Looks Like Tacoma is Finally Catching Up With The Times

October 2nd, 2008

Well, it looks like Tacoma is now getting in on the action, with a little music festival of their own. I say “little”, but the very first Squeak & Squawk Festival is happening October 16th through the 20th with over 30 bands in four awesome-smelling locations. I might’ve added that part about the smelling. What? Face it, Tacoma smells. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it—it fucking smells. BUT, they also have a really handsome glass museum (Dale Chihuly ring any bells?) right near the water, a festive little marathon complete with 10k option, an up-and-coming downtown district, and a rock venue that’s shaped like a coffee pot. Sounds nice and eclectic to me. Plus the name of the jilted city-that-never-was comes from a Native American word that refers to Mt. Rainier being “Mother of the Waters”, what with all the melting snow and such. As a local, you should know that sort of thing.


I’m not sure I’ve been to a show in Tacoma—strike that, I went to Jazzbones once—but this is a mighty attractive bill to try and pass up. As I mentioned, the list is long, but my personal recommendations would be the Dutchess & the Duke, Partman Parthorse, Talbot Tagora, New Faces, and South Sound legend Calvin Johnson. I’m sure there are a couple other names on that list you might be just dying to see.


The Portland Cello Project will begin the festivities at noon on the 16th in the lovely Wright Park. If you work in Tacoma, you might just spend your lunch hour feeling classical and modern all at the same time. The concert is curated by The Helm Gallery and The New Frontier (located at 301 E 25th St), where the majority of the shows will be taking place. A slightly hilarious quote from the Helm’s blog about its intentions:


“We believe Tacoma is a great place to play music and that our reputation on the outside as a ‘dangerous’ and somewhat ‘worthless’ community is long overdue for change.”


 Full schedule with lineups, times and locations after the jump.



Oct 16 2008; 12:00P @ Wright Park; All Ages

Portland Cello Project


Oct 16 2008; 6:00P @ The Helm; All ages

Your Heart Breaks, Doubledutch, Don’t Tell Sophie, Kusikia   


Oct 17 2008; 6:00P @ The Helm; All ages

Lake, New Faces, Desolation Wilderness, Trans Union


Oct 17 2008; 9:00P @ New Frontier; 21+

The Elephants, T.V. Coahran, Partman Parthorse, Charles Leo Gebhardt the IV


Oct 18 2008    12:00A (undetermined location)

The Mona Reels


Oct 18 2008; 6:00P @ The Helm; All ages

Talbot Tagora, Flexions, Temple Vibe, Makeup Monsters


Oct 18 2008; 9:00P @ New Frontier; 21+

The Dutchess & the Duke, henari Nannon, Birdwatchers United!, The Drug Purse


Oct 19 2008; 6:00P @ The Helm; All ages

Calvin Johnson, Katherine Hepburn’s Voice, Banners


Oct 19 2008; 9:00P @ New Frontier; 21+

The Dead Science, The Kindness Kind, Paris Spleen, TCFPS


Oct 20 2008; 6:00P @ The Helm; All ages

Photosynthesis, Colonies, Freeze and Fur Coat


Oct 20 2008; 9:00P @ New Frontier; 21+

Evangelicals, Parenthetical Girls, Why I Must Be Careful, Friskey

Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues

7 Responses to “Looks Like Tacoma is Finally Catching Up With The Times”

  1. October 2nd, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Kevin leDoux said:

    Viva viva Seattle, Tacoma, Viva viva Sea-Tac!

  2. October 3rd, 2008 at 9:35 am

    The Lady said:

    People – this is the call – mass migration to Tacoma! We’ll build the city on rock ‘n’ roll. Oh, wait, I can’t afford a house there either. Carry on Seattle, carry on.

  3. October 3rd, 2008 at 10:00 am

    LB said:

    I bet we could afford a tent in Nickelsville, though…anybody? anybody?

    Jefferson Starship really had it right, didn’t they? “We built this city on roooock and roooooooooooooll!”

  4. October 14th, 2008 at 3:38 am

    JAH said:

    Last time I checked, houses were cheaper here in Tacoma.
    Give us a chance. After all, some of the greatest rock and roll has come from T-town. Ever heard of The Sonics? The Ventures? Seaweed? Girl Trouble? Heck, even Bing Crosby hails from Tacoma.

  5. October 15th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    LB said:

    All great musicians. Hey, didn’t the Sonic Squatch come from Tacoma, too??

  6. October 16th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    citySLICKER said:

    why would anyone ever want to go to tacoma???? that place SMELLS!!! cuz they wish they were seattle!!!!!!

  7. October 16th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    citySLICKER said:

    btw if the stink doesnt kill you the crips n bloods will!!!!

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