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September 1, 2007 at 4:23am

DJ Mauro’s Latin night tonight

Djmauroblog Nueva Era brings East Coast Latin, blues and R&B to Oh! Gallagher’s Saturday.

DJ Mauro has had a problem with his phone lately: it won’t stop ringing. People keep calling the DJ/Latin music promoter asking to be put on his VIP list for the show he’s bringing to Oh! Gallagher’s in Lakewood tonight.

But DJ Mauro’s fretting that there may not be enough space in the house for all those wanting tickets; the band is big enough that selling out of tickets seems imminent.

The band he’s bringing is East Coast band Nueva Era, and they’ll play the traditional Latin sound known as bachata live for the first time in Tacoma. Tradition is mixed with contemporary hip-hop sounds and Latin meringue beats, creating a melodic and rhythmic quality that makes them addictively easy to listen to.

Nueva Era will hit the Oh! Gallagher’s stage at midnight Saturday after DJ Mauro spins reggaeton, merengue, and salsa from 9 to 10 p.m., following which the band Miguelina Miguelina will play their merengue hip-hop blend from 11 p.m. to midnight, with Nueva Era hitting the stage at midnight. Tickets are $15, 9 to 10 p.m., and $20 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DJ Mauro spins every Saturday night at Oh! Gallagher’s. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

[Oh! Gallagher’s, Saturday, Sept. 1, 9 p.m., $10-$15, 7304 Lakewood Dr., Lakewood, 253.472.3009]

September 2, 2007 at 2:29pm

Screw Seattle's Bumbershoot â€" Hot time in Lakewood

Djmauroonereal Until very recently, the terms bachata and merengue weren’t a part of my general consciousness.

Then I learned about DJ Mauro and his Sweet Salsa Saturdays, and how he was helping to bring the band Nueva Era out to Oh! Gallagher's every Saturday night.

Djmauroneauvatwo Djmauroneuvaera Interest piqued, especially after listening to the sounds on the band’s MySpace, I had to go see the Dominican band from the East Coast for myself last night.

Djmauroone I not just saw for myself, I moved for myself, and had the time of my life as my hips and feet moved to merengue, bachata, salsa, and reggaeton beats.  More fun was watching the crowd, who well and truly knew how to shake it with all the proper steps and spins.

Djmauromiguelin While our initial service was a bit surly, the Oh! Gallaghers staff redeemed themselves as the evening wore on, with $5 Long Island Ice Teas that sustained my hip-shaking.

But surpassing my expectations were the performances themselvesâ€"Miguelin Miguelin brought his hip-hop vibe to the stage and beyond, creating a chill mix of poetry and beats that impressed me even though I hadn’t a clue what he was saying (note to self- learn Spanish.)

And then Nueva Era hit the stage, I remembered why I made the trek out to Lakewood.  The backbone of their sound is an intriguing rhythm that I can’t quite put a name to, with a melodic hook that I can’t quite get out of my mind. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

September 2, 2007 at 3:22pm

Two days of Dave

I spent three days and two Dave Matthews Band concerts with a group of 25 Dave worshipers from around North America (Connecticut, Minnesota, Texas, New York, British Colombia, Colorado, Tacoma) at The Gorge this weekend.  While I made it all OK through booze, the group chatted about the Matthews' tour (one was on her 50th show of the year), set lists (the Saturday night Gorge show was better than Friday), ultimate Dave songs (everyone digs "Cornbread"), burps, farts and much, much more.

Two days is all I could take.

I sold my Sunday night tickets and Tater Tot and I drove as fast as we could home (82 mph costs $113 outside of Ellensburgh).

I'm off to Bumbershoot.  Thanks again to the Ants Marching clan for hosting our asses this weekend.  Here are a few pics of these awesome folks. â€" Brad AllenDavefive Davefour Davethree Davetwo Daveone

September 3, 2007 at 9:59am

Seaweed rocks Bumbershoot

SeaweedIn front of a packed Sky Church crowd last night, Tacoma's Seaweed ignited my fond memory of the band's secret warehouse show across the 11th Street bridge back in the early '90s.  They demonstrated the same enthusiasm as the quintet powered through their favorite Seaweed songs (many off Spanaway) and introduced their new song, which gernerated thumbs-up approvement from the crowd.

Seaweed3 Seaweedaaron3 Seaweedclint2 Seaweedclint4 Seaweedaaron2 Seaweedkathleen2Seaweedaaronandwade SeaweedjohnWearing a green Point Defiance Village Garden Club T-shirt lead singer Aaron Stauffer bounced around the stage singing with conviction, poking fun at Bumbershoot, and announced the band will play a Tacoma show Dec. 22.

Guiarist Wade Neal's wife, Kathlyn, joined the band onstage for their 1993  Sub Pop 7-inch version of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way." â€" Brad Allen

September 3, 2007 at 5:18pm

Bumbershoot ups and downs

Like every year, I was excited about Bumbershoot but was so let down with the first two days that I skipped today.   

I was shocked and surprised when I looked at the schedule and saw literally zero blues slotted over the three days. 

No blues? 

I can recall a time when Bumbershoot was practically a blues festival.  I guess the promoters are trying to appease the three T’s: tweens, teens and twenty-something’s, rather than old guys, like me.  Still, I consider myself a pretty hip dude and only listen to KEXP so many acts were recognizable to me so I thought I would enjoy myself.  Boy was I in for a shock.

We arrived Saturday just in time to see the Shins.  The band played some of their best known tunes with precision with no room for jamming or spontaneity; they could have been lip-synching.  The reason bands tour is to promote their latest recording and they are no exception and Wincing the Night Away was covered almost from head-to-toe.  Good thing I love the Sub Pop release.  Overall, not the most exciting live act but was worth a peek-a-boo. 

Over the course of the remaining eight hours we walked around the Seattle Center trying to take in as much as we could. The acts we did see were northwest diva Carrie Arke, roots singer David Jacob Strain and local punkers the Cops before heading back to the Samsung Mainstage for Gym Class Heroes.  I know I’m probably showing my age but I find hip-hop annoying as hell.  But apparently I was alone on Saturday because the stadium was filled with people who could sing-a-long with every rhyme they spilled.  I’ll give credit where credit is due though. GCH put on an high energy show with off-the-cuff jams and even covered some classic soul in between the boom booms. 

We stuck around the stadium for the night’s headliner, Panic! At the Disco. I’d only ever heard one song of the Las Vegas quartet so I wasn’t extremely knowledgeable of their set list but was impressed by the energy they exuded as they filled the night with pure emo-pop-punk heaven. All-in-all, not a bad day of music but it could have been better. 

We were excited about Sunday’s line-up and raced back to catch the first Mainstage act, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  At exactly 1:15 p.m. the trio, plus a bass player, hit the stage for a show that got me on my feet.  While they peddled their first disc with gusto, they revisited some of the older material for a nice trip back in time.  But technical problems plagued them throughout the show.  Sound check?  Hello? At 2:10 they said they had time for one last song? Wait a minute.  It says they stop at 2:30.  They ended with the barn burner “American X” which by that time the sound was fixed but a little late.   They were better at the Showbox. 

Cancellations were a huge issue for Bumbershoot.  My girlfriend’s daughter only agreed to tag along with us Sunday so she could see This Providence but low-and-behold, CANCELED.  One act I was dying to see were the rockabilly-from hell ensemble the Horrorpops but when we got to the gate, CANCELED.  Bummed out but hopeful, we forged on.  “Hey, let’s go see Ryan Shaw,” said my girlfriend.  We went and sat on the grass at the Esurance stage and caught the remaining moments of reggae rapper Barrington Levy.  The announcer followed him out and promptly announced Ryan Shaw was CANCELED.   Thankfully the Apples in Stereo didn’t cancel otherwise I might have thrown some apples.  â€" Tony Engelhart

September 4, 2007 at 8:15am

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki

THE DAILY WORD
Learn it, use it, spell it

Pablum \PAB-luhm\, noun:

Something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.

USAGE EXAMPLE: Before Bobble Tiki began his career at the Weekly Volcano, he had plenty of odd jobs â€" like stocking the shelves of a Target, and being a valet at a swanky hotel. Bobble Tiki always shows up to work with a copy of the New York Times under his arm, and during these stints of minimum wage employment, Bobble Tiki’s coworkers often scoffed at his appreciation for “All The News Fit To Print.” It seems they always preferred the pablum of the USA Today.

Pictures are pretty, after all.


Breakfastatbobbletikis THE MORNING NEWS

HURRICANE: Felix gets sloppy.

SPORTS: Another look at the Wolverines.

MUSIC: Does anyone remember laughter?

BEIJING: Trading power for sex.


HUSTLER OF CULTURE
You can stand atop the mountain and scream your naked desires to the universe or shed that synapse epilepsy and hug the South Sound today with your fellow man:

MUSIC: If VH1 really needed to fill a couple hours of Saturday afternoon programming, perhaps they could compile a list of the “Top 25 Spooky Instruments of All Time.”

If they did, the organ would land near the top of the list.

While an organ has the capability to add heavenly textures to a musical score, it also has the ability to lace a horror flick or garage rock number with enough spook to give Herman Munster the heeby jeebies.

In the hands and capable fingers of the Voodoo Organist, aka Scott Wexton, the result is typically the later. It’s also a result well worth going out on a Wednesday night for.

The Voodoo Organist plays Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday. If hell is anything like a really ritzy Nordstrom’s, and has a piano player by the escalator, then Wexton has a job in the afterlife, and you may be meeting the Voodoo Organist down the road. 

MORE MUSIC: What's on tonight.


BOBBLE TIKI'S THREATS AND PROMISES COLUMN
Bobble Tiki has always had a warm spot for standup comics. Not many people know this, but for a while in the ’80s, during a lull in Bobble Tiki’s life that started just after college and didn’t end until June 24, 1994 â€" the date of Bobble Tiki’s first Zima â€" Bobble Tiki dabbled in comedy. Bobble Tiki stayed up late into the night working on bits and one-liners, sure that one day his unique sense of humor would set the comedy world ablaze. 

If Rory Scovel has one thing going for him as a comedian, it’s one thing that Tim Allen, Carrot Top, Sinbad, and Paula Poundstone wish they had.  Check him tonight at Jazzbones.

Please be Bobble Tiki’s friend here.

Breakfast with Bobble Tiki runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Deal with it.

Filed under: Bobble Tiki, Music, News To Us, Tacoma,

September 4, 2007 at 9:49am

Scary beer

Rogue Brewery has released its Dead Guy Ale in glow-in-the-dark 22-ounce bottles and 64-ounce growlers.  This hybrid style beer with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hoppiness will be my best friend for Halloween and Day of the Dead. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Food & Drink,

September 5, 2007 at 10:06am

Local Music Only

urbanXchange once again proves they are about way more than cool clothes by announcing the release of a Local Music Only compilation CD and an end of summer event Friday, Sept. 7. The idea for the CD came to store owner Julie Bennett mid-summer while talking about the local music scene. She put the idea out to employee Brandon Hughes, who produces a lot of local music, and let him run with it. Bands including Papa Loves Momma and Friskey and others from Dear Records and Team Unicorn brought in recordings of their songs and then selections were made.

Most of the young adults involved seem to link directly back to Tacoma School of the Arts, which is turning out highly-driven creative types left and right. Bennett’s intention with the CD is to create more of a music scene by showcasing bands that are actively writing and playing. She sees the compilation as a fun, iconic way to draw attention to the talent of what she calls “the very underground music scene.”

Bands featured on the CD will play live in the store Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. As always, the event is all-ages. Expect a Dance Party Dress Up contest, too. â€" Jennifer Johnson

[urbanXchange, Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., all ages, no cover, 1934 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2280, www.urbanxchangeonline.com]

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

September 5, 2007 at 10:41am

Photograph of Tacoma musicians taken for museum

Approximately 250 musicians of all genres who were deemed significant contributors to the Tacoma/Pierce County music scene from the 1920s to present time were rounded up for a photo at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater recently.  The photo will soon be displayed at the Washington State History Museum as evidence of our rich music history. The unveiling date has not yet been announced. 

Six local music history buffs were called upon to make the decision of who's in and who's out. The committee was Mike Mitchell, Lance Buller, Gary Al Shire, Don Miller, Steve Sarantos and Sheryl Clark.

Musicians pictured include: The Wailers, Steve Stefanowicz,  Rob Richholt (of Strypes), Art Mineo, Rick Adams (of Rock-n-Roll Magic) and Billy Stoops (of Junkyard Jane) just to name a few. Little Bill Engelhart (of Little Bill and the Blue Notes) could not be there when the photo was taken but is currently being added via Photoshop.

Stay tuned for more details. â€" Angela Jossy

Filed under: Angela Jossy, Music, Tacoma,

September 5, 2007 at 12:19pm

Farrelli’s in Tacoma for the first time

When the family goes out together to eat, we have our tried and true favorites, and rarely deviate. The wee one and I always, hands down, prefer the Rosewood Cafe. Mom likes the wine, kid likes the picnic plate and super friendly service.

When dad’s in the mix, our tastes range from Anthony’s to Dukes, as both are laid back but reasonably nice places we can feel comfortable having a sip and a nibble while the kid colors.

So there we were, trying to decide on a nice family dinner on Labor Day weekend, wanting something different.

“Why don’t we try that new pizza place on Sixth?” said the significant one, to which I replied, “Farrelli’s hardly new, dear,” to which he shot back, “Yeah, but we’ve never been there.”

Of course, on the heels of our trip to Hawaii, all I could think of was “Carbs will stick to gut like a spare tire,” but I smiled and said, “Sure honey.”

And am I ever glad I did!

Service was adequate, with drinks and food coming quickly. On my second glass of wine, the server suggested I get the bottle, a mere $9 and take it home, since it’d cost more than that for two glasses.

Twist my arm and watch me say yes.

As for the pizza, we chose the California, with pesto sauce, feta and mozzarella cheeses, chicken, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, red onions, sun dried tomatoes and walnuts.

I was skeptical but amazed that Significant One was daring enough to try it, so I went along for the ride.

Holy cow, was it good! The crust, hand tossed while the wee one watched in amazement, was the perfect not too thin, not too thick, not too hard, not too soft crust, while the toppings worked together in the most yummy of ways. Somehow I managed to stop myself at three pieces, though the Significant One tried to get me to eat one last piece. I said, “Hawaii, bikini, and he took it upon himself to finish it up.

I noticed he didn’t seem too put-upon as he did so.

Even the kid enjoyed her own cheese pizza, eating more than I thought she was capable of (her picky eating is legendary). Fortunately, she did have some left, so I was able to snack on cold pizza later at home: the red sauce must have some controlled substance in it, because it’s addictive. After a taste, I had to polish the whole thing off.

At the end of it all, the bill was a reasonable, sub $40, and we all walked away smiling.

I’m just happy the board shorts are stretchy. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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