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The Loch's

New owner and former Hell’s Kitchen booker Lonnie Reed said The Loch’s will feature a wider spectrum of acts than its predecessor.

“We wanted to do something more welcoming – to any genre of music,” Reed said.

Hell’s Kitchen closed its doors at 928 Pacific Ave. in late June when its four owners could not financially sustain the business. It had been a fixture on the Tacoma music scene for 10 years.

Reed and former Hell’s Kitchen booker Ken “Flash” Connel will handle the booking while former Hell’s Kitchen owner Pat Dawson will manage the bar.

Reed is making changes, starting with the name. “Hell’s Kitchen” had its appeal but it was an impediment to booking some acts, Reed said. He settled on “The Loch’s” after considering turning the space into an Irish or Scottish bar.

“It’s up for anybody’s interpretation,” Reed said. “I just didn’t want it to be too hipster.” Reed calls himself old school and hard core.

Reed also owns RGW Media, a small Tacoma label and booking company. And while he calls Tacoma a “hardcore punk and metal town,” he will be booking indie and progressive acts at The Loch’s as well as country.

Reed also is going to lighten up the interior in coming weeks and change the menu.

He’ll offer fish and chips, sandwiches and salads. But “if you want to fry something, we’ll definitely do that.”

Tonight’s lineup features metal bands Deathmocracy, Helles, A Lesson in Chaos, Where The Dead Are and Psychonaut Deathtrip.

“They were pretty much regulars at Hell’s Kitchen,” Reed said of the lineup. “I’m not trying to shock people with any weird changes. With that first night, I want people to see the bands they are used to seeing.” craig.sailor@thenewstribune.com 253-597-8541

The Backstage Needs Help

ATENTION TACOMA MUSIC SCENE, THIS IS AN URGENT MESSEGE******* The Backstage Bar Tacoma, Tacoma's Premier and only standing Rock Night Club has fallen victim to our horrible economy. But its not to late to save it! This Thursday night August 9th, 2012 Rock Steady Video Productions and six (6) of Tacoma's hottest acts Big Fish, Degree Of Disorder, Mechanism, Sin Circus, Magic Carpet Ride Feat uring former members of Steppenwolf and American Wreking Company are coming together at BSBG for a benefit show to save the club. We will be accepting any and all donations at the door and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Backstage Bar and Grill for the purpose of keeping the doors open and continuing to searve the vital Tacoma music scene. We had a blast at the Backstage with Roam Last Friday night and this place needs to stay great venue , great people , great sound THE BACKSTAGE HAS BEEN THERE FOR US. iTS TIME WE RETURN THE FAVOR!!!!

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The Lush Tones are very happy to be playing the KCF this year ,cant wait to rock that mountain down