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Category: Fairs & Festivals


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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There’s no lack of summer car shows in Gig Harbor

If you’re a fan of rare and collectible cars you’ll have three chances to see them (or bring yours) to Gig Harbor this summer.

Here are the details:

First up is “Wheels on the Water” – part of the annual Maritime Gig Festival on Sunday, June 2 from 12:30-4 p.m. This classic car “park-in” venue will be held in downtown Gig Harbor along Harborview Drive from Rosedale Street to Pioneer Way. Register your car now to make sure you get a spot. $10 fee for cars but the event is free to the public. All makes and models

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Pain in the Grass goes on sale Friday

The Pain in the Grass festival moves to The Gorge Amphitheatre, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 for two days of Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Jane’s Addiction and more.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday exclusively through Live Nation.

Presented by 99.9 KISW, Pain also offers up Volbeat, All That Remains and Airbourne, Baroness, Coheed and Cambria and Danko Jones as well as Walking Papers featuring Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. Other artists include: HIM, Circa Survive, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Attika 7, Heaven’s Basement, Mindset Evolution, and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show.

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Bumbershoot 2013 will include Heart, Death Cab for Cutie, fun., and Vicci Martinez

The Northwest’s own Heart and Death Cab for Cutie will headline Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot festival this year. Bumbershoot takes over Seattle Center every Labor Day weekend and features concerts, literary events, art, comedy and more. This year’s festival runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

The festival’s music lineup, which was announced this morning, also includes fun., Vicci Martinez, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Bob Mould, Tegan & Sara, Icona Pop, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Bassnectar.

You might be surprised to learn that this is the first time Heart will play at its hometown music festival.

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Flaming Lips will headline Capitol Hill Block Party

The Flaming Lips will headline the Capitol Hill Block Party when it returns to Seattle July 26-28. The three-day festival of cutting edge music mixed with street fair continues to be one of the region’s must go-see-hear events.

Three-day passes are now on sale and include a ticket to the CHBP Premier Party featuring Pickwick and Radiation City this Thursday at Neumos.

Here’s more from the announcement:

For the last 17 years Northwest and national bands have descended upon Seattle for a 3-day, 6-stage urban throw down for Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP). The 6-city blocks play

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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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Renton’s Dave B wins Sound Off!

Renton hip-hop group Dave B bested Puyallup’s SHEBEAR for the top prize at EMP Museum’s 12th annual Sound Off! competition last weekend. Tacoma’s glam duo The Fame Riot came in third at the competition for musicians aged 21 and under. Bothell-based indie pop band As It Starts came in fourth and won the award for Audience Favorite.

Dave B will perform at the 2013 Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. SHEBEAR will be in the lineup for this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival and at Catapult Fest in Anacortes.

All four finalist bands also

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Five days of food and gifts begins now

Today at 11 a.m. the Tacoma Dome swings open its doors for the 30th Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival. The event runs through Sunday.

With more than 600 exhibits it’s the largest holiday event on the West Coast. Yes, we’re still in October but I suppose you can’t start selling holiday items too soon.

Vendors will be offering arts and crafts, gifts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods.

Here are some highlights:

“Cooking for the Holidays” showcases local chefs, culinary schools and restaurants. This event features culinary artists sharing recipes and special techniques to help you

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