‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

As someone who enjoys researching local history, and who also happens to come from a long line of music teachers, it is not surprising that I have spent a substantial amount of time over the past few years exploring the story of Margaret Rawson Goheen and the choral program she developed at Tacoma's Lincoln High... Continue Reading →

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Joe Jordan, Tacoma, and “Dear Lincoln”

The image above is the 1915 passport photo of Joseph Zachariah Taylor "Joe" Jordan, who was born in 1882 in Cinncinnati, Ohio, and enjoyed the last few decades of his life in Tacoma, where he passed away in 1971. Joe Jordan was a composer, arranger and pianist who made substantial contributions to ragtime. His¬†long and... 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 →

Lincoln Bowl as Concert Venue

The Lincoln Bowl famously played host to a concert by Elvis Presley in 1957. As UW Tacoma student Emily Charbonneau discovered, however, this was not the only time the venue hosted concerts.¬†Although the Bowl is primarily utilized today for sporting events, it has in its long history served a variety of roles for the surrounding... Continue Reading →

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