Saturday, September 10th, 2016

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Harlis Sweetwater Band, Norman Baker & the Backroads

Harlis Sweetwater Band will rock The Valley tonight.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Valley + Silver City Brewery = party all day and night

Doyle’s Public House + Flanagan’s Craft Pub = Americana, tigers and beers, oh my!


If the Harlis Sweetwater Band isn’t carefully they’ll be known as The Valley’s house band. This awesome blues meets ’60s-style soul meets rock band will rattle the Rainier cans once again at the Tacoma bar meets restaurant meets music venue. Aside from headlining blues festivals and shows of their own, the Harlis Sweetwater Band has been direct support for such artists as Jimmie Vaughan, George Thorogood, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Los Lobos and Walter Trout just to name a few. Music critics have called deep-voiced, broad-shouldered, bearded frontman Harlis Sweetwater the best singer in any genre. The Huntington Beach band rolls into The Valley at 8 p.m. with Planet of Giants in support.

PREFUNK: Founded in September of 1996 by brothers Scott and Steve Houmes, two decades have seen Silver City Brewery grow from humble beginnings as a small, hometown brewpub to one the highest volume Washington restaurants west of Seattle, and a top-10 Washington brewery by production. The brewery celebrates its 20th anniversary from noon to 8 p.m. hosting its largest-ever event at the Bremerton production facility with Überfest Imperial Oktoberfest Lager release, food vendors, live music and 33.8-ounce boot glasses full of beers.


According to the Internets, when Norman Baker wasn’t listening to his parents jam he was “wreaking havoc” in Kent, Washington. Thankfully, Baker didn’t end up on a Post Office wall but rather wreaked havoc on a guitar, playing Beatles and Creedence tunes with future bandmate Michael Muir. Norman Baker & the Backroads will fill Doyle’s Public House with Americana via pedal steel, mandolin banjo, upright bass and an onslaught of acoustic and electric guitars, telling stories of loss, camping, driving without cell phones, childlike innocence, home towns and walking till your shoes wear through, beginning at 10 p.m.

PREFUNK: Humans have for millennia viewed the tiger, its massive dignity and power, the fire in its eyes, with fear, respect and awe. This magnificent cat became a creature of myth, legend and dream. But with time the old traditions faded, the tiger lost more and more of its habitat, and tolerance declined when it preyed on livestock and a lucrative market developed for its skin and bones. The Tigers Forever program of Panthera and its partners have developed a solid and impressive strategy for creating sustainable tiger landscapes in which local people and the big cats can coexist. However, Tigers Forever rightly feels that the slow pace in the conservation effort cannot continue, that its goals and tasks are pressing. Thanks to Drinking for Conservation, Flanagan’s Craft Pub in downtown Puyallup will donate 50 cents from every Puyallup River Brewing Co. craft beer to Panthera’s Tigers Forever project from 6-9 p.m. Bonus: Puyallup River Brewing will debut a new craft beer tonight.