The Grit City Podcast

The Premier Pacific Northwest Community, Entertainment, and Nightlife Podcast. Casual talk and events hosted from Tacoma, Washington!

About the show

The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it.

Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. No matter what or who we are recording we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.

The Grit City Podcast was launched during the summer of 2014 and had over 120 episodes between 2014 and 2017. The founders and original hosts are technology workers who met on the job and bonded over a common interest in the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a short hiatus at the end of 2017, The Grit City Podcast rebooted in 2018 with more friends and family involved. GCP's goal is to become the "Must Listen To" podcast around the Pacific Northwest, with a fan base of people around the world. People who identify with "Grit" and understand that The Reputation is Real.

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  • Four Rounds with Jose Cervantes - Battle at the Boat 125

    January 13th, 2020  |  50 mins 15 secs
    battle at the boat, boxing, jose cervantes, sports

    The GCP team sits down with boxer Jose Cervantes (1-0), before his upcoming bout at Battle at the Boat 125. Happening Friday, January 17th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Battle at the Boat is organized by Brian Halquist Productions, the Northwest premiere fight promotion company that has been promoting fights and concerts for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest.

  • GCP: Ringing in 2020. Recapping 2019.

    January 6th, 2020  |  58 mins 39 secs
    2019, 2020, bfro, boot 2 boot, drunk replay, flat earth, new year, nye, streetball supe

    This time, the group gets together and says goodbye to 2019 and welcomes the New Year. They lookback at exciting moments of 2019 and share what is coming up in 2020. Happy 2020 to GCP’s past guests and listeners! We’re looking forward to another great year of podcasting!!

  • One-On-One with Author David James Roberts - The Paper Man

    December 30th, 2019  |  58 mins 11 secs
    author, david james roberts, matthias sindelar, national novel writing month, soccer, sports, the paper man

    On this episode David James Roberts, local Tacoma author, sits down for an exclusive GCP one-on-one conversation with Justin. David’s first book, "The Paper Man” is a fictional story based around the real life soccer player, Matthias Sindelar.

  • Hypnosis and Float Tanks with Deane and Jessie

    December 23rd, 2019  |  53 mins 48 secs
    deane benninghoven, floating, isolation tanks, jessie puryear, summit hypnosis northwest, urban float

    Deane Benninghoven from Summit Hypnosis NW and Jessie Puryear from Urban Float join GCP to talk about their recent hypnotherapy experience with two floaters that received hypnosis therapy while in the tank. Deane is a certified hypnotist and artist located in Tacoma. He uses hypnotherapy to help adults and children overcome limiting and negative behaviors and chronic pain. Jessie Puryear is the owner of the Urban Float Tacoma franchise. His location has six rooms featuring the DreamPod Max Float Pod.

  • What's Going On at Old City Hall with Guion Rosenzweig

    December 16th, 2019  |  38 mins 22 secs
    community, coworking, guion rosenzweig, old city hall, surge, surge tacoma, union club

    Guion Rosenzweig sits down with the guys for an update on what SURGE Tacoma is doing and what is happening with Old City Hall. SURGE Coworking “helps individuals and small businesses to reach their full potential by providing office space and an inspiring community of like-minded business people.” Old City Hall is planned to open in 2021

  • Gremlins with Rusty, Ken Carlson, and Joseph Malik

    December 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    author, church cantina, comedian, comedy, dead drift, director, gremlins, joseph malik, ken carlson, movies, penny palabras, roscoe the junkyard cat, rusty, whiskey

    Joe Malik, Ken Carlson and Rusty return to give their review on the movie Gremlins. Joe Malik is a science-fiction author who recently joined the guys on episode 96 and has also joined for previous episodes 2 and 38. Ken Carlson is a PNW artist, director, and producer that likes “telling stories and hopes to one day create some that won’t bore you to death”. He has written and directed Dead Drift, Penny Palabras, Roscoe the Junkyard Cat, and is always working on new projects. He has also joined the guys on episodes 8 and 87. Rusty is a PNW comedian, co – owner of Church Cantina, and longtime friend of the Grit City Podcast.

  • Drinking Whiskey with Joseph Malik

    December 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    author, brown sugar bourbon, dragon's trail, fantasy, fiction, flat earth, international bestseller, joseph malik, oxblood books, screwball whiskey, swords, the new magic

    Joseph Malik returns to the podcast for another great conversation and some whiskey. He previously joined the guys on episodes 2 and 38. He is the author of two books, Dragon’s Trail and New Magic and is currently working on the final installment of the Outworlders series. His first book, Dragon's Trail, was released in September of 2016, and is a #1 international bestseller. The second installment in the Outworlders series, New Magic, was released in September of 2018.

  • Brian Terbush from WSEMD

    November 25th, 2019  |  46 mins 52 secs
    brian terbush, disaster, emergencies, emergency, prepare, preparedness, preparedness training, washington state, washington state emergency management division, wsemd

    Brian Terbush from Washington State Emergency Management Division joins the guys to talk about what WSEMD is and how Washington residents can prepare themselves for an emergency. WSEMD’s vision is for a disaster ready and resilient Washington State. Their mission is to lead and coordinate mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in Washington State to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the people, property, environment and economy.

  • From Tacoma to Netflix's 'Blown Away' - Glass Artist Edgar Valentine

    November 18th, 2019  |  47 mins 46 secs
    blown away, edgar valentine, glassblower, glassblowing, netflix, tacoma glassblowing studio

    Edgar Valentine is a glassblower from Tacoma, WA. Currently, he is teaching beginning and intermediate glassblowing at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. He recently was on the Netflix Original Series “Blown Away”.

  • Plumbing Problems with Harts Services

    November 11th, 2019  |  53 mins 34 secs
    careers, commercial, entrepreneurs, harts services, plumbers, plumbing, residential, sewer., small business, tacoma, trade

    Tim, Richard and Dan from Harts Services join the podcast. Harts Services is a Tacoma Plumbing company that formed in 2013. The companies aim is to provide professional, top quality, value-added solutions that customers can rely on at competitive rates. They maintain a highly trained and motivated staff to deliver these things with courtesy and precision. Hart Services provides support to areas up to 30 miles from Tacoma, WA. Visit their website at:

  • Jean-Pierre Garcia with Real Art Tacoma

    November 4th, 2019  |  58 mins 1 sec
    501(c)(3), all ages, business, diy, event space, jean-pierre garcia, music venue, non profit, real art tacoma, screen printing, tacoma, volunteer

    Jean-Pierre Garcia joins the guys to talk about Real Art. Real Art Tacoma is a volunteer ran 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides an all ages event space and music venue. To find out more information on upcoming events or how to volunteer, find them online at:

  • Brian Halquist - Battle at The Boat 124

    October 28th, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs
    andre keys, battle at the boat, boxing, brian halquist, cagesport, emeral queen casino, eqc, fighting, mixed martial arts, mma, sports

    Brian Halquist and boxer Andre Keys, join the guys to talk boxing in Tacoma and the upcoming Battle at the Boat happening on November 9th at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company, promoting fights and concerts for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. Andre Keys, is a Main Event fighter at Battle at The Boat 124. He is a welterweight from Tacoma with an 11-1 record.