As festival season gets off to a roaring start all over the country, Tacoma prepares for one of its most attended and well-regarded annual festivals, Art on the Ave. In the festival’s 17th yearly iteration, Art on the Ave 2016 touts one of its strongest local lineups to date, spanning a myriad of different flavors of music. Last year’s festival brought thousands of fans of local music and art to 6th Ave with the help of the community, not to mention high-octane performances by the likes of Trees and Timber and The Fame Riot.
Local favorites Strangely Alright and Mechanism will be returning to Art on the Ave — performing on the O’Malley’s Stage and Grey Zone Emerald Queen Casino Stage, respectively — along with the likes of Mirrorgloss, Deathbed Confessions, the recently reformed Big Wheel Stunt Show, Q Dot, Vicci Martinez and more. Enrollees in Ted Brown’s “Live It OutLoud” summer music program will be kicking off the Grey Zone Emerald Queen Casino Stage; your chance to potentially see local stars in the making.
Similar in nature is the addition of the first annual all-acoustic Busking Stage, in which solo acoustic performers are encouraged to sign up for a chance to play a 20-minute set in front of the large Art on the Ave audience, with a container for tipping in front of the stage, with each performer encouraged to take whatever he or she makes off the performance. This stage will also be grounded with locked-in performances from acclaimed local musicians, including Tobias the Owl and Jared Mitchell.
If you’re in town, considering coming on down to Art on the Ave. It’s got a little something for everyone, and it’s very likely you’ll come away from it with a new favorite local band.