Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Jake Shimabukuro …

Ron Swarner


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Capitol Theater + Northwest Beerwerks = Captain Fantastic and the wild yeast cowboys

Washington State Fair + Rainier Growlers = Run through the Puyallup

Broadway Center + Pint Defiance = Moose & Squirrel & Dogs & Shimabukuro


We feel sorry for the kids in the film Captain Fantastic. Viggo Mortensen portrays their dad who spends a decade in the woods raising and schooling them according to his own worldview — only to find that control threatened when they all have to hit the road for a family funeral. These kids were raised like veal and then thrust into an outside world they can barely understand. How is good ol’ dad going to bring them back to the compound after they experience Pokémon Go? The smart money’s on Pikachu, especially because these younguns have no way of knowing that their dad is Aragorn. Watch the frustration at 4 and 9 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.

PREFUNK: There is an experimental air to Crux Fermentation Project. Former Deschutes brewmaster Larry Sidor and his business partner Paul Evers designed their Bend, Oregon brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods such as decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. From 6-10 p.m., Northwest Beerwerks will shine a light on Crux pouring its beers, including a rare IPA.


Impeccable songcraft swamped in stompin’ grooves, gritty twang and ornery bayou boogie — never mind that John Fogerty isn’t in the band anymore. As the original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford started Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995. Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook launched the project in 1995 with the goal to once again perform live concert the hit songs that are ageless touchstones of a generation. Revisted performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair.

PREFUNK: Puyallup River Brewing continues its Fall 2016 Tour of the Northwest with a 6 p.m. stop at Rainier Growlers in its hometown of Puyallup (South Hill). Jack O’Lahar Pumpkin Ale, We Are The Champions IPA and some other special beers will be on tap. Expect raffle prizes.


We encountered ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro through his much-admired rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” a piece that went viral in YouTube’s infancy. Since then he’s toured with Jimmy Buffett and played the West Hollywood House of Blues, B.B. King’s Nightclub in New York, Bumbershoot and popular TV and radio talk shows. He’s a household name in Japan, where he’s the ambassador for Hawai’ian tourism. His instrument has only four strings with little sustain and can cover a mere two octaves from middle C up, but that’s close to the range of the average human voice. Thus, Shimabukuro has all of the popular music at his disposal. See the genius at 7:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater.

PREFUNK: Beer enthusiasts seem to be an exceptionally dog-friendly bunch, and Pint Defiance is no exception. The bottle shop and taproom will host a benefit for the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, asking for donations as well as providing a photo album of adoptable pooches. Laurelwood Brewery will also be in the house from 5-7 p.m. with Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout, Portlandia Pils, Free Range Red and Rando IPA #15: Tropical Madness.