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Agent Orange, more headed to Backstage

We now have a better idea of the bands general manager Joy Hutt plans to bring to the forthcoming Backstage Bar & Grill, which is under construction at 6409 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma, formerly home base for the short-lived Game On Sports Grille.
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Backstage Bar & Grill aiming for Feb. 1 opening

Tacoma could have a new rock venue as soon as Feb. 1. That’s the tentative opening date for Backstage Bar & Grill, the new club that’s in the works at 6409 Sixth Ave., according to general manager Joy Hutt. But she added that opening day largely depends on how soon owner Stephen Tippins can secure a liquor license.

The new club is under construction in the space formerly occupied by Game On Sports Grille. Hutt described the vibe Backstage is going for as part cowgirl bar, part Hard Rock Café. The 6,800-square-foot venue will feature live music, rock

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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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Owner says Sax on Sixth has been sold

Sax on Sixth has been sold, according to owner Jenny Yee. “It’s really tough times,” she said, declining to go into much further detail than, “Someone will re-open.”

Yee and her husband, Andy, opened the club at 2309 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma, last year. They also own North China Garden Restaurant next door. More details as we learn them.


Cedarwood Dome closed

Fife’s Cedarwood Dome has gone dark. The following message was posted on the venue’s web site.

Sorry to say the last night for the Cedarwood Dome was Monday November 15, 2010. (There was No Place Like Dome!) We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for your patronage and support over the last four years! You have made this an unforgettable experience for us all. You will be in our memories forever. It was a GREAT PARTY!!!


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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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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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A year later the Firwood Rock Lounge is finally open

The Firwood Rock Lounge finally opened Friday night. Granted, when I dropped by the new nightclub seemed a lot more like the old Drake’s Pub – the dance club that previously occupied its location at 734 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma – than a rock club.

Owners Jaey and Suna Hong have been trying to open the new venue since last year. But according to documents and e-mails obtained from the Washington Liquor Control Board and the Tacoma Police Department, their efforts were held up for several months by objections police raised about general manager Hyon Kil and

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Rhythm & Brews grand opening next week

Gary Grape of the South Sound Blues Association sent us details for the grand opening of Rhythm & Brews, a new joint that’s been on our radar since late last year.

Popular jazz and blues combo Maia Santell and House Blend will christen the new joint, located at 933 Market Street in Tacoma, with a performance on Oct. 1. And then SSBA’s 2010 International Blues Challenge winner Blues Redemption will perform on Oct. 2, with music starting at 8:30 p.m. both nights. There will be no cover charge either night. Learn more

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Dorky’s Barcade is opening this weekend

As first spotted by Exit 133, the new Dorky’s Barcade has this message up on the venue Facebook page.

Guess What??? We are Opening SATURDAY!!!! 10AM. No food or Beer yet. We will have bottled Drinks and Snack Foods. Come and get you game on!!!!

The new venue will open at 754 Pacific Ave., in the downtown Tacoma, a space previously occupied by the Brick City Project and Destiny’s. It’ll combine a few things we like here on the TRC blog – pinball, old-school video games and brewskis, a la Shorty’s in Seattle

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