TACOMA PREFUNK: FRIDAY, JULY 21 2017: Carnivale de Belgian Beerloo and Ben Harper
PREFUNK: Today is Belgian National Day — a celebration that dates back 186 years, to July 21 1831, and the happy moment when Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution, and became the first king of a newly forged European country. In celebration, Peaks and Pints hosts Carnivale de Belgian Beerloo, a Belgian beer tap takeover with Merchant du Vin Artisanal Imports, Total Beverage Solutions, Radeberger Gruppe and the Gritty City Sirens Burlesque Troupe at 6 p.m. Peaks and Pints will do our very best to make sure tassels don’t fall into tulips full of Lindemans Young Lambic, Du Bocq Saison 1858, Lindemans Peche, Dupont Avec Les Bon Vouex, Scaldis Noel, Palm Amber Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Orval, Westmalle and other Belgian beers. For more details on Belgian beers, click here. Peaks and Pints, Tacoma
7 P.M. BEN HARPER: During a Sasquatch Music Festival Ben Harper played for what seemed like 12 hours before headliner The Flaming Lips to the stage. We still dig Harper, though. One wouldn’t be inclined to think that there is a significant common denominator between the lilting Reggae of Bob Marley and the powerhouse blues-fusion of Led Zeppelin. But Ben Harper has made a career out of exploiting just such a link. That’s high praise, because Harper manages to blend a penchant for Trenchtown rock with a love for the blazing backbeat boogie of Page, Plant & co. into a richly organic modern rock stew. Broadway Center’s Pantages Theater, Tacoma
8 P.M. CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY: Powerful, honest, edgy, and refreshingly original, Champagne Sunday attacks the stage with a show that is heartfelt, engaging, and performed with a desperate enthusiasm and chemistry seldom seen in today’s bands. Champagne Sunday transcends genre enough to create their own, coalescing the multi-genre tastes of today’s fickle audiences into a catalog that defies traditional definition.
Opening will be Forest Beutel, an American blues musician with a voice that blends the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. Airport Tavern, Tacoma