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Archives: June 2010

June
28th

Rihanna cancels White River tour launch

Pop star Rihanna has called off her scheduled tour launch Friday at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre due to “production changes,” Live Nation announced today. The singer’s Last Girl On Earth Tour – which also features pop upstart Ke$ha – will instead kick off on the Fourth of July at Vancouver, BC’s General Motors Place.

Ticket refunds will be available at point of purchase. As a policy, Live Nation does not comment on ticket sales, according to local marketing coordinator Ashley Graham, who did not elaborate on how many tickets had been sold for the White River show.

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June
28th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 58: The Fabulous Wailers return

The Fabulous Wailers had been out of commission since December as front man Kent Morrill battled serious illness (related story here.) But the godfathers of Northwest rock roared back into action this weekend with a pair of crowd pleasing and sometimes emotional performances, the first Saturday in Issaquah and the second last night capping off a Gulf coast benefit at the Swiss Tavern. Morrill sounded great, and shaky camera work aside, I managed to record this garage-rock classic for those of you who missed it.

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June
27th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 57: Tacoma Hempfest finale

A couple of weeks ago at Hell’s Kitchen I ran into Big Wheel Stunt Show’s Evan Nagle, who was excited about an all-star jam he was putting together for the finale of the inaugural Tacoma Hempfest, which took place Saturday at Wright Park. On site, Legend of Bigfoot’s Jason Flom hinted that they’d practiced a song by a band that played Woodstock. So thinking about the styles of music that LOB and Stunt Show play I figured … Hendrix? The Who? Uh, Sha Na Na?

You could say I

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June
26th

Tone Loc video

Forgot to charge the camera, so I was too low on juice to catch Loc’s big hits. Still, this will give you a taste of what went down last night at Jazzbones.

June
26th

He brought the “Funky Cold Medina”

Looking a bit trimmer than during his ’80s heyday, rap legend turned actor turned voice-over guy Tone Loc rocked a small but enthusiastic crowd Friday night at Jazzbones. And call him two-hit wonder if you want, but his raspy deliver was still better than half the emcees you’ll see on a typical Summer Jam bill.

And that goes double for hometown openers EvergreenOne & Todd Sykes, who plan to drop a new album in the next few weeks. (Interview video coming soon.) “Much respect. They’ve got skills,” Loc declared, shouting the Tacoma duo out a

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June
24th

Tacoma Skate announces closure

“I’m SAD to Announce Tacoma Skate is Closed. RIP Tacoma Skate,” read a message posted on the Tacoma Skate Facebook page yesterday.

However, no notice of closure has been posted on the Tacoma Skate web site. The business number listed there is no longer in service and owner John Buffler could not be immediately reached for comments.

Volunteers had recently informed the News Tribune of a number of problems that threatened the indoor skate park’s existence, including zoning and financial issues. Tacoma Skate opened at 1912 Center St. in December.

June
24th

At last! An actual band schedule for Tacoma Hempfest

It was surprisingly hard to come by, but finally I’ve got a band schedule for the inaugural Tacoma Hempfest, which will take place Saturday at Wright Park.

Big Wheel Stunt Show, 8 p.m.
Sweet Kiss Momma, 7 p.m.
Legend of Bigfoot, 6 p.m.
Q. Dot, 5 p.m.
Vile Red Falcons, 4 p.m.
Mr. D.O.G, 3 p.m.
Voxxy Vallejo, 2 p.m.
Fun Police, 1 p.m.
Deborah Page, noon
State of Murdoch 11 a.m.

Big Wheel Stunt Show guitarist Evan Nagle was also telling me something about an

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June
23rd

Memorial benefit details for Bob Koch of the Galaxies

It’s a sad time for Tacoma’s influential garage-rock vets. Before we learned that singer-guitarist Lee Parker had passed away today, I’d meant to post details for a benefit concert that’s being held Sunday for the family of Galaxies guitarist Bob Koch, who died of cancer last month.

The tribute show will feature the Galaxies, Blue Oasis, Shelly Ely Band, the Tim Hall Band and an all-star jam from 4 to 10 p.m. at Imperial Dragon Restaurant, 6806 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma.

Galaxies bassist Chuck Naubert said the Galaxies will go on at 7 p.m. with he, Rob Lowery,

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June
23rd

R.I.P. Lee Parker

Lee Parker – a talented singer and guitarist known for playing with several popular local bands, dating back to Lee Parker & the Sharps in the 1950s – has died.

Parker, a resident of Vancouver, died on Saturday from complications related to a long struggle with emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to Lynda Brooks, his sister. He was 68.
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