Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer and cider before Hey Marseilles and Beautiful Angle

Ron Swarner

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = good-natured

Beautiful Angle + Cockrell Hard Ciders = annual celebrations

CHAMBER POP

A youthful earnestness, a genuine passion for song, shines through every second of Seattle band Hey Marseilles’ music. Singer Matt Bishop, guitarist Nick Ward, keyboardist Philip Kobernik, cellist Sam Anderson, and violist Jacob Anderson make some of the most good-natured chamber-pop music around. That said, their new tracks find the band moving away from the middle ground indie/chamber pop realm of their first two albums and toward slickly produced territory. New songs include the snappy piano-backed jaunt “Eyes on You” and the encompassing orchestral ode to their native coast, “West Coast,” which builds and soars behind Matt Bishop’s memorable chorus (“Meet me on the west coast/with the salt air/breathe slow/Go out to the unknown”). Catch the band at 7:30 p.m. in Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater.

PREFUNK: Peaks and Pints will host a release party for Fox Island Brewing Co.’s CenColSim IPA 4-6 p.m. Founder and head brewer Jim Dignam will be in the house, chatting up the CenColSim IPA and well as his love for travel, movies and beer. CenColSim? “CenColSim” is an ancient Sumerian word that roughly translates to ‘Late Bitter Flower,’” Dignam explains. “Ok, that was a load of crap, but it sounded good, huh? The name Cen-Col-Sim actually comes from the three hop varieties used in the boil and as dry hops to make this IPA.” Dignam means, of course, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe. Drop by Peaks and Pints this afternoon and meet Peaks and Pints Pal Jim Dignam. He makes great beer, so no doubt CenColSim IPA will be a winner, too.

BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY PARTY

Together, local writer Tom Llewellyn and artist Lance Kagey make up guerilla art team Beautiful Angle. For 14 years they have created handcrafted posters using a 1950s letterpress, and they use only staples and wheat paste to post then around Tacoma during the dead of night. Wheat paste! That’s hardcore. Every year they host a Holiday Party, discounting their collectible posters with 100% of the sales benefitting a Tacoma charity, as well as offering food, refreshments and live music. From 7-10 p.m. the annual shindig will be held at ROTATOR Creative, a new design firm at 1730 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma. In spirit of working together, the party will conclude an all-day event Holiday Haul Crawl, involving surrounding retail, museum, and restaurant businesses, and for which ROTATOR designed promotional materials.

PREFUNK: Rich Cockrell had made hard cider 15 years before opening Cockrell Hard Ciders on 17 acres along the banks of the Puyallup River a year ago. The cider tree farm and cidery also sports a tasting room, which will be busy today as Cockrell celebrates its taproom’s one-year-anniversary from 1-6 p.m. Enjoy cider, food, music, prizes and great company.

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