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What’s Up Weekend Wrock

The Seattle band Insurgence is one of many that will rock the Charleston this weekend.  - Courtesy photo
The Seattle band Insurgence is one of many that will rock the Charleston this weekend.
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FOUR STRAIGHT SHOWS, May 2-5 at the Charleston, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All Ages, $5 cover each night.

An extended, rock-filled weekend like this illustrates one of the chief reasons why Bremerton’s new Charleston Music Venue was created.

“The Charleston theater sounds like a killer place for a punk show,” said Josh Sinder, drummer of the Seattle band The Insurgence, formerly of The Accused.

He thinks kids in Bremerton (and greater Kitsap) could use a place like the Charleston to see shows on a regular basis. “Instead of being stuck crossing the ferry or flogging their way down to Tacoma,” he said.

The all-ages show house on Callow Avenue, started by some of those ambitious “kids” from the local scene, has hosted one-to-two shows per weekend since its grand opening April 5, but this is a big one, owner Andy More said.

Friday through Monday of this week there will be a different show each night.

More than 21 bands, both local and abroad, are slated to take the stage over the course of the weekend. Each show starts around 7 p.m., all ages, $5 cover.

Starting things off Friday night, Seattle’s Dragstrip Riot, a punk-a-billy flavored rock-and-roll-blues band will join a diverse lineup stacked with six bands including locals Underdog and Legends on Heroin, Nothing Lies Ahead from Arlington, Go Get the Scissors from Olympia and Latch Key Kids from Federal Way.

The next night will be an ode to punk rock with The Insurgence — a Seattle band that played recently with the Dead Kennedys and is slated to play El Corazon with The Casualties — headlining. Rounding out the bill will be local punks The Extinct, Graham’s Mister Bucket and two more Seattle bands The Plankton Beat and CLR.

Sunday evening will be a rap-rockish, hip-hopish show with Tacoma bands Nasty Left and Evergreen One joining Bremerton’s Redemption City and the Jupiter Mining Corporation. Then on Monday, two screamcore bands on tour from the East Coast — Furnace and Capsule —will jam with Portland’s The Planck Scale, Carriers, Shield and Posiedon.


AN EVENING WITH ROCKY VOTOLATO and special guests The Troubadours 8 p.m. May 3 at Jackson Hall, 9161 Washington Ave. in Silverdale. All ages, $8, presented by Big Mouth Music.

Following his tour of Europe and right before a West Coast tour being planned for this summer, Seattle crooner Rocky Votolato is coming back to Kitsap for another show at Jackson Hall.

He was last here in August 2007, in support of his latest album, the West-Texas-sounding “Brag and Cuss.” At that show, Votolato was so well received, that he’s been given the better part of the evening to sing songs from his collection this time around. Once again, he’ll be playing solo.

Opening up will be the softly-swining acoustic/alternative Bremerton duo The Troubadours.


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