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Sep. 6, 2008 at 6:05am

Music festival today in Ruston!

Good day, sunshine! Good day, sunshine!

More Tacoma music knowledge you should feel proud to know:


1 PM:
Voxxy Vallejo started as an online collaboration between Voxxy and Gene Vallejo. The two started writing together in April of 2007, and started playing live 3 months later when Voxxy relocated to Tacoma from Arizona. In the past year Voxxy Vallejo has put together a 2 hour live show, a self produced 13 track CD (anticipating an Oct 2008 release) become a 5 pc. Band, had at least 4 positive write ups in local press, 3 radio interviews, filmed a music video and with more than 30 booked shows and open mics, they have performed somewhere live, almost every week for this past year. All this dedication is evident if you watch them perform. They also receive regular rotation on a handful of radio webcasts. Have had most of their songs on reach number 1 or at least the top 10. V.V. currently has 25+ original songs and continue to write and be inspired regularly, and their second album is already half written. Their music is independent rock with a dash of blues and a southern kick. Something you must hear to truly appreciate. For more information, visit and

2:00 PM:
Kincaid Avenue is a powerhouse of rock and blues with a bit of a southern flavor featuring Jerry Wainhouse on drums and vocals, Dan Wall, bass and vocals, Lee Gregory, (formerly of famed NW band The Blue Baboons) ..boards and vocals, Ron Wallis on guitar and harmonica and Wendy Donaldson on vocals and percussion. The song list ranges from late 50's songs such as Slow Down and Mustang Sally, to more modern releases by Susan Tedeschi. They play everything from Janis Joplin to the Neville Brothers, the Beatles to Kenny Wayne Shephard. Each song is arranged carefully to bring authenticity to the sound and there are also twists to the songs that make them uniquely ours. Three and four part harmonies are a big part of our sound, showcased in songs such as Fire by the Pointer Sisters, Try a Little Tenderness by Three Dog Night, and many others. They also have a few new original numbers. Past shows include Jazzbones, the Tacoma Blues Fest and the Boeing Company Employee Appreciation Event. For more information, visit

3:00 PM:
The Malcolm Clark Band delivers a mix of Blues, Schmooze, Funk, Rockish Sorta Blend but not always in that order. The soulful, bluesy vocals are the key to the orchestration of this sought after NW Band. In 2006 The Weekly Volcano readers picked the Malcolm Clark Band as their favorite South Sound blues band. Guitarist Clark, bassist Mike Coucoules and drummer Mark Bertolio fuse Chicago blues with funk and Latin beats and crank out their versions of "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "All Along the Watchtower." Coucoules has fully recovered from his hit and run accident slappin' and pluckin' the hell out of his bass producing a deep funk. Malcolm Clark band was nominated by the Washington Blues Society for Best New Band in 2000 and the Kitsap Music Awards for Best Blues Band and Best Male Vocals in 2001.

4:00 PM:
Loose Gravel is a Tacoma, WA based hard-drivin' original and classic blues band that has been performing in the Puget sound area since 1992. It's leader and front man, Steve "Loose Gravel" Luhtala, Lead Singer/Songwriter, Guitar and Harmonica, is the main song writer and provides the heart and soul to the music of the band. The "King of the Tideflats", as he is known, got his nickname playing softball due to his deep 'gravelly' voice, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Howlin' Wolfe. The Quarry consists of four players including Steve Cooley on Lead Guitar, Rich Nesbitt on Bass, Johnny Burgess ..s and Gary Marcello on Drums. The band has played most of Tacoma's venues at one time or another and also many festivals including Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, Taste of tacoma and many other Blues Fests. They have two CD's available and are a "must have" and Loose gravel and the Quarry is a definite "must see"! See a Loose Gravel video blog for the Seattle P.I. at For more information, visit

5-7 PM:

Plus a blues jam from 5 to 7 pm! Come down and get down with your bad self!

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The Joshua Cain Band found their souls on the streets of urban Tacoma. You might play great music, but then the town finds you, strips you down, and makes you real. Pain and possibility seem to go hand in hand there, spinning tales that remind you that a song isn't really a song until you've lived it. The guys had been leading bands and playing rock n' roll for years and the stream of accomplishments was nothing to smirk at. Their music had received regular radio play and their songs were picked up by legendary stations and media networks. From their Columbia Tri-Star Release song to their feature on the hit WBTV show "One Tree Hill" the boys kept winning contests and pleasing fans. But coming off a national tour with their previous band they new it was time to head back home and really hear what that old town had to say to them. They were not disappointed. The history of the city cut its way into their hearts and bled out a new way of seeing the world. The old African Americans fighting for their community, the blue collar union workers fighting for their jobs, the homeless and displaced just tryin' to survive - the City of Destiny told its story well. The band sucked in the aroma and breathed out a whole new sound. Loaded with the influence of delta blues, negro spirituals, and countrified working man music, their rock n' roll would never be the same again. The response has been amazing, crossing generational, race, class, and genre boundaries. Half protest rally, half front porch music, it makes you want to shake your fist and stomp your feet at the same time. The great philosopher Rousseau once said, "Keeping citizens apart has become the first maxim of modern politics." The Joshua Cain Band aims to play music "that brings people together again." For more information, visit and

Renegade is very well rounded Progressive Country Band from The Tacoma Seattle area made up of Musicians that have warmed up for Nashville Recording acts, toured up and down the west coast into parts of Canada and several other states. Many of the members have played the local bar scene and have played many fairs and festivals over the years. Renegade is not a traditional old Country band but a high energy Progressive Country Band that will keep you on your toes. They play tunes from Garth Brooks to Allen Jackson to Lynryd Skynryd to Jason Aldean and The Eagles just to name a few. If you want to have a good time, come and see Renegade! You will be glad you did!! For more information, visit

Who are Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers? More and more music lovers are learning the answer: a locally loved Seattle band that's earning a nationwide following with each and every show it plays of its honest, original music fused with synergy, sugar, sweat and soul. The 5-year-old four-piece combo led by beautifully flamboyant front woman, songwriter and lead vocalist Ruby Dee Philippa and master guitarist Jorge Harada, supported by Sean Hudson on electric bass and Kipp Crawford on drums and frequent guest artists onstage and in the studio plays an Americana that encompasses Northwest alt-country, Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield country, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.After almost constant touring for two years, including dates across all of America and in Europe, the band's been in the studio again with producer Conrad Uno, finishing its second full-length CD (and fourth overall), MILES FROM HOME, due for release by Dionysus Records on June 24. Two of Ruby's songs for the new CD, the fast-paced rockabilly "Don't Need a Man" and the melancholy but beautiful love song "Round and Round," are already being demanded by fans at live shows. Another, "Cold Pines & Red Dirt," earned second-place honors in Songwriter magazine's recent competition. It reflects a new depth and more maturity in her writing and what Ruby calls "a more masterful approach by Harada with his guitar and the spaces in between."The band plans a series of CD release shows mid-summer and a national tour in early fall to support the new recording and will continue to deliver its sound to capacity crowds in clubs, rodeos, county fairs and festivals, and private parties. Additionally, members of The Snakehandlers are set to move to Austin at the end of the year.Right off the bat, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers was voted Best Band in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer People's Picks in 2005 and Best Signed Band in the People's Picks 2006. The band also earned the 2007 Los Angeles Music Award for Best Country Group with Vocals for its song "Now I Want You (Out of My Head)."The music grew on audiences and a combination of Ruby's singing and songwriting informed by her childhood spent between the no-longer-wild foothills of Northern California and the long, straight roads around Big Spring, Texas; her time escaping to South America, driving a truck, working Alaskan fishing boats and the like; and band members' heroes: Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Los Lobos, Stray Cats, Merle Haggard and more.Immediately, fans of Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers live shows demanded something to take home, which led to the five-song EP CD, FIVE FOR THE ROAD (released in 2003 and still selling online), and the Uno-produced full-length NORTH OF BAKERSFIELD, which has earned a lot of airplay in the United States, Europe and Australia and charted two tracks, "Who is She?" and "I Remember You," on the European Americana list."Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers make a sweet honky-tonk country racket that's perfect for long road trips, lazy afternoons and jumpin' and jivin' at the corner bar," says "If you like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, X or any combination thereof, you'll immediately recognize the band as kindred souls. If you don't like those great artists, guess what? You may end up dancing to The Snakehandlers anyway, despite yourself. The band's that good.

Kari Ehli is a child of the new country music revolution- riding the edge of blues, country and rock, blending them nicely to form an analogous whole that is distinctive yet reminiscent of titans in music history. 25 year-old Kari Ehli delivers soulful and heartfelt performances of her own eclectic blend of music, resulting in the perfect trifecta of Blues, Rock, and Country music influence. With a distinctive sound and edge, her band supports one of the sweetest sounding- yet powerful voices you will ever hear!Born and raised in Lacey Washington, Kari was poised to take in a variety of musical influences which helped her to arrive at her own style. Taking in the best of Rock, Country and Blues, she would go on to create an amalgam of these styles reflective of her upbringing. Moving to Montana during her teens and then to Puyallup Washington later, Kari found herself performing to disparate audiences of music enthusiasts, bring a little of each to the other, and eventually blending these styles for a distinctive, yet organic sound. Kari began her recording career at age 14, and is no stranger to the recording studio. Currently recording an album, Kari is signed to Mydnyte Records, and is planning an autumn release of an album of new material that will be distributed nation wide. The Kari Ehli Band is currently performing as the opening act for "2112 – A Tribute to RUSH", and is appearing in many nightclubs, casinos, and on concert stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. For more information, visit

Voodoo Ranch call themselves "ALT COUNTRY BOYS WITH AN ATTITUDE.." This all star cast consists of Phil Wood, Pat Boyle, John Fox and David Mark Smith. Boyle and Fox are both former members of the famed NW band Blue Baboons. For more information, visit



Stephanie Johnson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and has been playing music in the Puget Sound area for the last ten years. She has been performed at the Shakabrah, Malarkey’s, The Usual, The One Heart Café, the Mandolin Café, The Mat Hat, Jazzbones, the Kickstand, the Antique Sandwich Company,  Panamonica’s and various other local venues including outdoor festivals such as Tacoma’s Urban Arts festival. She recently won second place in the Best of Show Singer/Songwriter shoot out hosted by Lakewood’s Mocha Moo coffee house. She is a soulful singer with a unique and playful approach to songwriting. She has yet to release a full length album. For more information, visit

Joshua Adams is a singer/songwriter melding his style of acoustic pop music with a jam band feel.  Born and raised on the east coast, in 2000 Joshua Adams transplanted himself here in Washington.  He has since performed in venues from Tacoma, WA. to Atlanta, Ga. but calls Tacoma, home.  He's an acoustic force on the horizon. Keep an eye and ear out for The Joshua Adams Band!  Performing at a venue near you! For more information, visit

Gavin Guss - The Gavin Guss sound might be described as one part Beatles blended with one part Broadway, poured over a cold glass of indie rocks.  His often moody songs conjure images of Tacoma, his hometown. Gavin made his name in the Seattle music scene in the late 90s as a producer (Super Deluxe), then front man for his bands TubeTop and the Tycoons (featuring Chris Ballew).  Recently, he has been recording a solo album while on break from touring the world as keyboardist with Brooklyn's Nada Surf. He has also been known to play with other Seattle bands like Harvey Danger among others. For more information, visit and 

The Blondes are a five-piece acoustic band consisting of  three, four and five-part harmonies covering songs by much-loved artists like Bob Dylan, Everly Bros., The Eagles, Beatles, Johnny Cash,  Marshall Tucker Band, and many others. The band includes notable NW musicians: Mark Leibel on guitar and vocals, Michael Mitchell on Guitar and vocals, Ed Perez on guitar and vocals, Jeff Sopher on guitar and vocals and Mark Wagner on guitar and vocals. For more information, visit


Point Defiance Music Fest is on 51st St & Pearl in Ruston/Tacoma WA. The festival runs from 11 am to 8 pm. Admission is free. It is family friendly with a large kid zone by Carnival Time.

Our sponsors are The Weekly Volcano, The Commencement, Point Ruston, Pierce County, Town of Ruston and City of Tacoma.

This event is hosted by the Ruston Business District.

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