Friday, February 10th, 2017

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before This Saxophone Kills Fascists and Champagne Sunday

Ron Swarner

Arrington de Dionyso brings This Saxophone Kills Fascists to The Valley tonight.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Valley + Peaks and Pints = Doing things different

Zog’s + North End Social Club = Mixing it up


There comes a time for many rock musicians when they get, well, bored of playing rock music. There’s only so many chord progression combinations and melodies they can think of before they start repeating themselves, essentially writing the same song in different ways over and over. The world of experimental music offers a state of repose for musicians; freed of the conventions of songwriting, they can harness the power of improvisation and noise to make ethereal sonic soundscapes. Then, there’s Olympia musician Arrington de Dionyso. He’s been performing experimental improve music since the early 1990s (Old Time Relijun, Malaikat dan Singa), as well as launched the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 1995. de Dionyso brings his This Saxophone Kills Fascists project to The Valley at 9 p.m., supported by Yew York City singer/songwriter Erin Durant and Tacoma experimental jazz rock band Fang Chia.

PREFUNK: Since its establishment in 1996, Shmaltz Brewing Company has gone from a Mission District, San Francisco apartment operation, where Jeremy Cowan brewed his first hundred cases of He’Brew Beer that he enlisted his mother to deliver, to a massive brewery just north of Albany in Clifton Park, New York, with national distribution, including Washington state. Cowan wears his Jewish heritage proud, from “schmaltz,” which is Yiddish for “excessive sentimentality in art or music,” to the beer being Kosher certified, to the artwork as well as incorporating Biblical Israel’s famous fruits and grains such as figs and pomegranates, aka the “Seven Species,” into the brews. Peaks and Pints is thrilled to orchestrate a last-minute Lodge Meeting with Schmaltz Brewing Company and regional rep Sean Friedman at 6 p.m., pouring Jewbelation, a 14 percent ABV barleywine-style ale made with 14 types of malts and hops sure to leave one feeling a little “ferschnoshked” (Yiddish for “drunk”), and Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Rye IPA, a 10 percent ABV brewed in honor of foul-mouthed comic Lenny Bruce’s death in 1966, with “an obscene amount of malts & hops” — eight grains, substantial amount of rye and seven different hop varieties, not counting the two varieties used during dry-hopping (see: ferschnoshked).


Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk and a little bit blues, indie duo Champagne Sunday brings energy and talent to every powerful performance, including 7 p.m. at Zog’s on Fox Island. Jessi and Jared Fredeen, (yes, they’re married) make up the California transplant band that uses instrumentation ranging from acoustic guitar to piano, with trombone, ukulele, harmonica and squeezebox. Vocalist Jessi’s huge, feminine voice will rattle Zog’s Northwest vegetation and craft beer pints.

PREFUNK: Lewis and Clark explored it by 19th-century canoe. Sam Hill created the Historic Columbia River Highway for curious 20th-century day-trippers. These days, the Columbia River Gorge is increasingly becoming a destination for craft beer adventures. Two of the best Hood River breweries, pFriem Family Brewers and Double Mountain Brewery, will take over the North End Social Club taps from 6-9 p.m. In addition to enjoy delicious craft beers from the two breweries, Tacoma Rescue Mission will collect coats for children and adults.