Booster Songs for the City of Destiny

Thanks to a great audience at this talk!  If you missed the opportunity to attend in person, you can still view the presentation here!


Want to learn more about Tacoma music history AND enjoy a great evening out at the same time?  Join Kim Davenport and special guest Ryan Bede for the August iteration of Grit City Think & Drink, a partnership between UW Tacoma and The Swiss!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 ~ 6:30-8:30pm
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub

You’ll Like Tacoma! Booster Songs for the City of Destiny
In the early decades of the 20th century, ‘booster songs’ were published in cities around America as musical representations of civic pride. Tacoma was no exception, and in an era before television or smartphones, it was often sheet music – with brightly-illustrated covers and catchy lyrics – which advertised the City of Destiny to visitors, settlers, and entrepreneurs. Learn the stories behind these songs, see the cover art, and with the help of special guest Ryan Bede, hear a few of the songs performed live – for the first time in a century!

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