Archive | Journalism RSS feed for this section

The Charleston celebrates Two Years

4 Apr

~ Y.I.A. @ the Chuck’s Grand Opening, 2008 | Angel Perry ~

Two years may not seem like a long time, but for many all ages venues it’s a lifetime. Bremerton’s Charleston Music Venue turns two this month w/ a slate of special birthday shows.

It all kicked off last night (April 2 — Barbie’s Barfday Bash/The Assasinators CD Release Show), goes on tonight (April 3) with the Chuck’s official birthday bash featuring Boise, Id. bands N.F.F.U., Pull Out Quick, Adamant Allies and A New Agenda w/ a re-birthed Project 9, and continues next week as the bodacious Hell’s Belles celebrate their 10th anniversary, April 10 at the Chuck.

See more on those shows and more scattered throughout this month’s Smokestack — out now in print and in the digital archive.

For more on the Chuck — and the Callow Avenue venue’s inspiring story of ambition and unity in the face of authority — see this month’s feature, a gonzo retrospective on Bremerton’s 21st century all ages music scene through the eyes of Angel Perry… Continue reading


Showdown in the Sound

26 Feb

~ Wild West Showdown, Feb. 26-28 | Art: Kryzstof Nemeth ~

This weekend, Bremerton becomes the center of the roller derby universe, as 19 teams from around the country converge on Kitsap County. From national powerhouse the Philly Roller Girls, to the 2009 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association National Champion Oly Rollers, derby’s upper echelons will be battling it out for three days of knock-down, drag-out roller derby mayhem at the Wild West Showdown, hosted by Kitsap’s own Slaughter County Roller Vixens, Feb. 26-28 @ the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in East Bremerton. We’ve got a dispatch from Northwest Roller Derby Scribe Thurston Gore. . . Continue reading

Only Your Support Can Keep a Free Press Alive

30 Jan

~Smokestack No. 4 ‘Slaughter County Derby Nation’ | Smokestack~

Many, many thanx to all those who brought their vinyl out in support of the Smokestack last night @ The Drift Inn. A lot of good times and stiff drinks in downtown Bremerton. Plus we raised a bit of coin in those donation jars to keep a free press alive.

For those who couldn’t make it, no worries, we’ll be hosting another Vinyl Night again sometime.

In the meantime… check out the Smokestack’s latest print edition featuring the lowdown on SCRV’s Wild West Showdown, the Brief Return of Mos Generator, thoughts on Bremerton’s biggest art show of the year and much, much more.

Pick up a copy at one of these fine alternative community establishments and keep a look out for more locations to come.

Thanx for supporting a free press!

Shameless Self Promotion

23 Jan

~Smokestack Vinyl Night Jan. 29 | Poster: MLS Jr~

So. . . The Smokestack is on Facebook now. You can link to it here in this purely self-serving Smokestack post. We’re also on Twitter… you Twitter-ites can follow us @kitsmokestack.

But word has it “Twitter is so 2009.”

Taking it back even further… more like 1979… The Smokestack is hosting a Vinyl Night Jan. 29 @ the Drift Inn in downtown Bremerton… setting up a live action vinyl jukebox w/ DJ FUKPHACE (Mike Moen from Neutralboy) and MC SIDESHOW (Pat Makins from Rewind) spinnin your old records in support of the Smokestack. Dave Ryan’s also gonna be bringing his stencil-on-vinyl painted records for the party… plus live music, stiff drinks and more. (See flyer above for the info).

And to follow up on this shamelessly self-promoting post, here’s a slightly self-serving public service announcement from our January edition…. (don’t forget the next Smokestack is out Jan. 28)… Continue reading


26 Dec

~ Assasinator/Supporter: Parris Shepard | Photo: Dorothy Mack~

Many, many thanx to all those who came out to the Christmas Eve Eve Smokestack Benefit @ the Charleston last week. With the insanely badass support from our readers, supporters and sponsors — and of course the cats and the Chuck and the bands that played that night — we raised enough to money to cover the printing costs of our January edition.

Which means — you’ll be ringing in the New Year with a new Smokestack. The next print edition is out Dec. 31 @ an expanded roster of locations. Check back with Thee Smokestack In Print for the upcoming locations… and check out Witchburn, YIA, Pivot Point and more, LIVE tonight in Kitsap (for more see our running concert calendar here and @

Support a Free Local Press!!!

20 Dec

~Smokestack Benefit, Dec. 23 | Smokestack~

‘Tis the season for benefit shows. And here’s announcing a smashing Christmas Eve Eve line up for the first-ever Smokestack Soiree… A benefit for Thee Kitsap Smokestack which came into existence at the insistence of the cats at The Charleston Music Venue, who graciously — almost Santa Clausianly — approached us about hosting a benefit to support the ongoing costs of manufacturing and maintaining a free press in print and online.

An incredible indelible line up of local musicians have stepped up to support the cause.

You can do your part by jumping in the pit — with a $5 cover charge. Doors are at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Chuck, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All Ages, Bar w/ ID.

In the mean time… check out these tunes:
James Hunnicutt —
Mike Moen Defense Fund —
Cuntry Cuntroll —
The Assasinators —
Legends On Heroin —
Erik Anarchy —

Thee Smokestack In Print — No. 2

26 Nov

~Vol. 1, No. 2 | Smokestack~

Though you might be hard pressed to find a copy, the second print edition of Thee Kitsap Smokestack is out today. Happy Thanksgiving. Find it at the locations listed under Thee Smokestack In Print — probably starting Friday since most are closed for the Holiday.

Winterland will be open later this Thanksgiving evening, however, so you can nurse that tryptophan hangover with a nice stiff drink — or just ditch those annoying relatives. And tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., The RockIt Roost will be partying for Black Friday, celebrating their First Anniversary with Silver City brews, champagne and mad deals, including their own version of ‘Deal or No Deal’ — all in-store.

And speaking of First Anniversaries… check out the cover story from this month’s Smokestack In Print: A Gonzo look from behind the patch of the international Pyrate Punx organization. The Bremerton Chapter, Local 029, celebrates its One Year Anniversarrry Bash Dec. 11. . .


You may have seen the not so shy pyrate skull and crossbones patches stitched over some of the familiar punks’ hearts around town.

Let me start by saying that WE ARE NOT A GANG.

If you’re looking for a definition, call us a non-profit music productions union. More realistically, we’re a handful of kids and adults who branched outside of what Bremerton had to offer to see what else we could bring to this town. We found the Pyrate Punx, a 12 year old organization that was founded in Oakland, CA. . . . Continue reading