Tom Gnoza Leaves Lyrical Legacy

Tom Gnoza

The Tri-Cities music community is reeling from the death of Tom Gnoza, 49, who died unexpectedly in his sleep on March 25. Tom Gnoza was a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, who became a luminary of the Tri-City music community — earning fans with his powerful songs and admirers for his willingness to encourage and support younger musicians. Tom Gnoza played with a number of bands over the years, from Thin Men and Uncle Dirt Nap to The Millionaires Club.

A memorial service is from 3 to 6 p.m. April 4 at Einan’s event center in Richland. Friends are welcome. View and share memories online. Photo credit: Scott Butner.

Pub Crawl Benefit For Tom Gnoza - April 1

A Pub Crawl Benefit is planned at various venues in Uptown Richland on April 1 with proceeds donated to a memorial fund for his family:

  • Ray's Golden Lion: all ages Show and free food (while it lasts), featuring The Savage Henrys, Red Volt and more bands Tba. $5 suggested donation. All cover collected will be donated to the memorial fund.
  • Emerald of Siam: Open Jam Night hosted by Brian Paxton with a percentage of the profits going to the memorial fund.
  • Karaoke at both Lee's Tahitian and The Uptown Bar and Grill.

Come down, share memories amongst the music. Just the way he would have wanted!

The uptown lowdown blues

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Live Music Event Calendars


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

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Three Rivers Folklife Society: coffee house - concerts



Pendleton, Walla Walla and Yakima Music Event Calendars

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Walla Walla


Night Life Music Venues

The following are some of the venues that feature night life music entertainment.

3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar 3 Eyed Fish Wine Bar (Richland)
Badger Mountain Vineyard Badger Mountain Vineyard (Kennewick)
Barnard Griffin Wine Bar & Eatery Barnard Griffin Wine Bar & Eatery (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Bookwalter Winery Bookwalter Winery (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Cheese Louise Cheese Louise (Richland)
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
Grill On Gage Grill on Gage (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Gordon Estate Winery Gordon Estate Winery (Pasco) Follow us on Facebook
Ice Harbor Brewing CompanyIce Harbor Brewing Company (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 (monthly indie/rock - Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Parkade Bar & GrillParkade Bar & Grill (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
R.F. McDougalls R.F. McDougalls (Richland)
Ray's Golden LionRay's Golden Lion (Richland)
Roxy BarRoxy Bar (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Sharehouse CoffeeSharehouse (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Tagaris Winery Taverna Tagaris (Richland)
The Alley Public House & Brews The Alley Public House & Brews (Kennewick)
The Branding IronThe Branding Iron (Kennewick)
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
West Richland Beer & Wine Shop West Richland Beer & Wine Shop (West Richland) Follow us on Facebook

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)
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
Blue Mountain Spanish Sound Blue Mountain Spanish Sound (high energy acoustic) Follow us on Facebook
Brian Holbrook Brian Holbrook (alternative, folk, country)
Chelsea Kupitz Chelsea Kupitz (acoustic pop)
Colorblind Colorblind (rock and roll) Follow us on Facebook
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 & the Tribe (acoustic, rock, blues) Follow us on Facebook
Fallout Fallout (rock and roll)
FazeDoubt FazeDoubt (classic rock, country)
Flashmob Flashmob (rock, country)
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 Rothwell Jack Rothwell (acoustic rock/pop)
Just Sayin' Just Sayin' (classic rock)
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 (young 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)
Nuketown Nuketown (country)
Pamela Thomas-Martin Pamela Thomas-Martin (Americana, rock, folk)
Quinell Oucharek Quinell Oucharek (acoustic folk/rock) Follow us on Facebook
Roger Quesnell Roger Quesnell (fusion, blues, jazz)
Run From Cover Run From Cover (alternative, rock) Follow us on Facebook
Skydogs Skydogs (classic rock, R&B, country rock, classic country)
Stompin Ground Stompin' Ground (country rock, classic country & rock-n-roll)
Sweep the Leg Sweep the Leg (rock) Follow us on Facebook
The East Westerners The East Westerners (funk, progressive blues)
The Frog Hollow Band The Frog Hollow Band (country) 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)
Three Rivers Saxtette Three Rivers Saxtette (jazz, swing)
Tony Woods Tony Woods (acoustic guitar)
VooDoo Alley VooDoo Alley (party rock)
Wayman Chapman Wayman Chapman (blues, R&B, jazz)


Three Rivers Folklife Society logo

The Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS) was organized in 1988 and is dedicated to promoting folk music in the Tri-Cities.

They sponsor a coffee house on the second Friday of each month from September through May or June. They also sponsor several concerts once or twice each month from September through May. Follow us on Facebook


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

Open Mic & Jam Nights

Open Mic in the Tri-Cities logo

Atwoods Tin Hat in Kennewick is hosting a jam night every Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m. Join them for a great night of music, food and rocking drinks.

The Emerald of Siam in Richland hosts two jam nights each week and features a full backline of gear including drums, bass amp, guitar amp, piano and full PA. Bring in your band, do a solo set or just listen and drink at the premier music spot in TC.

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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