Musical History of Tacoma

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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 →

Marian Anderson: a Musical Icon visits Tacoma

-- by Joelle dela Cruz On February 5th, 1945, Tacoma was graced with a concert from famous singer Marian Anderson. This concert was a very anticipated performance because of Anderson’s prestige as a talented contralto singer. She gave a powerful performance in front of a record setting crowd at the Temple Theatre. She sang “My... Continue Reading →

Honolulu Conservatory of Music

-- by Kim Davenport Beginning in the 1930s with Hollywood films like Waikiki Wedding and Her Jungle Love, and only growing with the success of South Pacific and the return of soldiers from World War II, a fascination with all things Hawaiian was in full swing throughout the United States by the late 1940s. The... Continue Reading →

Cushman School Band

-- by Kim Davenport At first glance, the photograph above looks like many others of its era. A group of about twenty young men and boys pose in uniform with their band instruments, primarily brass and drums, the largest of which is positioned front and center and features the name of the group. In the... Continue Reading →

A Legacy in Artifacts

- by Kim Davenport - Julius Adler is a name I've come across many times in connection to musical stories from Tacoma around the turn of the 20th century. His time here was short - 1899-1902 - but he left behind a range of artifacts which document his career as a musician. Amidst the photographs and... Continue Reading →

Chris Knutsen and the Harp Guitar

-- by Kim Davenport Tacoma has no shortage of guitar-related history, from a wide array of performers playing our venues to the Tacoma Guitars line manufactured here from the 1990s through the early 2000s. But today's story takes us back a century prior, to a creative instrument builder who patented his designs for the harp... Continue Reading →

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