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‘The Night Show’ brings artists, creatives and performance to Tacoma in TV talk show format

Welcome to ‘The Night Show,’ a live, late night event

This promo video for "The Night Show" features hosts Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava discussing the format for the new locally produced TV talk show that premiered Saturday, July 21, 2018, before a live audience at the Alma Mater in Tacoma.
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This promo video for "The Night Show" features hosts Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava discussing the format for the new locally produced TV talk show that premiered Saturday, July 21, 2018, before a live audience at the Alma Mater in Tacoma.

TV may not need any more late night talk shows, but Tacoma could use one.

Darryl Crews aims to fill that need. He’s executive producer of “The Night Show,” which had its premiere Saturday at Alma Mater.

“You are getting a late night talk show that opens with a DJ, hosts, intro video, interviews,” Crews said. There are even games.

Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava are the hosts for the show which has a three-guest format: one local, one national guest and a performer.

Saturday’s lineup featured Tacoma-based streetwear company eTc., Brooklyn-based podcaster Karlie Hustle, and contemporary R&B soul artist Choklate.

Crews said the goal is to have guests who are bringing something new to their craft in areas that range from business to art and from fashion to food.

“We’re bridging the gap between people you might see at the grocery store and people you might see on TV,” Crews said.

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Will Jordan and Keilani Afalava are the hosts for "The Night Show" at Alma Mater in Tacoma. The Night Show photo

SATURDAY’S SHOW

Hustle is the woman behind Apple Music’s radio station, Beats 1. Her podcast, “Brutally Honest,” examines the sociocultural influences of pop culture and social media, along with personal narratives.

Clothing boutique eTc. is run by Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright. Their national and local brands reflect hip hop and pop cultures.

Seattle-based R&B artist Choklate has recorded and toured under her own label, Choklate Music, and has been featured on tracks with Drake, De La Soul and Black Sheep.

FUTURE SHOWS

Future dates for “The Night Show” are Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 15.

Future guests include:

- Karen Civil, a social media strategist for Hillary Clinton, Beats By Dre, Drake, Lil’ Wayne.

- Rahmel Dockery, YouTube sensation and NFL prospect.

- Retro Spectro, social media star and recurring character on FX network hit “Atlanta”.

- MistaDC, R&B singer from the Tri-Cities.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor
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