What did Chico do anyway?

Dave Hates Chico
Dave Hates Chico rockin The Spar in Old Town Tacoma

Last time they came to town, the result was an acoustic rainbow through the back room of The Spar on a gorgeous summer evening in Old Town. You can expect virtually nothing to be the same this time around.

Dave Hates Chico is synonymous with the word acoustic. Or at least they have been in Seattle for double digit years. They’ve taken their acoustic open mic gig all over the country, from Seattle to New York and back again. They have established themselves as one of the country’s most reputable duos of open mic. Their acoustic repertoire goes for miles and nobody can dispute that.

So why are they switching to electric??

Come find out on Saturday night.

What many of you have never seen before, I have. I have spent many an hour playing electric guitar with Jeremy Johnson. Truth be told, electricity is actually at the root of my relationship with Jeremy. If it weren’t for electric guitars and gourmet sandwiches, this article would likely never have been penned.

The only guy more excited for this show than me has to be Jeremy himself. My resources are saying that he is rather jacked up to plug in and get loud. Those of you who only know his gentle, acoustic side may be a bit surprised by his possible anger and ferocity set to be on display here this weekend.

Bring your earplugs and your thirst for good beer and great people. I’ll be bringing my Smiths requests and an appetite for rock. I might even be packing a Pesto Chicken sandwich in my pocket. We’ll see how it unfolds. The only thing I can guarantee is greatness.

See you there.

Wintergrass leaves Tacoma

The blues festival formerly known as Tacoma’s Wintergrass has left the building.

It gets worse. Wintergrass will now be in Bellevue. Here’s another giant step backward for the City of Density. Gracious me, what is going on in this town? We just lost a cool music festival to BELLEVUE!

That is disgusting.

Bellevue sucks.

They have no business pulling a rainy-season blues event out of the gritty city. It’s getting harder and harder for me to call Tacoma gritty. Who coined that anyway? If it was you, please chime in with justification for said nomenclature. We have an industrial port, our fair share of condemned buildings and a burgeoning meth scene. I guess that’s sorta gritty.

The economy is quietly bouncing back, spurring me to request no further setbacks for Tacoma until after summer. I want positive momentum. I want positive economic development. I want more culture, not less. The Old Town Blues Festival is coming up on July 11th; hopefully people will turn out in droves to show their support.