Musical History of Tacoma

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Nirvana’s Tacoma Connections

  For her final paper in my Musical History of Tacoma class at UW Tacoma, student Kaisa Cannon decided to explore her father's favorite band, Nirvana, and determine whether the band typically associated with Seattle had any roots in Tacoma. Even a casual devotee of the grunge group would likely guess the answer to be yes,... Continue Reading →

Generations of Tacoma Jazz

A research project in my 'Musical History of Tacoma' class gave UW Tacoma student Tyler Wicke the opportunity to learn more about his own family's legacy of musical activity in Tacoma. In his paper and presentation, Tyler shares what he learned about how Jazz first became popular in Tacoma, as well as how members of... Continue Reading →

Tacoma’s Dome: past and future

For many UW Tacoma students, the Tacoma Dome symbolizes the site where they will celebrate their graduation at the conclusion of their studies. But for those who take my 'Musical History of Tacoma' class, it can take on additional significance: as a venue which has hosted a wide range of musical visitors over the past... Continue Reading →

A Life with Banjo Accompaniment

By Kim Davenport A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with my longtime neighbor, Loraine Lewis, to learn more about the history of the Tacoma Banjo Club, a group with which she has been involved since its inception in 1985. That 30+ year history was enough to engage my curiosity as... Continue Reading →

Elvis at the Lincoln Bowl

60 years ago this week - on September 1, 1957 - Elvis Presley performed a matinee concert at Tacoma's Lincoln Bowl as part of a five-show sweep of the Pacific Northwest over Labor Day weekend. A crowd numbering somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 enjoyed a fairly intimate performance, with seating on the floor of... Continue Reading →

Tacoma Concert Band: 37 years and counting!

Concert bands have flourished in the United States since the 19th century. One of the most famous examples is John Philip Sousa, who led both the U.S. Marine Band and his own civilian ensemble in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  [Sousa's band performed in Tacoma, but that's another story for another day!]  If you... Continue Reading →

Booster Songs for the City of Destiny

Thanks to a great audience at this talk!  If you missed the opportunity to attend in person, you can still view the presentation here! *** Want to learn more about Tacoma music history AND enjoy a great evening out at the same time?  Join Kim Davenport and special guest Ryan Bede for the August iteration... Continue Reading →

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