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Al Jarreau teams up with Tacoma Symphony at State Fair

Al Jarreau will perform with the Tacoma Symphony at the Washington State Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, it was announced today. Tickets are now on sale.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner Jarreau’s long career has produced hits like “So Good” and “We’re In This Love Together.”

Tickets for the show are $40, $50 and $75. Fair gate admission is included in the concert price. Tickets are now on sale on the Fair website, or by phone at 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased at

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Bon Jovi is #1 worldwide tour of the year

On Oct. 5 you’ll get a chance to be experience the world’s number one touring band: Bob Jovi.

The band made the top-grossing spot with “BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour,” according to Pollstar Magazine. The tour will land at the Tacoma Dome on Oct. 5.

The tour, which began in February 2013, has sold out venues around the world, bringing in over $142 million.

The tour features a state-of-the-art production which emulates a larger-than-life classic 1959 Buick Electra. To view the stadium stage production—known as “Sofia”—in action, click:


Urban coop tour, free family fun festival, milk carton derby, Old Town blues festival, Rhubarb Days and more events this weekend


If you have you been thinking of keeping urban chickens and are wondering where to start, then the Tacoma Urban Coop Tour is for you. Sponsored by GardenSphere, the tour explores several local chicken coops where you can learn about coops, raising hens and what is involved from those doing it now.
The self-guided tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets — $5, kids 12 and younger free — at GardenSphere, 3310 N. Proctor St., Tacoma. For more information call 253-761-7936.

The free Family Fun Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday is filled with family-friendly activities. See

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Macklemore adds third Seattle show

First there was only one. Now there are three Macklemore and Ryan Lewis shows at Seattle’s KeyArena.

The duo announced today that they are adding a third show to their tour-wrapping stop in their hometown. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday.

“The first two nights sold out very quickly and we don’t want you guys stuck dealing with scalpers. So get ‘em quick tomorrow,” Macklemore wrote on his Facebook page today.

Originally the duo had scheduled only Dec. 12 as their Seattle stop. When that sold out they added another show on Dec. 11 and now that

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Frampton, Hagar, Etheridge, Doobies and more are at Tulalip this summer

It’s a summer of stars under the stars at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Six summer concerts in the resort’s outdoor amphitheater will bring a mostly nostalgic but big-name lineup to Tulalip.

Sunday, July 21: Gretchen Wilson & Clay Walker
Gretchen Wilson has had 13 hit singles on the Billboard country charts, 5 reaching the Top 10. With 31 titles on Billboard, Clay Walker boasts 4 platinum and 2 gold albums.

Sunday, July 28: Peter Frampton & Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Frampton is one of the most celebrated guitarists in rock history; Shepherd is a young blues guitarist

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Pearl Jam announces Dec. 6 show at KeyArena

Hometown favorite Pearl Jam announced today it will play a Dec. 6 show at Seattle’s KeyArena. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27 at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge by phone toll free at 800-745-3000.

The two-leg, twenty-four date North American tour kicks-off in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11. The second leg of the tour begins in Dallas on Nov. 15 and closes in Seattle.

Watch Pearl Jam’s tour announcement video at Follow the latest with #PearlJam2013.


Randy Travis hospitalized in critical condition

Country music star Randy Travis was gravely ill today after being diagnosed with a heart infection. The singer has a show scheduled for Aug. 18 at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Here’s the story from The Associated Press:

By By Chris Talbott
AP Music Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday in a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy.

A news release from the singer’s publicist says Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and is in critical condition. Kirt Webster, Travis’

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Samoa Cultural Day, Stadium Fare, Little Bill & the Bluenotes, Vintage Car Race, movies in the park and more events this weekend


Immerse yourself in island style at Samoa Cultural Day at Mount Tahoma High School, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. From 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, there will be a traditional fashion show, village dance and songs and resource information booths. Authentic food will be for sale. Admission is free.

Reacquaint yourself with the Stadium District at the bi-monthly Stadium Fare starting Saturday. The eclectic neighborhood open-air market will offer local food, vintage and artistic wares and entertainment. There will even be a dodge ball event. Check it out from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the parking lot of First Presby-terian

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