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Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Timothy Thomas McNeely


Music Rises at CATHEDRALS: Tacoma

A new concert series, CATHEDRALS: Tacoma, was launched in March. The second in that series will take place on Friday, July 27 at 8 pm. David Bazan, Kevin Sur (of Indian Valley Line), and Pretty Broken Things will perform at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, each backed by the Passenger String Quartet.

The first show in this series, featuring Pickwick, The Maldives and Pearly Gate Music, was a thorough success (read our review here). The bands filled the hall with passionate music, delivered with more than merely a wink for the unconventional venue.

On July 27, the surprise of attending a rock concert in a church may might be heightened, if only because David Bazan will be playing. The former frontman of Pedro the Lion has always wrestled with Christian themes in his music; but in the last few years, his plain-as-Hemingway lyrics display a marked shift in his perspective. Frank confessions, such as those in “People”, from his 2011 album Strange Negotiations, are stark reminders of his personal journey away from so-called indie Christian music.

David Bazan

David Bazan

Supporting Bazan on the bill, Kevin Sur will bring his folk-traditionalist and bluegrass stylings to the mix, with sweet ballads and a practiced, cracked voice. Pretty Broken Things, is led by Katie Costello, whose plaintive melodies are powered by vocals reminiscent of Cat Power. Passenger String Quartet, led by Andrew Joslyn, will provide accompanying arrangements for all three performers.

All in one evening: one of the icons of local independent music (Bazan), one of the biggest local promoters of said music (Kevin Sur helped found the Doe Bay Festival and Artist Home), one great up-and-coming group (Pretty Broken Things – watch Damien Jurado talk about how he was “handed his ass” by the songwriting from this band), and accompaniment drawing on the strong wave of strings players now in the Northwest.

This will be a lovely night out in Tacoma. We hope to see you there.

CATHEDRALS: Tacoma is a production of the Broadway Center For the Performing Arts. now. To purchase tickets call the box office at (253) 591-5894, toll-free at 1 (800) 291-7593, in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District, or at their website. Pro tip: visiting the box office or calling will save you money on fees. All ages are welcome for $16.

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About the Author

Most days, Timothy Thomas McNeely leads federal and state education program reviews for the State of Washington. Born in Tacoma, he studied poetry and philosophy in Canada and the United Kingdom. He is editor of the Community and Literature sections for Post Defiance, and writes poetry and prose whenever he can. He and his family live in Tacoma. Find him on Twitter as @ttmcneely.

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