Monday, July 25th, 2016

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before singer-songwriters, trivia

Ron Swarner


MONDAY, JULY 25 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

California musicians + Divin’ Dipa IPA = diving into emotions

7 Seas Trivia + The Copper Door vinyl = community


Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Jake Tittle and Orange County pianist Jerika Hayes are crying up the coast — at least that’s what they have called their West Coast tour. With a quivering voice and a gentle guitar Tittle approaches songwriting in a deeply personal and existential way. Accompanied by folk-rock and quasi-bluegrass arrangements, Tittle sings of family, friends and spiritual skepticism in a manner that feels almost conversational. Influenced by rock, jazz and classical, Hayes’ music tends to err on the side of indefinable, and can be characterized by honestly crafted lyrics, driving piano and a touch of otherworldliness. Catch the duo with Max Minardi at 7 p.m. in the Northern Pacific Coffee Company.

PREFUNK: Zog’s, the kick ass taproom behind the Fox Island Grocery Store, has tapped Fox Island Brewing’s new Divin’ Dipa American IPA. Brewery owner Jim Dignam met homebrewer and retiree Master Chief Navy diver Dennis Elsasser in Hawaii. Six week ago Elsasser met Dignam on a different island, Fox Island, with a beer recipe for Divin’ Dipa American IPA. Dive into the results at Zog’s.


Anyone who’s been near the Tacoma Dome has noticed dozens of people slowly stalking its grounds with their eyes glued to their phones. These are all Pokémon Go players who want to be the best like no one ever was, to the quote to theme song from the Pokémon animated series. The last thing culture needs is even more gadget-obsessed zombies staring into their screens and walking into telephone poles and blotting out the real world and never having sex. Put down the freakin’ phone and head to 7 Seas Brewing for trivia. The brewery hosts a 6 p.m. trivia game in their Gig Harbor taproom every Monday night through the summer, which means tonight.

PREFUNK: MP3 killed the vinyl star, right? Well, not quite. In case you haven’t heard, a worldwide vinyl revival is underway, which — besides causing a steady increase in vinyl sales — is renewing millennials’ interest in digging for records, in person, at physical record shops, with actual real-life hands. Walk into The Copper Door with your head high and your vinyl underneath your arm. The Tacoma Stadium District bottle shop and taproom hauls out its record player every second and fourth Monday at 8 p.m. just for you.