Monday, November 28th, 2016

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Vince Brown and big band jazz

The Olympia Jazz Senators will perform at Rhythm & Rye tonight.

MONDAY, NOV. 28 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

G. Donnalson’s + Peaks and Pints = Not a secret

Rhythm & Rye + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = brand new


Vince Brown is no stranger to string swing fans in the Northwest. He plays western swing style take-off guitar with Red Brown & the Tune Stranglers; strums guitar and tenor banjo with the gypsy swing band Hot Club Sandwich; he’s half of Red and Ruby — a swing duo project with vocalist LaVon Hardison; performs mandolin and tenor banjoist with the old timey outfit Deaf Lester; and the guitarist with the modern jazz/lounge group The Greta Jane Quartet. Brown’s nimble fingers have delighted audiences for more than 35 years. Catch his solo jazz guitarist at 7 p.m. in G. Donnalson’s, the wine-centric restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District.

PREFUNK: Back in July of this year, traveling from Sierra Nevada Brewing’s plant in Chico, California to Tacoma, we stopped in Springfield, Oregon, for dinner and a pint at Hop Valley Brewing Co.’s original brewery. Founded in 2009, the brewery in the Gateway area of Springfield was home base. Today, it’s a brewpub with a pilot brewing system as the main brew house sits on West First Avenue in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Anyway, brand spanking new Secret Chief Stout was no longer a secret as it poured from the Springfield location, a month before hitting the Washington state market. With more malt, roasted barley and hops than the brewery’s first stout back in the day, Secret Chief Stout hints of toffee, coffee, and black licorice ending with the brewery’s namesake, hops on the finish. If you like your American Stout roasty, yet silky, drop by Peaks and Pints for a pint from our Western red Cedar tap log. Peaks and Pints opens at 11 a.m.


The Olympia Jazz Senators, under the direction of trumpeter Tracey D. Hooker, will perform big-band arrangements covering a wide variety of styles, old and new, at 8 p.m. in Rhythm & Rye. As an added treat tonight, the big band will perform, for the first time anywhere, a brand-new arrangement of Burt Bacharach’s “South American Getaway” by local arranger Mark Thome.

PREFUNK: Chef Kyle Wnuk won many an award as chef and co-owner at Marrow Kitchen and Bar, such as Best Restaurant in the Weekly Volcano, Tacoma’s Number One Burger and Dish of the Year in the Tacoma News Tribune and second place in Best New American Restaurants in Best of Western Washington/Evening Magazine. Marrow is no longer, but Wnuk still creates amazing dishes as the head chef in Three Magnets Brewing Co.’s kitchen, with pairing his creations with the downtown Olympia’s award-winning beers always on his mind. It’s not a shocker Wnuk teams up with Three Magnets head brewer, Jeff Stokes, to combine their talents into a single entity. Knuk could tap recipes to the brew tanks they’re that close to the kitchen. Chef Choice No. 1 Rye Porter with Black Garlic and Vanilla Bean now pours from the brewery’s taps, hitting the shelves Dec. 7. Drop by the brewery beginning at 11 a.m. and taste what happens when a chef and a head brewer hug it out over water, malt, hops and yeast … and black garlic.