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Musical Highlights in the Near Future...

· Posted Thursday November 9, 2006 by jamie

I like to support live music, but don’t get out nearly as often as I should. However, a few upcoming things have crossed my radar that might put me on something of a live music bender.

The Guggenheim GrottoTonight, November 9th, 9pm, Sunset Tavern (Ballard): I wish this was in Tacoma, but its definitely worth the drive up to Seattle. The Guggenheim Grotto is one of the most talented bands I’ve come across in the recent past. The multi-instrumentalist Irish folk-rock trio’s year-old album, Waltzing Alone, recently was released in the U.S. This stop is the final one on their tour of the States. I can’t say enough good things about these guys. Go to their website and download mp3s from their EP. Check out their featured performance on NPR’s World Cafe yesterday. This is good stuff.

Players ClubFriday, November 10th, 9:30pm, Jazzbones: Funk and other hits from the 70s. There’s some hard-hitting local musicians in this group. Cliff Colon, a good friend of mine, is one of the best saxophonists Tacoma has to offer. This promises to be a good show. More details from Players Club and Jazzbones.

November 16th in TacomaThursday, November 16th, All Night: Big night to get out on the town in Tacoma for entertainment and food. I’m still lukewarm about the 3 Mo’ Tenors, but the event rundown on Exit133 is full of other choices. Live music at Tully’s and winter beer sampling at Varsity Grill sound appealing to me.

George ClintonSaturday, November 18th, 9pm, Jazzbones: This is apparently Dr. Funkenstein’s first ever appearance in Tacoma. I think there’s a “getting down on the one” joke involving Pierce Transit’s “The One” route in there somewhere, but it’s escaping me right now. Maybe someone can take care of that in the comments… More info from Jazzbones.

World Premiere of Neil Anderson-Himmelspach’s “Symphony No. 1”Sunday, November 19th, 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall (PLU): I played in several groups with Neil at PLU, so it’s cool to see him doing well. The University Wind Ensemble will be premiering this new piece, which memorializes two former PLU music professors, organist James Holloway and director of bands Raydell Bradley, who both died well before their times. It is written around the traditional Lutheran hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (perhaps better known to Wind Ensemble alum as “Chorale No. 1”). I, for one, am excited to hear it. More info from PLU.

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