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Music Without Borders: Music Fests Surround Olympia

Danny Kelly, photo by Joel Kluger

By Tucker Petertil, 8/11/10

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets…or at least in the fields. And in the next couple of weeks there will be two nearby, down to earth music gatherings that’ll offer ample opportunities to do just that.

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Music Without Borders: The Pasties

From left: Geph, Kevin, Kendl, Erin, Joe, Guire, Alex. Photo by Miss Afton.

By Tucker Petertil, 7/28/10

A block away, Lakefair was in full swing. But corndogs were just a distant scent on the breeze and eagles and herons were flying around by the quiet outdoor spot where I sat talking to Joe Capoccia. We were talking about the Pasties – the local band in . . . → Read More: Music Without Borders: The Pasties

House Shows in Oly

By Thomas Moore, 7/14/10

House shows are a staple of the music scene in Olympia. The roster of locations is constantly changing, with ABC House, Chez Puget, Grandma’s House, the House of the Rising Sun, the Mango House, the Phoenix House, the Red House, the Solid Gold House, the Track House (where Phil Elvrum used to live), and certainly more. The folks at the long-standing Garden of . . . → Read More: House Shows in Oly

The Bangs and The Need

from left: Sarah, Rachel, Maggie and Peter

By Tucker Petertil, 7/14/10

Tears seldom figure into my musical interviews, but there they were being shed by Sarah Utter as she talked about the upcoming benefit show for Natalie Cox, her friend and former Olympian who is battling angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

from left: Sarah, Rachel, Maggie and Peter

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Arrington De Dionyso

photo by Lucinda Roanoke

By Tucker Petertil, 7/14/10

When a “very hairy and very wild” street musician in Spokane spoke these words – “You’re a lion, not a lamb” – to a 14-year old Arrington De Dionyso, his musical journey began. He may have heard his family’s records and plucked at a guitar, but he went home that afternoon, wrote 10 . . . → Read More: Arrington De Dionyso

Andras Jones Presents Radio 8 Ball

The 8 ball and the CD shuffler will interpret your dreams. Andras Jones will assist.

The 8 ball and the CD shuffler will interpret your dreams. Andras Jones will assist.

by Tucker Petertil, 6/30/10

Radio 8 Ball’s Andras Jones is so inspired by synchronicities – those moments when unrelated events come together in a meaningful manner – that he’s turned those twists of fate into an entertaining form of divination as well as a radio and internet hit.

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OFS Seeks Tribute Bands, Youth

2010 Night of the Living Tribute Band Call – Out!!

It’s OFS’s annual Halloween Party! Any musicians looking to play this year’s event, now’s the time to think about which band you wanna bring to live for one night only! (Your band cannot currently be “cover/tribute” band performing in venues, and you cannot play in more then one confirmed band for the show. Submit one or two songs to our . . . → Read More: OFS Seeks Tribute Bands, Youth

Calvin Johnson is the Coolest Guy in Olympia

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by Tucker Petertil, 6/16/02

Over the last 30 years. Calvin Johnson and K Records have done much to define and influence independent music groups and record labels, as well as put Olympia on the international music map. His bands include Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, the Halo Benders (with Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch), and currently The Hive Dwellers. I spoke with Calvin at his Dub Narcotic recording studio in . . . → Read More: Calvin Johnson is the Coolest Guy in Olympia

Music Without Borders: Ocho Pies

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by Tucker Petertil

While Rock ‘n roll – and Indie Rock in particular – seem to get the lion’s share of love in Olympia, you just have to look a bit deeper to find all manner of music from classical to jazz thriving in this town.

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Michael Tomlinson

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by Tucker Petertil, 5/19/10

Studio 418 is a new intimate music venue specializing in acoustic folk that Boston transplant Mark Kaufman opened up downtown at 418 Washington (also home to Cortney Kelley Photography). Terry Holder and Cheryl Wheeler have . . . → Read More: Michael Tomlinson