Published on July 13th, 2013 | by Editorial Staff


Post Defiance Celebrates Two Years: A Conservatory Concert

Continuing tradition from our first anniversary, Post Defiance follows the Wright Park Picnic with the second party stop of our annual August celebration: the Conservatory Concert, presented by Hilltop Kitchen, Diecut Stickers, Lively, The Warehouse, and Bluebeard Coffee.

Post Def Conservatory Concert Artists

On August 17 at 7 pm experience incredible performances by William Jordan, Apartment Lights, Rockwell Powers, and Lobsana in the incomparable and gorgeous W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory.

Enjoy Hilltop Kitchen cocktails and light refreshments, and Bluebeard Coffee in the Conservatory while listening to some of the best music Tacoma has to offer. This intimate event is limited to only 60 tickets so make sure to secure yours soon. $30 gives you access to the concert and a drink ticket, see all event ticket options here.

The Post Defiance anniversary event is our opportunity to share what we love about Tacoma. This party is also our primary means of raising funds to support the contributors and the operations of our all-volunteer-run nonprofit magazine. Your participation and contribution means the world to us and shows us that our efforts celebrating and exploring Tacoma mean something to you too.

William Jordan; photo by Maurice Taylor

William Jordan; photo by Maurice Taylor

The Artists

Our headliner William Jordan should be familiar to longtime Post Defiance readers. William is one-half of the Tacoma-based hip hop/R&B songwriting team The Writer’s Block, crafters of many popular recent chart toppers including the Nicki Minaj hit Fly. William splits his time between writing, recording, and touring, and the hard work is paying off. William Jordan’s career has skyrocketed in the past year as he works to find his place in the spotlight. With a polished yet affecting voice, William incorporates R&B, hip hop, and soul, resulting in a signature sound that defines his own heartfelt and infectious melodies.

Apartment Lights

Grace Sullivan/Apartment Lights; still by Kris Crews

Apartment Lights is musician Grace Sullivan, a well-known Tacoma chanteuse who captivates through her poignant, stirring songs. The White River, her debut EP,  is a haunting, deliberate, and symbolic study of connections, strength, and growth. Don’t let this contemplative perspective fool you; Grace is more than an enchanting talent. This winning performer’s on-stage banter betrays her self-deprecating humor, making her a Post Defiance favorite.

Rockwell Powers

Rockwell Powers; photo by Scott Haydon

Rockwell Powers is a Tacoma hip hop treasure, uniting socially conscious anthems with a fun-loving, indie aesthetic. His assured, rounded vocal delivery paired with producer DJ Phinisey’s melody-forward mid tempo beats prove irresistible, encouraging call and response and head bobbing. Off stage, Rockwell Powers is committed to promoting and supporting local arts and hip hop, helping other Tacoma artists make a name and find a place for themselves.

Lobsana by Chuck's Band Shoots

Lobsana/Anna Moore by Chuck Scheuerman

Post Defiance is excited to share a new musical talent, Lobsana: the electronic music project from Anna Moore. A young, emerging local artist, Anna synthesizes her voice with intricate layers of hypnotizing sound, crafting dreamy pop abstractions. There are just three songs on her bandcamp page but at her recent live show Anna debuted a full set of mesmerizing compositions, inspiring much excitement for her upcoming EP. Lobsana is definitely one to watch.

The Venue

Built in 1908, the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is one of only three Victorian-style conservatories on the West Coast. A nationally recognized architectural and historic jewel, its botanicals and programming enthrall us and all visitors daily. And did you know that the Conservatory also houses a remarkable permanent collection comprising over 200 tropical and subtropical plants from over 50 different plant families? Conservatory staff and volunteers protect this important resource, providing species for research and serving as a bank of germplasm for threatened and endangered species. Amazing.

The Sponsors

Our thanks to Hilltop KitchenDiecut StickersLively, The Warehouseand Bluebeard Coffee. Because of their support you will enjoy refreshments, hear the artists, have access to live video and audio recordings of the Conservatory Concert, and will know who is throwing the party thanks to beautiful banners and stickers.

All of us at Post Defiance are thrilled at how this show has come together and we cannot wait to share it with you.

Make sure to check out the information about our final Post Defiance Anniversary party stop: A Defiant Dance!


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