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Feb.
28th

Josh Groban headed to Seattle

Josh Groban will bring his Straight to You Tour to Seattle’s KeyArena on Aug. 27, Live Nation announced today. Tickets to see the singer – “O Holy Night,” “Believe” and other operatic, adult contemporary hits – will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with most tickets going for $52 to $92. Find more info here.

Feb.
28th

Larry the Cable Guy tickets on sale Saturday

Larry the Cable Guy will “get errrrrr done” at the Puyallup Fair this year. (OK, I know. “Get r’ done.” Total cliché at this point. “Lord, I apologize.” OK, that, too.)

The sleeveless, catch phrase spouting comedian – born Daniel Whitney – will headline the Puyallup Fair & Events Center at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, organizers announced. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday with prices ranging from $25 to $50.

Find more info on this year’s lineup, which also includes Chicago with Tacoma Sympony on Sept. 13, and Amy

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Feb.
23rd

Grit City Bootlegs No. 68: An interview and new tunes from Big Wheel Stunt Show

Big Wheel Stunt Show will unleash their new album “Cheetah Milque” on Tacoma Saturday night with a CD release party at the New Frontier Lounge. We’ll have a related story on one of Tacoma’s most talented rock bands in Friday’s GO section.

But in the meantime I thought I’d share this interview from last week at the Frontier. And if you hit the “more” button you can also check out several performance videos I shot with my little Kodiak point-and-shoot last Saturday at Supernova downtown. These boys rock!


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Feb.
23rd

Taylor Swift returning to the Tacoma Dome

Last fall, we reported that country superstar Taylor Swift had blocked out a September date in the Seattle-Tacoma market. The Tacoma Dome’s web site now says that Swift – known for “Tim McGraw,” “Tears on My Guitar” and other hits – will perform there at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, with prices ranging from $25 to $69.50, and you’ll be able to find them here.

Feb.
23rd

The Chieftans’ Paddy Moloney previews tonight’s show in Olympia (audio)

Paddy Moloney has spent the past five decades popularizing traditional Irish music around the world with The Chieftans, and tonight is his group’s first appearance in Olympia. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and recently the Grammy Award winning artist checked in to let us know what to expect tonight.

Click here to listen.

Feb.
22nd

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks to bring Heart & Soul tour to Seattle

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will bring their Heart & Soul tour to Seattle’s KeyArena on April 23, promoter AEG Worldwide announced today. Their tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 20. Stewart will be out in support of his hits collection “The Best of … The Great American Songbook” while Nicks will preview material from her forthcoming “In: Your Dreams” CD, which is due on May 3.

Tickets for the Seattle show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28 with prices ranging from $92

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Feb.
21st

Grit City Bootlegs No. 67: A Sublime fake? You decide

So I’m not sure exactly who Lyon Pride Music had playing at Jazzbones Sunday night when Long Beach Rehab headlined. That is, it was, indeed, a band called Long Beach Rehab. But the group was billed as a celebrity tribute act featuring Bad Brains singer H.R. and Q-Ball from LBC Sublime. Through word of mouth, that somehow turned into the actual Eric “Q-Ball” Wilson from Sublime.

I can tell you for sure that H.R. was nowhere to be seen at the Boneyard, unless he was secretly hiding out in the kitchen. I believe

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Feb.
21st

New Backstage Bar & Grill to open on Friday

Backstage Bar & Grill will have its grand opening on Friday, manager Joy Hutt tells us. The new, 6,800-square-foot rock club has been under construction at 6409 Sixth Ave., the space formerly occupied by Game On Sports Grille.

Hutt has described the aesthetic as Hard Rock Café meets “Coyote Ugly,” with live music, girls in chaps dancing girls and rock memorabilia décor. Among the venue’s first big shows is a March 1 date with Lynch Mob, the band formed by Dokken guitarist George Lynch.

Feb.
20th

Big Wheel Stunt Show video shoot turns steamy


Renagade calendar girl Ruby Velvet.

What I expected Saturday afternoon when I showed up at Supernova’s downtown location yesterday afternoon was a video shoot for “When the Mountain Blows,” the closing cut from Big Wheel Stunt Show’s rockin’ new album “Cheetah Milque.” What it turned out to be? A steamy calendar shoot for the Renagade Girls. The rowdy and often scantily clad ambassadors of Tacoma’s Renagade Bikes had taken over the hair salon for a 1930s, gangster-themed hootenanny with Big Wheel playing the house band. (And yes, they spell renegade that way.)
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Feb.
19th

Benefit planned for Fabulous Wailers’ Kent Morrill

Boogie 4 the Cure has planned a benefit for Kent Morrill of the Fabulous Wailers, the local cancer awareness group announced. The event will be held on March 12 at the North Shore Golf & Country Club, 4101 North Shore Blvd. NE, in Tacoma, to help raise money for the influential Tacoma musician’s ongoing battle with prostate cancer.

Morrill is lead vocalist and keyboard player for the Wailers, the Tacoma group that helped launch the Original Northwest Sound with it’s 1960 garage-rock hit “Tall Cool One.” With Rockin’ Robin Roberts, the band is

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