Posts Tagged ‘live’

festival // Fall Free for All : 2012

festival // Fall Free for All : 2012

This October, Tacoma’s Broadway Center hosted a weekend-long arts and cultural festival in the heart of downtown Tacoma—the 2012 Fall Free For All. We managed to capture a few of the excellent music performances along with several of the other sights and experiences—the wide variety of which represented some of Tacoma’s and the greater Pac NW’s best [...]


music // Cathedrals : David Bazan + Pretty Broken Things + Passenger String Quartet

music // Cathedrals : David Bazan + Pretty Broken Things + Passenger String Quartet

Stained glass and hipsters—who would have known they were a match made in heaven (quite literally?) The second much-anticipated Tacoma Cathedrals show, presented by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, filled Tacoma’s Immanual Presbyterian Church with the luminous sounds of local and independent musicians. “I think that Tacoma is doing a really good job [...]


music // Kevin Sur + Passenger String Quartet : 2012.07.07

music // Kevin Sur + Passenger String Quartet : 2012.07.07

Tacoma’s summer stage was set—fathomless blue sky slowly melting toward the West into a cocktail of red and orange. The perfect backdrop for a live performance. Locals gathered in the historic lobby of the Pantages Theater, downing libations and little bites before being breezed away via shuttle to two different house shows: one featuring  OK Sweetheart and the [...]


festival // Squeak + Squawk : 2012

festival // Squeak + Squawk : 2012

After a brief haitus, Tacoma’s Squeak + Squawk returned last weekend with its third music festival. The 2012 festival took place across several Tacoma venues and featured a broad and dynamic lineup from Tacoma favorites to global buzz bands—or both. Case in point is local Tacoman Brad Oberhofer (SOTA grad!) who played at The Space [...]


music // Pickwick : 2012.03.24 : Cathedrals Tacoma

music // Pickwick : 2012.03.24 : Cathedrals Tacoma

Let’s face it—from gothic cathedrals to cozy corner chapels, churches are built to carry sound. The voices of Pickwick fit hand in glove to the reverent, ambient surroundings of Tacoma’s Immanuel Presbyterian Church last weekend. Galen Disston’s rafter-climbing croon and the band’s buoyant, blue-eyed soul jams brought the most docile listeners out of their church pews [...]


music // Elk & Boar : 2012.02.26 : studio session

music // Elk & Boar : 2012.02.26 : studio session

Over coffee at Bluebeard the other day, we had a conversation with Kirsten—the Elk in Tacoma’s soulful Elk & Boar—about this and that and mostly, the weather. Our consensus was that Tacoma skies brandish more diversity—day to day, hour to hour—than any other place we’ve lived. From the gauzy west-facing pinks of afternoon to glowing [...]


music // OK Sweetheart : 2012.02.04 : Goldfinch Spaceworks

music // OK Sweetheart : 2012.02.04 : Goldfinch Spaceworks

One of our favorite acts from the 2011 Doe Bay Fest was undoubtedly OK Sweetheart. We adore their soulful and sweetly purring pop—songs that feel both in the moment and timeless. Last weekend, Tacoma band Goldfinch asked them to headline an intimate show christening Goldfinch’s new Spaceworks residency.  We wouldn’t have been anywhere else in Tacoma that night! When we ran [...]


music // Space Works for Goldfinch

music // Space Works for Goldfinch

Spaceworks Tacoma is a project to activate empty storefronts in downtown Tacoma with art and creative enterprise. Spaceworks recently awarded Goldfinch—one of Tacoma’s finest local bands—a three-month artists’ residency in a Hill Top practice space next to Fulcrum Gallery. Goldfinch plans to nest down and begin recording their new album during this time as well [...]


festival // First Night ’11 : Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives

festival // First Night '11 : Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives

Fire-breathing dragons were on parade, kids were break-dancing and spray-painting, the tough girls where on roller skates and rabbits and tigers soared overhead. It was New Year’s Eve in Tacoma. And shortly before the last night of 2011 suddenly became the First Night of 2012, Portland natives and Tacoma favorites Drew Grow & the Pastors’ [...]


music // Big Sur : 2011.11.19 : studio session + house show

music // Big Sur : 2011.11.19 : studio session + house show

In a cozy Tacoma home nestled within a copse of trees, the music was wall-to-wall during another house show presented by The Warehouse. The show featured Big Sur and The Crying Shame, among others. Between sets in the main house, Big Sur sequestered themselves in the back yard studio called “The Cottage.” There, we captured their live [...]


music // Frank Fairfield : 2011.11.12 : Urban Grace

music // Frank Fairfield : 2011.11.12 : Urban Grace

Before you hear him, you’re not sure you really believe Frank Fairfield. And it’s not his fault.With the momentum of a Dakota stampede, a slew of indie musicians has recently waded into the sweet river of folk salvation by the seat of their patchwork pants, ready to pledge themselves to a life of dirty long [...]


festival // Fall Free for All : 2011

festival // Fall Free for All : 2011

In October, Tacoma’s Broadway Center hosted a weekend-long arts and cultural festival in the heart of downtown Tacoma—the 2011 Fall Free for All. We managed to capture a few of the excellent music performances by some of the northwest’s best local musicians. Above is the first video—locals Concours d’Elegance blowing away the crowd with their tight new [...]


getaway // Doe Bay Fest : 2011

getaway // Doe Bay Fest : 2011

We had just joined the cult of Tacoma and were still figuring out the way to Bluebeard Coffee when you could say nature called. At least we felt demographically compelled by the wave of movement from Tacoma to the northern climes of that pristine San Juan archipelago, following a mass exodus of beards, jorts, Ray-Bans, [...]


music // Kelli Schaefer : 2011.07.22 : The Space

music // Kelli Schaefer : 2011.07.22 : The Space

Just down Tacoma’s “Opera Alley“ lives a place called The Space—a bare bones venue seemingly afloat over the harbor lights and darkened streets of Tacoma’s industrial port. A perfect showbox for the visceral music of Portland’s Kelli Schaefer. Kelli may hail from across state lines, but as the night’s presenter Adam (of The Warehouse) observed, Tacoma could easily [...]


music // Doe Bay Festival : 2010 : Orcas Island

music // Doe Bay Festival : 2010 : Orcas Island

In a matter of mere hours (depending on ferry traffic) a weary Tacoman can escape the clutches of urban life for the pastoral landscapes and pristine beaches of the San Juan Islands. There’s no better time to do this than during the weekend of the annual Doe Bay Festival on Orcas Island. Think of it [...]