Tacoma Opera Celebrates 50 Years!

-- by Kim Davenport As they announce their 2017-2018 season, Tacoma Opera is gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1968.  Over those 50 years, Tacoma Opera has grown from a small amateur company into a professional regional company, attracting both talent and audiences from throughout the region and beyond. Throughout... Continue Reading →

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“A Dome of our Own”

-- by Kim Davenport 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... Continue Reading →

Diane Schuur

-- by Kim Davenport In a career now spanning four decades, Tacoma native Diane Schuur has shared with audiences worldwide her love of American jazz.  The grammy winner known for her "pitch-perfect execution and crystalline, three-and-a-half-octave vocal range" has collaborated on stage and in recordings with a wide range of prominent musicians from a variety... 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 →

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 →

Little Bill and the Bluenotes

UW Tacoma student Rachel Wilkinson pursued research into Bill Engelhart and the Bluenotes, one of Tacoma's earliest rock-n-roll bands. Her research resulted in two fantastic artifacts which we're happy to share here: Research paper: Little Bill and the Bluenotes: Tacoma's First Rock Band Multimedia presentation: Little Bill and the Bluenotes: The Life and Times of Bill... Continue Reading →

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