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Go to your happy place

A man from Utah, a woman from Minneapolis and a man from Sarajevo walk into a bar and start playing Hawaiian music. No, it’s not a joke, but it might just make you smile, especially when you hear them tonight at Embellish Multispace Salon. Michael Alexander from Ogden, Utah, (a place

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The Moss Brothers

The Moss Brothers believe strongly that family comes before anything else. Luckily, the two founders of this Americana/roots band are siblings so the music sits comfortably in shotgun position rather than relegated to the backseat. The band is Troy Moss on lead and backing vocals, electric guitar and mandolin; Jeff

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Good Weed in Old Town

Those of you under the impression that all blues singers are hoary old goats or, even worse, resemble John Popper, will be pleasantly surprised to meet Alex Weed. This weedy lad first started singing the schoolboy blues before he was old enough to procure a driver’s licence, and now at

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Out in the Park

O ut in the Park is going to be a real drag this year. In fact, there is going to be more drag than ever. Saturday’s event marks the 10th anniversary for Out in the Park, Tacoma’s annual Gay Pride festival produced by the Out in Tacoma organization. The event

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The Moss Brothers

The Moss Brothers believe strongly that family comes before anything else. Luckily, the two founders of this Americana/roots band are siblings so the music sits comfortably in shotgun position rather than relegated to the backseat. The band is Troy Moss on lead and backing vocals, electric guitar and mandolin; Jeff

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Good Weed in Old Town

Those of you under the impression that all blues singers are hoary old goats or, even worse, resemble John Popper, will be pleasantly surprised to meet Alex Weed. This weedy lad first started singing the schoolboy blues before he was old enough to procure a driver’s licence, and now at

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Out in the Park

O ut in the Park is going to be a real drag this year. In fact, there is going to be more drag than ever. Saturday’s event marks the 10th anniversary for Out in the Park, Tacoma’s annual Gay Pride festival produced by the Out in Tacoma organization. The event

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Summertime music

Festival season is upon us, and that means sunshine on your shoulder, cold drink in your hand and people around who are feeling, well, festive! There’s just something magical about the sound of music echoing down a car-less street or billowing across a grassy field. We’ve already whet our musical palates

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Summertime music

Festival season is upon us, and that means sunshine on your shoulder, cold drink in your hand and people around who are feeling, well, festive! There’s just something magical about the sound of music echoing down a car-less street or billowing across a grassy field. We’ve already whet our musical palates

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Back To Beale Street Blues Challenge

South Sound Blues Association’s Back to Beale Street Blues 2008 Challenge final round will be held on the Blues Stage at Freedom Fair July 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The stakes are high because the winning band will be sent all expenses paid to the International Blues Challenge held

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The bite of Ms. Led

Ms. Led’s new CD, Shake Yourself Awake, sounds like a battle cry. The first thing I heard when I put the disc into my CD player was the “GRRR” of distorted guitar, and right then I knew this album was going to have some bite. But I expected that, mainly

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Drink for a good cause

In my opinion, “dead puppies” is one of the saddest phrases in the English language and “community art project” is one of the happiest. A project is underway now that uses one of those phrases to eliminate the other. Last year at the Top of Tacoma McKinley Street Festival artists

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Tara McCormick

As if she borrowed a pair of Shania Twain’s walkin’ boots, Tara McCormick’s music is country with a sexy rock/pop attitude. If McCormick’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she was Miss Washington in 2004, and she made it all the way to the top 15 in the Miss USA

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Back To Beale Street Blues Challenge

South Sound Blues Association’s Back to Beale Street Blues 2008 Challenge final round will be held on the Blues Stage at Freedom Fair July 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The stakes are high because the winning band will be sent all expenses paid to the International Blues Challenge held

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The bite of Ms. Led

Ms. Led’s new CD, Shake Yourself Awake, sounds like a battle cry. The first thing I heard when I put the disc into my CD player was the “GRRR” of distorted guitar, and right then I knew this album was going to have some bite. But I expected that, mainly

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Tara McCormick

As if she borrowed a pair of Shania Twain’s walkin’ boots, Tara McCormick’s music is country with a sexy rock/pop attitude. If McCormick’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she was Miss Washington in 2004, and she made it all the way to the top 15 in the Miss USA

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Drink for a good cause

In my opinion, “dead puppies” is one of the saddest phrases in the English language and “community art project” is one of the happiest. A project is underway now that uses one of those phrases to eliminate the other. Last year at the Top of Tacoma McKinley Street Festival artists

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Travis Larson Band

Air guitar is fun because it doesn’t require lessons, it doesn’t hurt your fingers, and an invisible guitar collection takes up a lot less shelf space than a real one. But air guitar won’t get you a sweet endorsement deal and tour support across the country from guitar equipment manufacturer

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Dropping bass downtown

Someone forgot to tell James Whiton that bass players are the underdogs of the rock ’n’ roll kingdom. Not one to stare at his shoe laces and hide behind the beat of the drum, Whiton brings the fat strings to the forefront. Not since Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Fix and freeze

I’m a busy girl, and I know I need to eat healthier than I do. It’s tough juggling motherhood, job, household and a pretty healthy music addiction. In Tacoma and Federal Way there are cute little places called Kitchen2Kitchen that offers assistance to wayward souls like me who are desperately

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