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The Sonics: Making a Boom in Tacoma

With a new school year beginning this week at UW Tacoma, the time has come for me to share the last of my posts relating to student work from last year's iteration of my Musical History of Tacoma course. I freely admit that the title of this blog post is not mine, but rather is borrowed... Continue Reading →

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 →

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