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May 5, 2014 at 9:49am

Elton John to perform Sept. 27 at KeyArena in Seattle

Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and 29 consecutive Top 40 hits. Photo credit: Kenneth Anderson

Elton John and his band return to KeyArena Sept. 27 as part of his "All The Hits" tour. The 10-city tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Deluxe Edition re-issue.

Elton John's band includes original members Davey Johnstone on guitar and Nigel Olsson on drums, as well as Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, May 12 at Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000

May 2, 2014 at 3:42pm

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden co-headline summer concert at White River Amphitheatre

Bring it!

Big concert announcement on a Friday? You bet. The tour includes a Aug. 30 show at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. That's a Saturday night people! ...

Nine Inch Nailsand Soundgardenare teaming up for a North American tour that will kick off on Saturday, July 19, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. The co-headline run, presented by Live Nation, is their first outing together and will include shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO (July 21), the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (August 1) and the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA (August 25). Both bands will play full sets nightly. Special guest Death Grips will open on most dates.

Tickets for the White River Amphitheatre date will go on sale to the public Friday, May 9, through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. The fan pre-sale begins Monday, May 5 at 10am local time at www.nin.com and www.soundgardenworld.com, with additional pre-sales going live on Tuesday, May 6.

April 28, 2014 at 10:33am

Hometown Throwdown Concert is on for June at Cheney Stadium

Dan + Shay + Tacoma

Regardless of whether the weather in mid-June is chilly in Tacoma, it will be a chili June, thanks to the 100.7 The Wolf inaugural Hometown Throwdown Concert and Homestyle Chili Cook Off, which is slated for June 14 at Cheney Stadium. Let's read après release:

Entercom Seattle's 100.7 The Wolf (KKWF) announced its lineup today for the inaugural Hometown Throwdown Concert. A full day of fun for the whole family, Hometown Throwdown features an all day concert and Homestyle Chili Cook Off for just $25. The Wolf Rising Stars playing June 14th include Dan + Shay, Danielle Bradbery, Lindsay Ell, American Young, Joel Crause, Kelleigh Bannen, Joey Hyde, Rae Solomon, Sammy Steele, and Robbie Walden.

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March 31, 2014 at 11:27am

Korn, Mayhem Festival to consume White River Amphitheatre July 8

Korn

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - The world's largest touring heavy music festival - is back for its seventh year with a July 8 date at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. Crawling around will be Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count Featuring Ice T, Suicide Silence, Mushroom head and the not scary named Asking Alexandria and Miss May I.

Ticket prices haven't been announced. The show goes on sale through LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster and 1.800.745.3000 at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4.

If you adore loud, aggressive and violent music, then this is your show.

March 27, 2014 at 10:52am

Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie to play the Tacoma Dome

Fleetwood Mac has reunited, and will perform Nov. 20, 2014, at the Tacoma Dome.

So much for never coming back again.

Christine McVie has officially returned to Fleetwood Mac 16 years after splitting from the group.

The group announced McVie would be joining Fleetwood for a 33-city tour kicking off in September, which includes a Nov. 20 show at the Tacoma Dome.

It's official! After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour. Exclusively promoted by Live Nation, the tour will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Target Center and the reunited band will perform 34 shows in 33 cities across North America. Christine has not toured with the band since 1998's The Dance Tour.

The reunion of the multi-GRAMMY Award®-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of rock's most beloved bands was announced during an interview from Los Angeles, Calif. with Carson Daly on NBC's TODAY this morning.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 7 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

March 24, 2014 at 10:12am

Beer Q&A: John Hotchkiss of Odd Otter Brewing Company in Tacoma

Odd Otter Brewing Company plans to brew beer in downtown Tacoma by this summer.

The South Sound attracts beer lovers the way a keg attracts red Solo cups, and five friends recently announced their Odd Otter Brewing Company, a taproom and brewery in downtown Tacoma, will open this summer.

I checked in with John Hotchkiss, a former Army physician, and chief operations officer for Odd Otter, to find out a little more about Odd Otter Brewing Company, its history and its future. Here's our Q&A:

WALIE TALKIE: Congratulations on your new venture.

JOHN HOTCHKISS: Thanks. We are very excited to get our products, our mission and our energy into the public eye.

WT: Five owners and a military presence?

HOTCHKISS: Yes, five owners and three have ties to the military. Owen McGrane is currently an Army physician at Madigan Army Medical Center, Pablo Monroy was previously in the Navy and is currently in the Army National Guard and I was an Army physician at Madigan for six years. The other two owners - Derrick Monroy and Teresa Smith - have extensive managerial experience and both have previously managed at Starbucks and Target. Teresa is currently managing a Hertz location at SeaTac, and Derrick is currently managing a legal office in the area. Derrick will serve as CEO, Pablo will serve as chief of daily brewery operations, Owen will be our head brewer and has designed all of our signature brews, Teresa Smith will be our CAO, and I'm our COO.

WT: What inspired the group to start a brewery?

HOTCHKISS: Odd Otter was born out of a confluence of relationships that began years ago. I was Pablo and Derrick's neighbor in Tacoma, and I recognized Pablo's excellent homebrewing instincts after Pablo replicated nearly perfectly a beer that cannot be purchased in the United States. I brought it back from Canada. The concept developed over a period of months, and incorporated ideas that emanated from Pablo and Derrick's group of friends including Teresa Smith. Once the project was conceived, I began discussing it on his Facebook page and reconnected with a friend from his medical internship at Madigan, Owen. Owen has been homebrewing for nearly a decade and has created several award winning beers. Owen then joined the group and brought with him his extensive brewing knowledge and background.

WT: Why the name Odd Otter?

HOTCHKISS: We love our communities, both our geographical community in the Tacoma area, and our various social and subcultural communities. And we like to have fun. As stated before, we have a strong military background in our ownership group. Pablo and Derrick are married, and are actively engaged in the LGBT community. Owen and I are physicians with strong ties to the military medical community at JBLM. We have all lived in the Tacoma area for many years, and we want to support the local economy - to bring something new and fresh to the craft beer community. We appreciate how our various and diverse communities that we represent have come together over beer as we have as brewers. The name Odd Otter refers to the uniqueness of our concepts, the fun we will have brewing delicious and innovative beers, and it also refers to the Pacific Northwest area that we live in. We will have two families of beers and they will be joined together under the umbrella of Odd Otter Brewing Company.

WT: What will we be drinking from Team Odd Otter?

HOTCHKISS: We aim to brew beer that will appeal to everyone, even those that do not consider themselves beer drinkers. We will produce beers that will follow suit with some of the well-recognized craft beer categories - IPA, ESB, Porters, blondes, amber and hefeweizens - but we will also brew outside the box as well, such as our Mama Otter's Pancake Porter made with Vermont maple syrup, a cherry chipotle cider, and a barrel-aged 24 percent behemoth called Blind Otter, and many others.  We have very exciting things planned for the Washington craft beer palate.

WT: When will the Odd Otter dam open for business?

HOTCHKISS: Our brewing equipment should be delivered in June, and we'll be anticipating a summertime opening pending permitting from the city and the completion of our relatively simple build-out.

WT: Can the community drink on site?

HOTCHKISS: Oh, yes there will be a tasting room. We anticipate having four of our own beers when we open and expanding up to six within the first month. We will continue expand that selection as our first year continues. We will eventually have between 12 and 16 tap handles with a variety of locally brewed delights that we will rotate through our taps. Our next-door neighbor is Cafe Vincero, and there is a door in the back of both of our spaces that allows us to move between them. We have a very good working relationship with Kevin Cornwall, the owner of Cafe Vincero, and have agreed to serve a selection of his menu including pizzas from his wood-fired oven in our space as delivery to our space. Additionally, outside food will be welcome.

There you go South Sound. Expect to be drinking pancakes around July. Hotchkiss and friends are building their dream through a Kickstarter page. Read more beer descriptions and get in on the goods before the Kickstarter ends in 11 days.

Update: Tacoma attorney Erik Bjornson informs me Odd Otter Brewery Company has filed for the "Queer Beer" trademark. According to the application, "The mark consists of Unicorn head with open mouth inside a circle resembling the capital letter "Q" with the words "Queer Beer" below the symbol." It's genius considering Tacoma was voted "Gayest City in America" by The Advocate magazine in 2013.

ODD OTTER BREWING COMPANY, 716 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, facebook.com/OddOtterBrewing

March 18, 2014 at 1:33pm

Steve Earle to perform with Shawn Colvin at Tacoma's Urban Grace Church

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin

The traditionalist and the rebel, on the surface, may seem like natural enemies. But they often can be friends, and sometimes they're even one in the same. Country singer/songwriter Steve Earle is a case in point. Earle has been a rebel within the country music scene, upfront about his battles with drugs and the law, recording with a punk rock band and generally keeping his music free of the Nashville gloss. Yet by doing all these things, he holds up the country music tradition better than anyone on the Nashville scene has in ages.

His occasional forays into bluegrass also demonstrate Earle's rebel/traditionalist personality. Aside from the odd song here and there, his first significant bluegrass recording was "Train a comin'," which, despite the Beatles covers and the attempt at Jamaican hillbilly, was too subdued to succeed. At times, it seemed Earle thought he was doing the tradition a big favor by subduing his inner rebel. Then he recorded The Mountain with the Del McCoury Band, which was 100 percent pure bluegrass, and, more important, lived up to the tradition without sacrificing Earle's personality.

Earle does an exceedingly good job of writing songs that stay within the tradition. But there's still plenty of rebel fire in the music and a hint of a sneer in his voice. The tunes sound as old as the hills, and they're also intensely personal. Lousy jobs, broken hearts and people who only want to do you wrong have been around for ages, but that doesn't mean you hurt any less or that you shouldn't be angry. I enjoyed Earle's "Little Emperor," a bluegrass kiss-off to George W. Bush, off his 2011 T Bone Burnett produced country album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

Jumping forward to this year, Earle will join fellow Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin for a night of "Songs & Stories" May 17 in Tacoma's Urban Grace Church. The two musicians will song swap, sing duets, tell stories and sing their own awesomeness.

SHAWN COLVIN AND STEVE EARLE, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma, $49-$85, 253.591.5894

March 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Doyle's Public House to serve Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Though it has "beer" in the name, ginger beer is generally non-alcoholic - thankfully, Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer has corrected this grave mistake ... now in orange flavor.

The spicier, more potent cousin to ginger ale, ginger beer originated in England in the 1700s, but now is heavily associated with the Caribbean cuisine. The name "ginger beer" is actually a misnomer, as most commercial ginger beer is a soft drink and contains no alcohol. The beverage's potential for throat-scorching can make drinking it straight unpalatable. Trust me, it ain't Schweppes or Canada Dry. Therefore, most temper it with dark rum, à la Dark and Stormy cocktails, which always brings to mind pirates and Bermuda.

Ginger beer will not get you a buzz, but Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer will, and fans of a spicier drinking experience will be able to find it in Tacoma starting next week.

Thursday, March 27, Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.8% ABV) will hit the wooden bar at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma's Stadium District. From 6 to 8 p.m. Doyle's will offer Crabbie's Original and the new Spiced Orange, which recently became available throughout Washington, served chilled over ice with a slice of citrus, for $4 and in a special cocktail - The Ginger and Jamey, Crabbie's Ginger Beer and Jameson Irish whiskey - for $7.

"Doyle's has been an incredible supporter of Crabbie's since it became available and the first spot in Washington to carry the new flavor, Spiced Orange," says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive U.S. importer of Crabbie's, in a news release. "We look forward to our Crabbie's party and we hope to meet new friends and fans and enjoy these delicious drinks together."

The ginger in Crabbie's is cold steeped for up to six weeks and then combined with four secret ingredients. Crabbie's Spiced Orange offers the same refreshing taste as the original but with a lighter ginger profile and an orange flavor.

For guests who'd like a bite with their Crabbie's, the kitchen will prepare a special dish for the evening - Crabbie's Ginger Wings for $4, to complement the ginger beer.  

March 17, 2014 at 12:43pm

Def Leppard and KISS to rock the military and White River Amphitheatre

Def Leppard

Eighties rockers Def Leppard will perform with KISS June 29 at the White River Amphitheatre to try to recapture their glory and dominance of the '80s hair metal scene. Gone are the mullets and ripped jeans in lieu of a more contemporary look, but don't be fooled, this is still the same Def Leppard: Joe Elliot's trademark vocals, two wailing guitarists, a driving bass line, and a one-armed drummer.

The two bands decided to support our heroes and honor their dedicated fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations for the tour. Partnerships will include the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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February 17, 2014 at 10:43am

Christian musicians Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant headed to Washington State Fair

Amy Grant will perform at the Washington State Fair Sept. 17.

This just in from the Washington State Fair Folks:

Two of Christian music's premier entertainers, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant, will be taking the grandstand stage at the Washington State Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Smith is known for hit songs "Place in This World," and "I Will Be Here for You," While Amy Grant is recognized for hit songs "That's What Love is For," and "Every Heartbeat." Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

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