Neko Case – the woman who immortalized Tacoma with her songs "South Tacoma Way" and "Thrice All American" – is finally coming back. Seattle Theatre Group is expected to announce details regarding a June 2 appearance at the Broadway Center’s Pantages Theater next week, a date added as the singer’s June 4 show at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre neared selling out.
Case lives in Tucson, Ariz., these days, but spent many of her formative years in Tacoma. Before she was famous, she tended bar at Bob’s Java Jive and was a go-go dancer for Tacoma garage-punk band Girl Trouble. She inspired GT’s "Neko Loves Rock N’ Roll," which is in the South Sound Mixtape player on the right hand side of this page.
Case has grown steadily in popularity since the late ’90s thanks to her classic country flavored solo work and stints with Vancouver, BC power-pop outfit New Pornographers. And now with the release of her critically acclaimed new album "Middle Cyclone" she’s experiencing her biggest year yet, with appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman" and on the covers of several national rock mags.
Check back next week and I’ll track down some ticket info.
Case appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” on April 15. Check out her performance here.