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Owner says Rhythm & Brews will re-open

Sometimes the third time isn’t the charm.

Tacoma club owner Chris Wallis’ new music venue, Rhythm & Brews, went dark on Nov. 20, less than two months after its official grand opening. And it appeared to be the third short lived venue to pass through his space, at 733 Market St., since he opened the South Sound Garage there in 2007. (Wallis leased the space to the owners of Club Juno, a dance club, the following year.)

But today Wallis insisted the closure is temporary. “We’re definitely reopening,” he said, explaining that he and his girlfriend, the venue’s general manager, were going on vacation with plans to have the club back up and running around Jan. 15.
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Fifth annual Paul Green Harmonica Showcase coming up Sunday

Sunday four of this region’s hottest harp players will converge on Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J St., in Tacoma. It’s Paul Green’s annual harmonica showcase which will feature Bill Lee, Brian Mattocks, Jay Maybin and Green, all backed by Paul Green’s Straight Shot.

The show will start at 5 p.m., and there is no admission charge, though a donation will taken for the performers. Find more info at www.ipctacoma.org.


More acts headed to new Rhythm & Brews

It appears Gary Grape of the South Sound Blues Association will handle most of the booking down at the new Rhythm & Brews club downtown, which tells you what the musical focus will be. Hey, can’t make any assumptions just based on the name (see also: Jazzbones and Sax.) And along with this weekend’s grand opening festivities, here are a few more shows Grape has lined up for this month.

Oct. 8: Little Bill and the Bluenotes
Oct. 9: Billy Roy Danger and the

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Friends of the Holidays benefit details

The next Friends of the Holidays benefit concert will feature the Red Hot Blues Sisters, Mojo Overload, Blues Redemption, Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers, Spank Tones and Bonzaii Billy & the Riptides on July 25 at Tacoma’s Swiss Tavern, organizers announced this week. Music will start at 3 p.m. with a suggested $10 donation.

Friends of the Holidays is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to Pierce County’s low-income families during the December holiday season, and is now in its 12th year. Financial contributions are given to the Emergency Food Network.


Video of the Week: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside opened for the Avett Brothers last year and were more recently named Portland’s best new band by Willamette Week.

Why bring all that up? They’re kicking off the second not-quite-annual Squeak and Squawk festival Thursday night at the New Frontier Lounge. That’s why.


7th annual Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival on for May 29

The 7th annual Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival will be held May 29 at Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, the Harmon Pub & Brewery and Stonegate Pizza, organizers announced Wednesday. The schedule is as follows:

Big bands jazz stage at Freighthouse Square’s Rainier Room
Johnny Lewis Big Band (1 p.m.)
Roadside Attraction (2:30 p.m.)
Mukilteo’s Outrageous Jazz Orchestra (4 p.m.)
Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra (5:30 p.m.)

Blues stage at the Harmon Pub & Brewery
The Crossroads Band (12:30 p.m.)
Little Bill & the Bluenotes (2

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Gray Sky Blues Music Festival lineup announced

Today, organizers released the lineup for the third annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival, which will take place after at the Harmon Brewery, the Swiss Tavern, Cutter’s Point Coffee, Indochine Asian Restaurant, Urban xChange and Stonegate Pizza after the Grand Floral Daffodil Parade on April 10.

This year’s headliner will be 2007 International Blue Challenge winner Sean Carney from Columbus, Ohio.

Gray Sky Blues Music Festival
2010 lineup

The Swiss Pub
$10 cover charge starts at 3:30 PM ($8 for blues society/association members)

The Blues Mongols (1p.m.)
The Chester Dennis Jones Band (2:30 p.m)

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Riky Hudson benefit set for Feb. 28 at Jazzbones

Local band leader Randy Oxford just sent this gig poster for a benefit he’s organizing for drummer Riky Hudson, a former member of his Randy Oxford Band. The show starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Jazzbones with a lineup that includes Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers, the Randy Oxford Band, On the Level and the Ron Hendee Band. Proceeds will go to Hudson to help pay costs associated with a stroke he suffered last year, according to Oxford.


Favorite albums of 2009, No. 10

It’s that time of year when ever critic and his grandma has got a bunch of top 10 lists. And hey, who am I to buck tradition? So today begins my countdown of albums I’ve had in heaviest rotation in my iPod this year (you know, minus Sub Pop’s awesome reissue of Nirvana’s “Bleach.” Just the new stuff, my friends.) And yes, I’m wussing out with a tie for the No. 10 spot since I couldn’t bear to drop either one of these from my list.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, “Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is”


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The Heartless Bastards interview

Austin’s Heartless Bastards are a band on the rise. And they’ll showcase the rootsy, rockin’ sounds of their third album “The Mountain” tonight when they open for Wolfmother at the Paramount in Seattle.

That was the occasion for calling Wennerstrom, whose booming, soulful vocals add an epic feel to the Bastards’ best songs. Click the link to hear what she had to say …

… about the band’s name and her unique vocal style.

And here’s a nice clip of her playing the title track to the new disc, one of my favorite songs of 2009. Hit the “more” button to get a better idea of what she and the band will sound like tonight with a gorgeous clip of them playing “Sway” at SXSW.

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