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Summer Live Music Concerts 2016

Summer Live Music Concerts 2016

You can listen to live music outdoors in several locations in the Tri-Cities beginning May 27! Here are the free summer outdoor concert opportunties so far:

  • Live @ 5
  • Summer Music on the Patio at Tagaris
  • J. Bookwalter Winery
  • Thunder on the Island
  • Pasco's Summer Concert Series

For event details, visit: Summer Live Music Concerts 2016.

Music Event Calendars

Tri-Cities Live Music

Check the following calendars to find out who's performing at the various venues in the Tri-Cities:


Tri-Cities Karaoke

Looking for Karaoke venues in the Tri-Cities? If so, check out Tri City Karaoke where you can find a calendar that shows what's happening at different venues. Follow us on Facebook

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community

Open Mic Jam Nights in the Tri-Cities

Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Nightlife Music Venues

The following is a list of some of the venues in the Tri-Cities that feature live music entertainment.

3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar 3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar (Richland)
Barnard Griffin Wine Bar & Eatery Barnard Griffin Wine Bar & Eatery (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Bookwalter Winery Bookwalter Winery (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Branding Iron Branding Iron (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Cheese Louise Cheese Louise (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Clover Island Inn Clover Island Inn (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Collegium Café Collegium Café (Pasco) Follow us on Facebook
Crave Eats & Drinks Crave Eats & Drinks (Kennewick)
Dax's Bar & GrillDax's Bar & Grill (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Fox and Bear Public HouseFox and Bear Public House (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Gordon Estate Winery Gordon Estate Winery (Pasco) Follow us on Facebook
Jokers Comedy Club Jokers Comedy Club (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
La Tropicana La Tropicana (Pasco)
Mai House Seafood Grill and Bar Mai House Seafood Grill and Bar (Kennewick)
Mezzo Thai Tappas Mezzo Thai (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Ms. Rhoda's Wine Garden Ms. Rhoda's Wine Garden (Richland)
MUX Indie/Rock Venue MUX (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Nomad Kitchen & Lounge Nomad Kitchen & Lounge (Kennewick)
Paper Street Alehouse Paper Street Alehouse (Richland) Follow us on Facebook

Parkade Bar & GrillParkade Bar & Grill (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
R.F. McDougalls R.F. McDougalls (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Roxy BarRoxy Bar (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Sharehouse CoffeeSharehouse (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Stick+StoneStick+Stone (Richland)
Shrub Steppe BrewingShrub Steppe Brewing (Richland)
Taverna Tagaris Taverna Tagaris (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
The Emerald of Siam The Emerald of Siam (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
The PubThe Pub (Kennewick)
Uptown Bar & Grill Uptown Bar & Grill (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Whiskey River Bar & Grill Whiskey River Bar & Grill (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Wook's Craft & Cork Wook's Craft & Cork (West Richland)

Are you planning to go to Pendleton, Prosser, Walla Walla or Yakima for an evening? If so, check out the following venues:



Walla Walla


Bands & Musicians

The following is a list of some of the muscians that perform acoustic, blues, funk, jazz, Latin jazz, alternative, country, hip hop, metal, rhythm & blues, rock, and Christian music in the Tri-Cities. There are even a couple of DJ's listed.

3 Way Street 3 Way Street (jazz, blues R&B, pop)
3rd Date 3rd Date (rock & roll)
7 Wheel Drive 7 Wheel Drive (R&B)
Alberto Navarro Alberto Navarro (regional Mexicano, blues, country)
Badger Mountain Dry Band Badger Mountain Dry Band (bluegrass)
Benson Brooks Benson Brooks (electric/acoustic duo) Follow us on Facebook
Bent on Blues Bent on Blues (blues, R&B, classic rock) Follow us on Facebook
Brian Holbrook Brian Holbrook (alternative, folk, country)
Colorblind Colorblind (rock and roll) Follow us on Facebook
CrashWurX CrashWurX (classic & original rock)
Dan McCool Dan McCool (retro eclectic acoustic classics, jazz, blues)
Dan Myers Dan Myers (improvised acoustic and synthetic arrangements)
Dave & Scott Dave & Scott (acoustic, indie) Follow us on Facebook
DJ Arksigo DJ Arksigo (original music, remixes, trance, house, minimal)
DJ BounceHouse DJ BounceHouse (electronic melodic dubstep / progressive house)
Doug Rice Guitarist Doug Rice Guitarist (acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, rock, funk, and blues)
Eddie Manzanares Eddie Manzanares (acoustic Latin jazz, salsa)
Evan Egerer Evan Egerer (acoustic, rock, blues)
Fallout Fallout (rock and roll)
Frazer Wambeke Frazer Wambeke (soul, blues, funk, jazz, instrumental)
Groove Principle Groove Principle (rock and roll)
Highway 12 Band Highway 12 Band (classic rock) Follow us on Facebook
Jack Jones Jack Jones (vintage country, swing, Latin, old jazz)
Jack Rothwell Jack Rothwell (acoustic rock/pop)
JK Duo JK Duo (rock/pop)
John Bartholomew John Bartholomew (folk, blues, Americana)
Kate Turner Kate Turner (country rock) Follow us on Facebook
Jamie Nasario Jamie Nasario (vocals - old school soul & blues) Follow us on Facebook
Katie Smith Katie Smith (singer/song writer)

Kelly Noelle Kelly Noelle (jazz singer)
Kira Palm Trio Kira Palm Trio (jazz)
Last Call Last Call (classic rock, blues)
Latin Fusion Latin Fusion (Latin infused rock and blues)
Luke Basile Luke Basile (acoustic guitar)
Matt hammer Matt Hammer (folk)
Melissa Cunnington Melissa Cunnington (jazz/pop singer) Follow us on Facebook
My Favorite Toy My Favorite Toy (rock)
Nerve Centr Nerve Centr (rock)
Nuketown Nuketown (country)
Pamela Thomas-Martin Pamela Thomas-Martin (Americana, rock, folk) Follow us on Facebook
Quinell Oucharek Quinell Oucharek (acoustic folk/rock)
Roger Quesnell Roger Quesnell (fusion, blues, jazz)
Skydogs Skydogs (classic rock, R&B, country rock, classic country)
Soundwall Soundwall (rock & roll)
Stompin Ground Stompin' Ground (country rock, classic country & rock-n-roll)
Sweep the Leg Sweep the Leg (rock) Follow us on Facebook
The Kuntzen Brothers The Knutzen Brothers (originals, standards, country, pop)
The Shades The Shades (classic rock, pop)
The Spirit Animals The Spirit Animals (rock)
The Trio The Trio (eclectic music)
The Vaughn Jensen Band The Vaughn Jensen Band (blues, southern rock, indie)
Tony Woods Tony Woods (acoustic guitar)
Troublemaker Troublemaker (rock/hard rock)
VooDoo Alley VooDoo Alley (party rock)
Wabi Sabi Wabi Sabi (jazz fusion)
Wayman Chapman Wayman Chapman (blues, R&B, jazz)

Ray's Golden Lion - Closed

Ray's Golden Lion

Ray Chin opened Ray's Golden Lion in 1963 and turned his venue into a hot spot for food and entertainment. Ray's was different, a restaurant by day and a club by night, booking big-time musicians like Frank Sinatra Junior and Ike and Tina Turner.

It was in the early 2000's that Ray saw the transformation into a place for punk, rock and rap music for not just young adults but those under 21, as well. Ray's featured a stage in the bar that provided many local bands with a venue to play for the first time. Ray's Golden Lion closed in October 2015 after more than 50 years of business. Ray died on February 14, 2016 as a result of injuries he suffered after being struck by a car a few days earlier.

Scott Butner started taking photographs of the bands performing at Ray's around 2005 and compiled this list of photo albums from the shows he could find:

Tri-City Music Archive

Tri-City Music Archive logo

The Tri-City Music Archive was an ambitious project that started in 2005 to serve as a visual history of underground and independent music from the Tri-Cities.

The last flyer archive update was in August 2006. The archive currently has 468 flyers going back to the early '90s associated with 576 bands and 56 venues.

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