Summer Concert Series at the Foss Waterway Public Amphitheatre


The Friends of the Foss proudly presents the first Summer Concert Series at the Foss Waterway Public Amphitheatre. The concert series kicks off on Fathers Day, June 17 at 1 p.m., with Michael Powers.
The Friends of the Foss – comprised of members of the Tacoma Waterfront Association, Foss Waterway Development Authority, Port of Tacoma and waterfront residents and businesses – has been working hard on bringing the Summer Concert Series along the Foss Waterway’s public esplanade. The Friends of the Foss plans to develop new activities and recreational opportunities along the Foss Waterway, focusing on youth-oriented events.
An all ages “Diversity of Tacoma” themed chalk art contest will follow the first three concerts in the Foss Waterway Summer Concert Series. Chalk and space will be provided; just bring your talent. All art will be photographed and added to the chalk art website ( for the community to enjoy and vote on by age group. The results and prizes will be announced following the final concert in the series on Sept. 16.
All concerts take place at the Foss Waterway Public Amphitheatre, which is located on the water side of the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.
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Foss Waterway Concert Series Schedule:

Sunday, June 17, 1 p.m.
Jazz Guitarist Michael Powers with Reed Elementary Students opening
Powers was born in New York City in 1960, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His musical career began as therapy, when at the age of 15 he took up strumming the guitar to strengthen his wrist after a skateboard accident. Following his graduation from Berkeley High School when he was 15½, he moved to Seattle and frequented local jam sessions, keeping his fingers on the guitar strings and his mind on making his music reach a wider audience. Says Powers, “I learned how to play by sitting in at as many places as I could, developing eclectic tastes by playing with all types of bands: jazz, rock, blues, R&B, and top 40.

Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Tara Tinsley with opener Jakob Jess
Tinsley is a Nashville based singer/songwriter who has been compared to artists like Miranda Lambert and Blondie, all the while maintaining a fresh, unique sound that can definitely be heard in her newest 2017 release, “Meet Me Halfway.” She moved to California in 2002 to pursue music, acting, and modeling. After spending many successful years in the sunny, beautiful state, she decided to dive deeper into her music and songwriting career by moving to Nashville in 2012. Throughout the years, Tinsley has been building up a diverse and loyal fan base in the United States and other parts of the world. She has written more than 300 songs and released four full length albums, including one live album. She has opened for acts such as Smashmouth, Sister Hazel, Augustana, David Benoit, and Boston, demonstrating her musical diversity.

Sunday, Aug., 19, 12:45 p.m.
The Happy Sinners with opener Sister Madame
With Sam on drums and guitar (presumably not at the same time) and voluptuous Plum singing vocals, this joyful Tacoma combo plays music that makes you feel good. They perform traditional jazz and folksy blues.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.
Jakob Jess
Jess, slide guitarist for Ten Miles of Bad Road, brings his booming voice and guitar pyrotechnics to center stage with the Jakob Jess Band.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.
Sister Madame
Married musicians Laurel Lundgren (lead vocals) and June Nelson (guitar) began their vision for Sister Madame when they met at age 15. Ten years later, they (along with drummer Chad Russell) are bringing to life shimmering and visceral stories of vengeance, mental illness, past lives and queer love. With dynamic vocal harmonies and a blues-influenced spin on acoustic rock, their signature sound hearkens back to the spirit of folk troubadours of yore.

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  1. Sam of The Happy Sinners does, in fact, play guitar and drums at the same time. Come check us out to see how.

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