Events

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY w/ ’80s INVASION

Come ring in 2018 with 80’s Invasion and your friends here at The Swiss! Grab your favorite friends and get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets to secure your spot at our Black & White 80’s Spectacular! Dance the night away to the feelgood music that defined the sound of the 80s: pulsating techno, danceable pop, quirky new wave and crossover rock.

80s Invasion takes the music of the ’80s very seriously. This is the music we listened to on our original Sony walkmen, the bands whose names we stenciled on our pee-chees, jeans, Nikes, and in some cases, all over town. When MTV first came around, these were the bands whose videos we watched all night at our friends’ houses, and the first concerts we went to. Some of our most memorable experiences (ahem) occurred listening to these songs.

Fireball toast @ midnight & drink specials all night long! When you arrive you’ll be given raffle ticket. PRIZES on the hour starting at 9pm ’til 1am.

OLD SCHOOL FELLAS @9pm

OLD SCHOOL FELLAS :  Mix a bit of Funk, Hip-Hop and R&B playing the best of the 70’s through tomorrow, Old School and New Groove music

Born out of the need to bring a new and improved music experience, Old School Fellas serenades audiences with melodies that are undeniably infectious. Made up of nine members – four phenomenal vocalists backed by a five-piece ultra-funky band – this group leaves party-goers wanting more. These dedicated musicians all possess many years of experience individually, which are completely focused on making each performance a memorable one.

MONTREUX @9pm

Stay young and ROCK HARD! Join us Friday, December 29th for Montreux! Classic rock that really ROCKS! Kick off the New Year’s Weekend right!

M.T. TANK AND THE GAS GUZZLERS @ 9:00pm

M.T. TanK and the Gas Guzzlers are bringin’ ya’ll some good ol’ Outlaw Country and Southern Rock, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and much, much more. Every last Thursday of the month they will be raising hell at The Swiss!

STRANGELY ALRIGHT, DARBY PICNIC, AVENGERS UK @9pm

STRANGELY ALRIGHT and DARBY PICNIC, AVENGERS UK  they’ll share their ear candy and play Christmas songs to make it truly the best time of the year!

Take Weezer and sprinkle with some Bowie, Recovery, Peace and Love and then add confessional lyrics ala John Lennon and you have the colorful indie rock of STRANGELY ALRIGHT,that has, as Rockford Rowley from The Weekly Volcano says, “an undeniable emotional appeal. Ringing, triumphant chords and lyrics that allude to conquered tribulations immediately make the music relatable to everyone. Time can have a tricky way of beating people down and telling them to forget who they wanted to be and who they are. The fact that some members of the STRANGELY clan are in recovery brings to mind the reality that people can find what was once lost.


So Regan’s 80’s pop star experience, Ken Schaff”s driving hard rock influences, Jason Bair’s rocking military precision on drums, Ray Hayden’s keyboard crush on all things prog rock, Sean Van Dommelen’s crunchy white boy blues and Troy Moss’s southern tinged leads all collide together creating their unique raw, energetic, sound deep seated with emotion. Lane’s charismatic presence and ability to get asses out of their seats and the underlying lyrical messages of hope, empathy, and love make each new catchy STRANGELY ALRIGHT song an audience favorite!

DARBY PICNIC   Take a little Power Pop, a bit of Punk, a smidge of Americana, and a willingness to do whatever strikes the fancy, and you get Darby Picnic. Started in 2014 by Lee Gregory, DP is a five piece band from the Pacific NW that classifies themselves as Post Medieval Psychedelia. There are at least three songwriters in the band – Lee on Keys and vocals, Kent Beatty on guitar and vocals, and Troy Moss, also guitar and vocals. Rounding out the band are Terry Hickey on bass, and Rickie Ray Heinzman on drums.

AVENGERS UK   Hometown musicians paying tribute to the British Invasion. Veteran band members James Cook, Tod Sharon, Jeff Noyes and Steve Senna rock British classics.

THE KAREEM KANDI BAND (JAZZ) @ 4:30pm (FREE)

“Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that.“ Kareem Kandi will also be accompanied by Sonya Murphy Accord, Greg Feingold and Adam Kessler.

The Weekly Volcano

Live Jazz
all ages welcome
no cover charge

Kareem Kandi – saxophone

www.kareemkandi.com

KRYBOYS @ 9pm

KRYBOYS are the Seattle areas premier cover band offering the highest quality live misic
experience around. From the flash of the lights and lasers to the most energetic,
best sounding performance, a night out with KRYBOYS leaves you with the epic sensation
of a full on rock concert.

CHINA DAVIS 20TH ANNIVERSARY w PIG SNOUT @9pm

Please join us in celebrating 20 years since CHINA DAVIS’ first music release!

CHINA DAVIS recorded their “Entrance” ep in August of 1997 with the help of Jefferson Angell (Walking Papers, Staticland, The Missionary Position, Post Stardom Depression, Broadcast Amphetamine, Prayer Factory and Sedated Souls) and Scott Mills at his studio, Cottonwood.

We’ve come a long way since the summer of ’97 and we’re celebrating our place in the Tacoma music community by sharing the night with our friends PIG SNOUT and some very special guests during our set.

Now that CHINA DAVIS has been a band for two decades, it has given me the chance to reflect and maybe even try to figure out what my brother Ted and I might represent. We’re kinda the Mick and Keith of no name, no label, unknown, bad looking, no style pub band’s of the northwest. We’ve been called by press asking us if they could talk to CHINA, “Oh, I thought she was a girl”… It’s been assumed that we were a cover band, nope, all original. We’ve played in almost every bar in Tacoma and Seattle and we can still walk down the street! What a career!

But, in this invisibility that is CHINA DAVIS we have found freedom that many bands have never enjoyed. We don’t have the backing to release album after album. But, we have an undying love for making serious music and writing the best songs we can write. We have a lot of fun being ourselves, as it should be. I feel like we’re what bands should be. Not worrying about popularity, sales, whether we’re punk, rock, classic rock, indie rock, folk music… who cares about that empty stuff anyways? We keep growing, we keep changing, we keep developing new sounds and ideas. We’re all those things!

-Ben

PIG SNOUT is: Lucien and Dahlia are brother and sister and both switch between drums and keys. Justin/dad plays guitar.

This is a project started by Justin/dad in March of 2014 to help the kids know all the sides of music and playing in a band. From learning an instrument, to writing songs, to recording, setting up shows, dong the artwork, naming the band and songs and everything else that goes into being in a band, they get to make the decisions as it is primarily theirs. Dad will more than likely get kicked out one day as these kids are going to far surpass him musically at the rate they are going..