Monday, June 13th, 2016

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before ska bands and open mics

Ron Swarner

Open mics are being hosted at The Swiss and Flanagan’s Craft Pub tonight.

MONDAY, JUNE 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Punk ska + The Red Hot = Freigeist Geisterzug
Open mics + craft beer = open mics and craft beer


Wondering where socially conscious music went after the mid-90s? Northern Illinois band Bombflower offers a nice brew of punk, rocksteady-ish ska, and rap, topped with eloquent and socially conscious vocals delivered by Liza and guitarist Tic James. The band performs with Tarolas De Hueso from Escondido, California, plus Jurassic Twat and Jasey Fucking Kay at 8 p.m. in The Valley.
PREFUNK: “You only want one?” is what you might hear if you order just one hot dog at The Red Hot, and the dude who just rode his cruiser bike and is now sitting next to you at the bar may chime in and echo the question as if the answer is no. And they’re both right: You really do want at least two, because The Red Hot’s hot dogs and sausages are really that good. So is the craft beer. Take a look at today’s taps: Deschutes Armory XPA, North Coast Old Rasputin (Nitro), Deschutes Pinot Suave, Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose, Black Raven Trickster IPA, Dogfish Head Burton Baton IPA, Victory Vital IPA, Sonoma Cider The Anvil Bourbon Cider, Seattle Cider Basil Mint Cider, Rambling Route Cider Pear Cider, Stoup German Style Pilsner, Backwoods Spring Creek Saison, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Alameda Stub’s Old Crow Hazelnut Porter, Alpine Hefeweizen, Fort George Spruce Budd Ale, Alesmith Speedway Stout and a cask of Hales Supergoose IPA are all now on at The Red Hot.


Open-mic nights are a gamble, no matter which side of the mic you’re on. As a performer you’re laying bare your songcraft and hoping the audience applauds; as a listener you have to contend with this songcraft-baring and hope it goes down easy. The tension is nicely dissipated at The Swiss’ open mic, held each Monday. Helmed by the easy-going Chuck Gay, this laid-back night attracts the usual singer-songwriters, as well as armchair strummers and even acoustic punk acts, beginning at 7 p.m. Expect to hear songs plucked from local notebooks as well as the occasional Gillian Welch or Rolling Stones cover. The Swiss pours craft beer o’plenty.
Flanagan’s Craft Pub in Puyallup jumps on the Monday open mic night with its own version, also beginning at 7 p.m. Check it out and enjoy $1 off craft beers, with a special nod to Elysian Brewing.