With heavy hearts, we at Peaks and Pints send our deepest condolences to Jason Locking’s “family.” Jason, 44, died peacefully in his sleep following a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The beloved Tacoma chef and musician played in several bands over the years, including Gold Teeth, Pioneers West, NMVGPTS and, most recently, Old Foals. Shortly before his cancer diagnosis, he was promoted to sous chef at Boka at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle.
Jason was true Tacoma. A friend of the city, and hundreds of its denizens. He was one of the folks who helped make the city one of the coolest ’hoods in America.
Jason is survived by his mother, Marilyn Locking, the love of his life Jayme Fisher, canine kids Stella and Duff, his beloved bandmates, and countless friends that he considered family.
On a personal note,I had the distinct pleasure of documenting Jason’s musical career in the Weekly Volcano. I’ll always remember him from his Gold Teeth days when the guitarist joined fellow guitarist Dave Takata, drummer Bob Lurvey, bassist Sean Horst and singer, and co-owner of The Red Hot, Chris “Trashcan” Miller. That back rocked, and drank a lot of beer.
Tacoma taprooms will host a week’s worth of benefits in support of the Locking family, thanks to organizer Mike Bosold of Clicking Wholesale Distributing. Titled “Power Week: Love for Locking, ” Top of Tacoma Bar and Café, Peaks and Pints, Parkway Tavern, The Red Hot and North End Social Club will donate a portion of their sales over the next few days.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 6 p.m.
Top of Tacoma Bar and Café, 3529 McKinley Ave. E.
Featuring Pelican Brewing and Woodinville Whiskey Co.
MONDAY, JUNE 5, 7 p.m.
Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St.
SudsPop featuring Great Divide Brewing Co. and Double Mountain Brewery
TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 6 p.m.
Parkway Tavern, 313 N. I St.
Featuring Chuckanut Brewery and its owners
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 5 p.m.
The Red Hot, 2914 Sixth Ave.
Featuring pFriem Family Brewers “pFramhouse” event
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 6 p.m.
North End Social Club, 3013 Sixth Ave.
Featuring Breakside Brewery and Taylor Shellfish Farms Oysters
FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2 p.m.
Spun Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, 1307 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
“Let’s Go Elbows Deep for JLo and JFish” where participants will learn how to create their own clay sculptures, plus food, beer and wine will be served. Mirrorgloss, Pig Snout and Ravyn Rady will perform at 5 p.m. Organizers are asking for a $50 donation and $10 for the barbecue and concert.