PROM DATE MIXTAPE  returns to The Swiss with an homage to the iconic 80s mecca where art, music and nightlife intersected! Let us take you back to a time when the 80s were never predictable and the music was AMAZING!!

Prom Date Mixtape is the ultimate live 80’s tribute band experience. The definitive choice for any 80’s themed party or event, Prom Date Mixtape delivers the most authentic and energetic renditions of classic 80’s pop and new wave you will ever hear. You’ll be dancing all night to hit after memorable hit.


HARMONIOUS FUNK does Top 40 and cover music from the 80’s, 90’s early 2000’s and current. They have been captivating audiences, and keeping people dancing as soon as they hit Stage! Don’t miss this All-Star performance from this funky bunch.

GRIT CITY THINK & DRINK: Using Sewers to Tell Us About Drug Use @6:30pm

USING SEWERS TO TELL US ABOUT DRUG USE with Dr. Dan Burgard, University of Puget Sound

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is only a decade old technique but has been realized as a powerful complementary tool to traditional epidemiological metrics in Europe, Australia, and Asia, and is growing in North America. This talk will explore the WBE approach, provide results from some wastewater case studies in the U.S., and suggest how wastewater may be useful for addressing current and future challenges related to public health.

Dan Burgard is a professor of chemistry at the University of Puget Sound and an affiliate associate professor at UW Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. At UPS Dan teaches Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Environmental Analytical Chemistry and The Art and Science of Color. His research is environmentally analytical in nature, measuring gaseous emissions from mobile sources with remote sensing in the Puget Sound region as well as nationally and internationally. However, recently he has changed focus to determine trace levels of drug metabolites in urban wastewater. This field, coined “wastewater-based epidemiology,” determines drug use trends in communities.


Festival of Friends Events brings exciting innovation to recreational musicianship through uniquely curated shows and events that feature a rotating roster of musicians performing a 16 to 20-song set of classic tracks from iconic bands and artists based on a particular theme.

The twist: No group rehearsals beforehand. It’s plug-n-play live performance.

This exclusive Tacoma event “It Came From The 80’s: Volume 1” will showcase an eclectic array of bands and artists from, you guessed it: the 1980’s including like INXS, Queen, The Stray Cats, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Billy Idol, The Vapors, Scandal-Patty Smyth, Def Leppard, Alannah Myles, Bryan Adams, Eddie Money, The Go-Go’s, Survivor, The Bangels, The Cars, Heart, Bon Jovi and Jane’s Addiction.

Special Guest / Cover Bands: Sna’Foo (Foo Fighters) and Vicious & Rotten (Sex Pistols).


Advance tickets on-sale now. $8 in advance (also available at the door).

Come support local music, recreational musicianship and community with Festival of Friends Events!


The beloved craft fair that comes around but once a year. Get your holiday shopping done early and support local artists and craftspeople. Most importantly, enjoy yourself while you mingle and take in the live music and all the goodies our host the Swiss has to offer. Gritty City Gift Fair has always had an emphasis on recycled and reclaimed materials, and hand-made wares for men, women and children.


Karmic Unrest plays unapologetic heavy rock with catchy melodies, quick-fingered guitar solos and lyrics describing the effects of classism, greed, karma, and rebirth.

They are joined by the heavy grooves and tasteful harmonies of Crossing Crusades. Crossing Crusades brings an eclectic range of singer/songwriter/multi-instumental talent, falling into the Nu Metal/Alt metal rock scene.

Born on the shores of Oahu, Stoic F.B. has crafted a reputation for exciting live performances, off-beat stage antics, and a dirty groove that’ll leave you tickled in the best ways. After relocating to Seattle in 2009, the band now dons flannel over their aloha shirts, breathing new life into their sound with powerful melody, slick leads, and just a touch of sass.

Join us at the Swiss for a kickass night of heavy grooves and original rock. 9pm, $10 cover, 21+


Formed in 1996, THE RETROS, Seattle’s original 80’s New Wave tribute band, tore up the scene performing for thousands of fans across the region and the country, opening for many top 80’s artists. After 15 years together the group took a break…. until now.
The time has come for the return of THE RETROS, with a fresh new lineup, playing all your favorite 80’s hits with many exciting new surprises!
Expect to dance, expect to sing, expect to sweat, and expect to have the time of your life!