Friday, September 16th, 2016

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Flames Of Durga, Squirrel Butter, Pig Snout

Ron Swarner


FRIDAY, SEPT. 16 2016: South Sound events + craft beer and cider …

The Valley + Edison City Alehouse = psych-grunge-punk with a side of cider

Dunagan Brewing Co. + Squirrel Butter = when prefunk meets music version one

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. + Pig Snout = when prefunk meets music version two


Wonder Twin powers ignite! Flames Of Durga is a psych-grunge-punk band started by twin sisters, guitarist Beah and bassist Cecilia Romero, who’ve written songs together since growing up in Los Angeles. With Nate Million on drums, this power-trio enjoys synchronized head bangs, heavy distortion, loud drums and ripping bass, coupled with sweat and raw emotion. Flames Of Durga band will perform at 8:30 p.m. in The Valley, which is owned by twins Robby and Justin Peterson. Blanco Bronco and Bitter Ex Lovers open.

PREFUNK: Let’s get Colonial today! When English colonists first arrived in North America, they enthusiastically embraced the wide range of wild fruits they found growing, from grapes to berries. Unlike back in England, however, edible apples were tough to find. The colonists quickly got to work on rectifying this situation, and as early as 1623 they were planting cider apples in New England from imported seeds. Apples flourished in the fertile soil and friendly climate, and soon everybody drank cider until the Industrial Revolution. John Adams began his days with a draft of hard cider. Plus, in the absence of money, hard cider became as good as cash. Colonists would pay their bills with barrels of hard cider and worked out barter arrangements centered on hard cider. Edison City Alehouse will celebrate the taking apples and pears and making them alcoholic and drinkable at their South Tacoma Cider Festival from 5-11 p.m. In honor of Washington Cider Week, the South Tacoma bottle shop and taproom will pour 15-plus ciders from across this fine state including, Finnriver, Snowdrift, Tieton, Whitewood, Nashi Orchards, Liberty, Tilted Tree, Cockrell and many others. To complement all these great ciders, They’ll be shucking dozens of fresh oysters for your food pairing pleasure. America!

WHEN PREFUNK MEETS MUSIC VERSION ONE: Squirrel Butter, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck and Charmaine Slaven, started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they play perform original compositions via banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar as well as sing in harmony. According to Squirrel Butter hype, the perform “traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800s through 1950s.” Grab a little Squirrel Butter at 9 p.m. in Dunagan Brewing Co. in downtown Tacoma.

WHEN PREFUNK MEETS MUSIC VERSION TWO: A Tacoma dad and his two small children will rock Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. at 7 p.m. Dahlia, 8, Lucien, 11 and their old dad call themselves Pig Snout and they’re insanely good. Seriously, and you don’t even need to tag on “for a couple of kids.” It’s an all-ages show with Brew Dog outside making their delicious dogs. Kids will enjoy seeing kids their own age on stage, actually doing something very cool.