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First peek at the new Gruv Lounge

Back in March I reported that the Gruv Lounge would take over the space at 3829 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma that was formerly occupied by Hell’s Kitchen. And the new dance club opened it’s doors this weekend. I poked my head in there on Saturday and was impressed by how thoroughly the space had been made over. House music is the style du jour these days. Wall murals favor stylish serpents over gaudy flames and she-devils and there are private karaoke rooms with song books and consoles in Korean.

Nah, don’t expect Atomic Outlaws or South 11th to come back and headline this incarnation of the club. And here are a few pics I snapped as I was passing through to give you a better idea of what the place looks like.

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Vulcans and witches and Bert, oh my

Mwahahahaha! I’m back on the TRC beat after a couple of weeks off, just in time to let you know where all the big boys and ghouls are getting their Trick or Treat on tonight. They’ll be at Tacoma’s New Frontier Lounge, easily one of T-town’s hottest Halloween pre-funk spots last night. Today’s theme: Hillbilly Halloween.

They’ll be at the new Gruv Lounge which opened this weekend in the old Hell’s Kitchen spot on Sixth Avenue. You’ll be amazed at the makeover owners have given that place. I snapped a few photos I hope to post later today.

But speaking of Hell’s Kitchen, T-town’s loudest rock club is sure to be packed tonight with Faster Pussycat headlining the final show of the venue’s Halloween in Hell weekend. And if you have a hundred bones to spare, you can go check out Harlequin Productions’ Haunted Wild West Cabaret and Auction.

And don’t fret if you can’t think of a decent last minute costume to throw together. Just check out all the superheroes, sexy maids and Zack Galifianakis impersonators I encountered out and about last night, and that should give you plenty of inspiration.

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Encore Boutique Nightclub set to open Friday in downtown Tacoma

Encore Boutique Nightclub, a new nightclub from the group that created The Loft Nightclub and 21 Commerce, is set to open Friday night in the downtown Tacoma space that formerly housed The Vault.

The owners are definitely aiming for swank for this club. Their press announcement reads like this: “The entrance into the club’s main room presents a dramatic aerial perspective: elegant VIP tables surround the dance floor with dramatic suede curtains serving as a backdrop. A dance floor, centered in the room, creates a brilliant focal point highlighted by a glowing LED wall that slowly changes the mood of

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What to expect from Jo Dee Messina’s Music Room show (audio)

Last Friday’s GO cover subject, Jo Dee Messina, is the main attraction at Broadway Center’s Pantages Theater tonight. And you can Click here to listen to the county star break down what sets tonight’s Music Room format apart from other concerts she headlines.


TRC on vacation

Taking a few days off, so TRC won’t be as active as usual for the next couple of weeks. But make sure you follow on Twitter and Facebook for some interview clips with a couple of big names that are headed to Tacoma that I’ll be posting. Hint: One interview subject is a country star, the other has been a chart-topping recording artist, actor and civil rights activist. Stay tuned.


Major Nirvana exhibit to open next year at EMP/SFM

Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum announced a major Nirvana exhibit this week. “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” will run from April 16, 2011 to April 22, 2013, and here is a list of a few of a few artifacts that will be on display, excerpted from the announcement on EMP/SFM’s web site:

• Kurt Cobain’s never-before exhibited, high school painting of two aging, Reagan-era punks in the post-apocalypse, informally known as “punk American gothic.”
• The Teac reel-to-reel tape machine owned by Mari Earl, Cobain’s aunt, on which a young

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Maroon 5 set list and fan video

Maroon 5 set list
Tacoma Dome
Oct. 12, 2010

If I Never See Your Face
Harder to Breath
Give a Little More
The Sun
Won’t Go Home Without
If I Ain’t Got You (Alicia Keys cover)
Out of Goodbyes
She Will Be Loved
Wake Up Call
This Love

Makes Me Wonder
Sunday Morning

Opening acts: OneRepublic, Ray Cummings

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Ozzy Osbourne, Slash headed to Tacoma Dome

It’s been a while since Ozzfest brought its head-banging mayhem to these parts. But finally namesake Ozzy Osbourne is coming back.

Metal’s godfather will headline the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 5, 2011, Live Nation announced today. And his opening act is no slouch, either. It’s Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist god Slash, who will be out in support of his self-titled solo album.

Live Nation and Ticketmaster will start selling tickets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The price range is $29.50 to

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Sonic Shakedown benefit to celebrate Tacoma garage-rock legacy

The Dignitaries’ Reylan Fernandez sent over details for a bill his band put together for Nov. 6 at the New Frontier Lounge. The show will be called Sonic Shakedown, a celebration of Tacoma’s garage-rock history featuring the Plastards, The I Love Myselfs, the Coloffs, Apache Chief and, of course, the Dignitaries. Darrell Fortune of the Northwest Convergence Zone podcast will emcee, and proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association.