Monday, May 8th, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Going In Style and Rockaraoke

Ron Swarner


MONDAY, MAY 8 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer …

Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = 1979 to 1994 to 2017

Jazzbones + Parkway Tavern = Live


At 7 p.m., The Blue Mouse Theatre screens the remake of 1979’s Going in Style this time starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin assuming the roles of pissed-off geezers who plot to rob the bank that holds their now-cancelled pension funds. Stick it to the Man, shart boys! It almost makes us forget that the characters in the original were holding up the bank not because it had actually screwed them, but simply because their life as retirees was too boring. What can we say? We didn’t need much to set us off back then.

PREFUNK: More annoying, even, than having a stone stuck in your shoe or sitting Interstate 5 traffic at the Fife curve is having a song going around and around in your head. (I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN / YOU ARE NEVER GONNA KEEP ME DOWN! You’re welcome.) We mean, are we right or are we right? Most annoying, however, is having a song stuck in your head and not being able to remember what it is. “You know — it’s that song!” you say frustratedly to coworkers. “It goes like this: La la la, ooh, la la, yeah. … Come on, you know the one! You must know it! We think it was on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack once. It has a really long chorus! What’s it called?” Your friend, meanwhile, looks at you all “Dude? You’re on your own. Dawson’s Creek? Please.” Enter No-Li Brewhouse sales executive Mike Lay. The man has 1990’s songs stuck in his head and he wants to share the, er, wealth Monday night. Every month Peaks and Pints invites a craft brewery to create a three-hour soundtrack off our Jukebox, pour its craft beer and award prizes during zany games. We call the Monday nights SudsPop. Mike Lay will pair his Spokane brewery’s Slacker and Crony with a Name That Tune 1990s game for chance to win sweet prizes.


In the early ’70s, a Japanese musician by the name of Daisuke Inoue invented the first ever karaoke machine. The name karaoke comes from a combination of the word Kara (meaning empty) and Okesutora (meaning orchestra). However, even Daisuke’s Sadist ass couldn’t have fathomed what you can experience tonight at Jazzbones. Rockaroake is the brainchild of George Aragon and Rusty Urie, formerly of Hit Explosion, who employ a rotating group of local musicians to feed their live band karaoke night. While there have been a few bars that have tried hosting karaoke nights with live bands, Jazzbones’ Rockaraoke live band karaoke is one of the ones that has lasted. Sing your heart out at 7 p.m.

PREFUNK: Here’s the deal with Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday Pale Ale: The northern California brewery packs a crapload of fresh Yakima Valley hops into each batch, ships it within 24 hours and everyone geeks out. The beer is basically a souped up version of the brewery’s New Dogtown Pale. Lagunitas loads the pale with Mosaic, Equinox, Simcoe and Citra hops for a zesty aroma then fruity sweetness and bitter grapefruit on the tongue. The hops steal the show here. And they do, from the nose to the finish, which could make a group of folks lose their minds if manager Sean Jackson decides to infuse Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday Pale Ale with more hops. Stop by the Parkway Tavern at 5 p.m. to discover tonight’s fresh Randall ingredients for the Lagunitas craft beer.