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Category: Blues


Gray Sky Blues festival lineup announced

The Gray Sky Blues Music Festival returns this year to downtown Tacoma on Daffodil Sunday.

Once again the festival follows the annual Grand Floral Daffodil Parade on April 13. Best of all: it’s free (except for headliner Franco Paletta and the Stingers.)

Over 12 acts will perform at the event’s live music venues: The Harmon Brewery, The Swiss Restaurant & Pub and Cutters Point Coffee.

And don’t miss the 100-plus hot rods parked outside The Harmon as part of the Rod and Custom Car Show.

The festival’s headliner is Franco Paletta and the Stingers from Portland. They’ll perform at 6

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Nine50nine, The Big Wheel Stunt Show, From the Sea play Jazzbones Saturday

It’s a great local line-up. Seattle’s Nine50nine will play Jazzbones on Saturday along with Tacoma’s The Big Wheel Stunt Show and From the Sea.

Nine50nine includes drummer Dave Krusen of Ida Maria (formerly of Pearl Jam), lead guitarist Cameron Brownfield, rhythm guitarist Alan Hunt, bass player Jeremy Lightfoot (Blake Lewis, Satchel) and lead vocalist Ty Willman of Green Apple Quick Step. The group says they are deeply grounded in the blues and cite The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones as influences.

The Big Wheel Stunt Show is a

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Rickie Lee Jones at Jazz Alley Jan. 18-20

Rickie Lee Jones will be at Seattle’s Jazz Alley for three nights starting Jan. 18. The former Tacoman and “Chuck E’s In Love” singer is touring in support of her new releas,e The Devil You Know. Opening artist is the Boston-based singer/songwriter Jesse Dee.

Here’s more from the announcement:

“It’s a simple, surprising record,” says Rickie Lee Jones of her new album, The Devil You Know. Though she’s one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of our time, interpretive singing has long been part of Jones’s musical tapestry as well. Such previous collections as Girl at Her Volcano (1983),

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KPLU announces Sunday schedule changes

Reruns are out at KPLU. New content is in. Sort of.

The station announced today that “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland will be dropped. “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” will fill that time slot.

The public radio station at Pacific Lutheran University (88.5 FM) is one of Puget Sound’s main providers of National Public Radio programming and, of course, jazz.

Beginning this Sunday’s KPLU’s program schedule will change between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. KPLU’s Assistant General Manager/Director of Content Joey Cohn said the 94-year-old McPartland hasn’t recorded a new show for over two years and KPLU has been airing reruns.

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Lynyrd Skynrd, comedy night, harvest festivals and more happenings this weekend and beyond

With signature tunes “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Free Bird,” as part of Lynyrd Skynrd’s resumé the Southern rock band has been playing together for more than 40 years. They will be playing in a 7 p.m. concert Thursday along with Shooter Jennings and Texas Hippie Coalition at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. Get your tickets–$39.50-$59.40– by phone or online; 253-856-6999,

Get your laugh on at the Liberty Theater Comedy Night. Tonight’s shows will feature Kane Holloway, the 2011 Mt. Rainier Comedy Cage Match winner, opener for Owen Smith, David

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LouieFest returns with iconic ’60s bands The Sonics, The Wailers, Moby Grape

It’s been on a four year hiatus but now LouieFest, the rock and roll music and art festival, is back with a bang. The weekend features a power house trio of iconic 1960s rock bands: The Sonics, The Wailers and Moby Grape.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with The Sonics at the Pantages Theater and LouieFest takes over the outdoor spaces at Tacoma’s newest attraction: LeMay-America’s Car Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

“Cars and rock and roll – A connection made in heaven,” said LouieFest co-organizer Randy Sparks.
For the first time since the 1960s, Tacoma’s own

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Free Thursday concert series begins tonight at Uptown Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor shopping center Uptown Gig Harbor begins a free summer concert series today. The Shy Boys kick off the concerts which will run every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 23.

Also at UGH (sorry, couldn’t resist) is a Saturday farmers market (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and on July 25: Girl’s Night Out featuring a raffle and drink specials at Blazing Onion.

Here’s the full schedule:

Today: The Shy Boys (Classic Rock)

July 12: Michael Anthony Pratt (Country)

July 19: Us on Roofs (Indie Rock)

July 26: The Collective (Jazz)

Aug. 2: Common Ground (Modern Rock)

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Hugh Laurie, TV’s Dr. House, will sing the blues in Seattle on Monday

He’s British. He’s a TV actor. So it might be a little hard to picture Hugh Laurie, otherwise known as the irascible Dr. House, singing the blues. But that’s what he’ll be doing on Monday in a 7:30 p.m. show at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Laurie plays piano and guitar as well as sings – accompanied by The Copper Bottom Band

Along with the band Laurie will perform music from his 2011 blues album, Let Them Talk.

Though he’s best known for his role on the FOX drama “House” Laurie has played piano, sung and written music for most

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