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Hip-Hop for the Holidays headed to the new Firwood Rock Lounge downtown

Just got a call from FYR Entertainment about their Thanksgiving pre-funk show, Hip-Hop for the Holidays, which will bring Tacoma rapper Roderic and Clemm Rashad to the new Firwood Rock Lounge next Wednesday. The show will start at 9 p.m., and if nothing else I’m curious to see someone performing on that elevated stage they have overlooking the dance floor over there. More details on the venue here.


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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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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Cans is going country, the Vault rebooting as Encore

Today, a big players in Tacoma nightlife outlined two new projects coming to downtown. Club owner Jon Tartaglia tells me Cans is going country under a new name, the Big Whisky Saloon; and the nearby Vault will soon re-open as an upscale, new dance club, Encore.

Big Whisky is a concept conceived by Tartaglia’s partner, Roger Rahil. And they expected to unveil the new theme at 100 S. Ninth St., on April 30. Tartaglia and Rahil also expect to open Encore a few weeks later at S. 11th and Pacific Avenue.

Tartaglia and Rahil ran adjoining downtown nightclubs the Loft and 21 Commerce, arguably Tacoma’s hottest spot when they sold to Maggie O’Toole’s owner Jeff Corbin in 2006. Renamed the Loft at 21 Commerce, the bars closed in 2008.
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What to expect from the new Firwood Rock Lounge (audio)

I remember when Drake’s Pub – formerly located at 734 Pacific Ave., a.k.a. the Drake – anchored the busiest club district in Tacoma. I had just moved to Grit City, and driving past that place still brings back fond memories – not to mention a few that make me wish that little doohickey from the “Men in Black” movies was real.

But alas, the Drake building has lay dormant since 2005. It’s changed hands a couple of times, and I’ve heard rumors through the grapevine of plans to spruce the place back up and turn it into a new nightclub. There was even a story floating around about a group opening an exotic toy store there a while back. But finally someone is actually tapping into that spacious joint’s potential – namely Jaey and Suna Hong, who owned the Fabulous Firwood roadhouse in Fife until it burned down last year.
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