Victory Music Open Mic
The Victory Music Open Mic is considered the granddaddy of all open mics in the South Sound. The charming laid-back atmosphere encourages self-expression during the weekly open mic without the threat of being heckled. All levels of talent, skill and influence are welcome. Each show is also broadcast on Tacoma radio station KVTI 90.5 FM.
The Antique also offers one of the most wholesome â€œgood for youâ€ menus around, too. They specialize in organic healthy ingredients with a huge variety of whole and half sandwiches in addition to their tasty homemade soups and quiches. If you have a sweet tooth, they have some of the best desserts around, too. â€" Jennifer Johnson
[Antique Sandwich Co., every Tuesday, 6 p.m. sign up, 7 p.m. music, all ages, $1-$3, 5102 N. Pearl St., Ruston, up the road from Point Defiance Park, 253.752.4069]
Mark Dufresne, Brian Feist
Two Northwest blues men will combine forces and tear up the Red Wing Casino Tuesday. Mark Dufresne and Brian Feist are celebrated blues artists in their own right.
Dufresne is a seasoned harp player and vocalist who has been a part of the Northwest blues scene since the 1980s and shows no signs of slowing down. With a controlled mastery of the harmonica, he has been a welcomed guest on many West Coast artistsâ€™ recordings. His own disc, Thereâ€™s a Song in There, was proof positive he was a true bluesman. And when the legendary Roomful of Blues was looking to return to a traditional blues format, they called upon the bug man to fill the bill.
Feist is just a babe on the blues block but is already causing quite a stir. The Olympia-based guitar player is one of the few axe men who have an open invitation to play with Little Bill and the Blue Notes. Yes, heâ€™s that good. Whether playing jazz, funk or blues, Feist can cut the mustard with style. It is no wonder trombone extraordinaire Randy Oxford just put Feist on his payroll. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Red Wing Casino, 7 p.m., no cover, 12819 Yelm Highway S.E., Olympia, 360.412.5000]
MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.
â€œEach year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere,â€ Linus explains to Sally as they wait together on Halloween night in â€œItâ€™s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.â€ â€œHeâ€™s got to pick this one â€" heâ€™s got to! I donâ€™t see how a pumpkin patch could be more sincere than this one,â€ Linus continues. In the end, though, the Great Pumpkin chooses not to grace the Peanutsâ€™ pumpkin patch, and a disappointed Linus is forced to wait another year while an irate Sally laments her lost â€œtricks or treats.â€ Alas, the stench of Lucyâ€™s hypocrisy must have been too strong.
Let that be a lesson to any of you hipsters out there thinking of dropping by the W.W. Seymour Conservatory to partake in Pumpkin Patch Photos: Come correct or donâ€™t come at all. We donâ€™t need any snickering from pumpkin haters ruining our chances of seeing the Great Pumpkin. True believers are invited to bring the family and greet the fall with a search for the perfect jack-oâ€™-lantern in the parkâ€™s fecund pumpkin patch. Snap photos of your young and old ghouls and goblins â€" a little pumpkin patch complete with oversize metalwork crows will be set up for a festive backdrop. â€" Suzy Stump
[W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Oct. 23-Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, donations are righteous, Wright Park, 316 South G St., Tacoma, 253.591.5330]
MORE EVENTS: Get your Halloween on.