Tacoma To Celebrate Guitar Culture

The artist lineup has been announced for the third annual Tacoma Guitar Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at the Tacoma Dome.

Tacoma Guitar Festival

(Tacoma Guitar Festival 2016). Several different performers will take the stage to present interactive live music experiences. Photo by John Patzer.

On top of live music, the festival will also host more than 150 vendors and exhibitors. Plus, the first 200 guests each day will receive a free pack of guitar strings.

Composer and guitarist Kaki King is slated to perform on Saturday. She has performed with renowned artists such as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, among others, and was named one of “The New Guitar Gods” by Rolling Stone magazine.

Former member of KISS Bruce Kulick will perform on Sunday. Kulick joined KISS as lead guitarist in 1984, earning several Platinum and Gold records and video awards.

Olympia’s Ethan Tucker also will perform on Sunday. You may know him as a contestant from season 11 of NBC’s The Voice. He is known for acoustic roots, layered electric guitars, and a bluesy voice.

Other festival performers will include Andy Timmons, Adrian Galysh, Larry Mitchell, Carl Tosten, and Bryan Ewald.

Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for a two day pass. They can be purchased online or at the Tacoma Dome box office. Event parking is free if guests park at the Tacoma Dome.

Tacoma Guitar Festival

The Tacoma Guitar Festival features more than 150 exhibit style booths featuring guitars, amps, ukuleles, vinyl records and more. Photo by Darrell Westmoreland.

is a staff writer at South Sound magazine.
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