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The Kingsmen’s Dick Peterson talks “Louie Louie”

They had other hits. But one song more than any other is guaranteed to be on the Kingsmen’s set list Saturday night at Centralia College’s Corbet Theatre.

You know the one. Richard Berry wrote it. Tacoma’s Fabulous Wailers and Lawrence “Rockin’ Robin” Roberts turned it into the party anthem we all know and love. It was a mandatory cover for just about every garage-rocker we associate with the Original Northwest Sound.
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F-ing Eagles world conquest, phase two

Around here we’ve known the F-ing Eagles are pretty rad for a while. See for yourself tonight when they open for surf-guitar legend Dick Dale tonight at Hell’s Kitchen; booking guru Flash says they go on at 10.

But soon potentially millions will have heard T-town’s grittiest garage-rockers thanks to a few well-placed cuts from the band’s first two discs, “A Million Dollars Worth of Music” and last year’s “Midnight Sour.”
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The Sonics will perform in Olympia on New Year’s Eve

Here’s some big news manager Buck Ormsby wasn’t quite ready to announce yesterday: The Sonics will play Olympia’s Capitol Theatre on New Year’s Eve, only the legendary Tacoma garage-rock outfit’s third local performance since the classic lineup broke up in 1967.

The show will support the Sonics’ forthcoming EP “8,” featuring the band’s first new songs since the ’60s (see previous blog item.) The band also plans to shoot video footage during the Olympia performance for a future DVD release.
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Shrewd Ventures emphasizing “Hawaii Five-O” in wake of CBS-TV’s hit reboot

CBS-TV has a big hit with its rehash of “Hawaii Five-O,” the popular cop show that originally starred Jack Lord from 1968 to 1980.

Alex O’Loughlin is at the helm as detective Steve McGarrett in the new version. September’s pilot episode is the most DVR’d program of all time, and the show drew a not-too-shabby 6.9 million viewers last Sunday, according to the latest rankings released by Bloomberg News.

Needless to say, the Ventures will give their version of the show’s iconic theme music a little extra emphasis on Saturday during a rare U.S. performance at the Snoqualmie Casino.
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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.


Golden Oldies moving to a new location

One of Tacoma’s most unique and venerable record stores will have a new home next month. Golden Oldies owner Jeff Miller just called to report he’s being forced out of 3016 Sixth Ave., his location of five years, and will reopen a few blocks down at 3521 Sixth Ave., on Sept. 1.

Miller opened Golden Oldies in 1986, and for years his shop has been a destination of choice for classic vinyl and memorabilia from the likes of the Sonics, the Fabulous Wailers and the Galaxies. But his is not the first vintage record shop to be

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Tacoma Rock City approved (Aug. 13 to 19)

A few events worth checking out in the week to come.

Music and Art in Wright Park benefit show

Earplugs are not optional on Saturday. At least not if you want your ears to survive the epic metal sludge and hardcore mayhem that Mico de Noche and C.F.A. will unleash on Tacoma’s New Frontier Lounge. The bands are looking to raise about $2,500 to help finance the MAWP festival, which will also feature the F-ing Eagles, Gold Teeth, Lozen, Girl Trouble and more on Aug. 21 at Wright Park.
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Hot Rod-A-Rama band schedule

The 10th annual Hotrod-A-Rama festival will take over the Swiss Tavern and the surrounding block on Aug. 6 and 7, with lots of smokin’ rides – this year’s theme is traditional ‘rods from 1965 and earlier – and some of the region’s rowdiest bands. Organizer James Bender hooked me up with this year’s sched:

Aug. 6
Si Si Si (9:15 p.m.)
The F-ing Eagles (10:30 p.m.)
Girl Trouble (11:45 p.m.)

Aug. 7, outdoors
’63 Burnout (1 p.m.)
Marshall Scott Warner (2 p.m.)
Pin-up contest/Awards (3 p.m.)

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Grit City Bootlegs No. 58: The Fabulous Wailers return

The Fabulous Wailers had been out of commission since December as front man Kent Morrill battled serious illness (related story here.) But the godfathers of Northwest rock roared back into action this weekend with a pair of crowd pleasing and sometimes emotional performances, the first Saturday in Issaquah and the second last night capping off a Gulf coast benefit at the Swiss Tavern. Morrill sounded great, and shaky camera work aside, I managed to record this garage-rock classic for those of you who missed it.

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