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  • A 50th B-day Celebration

    Written on November 5, 2012 at 9:39 am, by

    During Labor Day weekend, current Olympia residents and ex-pats alike celebrated Calvin Johnson’s 50th birthday at the South Bay Grange Hall. Tea was served and guests were encouraged to bring pie or other pastries for afternoon gnoshing. Dancing was to follow. It was a beautiful afternoon and time well spent with good friends and acquaintances. Continue Reading »

    PDX Pop NOW!

    Written on September 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm, by

    Back in the middle of July, I volunteered for PDX Pop Now, a three day long festival featuring some of the best new Portland-based musical acts spanning multiple genres from bluegrass to hip hop to indie to sludge metal. The festival is completely volunteer run and supported by variousĀ  local and national sponsors. Each year, Continue Reading »

    Love Rock Revolution with The Maxines!

    Written on August 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm, by

    On July 10th, Sasquatch Books published Love Rock Revolution by music journalist and author Mark Baumgarten. In the book, Baumgarten tells the story of K Records and Calvin Johnson through extensive research and myriad interviews conducted with people Johnson has worked with or influenced over the past 30 years. If you want to read a Continue Reading »

    Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Northern

    Written on August 8, 2012 at 8:36 am, by

    On Tuesday, July 3rd, the enigmatic Quintron & Miss Pussycat headlined a show at Northern, with tourmate Dent May and K Recs big shot Calvin Johnson as opening acts. There were easily 90+ people there and Oh! The dancing! Dent May is a new fave – go check out his new album “Do Things” available Continue Reading »

    Hank Green & Harry and the Potters @ Northern

    Written on August 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm, by

    On Monday, July 30th, Northern hosted the 10 year “bandiversary” tour by Harry and The Potters, with long time friends The Potter Puppet Pals and Hank Green. Nerd rock at its finest, the show sold all 150 presale tickets to eager teenagers and their sometimes-less-than-eager parents. Regardless, it was Northern’s first bona fide sellout in Continue Reading »

    Welcome Back, Northern!

    Written on June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm, by

    Northern is back! Finally. We had a soft opening just in time for Olympia’s annual spring ArtsWalk this past April. I’m talking by-the-skin-of-our-teeth kind of opening — the space still reeked of paint (I don’t think the restrooms were even dry yet) and the floor was covered in some weird red vegetable dust that supposedly Continue Reading »

    Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy at Wolf Haven

    Written on June 10, 2012 at 10:07 am, by

    Yesterday, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (AKA Wil Oldham) played Wolf Haven as part of a small, five date Puget Sound tour for no other reason than just to do it. Dig? Of course, as you can imagine, it was magical. At the end of the set, everyone in the audience howled to the wolves and, slowly, Continue Reading »