‘Drive the Blues Away’

Tacoma event will feature live music as well as tastings from distilleries, wineries and breweries on Feb. 24. Photo courtesy of AAT

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring a vibrant future for the collector car pastime, will kick off its 2018 Signature Event season with a bash at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on Feb. 24.

“Drive the Blues Away,” which has been held at ACM for the past three years, has become a staple event in Tacoma that brings together car and music enthusiasts to celebrate the end of winter with live music, and tastings from local distilleries, wineries and breweries. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 500 guests.

The 21-and-over event will feature music from Hit Explosion, Incendio and Junkyard Jane. Refreshments will be provided by Balvenie, Elysian Brewing, Hedges, Heritage Distilling, Sidetrack Distillery and Suntory Whisky, among others.

“‘Drive the Blues Away’ is a great chance for locals and visitors to come out for a night that celebrates our country’s great motoring pastime and enjoy music from greater Seattle-area bands,” said AAT CEO Adam Langsbard. “Car enthusiasts look forward to being able to take their cars out on the road as the weather warms up, and we certainly want to kick-start this year’s driving season.”

Visitors to “Drive the Blues Away” will also get access to ACM’s vast car collection, which features displays like “Route 66: Low & Slow” – a collection of lowriders from the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington – and an exhibit of exotics, supercars and hypercars in the “Exotics@ACM” display space.

“Drive the Blues Away” will also include a raffle as part of the event with prizes including a Carrera Calibre 16 by TAG Heuer and a pair of tickets to Shania Twain at the Tacoma Dome on May 3. Tickets will be available at the event for $20 each or six for $100.

General admission tickets are available for $40 and include admission and six tasting tokens; VIP tickets are $65 and include 10 tasting tokens, early admission to the event and complimentary parking. To purchase general admission tickets, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9nypduz. To purchase VIP tickets, go to https://tinyurl.com/yb9xlg3r.

More information on “Drive the Blues Away” can be found at www.americascarmuseum.org/event/drive-blues-away.

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