The South Sound Twitter community met Wednesday, June 1 for Double Play: A Hotel Murano and Tacoma Rainiers Tweetup. Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger was on the scene. To discover what went down that night, jump on Twitter and call up #doubleplay
Encore Boutique Nightclub in downtown Tacoma hosted Playboy's Ring Card Contest featuring Tacoma's Playmate and former St. Pauli Girl Stacy Fusion as a judge Friday night. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
We dropped by pre-screening party for "A Perfect Life," which premiers at the STIFF Film Festival Tuesday, June 7 at Doyle's Public House and the Harmon Tap Room. Fire dancers, China Davis, Looking For Lizards and Ten Miles of Bad Road entertained. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger dropped by the Northwest Convergence Zone's 2nd Anniversary Party at The Firwood Rock Lounge Friday night snapping bands High Noon Horizon and The Hardcount, as well as some crowd shots.
Encore Boutique Nightclub held a go-go dancer competition Friday. "The Beautiful People" swarmed the dance floor, VIP lounges and, well every nook and cranny. Photographer Steve Dunkelberger was on the scene.
The Weekly Volcano was front-row center (and on stage) for Vicci Martinez's sold-out show Wednesday, May 18 at Jazzbones. It was a love-in. Although she was a little under the weather, you couldn't tell. Her professionalism and energy ran high and, as always, her humility in the face of such fan support was a treasure to witness. Her vocal range has never been better. Funk rockers Eclectic Approach opened. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
The Gruv Lounge on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue passes over the usual Tuesday night trivia/goldfish races high jinks in favor of some swinging rockabilly. The music is a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll, with pinup girls, hotrods and cheap booze in tow. Booze & tattoo night kicked off May 10 with the Black Top Demon band. Photographer Steve Dunkelberger was in the house.
The Ventures, the pioneering instrumental surf band formed in Tacoma 53 years ago, rocked the Crystal Ballroom in Portland Thursday, May 12. Before the show they held a meet-and-greet with VIP concert goers. A contingent from Tacoma attended the show. Photography by Pappi Swarner
Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu told thousands of young people in the Tacoma Dome Friday night that they are needed to carry out God's plans for the world. More than 15,000 youngsters and adults came to hear Tutu's message.
Tutu, 79, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, headlined a two-hour program celebrating hope and optimism with spirited performances by local singers and dancers orchestrated by The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.
Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger was in the house.
Thursday, May 5 (yes, Cinco de Mayo!) from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (yes, new hours!) the Tacoma Farmers Market invited all cabelleros and senoritas to experience the fine wears of the land, the natural abilities of camaraderie and free spirits, support the local farmers and eat food all on Broadway between Ninth and 11th in downtown Tacoma. Jerry Miller, Billy Farmer and Rafael Tranquilino roamed the market playing ukuleles. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
The annual Urban Arts Festival is approaching, meaning the season is upon us for Urban Arts Festival fundraisers - as in the May 6 Retrospect '80s dance party at The Space in downtown Tacoma. Attendance was low due to to the 72-Hour Film Festival down the street, but the energy was high. Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger was on the scene.
Musical luminaries from around the Northwest - Steve Peterson, Neil Andersson, Gail Harris, Jerry Miller, Jim Manolides, Freddie Dennis, Jumpin' Jim Wallace, Barry Curtis, Merrilee Rush, Jeff Kathan, George Barner, Gerry Roslie and on and on - joined Buck Ormsby and ALL the members of the Fabulous Wailers on the Temple Theatre stage before packed dance floor Wednesday, May 4 for a free tribute concert for Kent Morrill, lead singer and keyboard player for seminal Tacoma garage-rock band the Fabulous Wailers, died on April 15 after a long battle with colon cancer. Many of those dancing were the same faces who use to dance in front of the same musicians during the famous rock 'n' dance parties O'Day and others threw in the late '50s and early '60s.
Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
After a three-week respite courtesy of a PETA protest, Goldfish races are back at the Harmon Tap Room Tuesday nights. Owner Pat Nagle hopes the races are now humane enough to stop animal rights protesters from vandalizing the business. The Weekly Volcano dropped by last night to catch the action. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
Magoo's Annex and Eatery in Tacoma's Northend neighborhood is taking back Monday nights with DJ Melodica working his vinyl collection loaded with New Wave, post punk, early electronica and garage. Magoo's slices its micro brew price to $2.75 a pint.
Last Monday, the University of Puget Sound hangout collided with Sean Alexander's farewell party. It was the perfect storm.
Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
April 23, 2011: Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger dropped in on the legendary musician performing in Tacoma's legendary venue.
The Dockyard Derby Dames Allstars mounted an impressive comeback to beat the Terminal City Rollergirls from Vancouver, B.C. 121 to 125 for their first WFTDA win last night at Pierce College in Lakewood. The Derby Dames' B team, The Tide Pool, beat the Rainy City Roller Dolls' Death Drops. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
Weekly Volcano photographer Steve Dunkelberger grabbed some great pictures at Friday’s wacky Artifakt show at Hell’s Kitchen.
The Nosh League gathered inside Johnny's Dock private dining room for a fish discussion, filet demonstration and six fish tasting with Executive Chef Steve Ng Thursday, April 14. The Weekly Volcano's foodie group Nosh League meets every month. Join here: www.weeklyvolcano.com/community/groups/Nosh-League/
At a typical trivia night one sits around drinking beer, occasionally feeling really smart, and mostly feeling pretty stupid. It's like your average night of drinking, but you can blame the game instead of your social skills. Every Tuesday night, Farrelli's Wood Fire Pizza on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue draws a mixed crowd to its trivia night, although the crowd generally has the same interests as Farrelli's posts the night's trivia topic on its Facebook. Last Tuesday movie trivia session was hot with the younger set. The cool thing about Farrelli's trivia night is they design it to be interactive and social with a team concept rather than a bury your head into a ballot sort of thing. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger
By 1 a.m. last night, the rowdies and chit-chatters in Tacoma had begun to thin. My night began at before Martyr Machine inside Hell's Kitchen, then progressed to the Gruv Lounge for DJ1, AC/DC tribute band Soul Stripper at the Backstage Bar & Grill and ending with Kry at The Swiss. I came up short on the phone numbers, although I met a charming lass at the Backstage - until her roommate yanked her away for last call down the street. Oh well, enjoy the photos I snapped during my journey. - Steve Dunkelberger
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