Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt, live music …

Ron Swarner


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt + 7 Seas Brewing opening = Yay Tacoma!

Champagne Sunday + Northwest Beerwerks = Yay outdoors!

Jazzbones + The Red Hot = Awkwafina and apples

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. + The Copper Door = Destiny City delights


If you’re the type that gets bored easily, we found an activity to keep you crazy busy. Downtown On The Go hosts Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt launching from Tollefson Plaza between 4:30-5:30 p.m. Open to the public without pre-registration, participants — individuals or teams — will use public transportation, their feet or a bike to get to destinations scattered across downtown Tacoma before meeting back at the Plaza at 6:45 p.m., where there will be food trucks, music and prizes. Prizes will be awarded to participants reaching certain point levels. The highest scoring individual and team will each win a grand prize.

PREFUNK: Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of 7 Seas beers went into making 7 Seas Brewing’s new Tacoma brewery and taproom. It opens to the public at 11 a.m. at 2101 Jefferson Ave. in downtown Tacoma.


Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk and a little bit blues, indie duo Champagne Sunday brings the energy and the talent to every powerful performance, including 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Park next to Treos. Jessi and Jared Fredeen, (yes, they’re married) make up the California transplant band that uses instrumentation ranging from acoustic guitar to piano, with trombone, ukulele, harmonica and squeezebox. Vocalist Jessi’s huge, feminine voice will rattle the coffee cups and craft beer pints.

PREFUNK: A lovely 77-degree sunny day calls for craft beer on the lawn. Northwest Beerwerks will do just that, hosting Silver City Brewing in their backyard. At 6 p.m. you may grab a Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager, Bavarian Hefeweizen, Nice Day IPA, Whoop Pass Double IPA and Giant Made Of Shadows Belgian Strong Dark, maybe a plate of Boka Island Fusion food and kick back.


When “My Vag” dropped in 2012, Awkwafina (aka Nora Lum) became a YouTube sensation. Tiny and bespectacled, the New York rapper has a brashness and ego to match the big guys, with subject matter that involves the superiority of vaginas, racism and stealing people’s iPads in Williamsburg. She’s headlining an 8 p.m. hip-hop show at Jazzbones featuring NW Weirdos, Barz!, DJ Freshwell, Mad Dappler and others.

PREFUNK: Joel VandenBrink, the founder of Two Beers Brewing Co., launched the Seattle Cider Company in August 2013, with the help from his Two Beers sales rep and a former farm hand Eric Willard. Seattle Cider Company hit the market with two, solid ciders. Then, the cider company sprouted big and wide. At 5 p.m., The Red Hot hosts its annual Seattle Cider Ten on the 10th night pouring SemiSweet, Dry, NW Berry, Ginger Lime, 2014 Heirloom, 2015 Heirloom, 2015 Perry, Three Pepper, Cold Brew Coffee Infused and Cider Beer, a gluten-free collaboration with Ghostfish Brewing.


3 Little Birds — current members of Stay Grounded band — wander into a corner of Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.’s taproom to get up and lonesome while their guitar gently weeps. That’s right, mon, we’re talking acoustic reggae and craft beer. The island rock reggae beings at 7 p.m.

PREFUNK: The countdown to the Third Annual Destiny City Film Festival has begun. The local film festival will be celebrating the art of cinematic storytelling from Aug. 26-27 at the historic Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma’s Proctor District. The program will include 18 dynamic films from around the world, filmmaker Q&As, and recognition of Jeffrey Palmer, whose script Split Costs won the short screenplay competition. From 6-9 p.m. The Copper Door in Tacoma’s Stadium District will host a Destiny City Film Festival pre-screening party complete with craft beers.


Awkwafina photo credit: Shirley Yu