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Make It To The Show: Punx in the Woods Fun-RaiserAeroplane Icon
Adam McKinney
April 20, 2023
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Punx in the Woods Fun-Raiser | Saturday, April 22

In a world where we sometimes find ourselves dancing around saying what we mean, the Punx in the Woods Festival not only says its idea on its face, but invites you to come on in and make some mayhem in the woods you might not have felt free to do back home. Over the course of Labor Day weekend – Friday through Sunday – all sorts of decibel-testing acts will be letting their freak flags fly in a national forest.

If we want to get there, though, we’d better lube the gears of this endeavor by seeing shows like this one, raising funds for Punx in the Woods by featuring some of the Pacific Northwest's best and brightest bands, old and new talent that want to slash and burn their way into the foundation of local rock.

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The first band advertised is the Cutwinkles, Tacoma’s shining gem of video game nostalgia, classic rock revelry, comedy in the guise of even more revelry, and a foundational heft in the ongoing history of this city.

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Cockaphonix, out of Yakima, is a bewildering slurry of folk-punk, vaudevillian flair, and an almost inhuman onslaught of energy. Bremerton’s Free Range Lunatic finds a woman lending her vulnerability and her voice to songs that surge between the gently confessional and the brashly defiant.

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Tacoma’s Mikey Muffins is another Tacoma artist that is nearly bursting to explode with their sound and inspiration. Barely-restrained energy defines Mikey Muffins’ brand of jittery bedroom-pop. Zebrana Bastard rounds out the bill with an almost doom-laden take on the solo singer-songwriter vibe, fronting the bass guitar along with her raw vocals.

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This show represents the wonderfully wide spectrum of music that could find its home in Punx in the Woods. Even if you don't find the idea of camping out with a bunch of dudes with patches on their denim jackets, you can dip your toes into this show and see if you might want to see the rest.

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The Cutwinkles, w/ Cockaphonix, Free Range Lunatic, Mikey Muffins, Zebrana Bastard

All Ages, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm

Pay What You Can

ALMA Venue

1322 Fawcett Ave


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