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Mark DuFresne Band at McMenamins Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma
June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Since reforming in 2016 with founding guitarist, Billy Stapleton, this current version of the Mark DuFresne Band has been wowing audiences in the Pacific Northwest.
Grammy nominated Mark DuFresne is at the helm with his 3-octave tenor voice, and his championship harmonica playing. Mark’s powerhouse skills are sure to captivate and entertain. A dynamic singer and showman, DuFresne’s original rhythm and blues songs and instrumentals shine in the hands of this talented quartet.
Veteran Guitarist, and recent Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Stapleton is kept busy with rhythm, lead, and slide guitar duties. The dynamic quality of Stapleton’s playing is sure to have you alternatively leaning in and holding your breath. Billy Stapleton’s fantastic tone and artistry are second to none.
Kelly Liefer brings powerhouse skills on his Fender Bass. A Marysville, Washington native, Kelly has been playing since the age of 15 and immediately started playing in bands and clubs including the 1974 Seattle Worlds Fair. He was the original bass player for The Mark DuFresne Band, and his energetic style is sure to keep your feet tapping all night long.
On drums, the accomplished and brilliant David Hudson shows off a lifetime’s collection of grooves and chops. Inspired by the terrific trio of Sonny Freeman, Fran Christina and Fred Below, David’s swingin’ dynamic attack brings depth to the tunes and is a perfect accompaniment to DuFresne’s brand of blues/roots style.
The Mark DuFresne Band is not your typical blues fare. This spectacular “show band” plays the material like a quintessential Chicago Blues Revue Band. This quartet is truly one of the best rhythm and blues outfits on the West Coast.
McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma
Roam, explore, embark on an adventure…discover Elks Temple!
The 1916 Elks Temple has been restored and reimagined into a vibrant gathering place for out-of-town guests and locals alike. From the Old Hangout, a bar reminiscent of world travels, to the Spanish Ballroom, a grand space hosting live music, you’ll find entertainment at every turn. Threads of art, history and elements of the local community are woven into the structure. Wherever you are in Elks Temple, you’ll find the comforts of your favorite neighborhood pub and a world of adventure.
We wanted to see how much fun we could pack into seven floors, so we started with a McMenamins Brewery, the Bottle Shop & Brewery Tasting Room, and The Old Hangout on the ground floor, and worked our way up. Take the scenic route up the Spanish Steps to the Spanish Bar and Ballroom on the second floor before wending your way to Doc’s, a third floor games bar overlooking the ballroom; pause on the nearby mezzanine overlooking Puget Sound. On the fourth floor stop for a celebratory meal (you’re halfway to the top!) in McMenamins Pub where expansive views of Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay and the marina at Foss Waterway dominate the east-facing windows.
Once you’ve refueled for the rest of your journey, continue to the diminutive fifth floor – if you can find it. From there it’s on up to the sixth floor guestrooms and a spectacular overhead array of lights, lamps and chandeliers. Travel your last flight to seven, where guestrooms overlook the lush indoor atrium and give you an eye-level view of the light display like no other.
Whether your port of call is the Old Hangout, the Spanish Bar, Doc’s or the Spanish Ballroom, you’ll find handcrafted cocktails, tales from home and afar, cozy hideaways and untold fun.