Cloneapalooza presents hard rocking New Year’s Eve show at Tipsy Tomato

Cloneapalooza impresario Chris Aldridge (left) is shown with the proprietors of The Tipsy Tomato where a rocking good show will take place on New Year’s Eve. Photo by Jayme Taylor

For those of you who preferred to welcome 2018 in an edgy and more metallic way, you might consider spending your New Year’s Eve at the Tipsy Tomato Bar and Kitchen for a head-banging convocation presented by Cloneapalooza. At “A Tipsy New Year’s Eve,” you can mind meld with fellow metal heads and intermingle with those Tacoma denizens that clad themselves in dark leather (possibly studded with steel spikes).

The show is part of what will be an ongoing music movement that supports green-friendly musicians and their fans, the capstone of which is the annual traveling camping and music festival in the summer.

The free New Year’s Eve show features a trio of high volume, hard driving bands: The Fallen Kings, I DEFY and The Sky Rained Heroes.

Headliner: Fallen Kings (Southern Metal, Tacoma)

Fallen Kings brings Southern metal to the Northwest. Blending blues with aggressive guitar riffs, and a high-energy show, The Fallen Kings bring the good times. A Grit City band with a Grit City sound. Powered by blood, sweat and beers!

Support: I DEFY (Punk Rock, Tacoma)

I DEFY, Tacoma’s thrash-punk giants since 1995, will be reuniting New Year’s Eve to celebrate 20 years since their debut album “Wrap it in the Flag and Beat It Senseless” was released. Featuring the classic veteran line up of Ben Nix on drums, Jason McKibben on vox, Damien Simard on fretless bass and Carl Zook on lead guitar, they are the group that brought you the hit song “I Need a Beer!” This band puts on one of the wildest, rowdiest live shows the Northwest has ever known. After a nearly four-year absence, this is the show that you do not want to miss.

Opener: The Sky Rained Heroes (Punk Rock, Seattle)

This band was created to bring attention to the continuing oppression and control of the masses by the wealthy. They bring a message of social awareness and personal responsibility. Their mission is to pound their message into the heads of others using high-charged, hard rockin’ no nonsense tunes. Question authority and challenge your heroes.

The New Year’s Eve show begins at 8 p.m., Dec. 31. In addition to the music, there will also be raffles, food and drink specials and a toast at midnight.

The organizers of Cloneapalooza also have several more events planned for the near future:

Jan. 13: Juliet Tango (Rock, Aberdeen); Lust for Glory (Alternative Rock, Spokane); Inside Defiance (Rock and Metal, Port Angeles)

Jan. 20: Salem Knights (Metal, Tacoma); The Ram Rams (Punk Rock, Seattle); Donkey Show Tomorrow (Zombie Cowboy Music, Tacoma)

Jan. 27: The Bangalores; Nothing Sounds Good; Tremor Cats

The Tipsy Tomato Bar and Kitchen is located at 3878 Center St. in Tacoma. It is a new neighborhood bar featuring PNW drafts and booze, handmade pizzas, calzones and more. They use 100 percent compostable/biodegradable straws and to-go products. They have skeeball, darts, pool and sports, as well as free live bingo and trivia nights. They also host live, loud and local free music. For info on the Tipsy Tomato visit

2018 is the Year of the Dog. At Cloneapalooza’s New Year’s Eve show, no one will fault you for breaking into feral, canine howling as the clock rounds the bend to midnight.

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  1. What an AWESOME show!!! Thank you Chris and Cloneapalooza for getting my band out of retirement, if even for just a short while. Tipsy Tomato is a great place that everyone should check out.

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