Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Sol Seed and Dirt Angels

Ron Swarner


SATURDAY, JULY 2 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Reggae fusion + Tacoma craft beer bike tour = hugs
Dirt Angels + Odd Otter Brewing Co. = sunshine


Eugene, Oregon band Sol Seed offers reggae fusion with a message. For six years Michael Lennon (vocals, guitar), Michael “Magic” Sorensen (vocals, drums), Benny Pezzano (vocals, bass), Kenny Lewis (vocals, guitar), Sky Guasco (vocals, percussion, didgeridoo) and Graeme Pletscher (saxophone) have combined rock, hip-hop, soul, world music and psychedelic jam with a Reggae foundation to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With thought-provoking lyrics, infectious grooves and high-energy live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience, as you will see at 9 p.m. in The Swiss Restaurant and Pub.
PREFUNK: Riding a bicycle is fun. Drinking craft beer is totally awesome. What happens when you mix the two together? Totally awesome fun! And judging from past BikeroBrew tours, today should be equally totally awesome fun. BikeroBrew co-owners Chris Stanis and Jonathan Teeter offer a three-hour, 5-mile loop, guided bicycle tour of four Tacoma breweries beginning at 1 p.m. launching from Old Soldier Distillery on Puyallup Avenue. Register here.


Billy Stoops, of Junkyard Jane fame, not to mention Billy Roy Danger and The Rectifiers, is quite possibly the busiest musician this side of the Mississippi — or at the very least the Columbia. It seems like Stoops and his bandmates from Junkyard Jane, like Leanne Trevalyan, are on some stage, somewhere, just about every night of the week — and it seems that way because it’s so. For the past couple years Stoops has been concentrating on his new band, Dirt Angels, which is a little more singer/songwriter country-ish than previous bluesy rock bands. Hang with the Dirt Angels at 10 p.m. in Doyle’s Public House.
PREFUNK: Odd Otter Brewing Co.’s Ottermelon Hefeweizen is a tasty spin on the Hefeweizen style. The downtown Tacoma brewery combines an unfiltered Hefeweizen with a squirt of all-natural watermelon and a squeeze of summer sunshine. That’s right, no banana, no clove just watermelon and the sunshine thing. At 11 a.m., Odd Otter unveils Ottermelon’s new bottles, which means even more sunshine.