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a rhapsody in bloom florist3709 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 761-7673
Bull Market Nightclub12505 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 537-6012
C.I. Shenanigan's3017 N Ruston WayTacoma, WA(253) 752-8811
Club Silverstone739 1/2 Saint Helens AveTacoma, WA(253) 404-0259
Cork! - A Wine Bar606 N State StTacoma, WA(253) 212-5593
Dirty Oscar's Annex2309 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 572-0588
Doyle's Public House208 St Helens AveTacoma, WA(253) 238-5359
Emerald Queen Casino Hotel5700 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA(888) 820-3555
Emerald Queen Casino I-52024 E 29th StTacoma, WA(888) 831-7655
Engine House #9611 N Pine StTacoma, WA(253) 272-3435
G Donnalson's3814 N 26th StTacoma, WA(253) 761-8015
Ginkgo Forest Winery2221 N 30th StTacoma, WA(253) 301-4372
Half Pint Pizza Pub2710 6th Ave (aka MEDI'S)Tacoma, WA(253) 272-2531
Harmon Brewery1938 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 383-2739
Hilltop Kitchen913 Martin Luther King WayTacoma, WA(253) 327-1397
Jazzbones2803 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 396-9169
Keys On Main1003 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 627-7555
Knapp's Restaurant & Lounge2707 N Proctor StTacoma, WA(253) 759-9009
Loose Wheel6108 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 301-1647
Louie G's Pizza5219 Pacific Hwy SFife, WA(253) 926-9700
Magoo's Annex2710 N 21st StTacoma, WA(253) 759-0467
Matador Restaurant & Tequila Bar721 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 627-7100
Meconi's Pub & Eatery709 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 383-3388
Mix635 St Helens AveTacoma, WA(253) 383-4327
New Frontier Lounge301 E 25th StTacoma, WA(253) 572-4020
North Point Bar & Grill6210 29th St NETacoma, WA(253) 927-7767
O'Malley's Irish Pub2403 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 627-9403
Parkway Tavern313 North I StreetTacoma, WA(253) 383-8748
Ram Restaurant & Brewery3001 Ruston WayTacoma, WA(253) 756-7886
Ram Restaurant & Brewery10019 59th Ave SWLakewood, WA(253) 584-3191
Rock the Dock Pub & Grill535 Dock StTacoma, WA(253) 272-5004
Schooner5429 100th St SWLakewood, WA(253) 584-1919
Social Bar & Grill1715 Dock StreetTacoma, WA(253) 301-3835
Spar2121 N 30th StTacoma, WA(253) 627-8215
Steel Creek American Whiskey Co.1114 BroadwayTacoma, WA(253) 627-1229
Swiss Pub1904 Jefferson AveTacoma, WA(253) 572-2821
Tacoma Cabana728 Pacific AveTacoma, WA(253) 222-4184
Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe3529 McKinley AveTacoma, WA(253) 272-1502
Vertigo Lounge1320 Broadway PlazaTacoma, WA(253) 572-3200
West End Pub & Grill3840 6th AveTacoma, WA(253) 759-2896
Zodiac Supper Club745 St HelensTacoma, WA(253) 327-1891

music reviews

rob wynia Floater
Showbox Theater, Seattle, WA

"My view from the edge."

Floater lived up to the much publicized hype on the air waves and the continuous billing from its local, loyal following during last nights show at the Showbox. No bowl-cloggers here people. This baby floats hard and floats fast to the top of the rockpile. The three member band has the full sound reminiscent of Rush with a dash of Incubus. But still owning its own unique style and sound.

I was impressed by the power the group possess and the tone and range of lead singer, Robert Wynia. If Sting and Robert Smith had copulated and had a bastard son of rock, Wynia would be this immaculate conception. Powerful vocal deftly overlays mesmerizing bass work. This is a man gifted with two musical brains. 2 brains that have 1 goal, to burn your ears and heart with pulsing, molten rock that grips you in its lava claws towards a slow death that you actually enjoy.

The mosh was an ebb and flow of energy that seemed to subside when anyone had lost footing. Politeness and rock at the same event - who said civility is dead and our society is ending with today's youth? Full sound, coordinated tempo changes, precise execution highlight dedication to the trade and band chemistry as sharp as a big chuck of Tillamook cheddar.

I unselfishly hope this group moves toward a more traditional song structure - verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus, chorus - thus giving the modern music business what they require to package and effectively distribute Floater to the masses. Reason: the masses need Floater. However, the other edge of that proverbial sword is that any change to their style would ultimately remove what is so great about them: their unconventional approach to putting on one kick-ass show.

Get me a seat on the next "Mexican Bus" - I like where this baby is headed.

~ The Don ~
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