Musical History of Tacoma

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Temple of Music, Center of Yesteryear

-- by Kim Davenport In February of 1967, an article appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune and Sunday Ledger under the headline: Temple of Music, Center of Yesteryear, Intact on Broadway Features Included Stained Glass, Wine-Colored Carpets Before I delve into more of the history of the grandly-named Temple of Music, a few paragraphs from... Continue Reading →

Barks House of Music

-- by Kim Davenport Theodore Barks was just 5 years old when he arrived in Tacoma in 1888 with his parents and older brother Edward. On the long journey by train from Marysville, Kansas, where Theodore was born, the family would have passed through the Northern Pacific tunnel that had just been cut through the... Continue Reading →

A.A. Tayler & Co. (1890-1925)

-- by Kim Davenport One of the first Tacoma history stories that drew me in to local history research, leading to hours spent poring over historic photographs and newspaper clippings at the Tacoma Public Library, was that of the Tacoma Theater. With its opening at the corner of 9th and Broadway in 1890, the Tacoma became... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Jerry Miller

-- by Melissa Garcia Tacoma is home to legendary rocker, Jerry Miller. Born in 1943, Miller has spent his life dedicated to music. Playing guitar primarily, he is prized for his solo work, as well as work with famous bands. Miller’s career is admirable, to say the least, but what is even more astonishing is... Continue Reading →

Nettie Asberry: Keeping Harmony in Tacoma

-- by Hannah Currie Nettie Asberry was a shining public figure and musician in Tacoma history. She paved the way for many people of color and was never afraid to speak her mind. Her social activism permeated all facets of her life, including her music. This article addresses her life, her affects on her community... Continue Reading →

Dave Bunker and Bunker Guitars

-- by Seonhwa Pak You may ask, who is Dave Bunker, and what is his connection with Tacoma? Bunker has been a resident of the Tacoma area for over 35 years. He is known as an "extremist in guitar invention." Bunker has been in the music industry for more than four decades and has built... Continue Reading →

EDM in Tacoma

-- by Quintarious Landry Electronic Dance Music or EDM is a genre that is on the rise and shows no signs of going away anytime soon. Artists like Justin Beiber, Beyonce, and Selena Gomez are using the growth of the EDM genre and collaborating with DJs to make EDM mainstream. EDM is a mix of... Continue Reading →

Tribute to Lee Hale

-- by Kim Davenport Over the past several years, I have had the unique privilege of corresponding with Lee Hale, a Tacoma native who went on to an illustrious musical career. His generosity and kindness in sharing memories and artifacts of his time in Tacoma have been indispensable in my research, particularly into the music... Continue Reading →

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