End of an era for Blues Vespers

By Morf Morford
Tacoma Daily Index

Tacoma seems to have an abundance of odd and interesting expressions of creativity that are too ephemeral and economically fragile for a larger city and lack the critical mass for community support in a smaller town.

One of these is Blues Vespers (https://ipctacoma.org/blues-vespers/) at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (901 North J, Tacoma).

These are gatherings, not quite concerts and not quite church services that place music in the context of awareness and reflection – not necessarily spirituality – and certainly not liturgical or formal – and certainly not exclusionary – for any age, race or background.

And like all good things, this too must come to an end.

The final three Blues Vespers at Immanuel take place this September and early October. You can find music, poetry, and inspiration here…do not miss these great shows.

September 16, 5 pm – Catch Ten String Symphony with after party in the courtyard with music by Forest Beutel.

September 30, at 5 pm – A celebration of Blues Vespers at Immanuel and a benefit for Tacoma Creates: The Mark Riley Trio with guest appearances by Kim Archer, Stacy Jones, Randy Oxford, Dean Reichert, Tim Sherman and others. After party at Peaks and Pints in the Proctor neighborhood.

Doug MacLeod Photo copyright Theo Looijmans

Doug MacLeod
Photo copyright Theo Looijmans

And the very last opportunity will be October 7, at 5 pm to hear the award winning Doug MacLeod.

You can find more about these artists via Google or Youtube. 

But there is nothing like a live music performance. Check them out. You’ll be glad you did.