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This Weekend: Sound on the Sound Presents Pipsisewah, Lower Lights Burning, Rogue Valley

14 Oct

Friday: Sound on the Sound Presents Pipsisewah (7″ release), The Golden Blondes, Dude York

Pipsisewah

Our friends at Sound on the Sound have put together a rocking lineup for their monthly showcase at the theater. This time around we have Pipsisewah and the release of their new 7″. Rounding out the bill are The Golden Blondes and Dude York.

9pm // $5 // Tickets available at the door

Saturday: Lower Lights Burning (record release), Kris Doty (Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives, Kelli Schaefer), Hannah Williams (Youth Rescue Mission)

Saturday we play host to another record release party as Lower Lights Burning headline the night. Supporting them on the bill is a couple solo performances by members of some fantastic NW bands. Kris Doty (bassist for Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives and Kelli Schaefer) will pick up the guitar for a set of her solo work and Hannah Williams (of Youth Rescue Mission) starts the night off.

9pm // $7 // Tickets

Sunday: Rogue Valley, Sean Neil, The Parade Schedule


Rogue Valley


Finish out the weekend with the dreamy indie folk band out of Minneapolis band, Rogue Valley. Sean Neil will play main support and Matt Kinder’s powerful songwriting opens the night with his band The Parade Schedule.

8pm // $6 // Tickets available at the door

Thursday: Gigs4Good present Curtains For You, Kelli Schaefer

29 Jun

Team Up for Nonprofits & KEXP presents Gigs4Good #7 featuring Curtains For You and Kelli Schaefer benefiting Arts Corps.

Come and experience a great night of music for a cause with two very talented bands from the Pacific North West.  Seattle’s Curtains for You, who have just released their third album, will be supported by Portland’s rising star Kelli Schaefer to benefit Arts Corps at one of Seattle’s most majestic live music venues, The Columbia City Theater.

Arts Corps mission is to promote student learning through nationally recognized arts education programs, community collaboration and advocacy. Arts Corps was founded in 2000 to address the inequities in our educational system that limit opportunities for low-income and underserved youth. Each year, they bring dynamic arts learning programs to more than 2,000 young people at 40 schools, community centers, residential treatment centers and low income housing sites. Their classes are proven to build creative habits such as imagining possibilities, reflection, persistence, critical thinking, discipline  skills that are increasingly tied to student achievement in school and to college and career readiness.  This Gigs4Good concert will directly support Arts Corps’ arts education program for youth. Arts Corps offers subsidies of up to 40% to the majority of our partners – schools and community centers serving primarily youth who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch. The rest of our costs must be raised through private funds.  At Arts Corps, they know that creativity is opportunity. Together, we can give young people their opportunity to soar.

Curtains For You, a five-piece band from Seattle, harmonize thoughtful lyrics over upbeat piano and ragtime tinged pop.  They have just released their 3rd full-length album, After Nights Without Sleep on the independent label Spark and Shine.  The band has been hard at work in 2011, opening a sold-out show for The Head and the Heart, playing throughout the region from Portland to Bellingham, making their debut television performance on New Day Northwest, receiving regular airplay from KEXP and headlining their own sold-out show at the Columbia City Theatre in mid-May.

Portland’s Kelli Schaefer is known to hush a noisy bar and turn all of the heads in the room. Her most obvious quality is the voice she was born with – a smooth, hypnotic tone, with a deeply soulful growl, but that’s not to say she is just a girl born with a good voice. She has worked hard to develop songwriting prowess which combined with the fact that she has something deeply personal to say has produced both an incredible album titled “Ghost of the Beast” and performances that witnesses rave about.

Team Up for Nonprofits mission is to build capacity for nonprofit organizations by cultivating a new generation of engaged supporters through the power of music and social media. Our Gigs4Good benefits raise funds and awareness for the nonprofits we partner with and provide an entertaining and accessible opportunity for people to support organizations making a difference.  With Team Up you buy the tickets, we bring the music, nonprofits get the money!

A huge thank you to Zebigo for sponsoring this event.  Without our sponsors Team up could not produce our Gigs4Good events so we hope you will support them in return.

7:30pm // $20 advance – $25 day of – $15 with student ID // Tickets

Six Bands, Six New Albums: Columbia City Theater is the place for record release shows

2 Feb

This weekend will be the first of six record release shows in as many weeks happening at the Columbia City Theater. We are honored to be the venue of choice by such exceptional talent for their special nights. Here’s a rundown of record release shows that we’re so very excited about over the next couple months. I’m sure there will be a lot of people wondering, as KEXP asked recently, “Is there any way to buy a season-pass to the Columbia City Theater?”

Friday, 2.4: Ivan and AlyoshaFathers Be Kind EP

Sound on the Sound Presents
w/ Curtains For You, If Bears Were Bees
9pm // $8 // Tickets

Saturday, 2.5: Campfire OKStrange Like We Are



Campfire Ok at Oddfellows from Christian Sorensen Hansen on Vimeo.

w/ Koko & The Sweetmeats, Bryan John Appleby
9pm // $10 // Tickets

Friday, 2.18: Yuni in TaxcoSanpaku


w/ Feral Children, Ocean Age
9pm // $10 adv – $12 day of show // Tickets

Friday, 2.25: Kelli SchaeferGhost of the Beast


w/ Joseph Giant, Ships
9pm // $8 //  Tickets

Saturday, 2.26: HotelsOn the Casino Floor


w/ The Royal Bear, The Devil Whale, DJ Marco Collins
8:30pm // $10 adv – $12 day of show // Tickets

Saturday, 3.5: Youth Rescue MissionYouth Rescue Mission


Youth Rescue Mission’s debut album was recorded at The Bani-Love, the recording studio at Columbia City Theater!!!

w/ Grand Hallway, Heatwarmer
9pm // $10 // Tickets

Tonight: Special Guests Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives join Kelli Schaefer

2 Oct

An amazing lineup just got better with the last minute announcement that Drew Grow and the Pastors’s Wives will be backing Kelli Schaefer tonight at the Columbia City Theater. Last time Kelli played our stage she commanded a full house with her captivating vocals before rousing the entire room to sing along with her infectious choruses. To have her label-mates the Pastors’ Wives as her backing band will undoubtedly be an experience we’ll be talking – and blogging – about for a while. Here’s a video from her performance at one of our Grand Opening shows:

Bookended by the Kaylee Cole and People Eating People there’ll be no shortage of powerful voices and talented songwriters on stage tonight.

9 pm / $10 / 21+

Thursday Night Spin Class: Adam, Doug and Katie from the Warehouse

30 Jun

A couple weeks ago Jeremiah Hayden, drummer for Kelli Schaefer and Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives, sat down to chat with our very first Thursday Night Spin Class DJs Adam Ydstie, Doug Stoeckicht, and Katie Lowery – the folks behind The Warehouse. The closing of their venue – and home – was a tragic loss to Tacoma’s music scene, but the Warehouse lives on as Adam, Doug and Katie have continued to put on incredible all-ages shows at various venues as they search for their new permanent home. So come down to the Bourbon Bar this Thursday to enjoy some of our specialty drinks and hear these guys play some of their favorite tunes. We serve Tutta Bella pizza as well!

photo by Andrew Waits


Jeremiah Hayden: Okay, so we have Adam, Doug, and Katie, from The Warehouse.

Adam Ydstie: The Warehouse as it stands.

JH: Yeah, whatever that means, right? This was formerly a venue that I had played on a few occacsions, and had loved to play, and most of all the sense of what a promoter should be doing for artists who come into their venue is what really struck me. We got paid, which was amazing. There was food there for us. There was a schedule that was abided by and those all seemed like very important things to you – that artists feel comfortable when they come in. And then somebody ruined it.

Katie Lowery: Yep. Pretty much.

AY: Yeah, some old guy that didn’t really get what we were doing. He was the landlord and he felt like we were getting too much publicity and were too much of a liability so he ordered us to vacate. For those who don’t know, it was actually our residence. It was a 3000 foot warehouse in downtown Tacoma so we actually got to live in the space and hold events there. So now that we got kicked out we’re moving from venue to venue.

JH: And you’re looking for a permanent spot, right?

AY: Ideally, that’s what we’d like.

Doug Stoeckict: Yeah. As it stands right now we’re jumping from space to space but we’ve also got some big community partners like the City of Tacoma and Spaceworks, which is a current program and initiative of Shunpike which is, I think, based in Seattle, right?

KL: Puget Sound

DS: Puget Sound. They’re actually, for the next six months, going to give us a space to use for free to help ourselves expand and help them expand the program. So we’ll be able to start producing more shows in a space we can call our own and actually start creating an environment almost to what we had before, which is ideally what we’d like to be in the future.

JH: An all ages space?

AY: Yeah, no question about that.

KL: That’s always been a goal of ours. To bring music to all ages. Music is for everyone and not just the 21 and over. Everyone deserves to hear good music and in Tacoma you don’t get that and that’s what we’ve really strived to do – to provide music for all ages.

AY: I mean, I look at my youth and when I was 16 I got to go to an awesome show by myself and in many ways the reason I love music to this day – the reason I play music and promote shows – I trace back to those early years when I was able to go to kick-ass shows in downtown Minneapolis. But kids in Tacoma don’t really have that option. There’s just a couple all-ages venues but they’re very isolated in their genre and not really branching out. But kids in Tacoma don’t know that there’s even this opportunity for them because there so used to not having a venue to go to that most of our crowd right now is 21+ but we’re really working hard to promote to the youth.

JH: So that’s next, opening a new space.

AY: That’s next. And we’ve got a big show coming up here on July 15.

JH: That’s my birthday.

DS: Well, you can come for free.

AY: Yeah, that’s our gift to you. (Laughs) We’ve got The Head and the Heart, who are blowing up in Seattle right now. They really want to do a show down here. They just played the Round which is another great thing happening in Tacoma and I know Seattle’s got that too. And then we’ve got a band from Modesto, CA called Not an Airplane that is coming up so really it’s pretty amazing that we’ve been doing this 6 or 8 months and the draw that we’re having from bands is pretty incredible. To have a band from California and to be contacted by bands in Minnesota and the east coast already is pretty cool and encouraging.

KL: It’s nice knowing that the work we’re doing is paying off and that we want bands to feel welcome in Tacoma and if that’s what we can provide it just means a whole lot to us. I mean, when I found out a band from Minnesota said “We want to come play for you,” I was thinking, “What!?”

DS: The ridiculous story with that band that is that I actually went to high school with one of the guys who had no idea I was even out in this city. When he contacted us I had just heard about them and actually bought their cd on iTunes and I was like, “Really? Shut up.”

JH: Yeah, the music community, I think, just get’s smaller and smaller all the time.

AY: I say that about Tacoma and I think that one of the benefits is that Tacoma makes the world smaller. It’s incredible how connected people are and how by a few degrees of separation people know each other from around the country. It’s a really networked city and surprisingly open to outsiders willing to come in and love Tacoma because a lot of people think Tacoma is a hard city to love. And that’s primarily…

JH: Because of traffic?

AY: (Laughs) Yeah, because of traffic. And the smell and all those things that really aren’t true. It’s a great community down here and we love this city and so we want to give something to her and we love the music and think that Tacoma deserves high-quality bands coming through town.

DS: Yeah, it’s really interesting having Seattle north of us and Olympia and Portland south of us, all cities that have great music, and yet the same vibe to them. You know, it would be amazing if all four cities could connect with each other and network and bring the same shows so we could all work together. The type of music we could do in the Pacific Northwest would be amazing.

AY: I’ve been amazed we’ve actually had a group of people from Ballard, this epicenter of music, coming to our shows. If I lived in Ballard I’d probably stay in Ballard, you know, but for some reason we’re doing something that they’re really attracted to and they’re committed to coming to our shows and like the bands that we book. So it’s pretty cool to see that.

JH: Well, it’s different too. There’s a thing that’s behind the thing. The second thing being shows that are happening and the first being, it seems, the attitude that goes into that, the care for what’s going to happen at the show and what sort of moments that you’ll create for people.

DS: Yeah, we were just in Seattle and met with a really good band called Pablo Trucker and chatted up with them. And the one place they had a experience with here in Tacoma they were kinda done with. They had heard about us a little bit and they were excited to network with us this summer and try to get out here for a show. It’s really cool for us to hear these established places that have been around for a long time, that have a name in the community and people know they can go there for music, you know, and these bands that are bringing people to these events are saying, “No. We got treated like crap.”

JH: Right.

DS: The fact that we are so gung-ho and always making sure there’s a home-cooked meal and there’s a space for the bands to relax and that we can treat them just like family, that’s so vitally important to the music scene. And for the artists that travel so many hours of the day just to come play music for a few hours that’s really important. If only we can feel some of the stuff they go through. And if they need a place to stay, we’ll find a place for them to spend the night, too. You know, it’s about them and making sure they’re taken care of. It’s really what we’re about.

JH: Well, I think you guys are doing a great job.

AY, DS & KL: Thanks.

Drew Grow and The Pastors’ Wives Play this Saturday!

22 Jun

If you’re having trouble deciding which FREE Grand Opening show to see these next two weekends (you really should just go to all four), here’s another video featuring one of the amazing acts that will grace our stage. Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives will be playing this Saturday, June 26, along with fellow Portlander Kelli Schaefer and Seattle’s own Grand Hallway. This is guaranteed to be a riveting and powerful evening of music so don’t be surprised if you witness a few tears shed. I’ve seen it happen myself on more than one occasion with these guys.

Enjoy and see you this weekend!

Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives Promo from Columbia City Theater on Vimeo.

Kelli Schaefer plays our stage!

27 May

Kelli Schaefer was kind enough to stop by our theater on a recent trip up from Portland.  The beautiful singer/songwriter spent an afternoon on our stage playing heartfelt songs to an empty room during our remodel.  It was a surreal experience and lucky enough, we had the cameras rolling.

Kelli Schaefer will be opening our second FREE Grand Opening show on June 26th. Be sure to come early as to not miss out on this jewel of a musician from Portland.