Summertime, and the music is easy

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Summertime, and the music is easy

Summer and outdoor concerts go together like hot weather and iced tea, which is why the bands will play on in performances this month and in August in Tacoma, Steilacoom, Federal Way, Puyallup and Gig Harbor.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Franke Tobey Jones outdoor concerts: All concerts at 6:30 p.m. at 5340 N. Bristol St. in Tacoma. Free. Aug. 7, Puget Brass (British brass band). Aug. 14, The Voelberg Family Band (fiddlers). Aug. 21, Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters (country rock). Aug. 28, Pearl Django (jazz, swing).

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