Cathedrals Concert #1: SOLD OUT

Pickwick topped off a musical triple-header at Immanuel Presbyterian last night. Photo: David Schimer

The inaugural concert of Cathedrals Tacoma filled the pews at Immanuel Presbyterian Church last night in a sold-out show! Seattle-based indie bands Pickwick (just back from South x Southwest) and The Maldives, and Portland’s Pearly Gate Music drew fans from Oregon to Edmonds, who enjoyed a nearly four-hour show with two intermissions during which DJ Eddie Sumlin of Fab-5 kept the crowd moving in the downstairs lounge area. Congratulations to Aaron Stevens, a musician and Spaceworks Tacoma artist-in-residence, who with Nathan Marion conceived this experimental series dedicated to presenting alternative music in amazing spaces for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Performing beneath the 121-year-old church’s beautiful stained glass window, Pearly Gate’s Zach Tillman opened with riveting, lonesome ballads; The Maldives charged up the room with a gutsy set of alt-country rock; and Pickwick brought down the house with a charismatic blues- and Motown-infused, experimental blend that kept the audience on its feet throughout their 40-minute set. Read more about this series in the Weekly Volcano and on our Tacoma Arts blog.

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