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Where else can you see a welcome dance by Squaxine tribal members, mayor’s greeting Cheryl Selby, a brilliant performance by visiting Japanese musicians, and finally, an all-round dance party led by the director of Griffin Schools Greg woods? Only in Olympia, my friends. Jennifer Marin, a Griffon School teacher and music specialist, invited me to …

From Nagoya, Japan, four piece CHAI are an almost indescribable collection of pop energy, mingling punk, kruatrock, yacht-rock funk, disco, the wordy Tom Tom Club rapper, and more in their infectious sound. The group’s first album, Pink, was released in Japan last year but is reissued by Burger Records in North America on vinyl, CD …