Fundraiser features tributes to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday


The Tacoma Events Commission presents a concert, fundraiser, dance and silent auction, featuring a tribute to Frank Sinatra with Tony La Stella and the Goombas and a tribute to Billie Holiday with Maia Santell and House Blend, Sunday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. at Jazzbones Restaurant and Nightclub, 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma. Admission: $25. Proceeds benefit the Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show. To purchase tickets in advance, see

Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, contact Gary Grape at (253) 230-6851. (Advance tickets are not available through Jazzbones.)

Headlining the event is Tony La Stella and the Goombas performing a Frank Sinatra tribute. La Stella is reviewed as “having the ability to sing operatic, jazz standards and pop material with a warm, yet powerful tenor voice.” La Stella has appeared in night clubs, motion pictures, Broadway musicals, opera and rock n’ roll concerts throughout North America and Europe, performing a variety of acts as a solo artist and with ensembles and backing bands. He presents a Sinatra show with style, class and authenticity.

Opening the show at 6 p.m. is Maia Santell and House Blend’s tribute to Billie Holiday, performing a selection of Billie Holiday’s greatest hits. Jazz and blues vocalist Santell and her band are a mainstay in the Northwest music scene and have performed for three decades at such leading venues as Jazz Alley, Muckleshoot Casino, The Gray Sky Blues Music Festival, The Spar, Jazzbones, Studio 6 Ballroom, Johnny’s Dock, The Swiss Pub and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Doug Bright, of Seattle’s Heritage Music Review, says, “Maia Santell is one of the Northwest’s most dynamic and refreshingly believable vocalists. Her phrasing is impeccable and her voice is warm and natural, totally free of contrived vocal theatricality. Supported by the seasoned musicians of House Blend, she offers one of the most brilliant sounds in the Northwest music scene.”

The Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show is presented by a community-based, volunteer-driven, non-profit 501C(3) organization called the Tacoma Events Commission, independent of the City of Tacoma. “It is a decades-old tradition for thousands of people to stroll along the Ruston Way Waterfront among 200 options that create two miles of smiles on Independence Day,” says Grape, executive director, who has been an organizer of this event for over 17 years. “They enjoy browsing restaurants, food and beverage booths, beer gardens, arts and crafts vendors, car show, pole vault event, kids’ fun zone, a sports park, commercial exhibits, and seven live entertainment areas that complement the spectacular Freedom Fair fireworks show. Members of the Tacoma Events Commission, and our volunteers, work all year for this annual event. We rely on the generosity of the community to help meet the financial and staffing needs required to produce one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the United States.”

Visit for details on how to donate or call (253) 507-9357.

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