Friday, June 10th, 2016

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before live music in Tacoma

Ron Swarner

The Kim Archer Band performs at Jazzbones tonight. Courtesy photo

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Kim Archer Band + Seattle craft beer = I Heard It Through The Beerline
The Stoned Evergreen Travelers + Harmon Brewing = Live After The Apollo
Champagne Sunday + Odd Otter Brewing = Hurluberlu


With a timeless vocal delivery only matched by her engaging stage presence, Kim Archer has been pleasing live music fans in our area since 2004. Archer’s powerful voice a la Janis Joplin and Chaka Khan gels perfectly with the sonic buzz of the guitar and groove from her talented band. She commands the stage playing her own original songs rooted in old school soul, funk and classic rock, sultry blues and ballads while remaining a master at giving choice cover tunes the “Kim Archer treatment,” such as the crowd pleasing “Shaft.” Catch her at 8:30 p.m. in Jazzbones.
PREFUNK: Oh the trials and tribulations of looking for fresh beer in Seattle. If you don’t have a brewpub within 10 blocks of your Seattle house, you deem the neighborhood “underserved.” Imagine if all of South Seattle didn’t have the opportunity to grab craft beer. Now, imagine if all of South Tacoma boasted nary a craft beer outlet. The fact of the matter is, until Edison City Alehouse — the entire quadrant was bleak. Now it has a lineup of 19 craft beers and cider thanks to the South Tacoma bottle shop and taproom. At 6 p.m., Edison City Alehouse will allow all its taps to be consumed by the booming breweries and cideries of Seattle, such as Cloudburst, Stoup, Reuben’s, Holy Mountain, Standard, Pike, Seattle Cider and Fremont. In addition to a night of great beer, saxophonist Kareem Kandi will be in the house kicking out some awesome jazz beginning at 8 p.m.


If you don’t wanna lose sight of country music as it gets gobbled up in NASCAR nouveau riche redneck culture, then you’d better check out The Stone Evergreen Travelers. Their unique brand of hellbilly metal combines elements of outlaw country, blues rock and honky tonk with that of stoner rock, heavy metal, gypsy punk and thrash … you could describe it as sounding something like Hank Williams meets early Metallica with a bit of a Gogol Bordello flavor to it. Catch the band with Hard Money Saints and Suburban Vermin at 8 p.m. in The Valley.
PREFUNK: Remember when you were on a roll? Cranking out hit after hit. Then you realized: you’re not on a roll. You cranked out one hit, and then your streak came to an end. One-hit wonder. Then nothing. Just like that. And, actually, that one hit wasn’t that good. It was a hit according to your family. The charts were just a list your daughter created and posted on the refrigerator. She was nice to make that list, but nobody really saw it except your wife, daughter and the cleaning lady. On the opposite end of that spectrum, Harmon Brewing Company is on a major roll, releasing craft beer hit after hit, including the recent release of their annual One Hop Wonder IPA. This year’s version stars Apollo hops with six kettle additions and 10 pounds of dry hop to celebrate the IPA’s 10th anniversary. Brewed with five malted barleys for a medium-bodied, slightly sweet IPA, this 7.5 percent, 80 IBU beauty is on tap at the Harmon Tap Room.


Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk and a little bit blues, indie duo Champagne Sunday brings the energy and the talent to every powerful performance, including 7 p.m. at Treos in Old Town Tacoma. 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 the coffee cups and craft beer pints.
PREFUNK: In France, a “hurluberlu” is one who is a little crazy, sweet and original in his or her way of thinking, how he or she dresses and behaves. So it’s no wonder the little crazy folks at Odd Otter Brewing Company just released their Hurluberlu Saison. Odd Otter head brewer Greer Hubbard describes the Saison as light and slightly floral brewed with a gentle touch of rose hips, making it a perfect brew to cool down during the hot summer months. Go a little hurluberlu beginning at 11 a.m.