MONDAY, MAY 22 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …
PREFUNK: We interrupt our regular SudsPop music and craft beer Monday nights to bring you a Squeak and Squawk listing party at 7 p.m. tonight inside Peaks and Pints bottle shop, taproom and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District.
Squeak and Squawk is a five-day indie music festival in Tacoma that persists in spite of itself. Founded in 2008, by Sean Alexander and Peter Lynn, the form of having 10 shows — split between all-ages and 21+ — and populating the shows with eccentric acts that wouldn’t normally hit Tacoma, was an intoxicating one. After two successful Squeak and Squawks, the fest was getting ready to be put to rest, when Adam McKinney and Jena Stedtler picked it up in 2012.
After two consecutive years of Squeak and Squawk, in 2012 and 2013, McKinney and Stedtler collapsed, exhausted, and didn’t come out of hibernation until 2017, reviving the festival for an upcoming run: June 22-26. This year, they’ve assembled a typically weird and wonderful bunch of acts, many of which are featured on tonight’s playlist. The SudsPop playlist will feature some of the songs as far back as the inaugural fest, while others are selections from this year’s crop of bands. There are also some aspirational choices — bands that would’ve fit Squeak and Squawk like a glove, but were so drastically pricy as to cause instant heart burn for the festival programmer.
In any event, this playlist should give some indication of what you’ll experience at this year’s Squeak and Squawk — a diverting group of oddballs with a song in their heart. Peaks and Pints will tap No-Li Brewhouse’s Slacker, a craft beer brewed with orange peel and vanilla beans, to accompany the Squeak and Squawk SudsPop playlist tonight. Peaks and Pints, Tacoma
5 P.M. PARKWAY RANDALL: Boneyard Beer Incredible Pulp Blood Orange Extra Pale Ale busts a huge punch from Blood Orange Puree. A mild grain bill with citrus hops and blood orange really makes the Extra Pale pop. Tonight, Boneyard Beer Incredible Pulp Blood Orange Extra Pale Ale meets the Parkway Tavern’s Randall. You know general manager Sean Jackson will really make it pop. Parkway Tavern, Tacoma
5-8 P.M. ROSE TASTING: Spring screams for rosé and El Tufo will give them to you. Wear pink if you can and get into the spirit of 12 delicious and versatile wines. El Tufo, Tacoma
7 P.M.: SMURF CENTRAL: After two previous feature films that saw the blue-balled wonders sharing screen time with live actors, Smurfs: The Lost Village is an entirely animated, all-critter affair, with no annoying homo sapien cameos to intrude on the fun. (Don’t worry: Neil Patrick Harris can still find work.) In the story, plucky heroine and punchline to everyone’s favorite dirty joke Smurfette leads the fellas on an expedition to the magical home of a veritable vanished tribe of their species. Blue Mouse Theatre, Tacoma
9 P.M.: MONDAZED: The infamous “Mondazed” DJ nights that use to hold court at the former Hell’s Kitchen are back with a new home at the revamped Airport Tavern on South Tacoma Way. Omar Stokes, aka OMRVLS, headlines tonight with The Digital Dragon, DJ Minus and J-Cam & Mac-J. Airport Tavern, Tacoma