Posted May 7, 2015 by Cooper Point Journal in Arts & Entertainment

Best Bets May 8 & 9:

Tropicana 30 Year Anniversary Show


Girl Trouble play the Tropicana Anniversary show at McCoy’s Tavern.

During the mid ‘80s, The Fabulous Tropicana served as a hub for Olympia’s young music scene. One of the first punk venues to establish itself in Olympia, Tropicana hosted shows with Beat Happening, The Melvins, Green River, and many other Northwest bands of the time. Tropicana also brought in touring bands that had never performed in Olympia, such as Black Flag, Rain Parade, and the Butthole Surfers. 30 years later, McCoy’s Tavern is hosting a special anniversary show featuring eight bands with connections to the late Tropicana venue, including old-school Northwest bands such as Girl Trouble, Young Pioneers, and Noxious Fumes. The original Tropicana was DIY all ages, but this special show is for the 21+ crowd, and has a $3 cover. Maybe it’s a little nostalgic, but this show’s gonna be sick. – Josh Wolf

McCoy’s Tavern. 418 4th Ave E. $3. 21+