tacoma are competing on “America’s Best Dance Crew” on MTV and Puyallup brothers Drew and Derek Konzelman are driving their Ford Escapes on NBC’s “Escape Routes.”

The two teens and their crew, Rated Next Generation,

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Drop your landing gear at B-17 ground school

World War II may be long over but it’s not too late to be on a B-17 crew. The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is offering a weekend “ground school” that will include a flight on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

The course on May 19 and 20 covers design, construction, operation and performance of the aircraft. Particpants will be able to climb inside the Museum’s Flying Fortress, led by their restoration team.

The course also includes a flight in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17, Aluminum Overcast, while it’s at the museum May 25 through 28. The

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Ringo Starr, Steve Martin, Lyle Lovett, Beach Boys, Devo and more at Chateau Ste. Michelle this summer

You might as well just pitch a tent and never leave Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery this summer. An amazing amount of big name talent will be performing in Woodinville, starting June 16.

Saturday, June 16 • 7 p.m., $45.00 GA / $69.50 Res.

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue with DONALD FAGEN
Friday, July 6 • 7 p.m., $50.00 GA / $80.00 Res.

Saturday, July 7 • 7 p.m., $49.00 GA / $89.00 Res.

An Evening With THE BEACH BOYS, 50th Anniversary Tour
Friday, July

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