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 →

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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 Dome of our Own”

UW Tacoma student Kaylee Kent began her research paper, which discusses the Tacoma Dome's importance as a music venue, with a simple question: when people think about the City of Tacoma, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  She answers her question as follows: For many people, it is the Tacoma Dome. The... Continue Reading →

Mr. Jazz Man of Tacoma

Several students taking the 'Musical History of Tacoma' course at UW Tacoma were intrigued to research the story of "Red" Kelly, an illustrious jazz bassist who settled in Tacoma in his later years and managed, with his wife Donna, a restaurant and jazz club at the corner of 11th and Tacoma Avenue. Kelly's extensive collection... Continue Reading →

Tacoma Theatre

For long-time Tacomans of a certain age, it was a movie theater known as the Music Box, but for the first few decades of its life, it was a stage venue, playing host to a wide range of musical guests. The grand brick structure at the corner of 9th and Broadway, between the Pantages and... Continue Reading →

Historic Venue Map

Tacoma has long been home to a fascinating range of venues utilized for music - many of which no longer exist. This StoryMap is a work in progress to share some of these stories!

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