Here is a quick summary of the latest bookings for Summer 2023. Follow my Facebook page for the most recent updates.
I have more dates for Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup, WA including May 5, 6, 13, 19, June 2 and June 3, plus more through October.
I will be at Myles Pizza Depot in Eatonville, WA on May 12.
Join me for the big Sumner Block Party on May 20 from 12 noon until 6pm. This is in Sumner, WA and everyone is invited.
Twisted Fork Saloon in Point Ruston, WA (Tacoma) is where you will find me on June 1.
I will also be playing for Rhubarb Days in Sumner, WA on both June 24 & 25 from 10am – 3pm. There will be a Main Stage with various performers, but I will have my own stage at the other end of the event space in Heritage Park.
In addition to all the dates you can find on my Schedule and FB page, I will be playing a few evenings at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club for members and their guests. Also watch for dates at the Windmill Bistro in Sumner, WA coming in July and August.
That’s it for now. Have a fun and safe summer and I hope to see you soon. Cheers!
After a little break, it’s time to get back to the music. Check my schedule for new dates at Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup, Myles Pizza Depot in Eatonville, Twisted Fork Saloon in Point Ruston Tacoma, and my debut on March 24th at A Street Pub in Auburn.
Note that Myles Pizza Depot is now serving beer, wine, and ciders. This is still an all-ages place with arcade fun available.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day at Wicked Pie Pizza with heart-shaped pizzas. Love songs will fill the evening including several originals.
I made a promise to myself as well as to people who have been requesting them to play lots more original songs. I am already enjoying the positive response.
I am also trying to get out when I can to hear my friends at their gigs and attend some jams, so I hope to see you out and about. We have an incredible music scene here in and around the Tacoma area.
Thanks to the Tacoma Light Trail for including not just one, but two of my original songs on the trail this year. One was “Dance All Night”, an upbeat tune encouraging the use of music to get through the PNW winter weather. The other one was “Along the Way”, the title track of my album that you can get at any of my gigs, but also listen to on Apple Music and Spodify. Unfortunately most musicians receive nothing from those streaming services, so if you listen to local musicians through those companies, consider a kind tip at a gig or send some love through PayPal or Venmo. If interested, you can throw some “bread in my jar” by using PayPal.me/JamesMeck956 or www.venmo.com/Jim-Meck at any time. Thank you for those who have already done so.
That’s it for now. Hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Elton John is in Tacoma October 16 & 17 and I will be playing at El Gaucho Tacoma before each concert. I will be singing and playing Sir Elton’s tunes at the grand piano from 5-8. Elton’s gig starts at 8pm so stop in before or instead of the big show.
October 21 & 22 will find me at Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup, WA from 6-9. I am booked there through the end of the year first and third weekends, both Friday and Saturday.
Twisted Fork Saloon in Rusten, WA is a new venue for me and was a blast when I played there in September. If you are in the area, drop by this family friendly restaurant on 11/3, 12/1, and 01/5/2023 from 6:30-8:30.
Book your holiday party NOW! Dates are disappearing quickly. Find and LIKE my Facebook page Jim Meck (musician) www.facebook.com/JimMeckMusician for most recent updates.
Mark your Calendars and book your private or public event!
El Gaucho Tacoma – April 20, May 3, May 10
Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup – April 22, 23, 29, 30; May 6, 7, 14
Suck Junction Saloon in Sumner – May 13 ( and the second Friday of every month through the end of the year)
It’s great to be gigging again and even better to see all of you out and about. Thank you for all the love and support over the years, through the pandemic, and now. Hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Here’s the Latest News!
See my schedule for more info and like and follow my music page Jim Meck (musician) for the most up-to-date info.
Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup, WA is a wonderful new venue with some of the best “east coast” style pizza around here. I come from eastern PA and have been looking for something close. It is also a terrific place to play and I will be there the first and third weedends of March, both Friday and Saturday from 6-9.
Stuck Junction Saloon has extended my schedule to include the second Friday of EVERY month through December! This was one of my first venues I played when I moved here six years ago. It is always crazy fun and jammed with great people. Be ready to party!
Vinifera Wine Bar in Auburn, WA is a fantastic venue with excellent food and drinks. Reservations are a good idea if you want to be near the music in the bar area. It is a great date night place or a fun atmosphere for any celebration or gathering with friends.
Finally, I am excited to play an encore performance with local guitar legend Steve Stefanowicz at the Acorn Pub in Edgewood March 26 from 7-9, WA. We worked together for the very first time a few weeks ago – no rehearsal, just two blind guys jamming with lots of improv and great laughs. Get there early for a good seat. It was packed last time.
That’s it for now. I can’t believe two years ago it all came to a grinding halt. We will NEVER take live music for granted again. Thank you for all the continued love and support!
Welcome to the Holiday Season!
I have several exciting announcements:
I have booked several dates at a new venue for me – Wicked Pie Pizza in Puyallup. I have been searching for authentic east coast pizza since moving here in 2016, and this is the place! Come check it out on November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4.
I have also booked El Gaucho Tacoma on November 24, Thanksgiving Eve.
This Saturday, November 21st I will be returning to Rumors Inc. in Spanaway. Drummer Chuck Jones will be stopping by to throw down some beats as well.
December 10 and every second Friday of the month I will be at Stuck Junction Saloon in Sumner. What a fun and lively crowd every time.
I will be at Vinifera Wine Bar in Auburn on December 17. Reservations are highly recommended.
I also have a few private parties coming up, so book your event now.
Several senior living facilities have also been booking me, so if you know of any place that might be interested, please pass on my info.
Have a fun and safe Holiday Season!
Jim Love and miss you all!
Join me at Stuck Junction Saloon in Sumner, WA this Friday, September 10th from 6-9pm. This is my first time back since the pandemic. Come support live music and help show venues the value of the performing arts in our communities. To quote my friend Phil Stahl, if you want a local live music scene, we have to create it. Hope to see you there.
Other gigs this week include Thursday 9/9 at the Harmon Restaurant in Tacoma, WA from 6:30- 8:30pm. Also remember the big show at the Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma where I will be sitting in for the first time with the Rich Wetzel Groovin Higher Orchestra on Saturday from 7-10. Admission is FREE and is all ages.
Gigs have been slowly trickling in as venues start to open and book music. September has gotten suddenly busy. Here are the places and dates:
Harmon Restaurant in Tacoma, WA – 9/4, 9/9, and 9/18 6:30 – 8:30pm
Vinifera Wine Bar in Sumner, WA – 9/24 6:00 – 9:00pm
Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma, WA – 9/11 7:00 – 10:00pm
I will be sitting in with Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Orchestra for the very first time. This ensemble performs lots of classic rock and jazz featuring an excellent horn section. Get ready to dance to the sounds of Santana, Kansas, Doobie Brothers, Toto, Ides of March, and even Maynard Ferguson. Reservations are highly recommended for this very popular venue and band. Hope to see you there.
New YouTube Video!
I finally figured out how to upload videos on YouTube using my screen reader after having to convert my files to something other than MOV files. So there will be more to come. Enjoy my original song DESIGNATED DRINKER with guitar legend Jerry Miller of Moby Grape. He is listed as #68 on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 100 Guitar Players of All-Time.
LIVE FB SHOWS CONTINUED EVERY SATURDAY
Join me every Saturday night at 9PM on the East Coast/6PM on the West Coast and other times in between as I go live from my Facebook pagse Jim Meck (musician). Note: You can watch without a Facebook account. Simply click on the link and when prompted to Sign In or Create hAccount, just click “Not Now”. You will not be able to comment and make requests, but at least you can enjoy.
Pedestrian Serenades are continuing from my front porch in Tacoma, WA as weather and schedules permit. These have been happening mostly on Fridays, but not always. Watch my FB page for that or if you are in Tacoma, watch for posts on the Next Door app. Note: These are not intended to be gathering events, but there is room to spread out safely and hang around for a while. My shows are in the north end of town on N. 29th Street between N. Cedar and N. Alder and I usually play from 5-7pm. This is my version of an “audio Teddy Bear” since people are putting those in windows, but I realized that people who are blind like me can’t see them. So, that is how it all started. Many thanks to my wife for making this happen. And thanks to the neighbors for encouraging this.
VIRTUAL TIP JAR
Many people have asked how they can support me since they are not physically here. If you want to “put bread in my jar”, please use PayPal or Venmo for this. Some folks have also requested my mailing address to send a paper check. I appreciate all the love and support you have shown me over the years with or without monetary donations.
I also want to let you know that when you make a transfer to my Virtual Tip Jar, I do get to read the lovely messages you add, but I have no way to respond individually to them. I am not ignoring the messages, just like I am not ignoring you if you wave to me at my shows since I am blind. Just know that I am grateful for the tips and I hope my music brings you as much joy as it does for me to share it with you, my friends.
2nd SEATTLE TV COVERAGEPEDESTRIAN SERENADE CONTINUESGOING LIVE THIS SATURDAY ON FACEBOOK
I hope this newsletter finds you well and you are managing through these unbelievable times. Please stay connected with family and friends and feel free to get in touch with me any time. It is not “social distancing” that is important, but “physical distancing”. We need “social closeness”. Here are some things that are keeping my wife and me busy. While, she is extremely busy with her work as director of the Alliance of People with disAbilities (LIKE them on FACEBOOK), she always has time to help me with my crazy music ideas.
KING 5 TV in Seattle ran a story about my Pedestrian Serenade on their “Evening” magazine show. It is similar, yet different from the one that Q 13 did two weeks ago. They were here at our house at the same time, but covered different angles and interviewed different people. It was very well done.
Here is the link for the KING 5 story:https://youtu.be/kh9XEM_OtEA
Here is the link for the previous story on Q13:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDWcavg34QI
JOIN ME LIVE ON FACEBOOK
I am going live again this Saturday at 9:00 eastern time (6:00 out here in Tacoma). I do this from my Facebook page Jim Meck (musician) but we discovered you do not have to have a FB account to watch because it is a public page. Simply go to www.facebook.com/JimMeckMusician and when prompted to log in or create an account, simply click “Not Now” and you can watch live as well as see my previous shows and posts. If you do have a FB account, you can join in the conversation and make requests. We love it if you comment to let us know you are watching. My wife Kimberly does an amazing job letting me know who is tuned in and what they want to hear. It gets really busy at times so we occasionally miss requests, so just comment again. It really is like the old days of gigs back east and we are all having a lot of fun.
For those interested in supporting me through my “Virtual Tip Jar”, I thank you so much. Please use Paypal – Paypal.me/JamesMeck956 – or Venmo – www.venmo.com/Jim-Meck – and be sure to confirm the link is correct by finding my picture on the page. Some folks opt to send a check instead, and my address is 3105 N. 29th St. Tacoma, WA 98407. Again, none of this is expected by any means, but certainly appreciated.
PEDESTRIAN SERENADE: Next one – Friday, April 24 5PM PDT
I am continuing to do shows from my front porch when our schedule and weather allow. The neighbors and people walking by really seem to enjoy it, and I love playing for a crowd no matter how many there are. For those in this area, Kimberly posts it in the Next Door app and on my Facebook page. This is not intended to be a gathering as we are all trying to stay safe, but there is some room to spread out in the yard . Sometimes I do it as a solo show, and sometimes a drummer, Glenn Hummel, sets up in the grass away from me. Kimberly and our nine-year-old Blaine advertise with sidewalk chalk. I have met so many more neighbors through all of this.
That is the latest from here. Enjoy the news stories and I hope you can join us this and every Saturday on Facebook.