Motopony at Alma Mater

Tacoma spawn Daniel Blue brings his outfit Motopony through town for an appearance at Alma Mater (1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma) Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. One dark night, while mourning the anniversary of the early death of his late mother Kathleen Antoinette, Blue reached for a broken guitar he had purchased some years earlier and leaned into it with all of his soul. “I had a great need for that guitar to release me from the despair and doom that I was feeling. Somehow I believed that this guitar also needed me to strip it of its extra strings and tune it in triad to the timbre of my untrained voice. We had a conversation, and in my grief, we fell deeply into love,” said Blue. That night he sang a poem he had not yet written, “Hero’s Lullaby” and came to call the guitar “Old Blue.” From that moment on, Blue threw everything he had and everything he was into song and music. The rest is history. Also appearing will be Plastic Picnic and Bath Toys.

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Friday, Sept. 28

AIRPORT TAVERN: D1 Experience: Zhanea, LaCario, Oue the Music, Kaleb Nash (R&B) 9 p.m.
ALMA MATER: Bryan John Appleby, Tomten, Silver Dollars (singer/songwriter, dream pop) 7 p.m.
ANNIE WRIGHT SCHOOLS: Songs from a Hidden Land (chamber music) 6:30 p.m.
BLEU NOTE LOUNGE: Norma Owens (jazz vocalist) 7 p.m.
JAZZBONES: Randy Oxford Blues Band (brassy blues) 8 p.m.
LOUIE G’S: Jamie Nova Sky Feat, Lauren Piston, The Morning After, Petey Normal, Jericho Hill, The Thrill, Crossing Crusades, The Revolving Bullets (rock) 5 p.m.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, EASTVOLD AUDITORIUM STAGE: Broadway Today! a musical revue (show tunes) 7:30 p.m.
THE PLAID PIG: My Life in Black and White, Kids on Fire, The Know Nothingz, PP (hardcore, punk, experimental) 9 p.m.
SHAKABRAH: Raanan Hershberg (comedy) 8 p.m.
STONEGATE: Decade Detour Band (classic rock) 9 p.m.
THE SWISS: Power Laces, The Weird Kits, Lotus Lynn (funk, dub, hip hop) 8 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Christopher Titus (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29

DOYLES PUBLIC HOUSE: 322 (innovative jazz) 9 p.m.
EMERALD QUEEN CASINO: Paul Rodgers (rock) 8:30 p.m.
JAZZBONES: Nite Wave (80s music) 9 p.m.
LOUIE G’S: Dead Rebel Saints, Helldorado, Late September Dogs (rock) 8 p.m.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, EASTVOLD AUDITORIUM STAGE: Broadway Today! a musical revue (show tunes) 7:30 p.m.
THE PLAID PIG: Beyond Theory, Massacre at the Opera, Clay City (metal) 9 p.m.
REAL ART TACOMA: Power Strip, Power Skeleton, Nauticult, Sweet Creature, Beverly Crusher, Cape Nowhere, Clyde Villain, Heathers Sweater (LGBTQ youth benefit) 5 p.m.
ROCK THE DOCK: Rockin Aces (rock) 8 p.m.
STINK CHEESE AND MEAT: Lady Mellow, Josh of the North (mellow arrangements, 70s covers) 7 p.m.
THE SWISS: The Retros (80s new wave tribute) 9 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Christopher Titus (comedy) 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
TACOMA CREPERIE: Keith Musig and Lynelle (singer/songwriter) 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, LAGERQUIST HALL: Nyaho Garcia Duo (classical piano) 3 p.m.
REAL ART TACOMA: Panoramic, Bath Toys, Phood, Bookchin (indie, punk) 8 p.m.
THE SPAR: Mike Jaap (blues) 7 p.m.
STONEGATE: Country Music Jam (jam) 3:30 p.m.
THE SWISS: The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra (jazz) 5 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Rachel Bradley (comedy) 7:30 p.m.
UNCLE SAM’S: Final Notice with Bob Evans (country, rock, bluegrass) 7 p.m.
UNITY OF SOUTH SOUND: Sarah Christine (Christian) 10 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 1

THE FORUM: The Happy Sinners (jazzy pop) 8:30 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Girls Night Out (male strippers) 7:30 p.m.
UNCLE SAM’S: CBC Band (jam) 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

ODD OTTER: Stephanie (singer/songwriter) 6 p.m.
METRONOME: Open Mic (open mic) 7 p.m.
STONEGATE: Blues Jam with Roger Williamson (blues) 8 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY: New Talent Tuesday (comedy) 8 p.m.
UNCLE SAM’S: SOB Band (jam) 7 p.m., NC
THE VALLEY: Rock n’ Roll Magic (rock) 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

AIRPORT TAVERN: OTR II (reggae) 9 p.m.
STONEGATE: The Blu Tonez (Texas rock blues) 8 p.m.
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic (comedy) 8 p.m.
UNCLE SAM’S: Subvinyl Jukebox, DBC Rock Jam (jam) 7 p.m., NC

Thursday, Oct. 4

THE PLAID PIG: Clonapalooza (rock) 8 p.m.
ROCK THE DOCK: Open Mic with Dustin (rock) 8 p.m.
STONEGATE: Power Rock Jam (rock jam) 8 p.m., NC
TACOMA COMEDY CLUB: Andy Woodhull (comedy) 7:30 p.m.
UNCLE SAM’S: Jerry Miller (rock, blues) 7 p.m.

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