About Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
Information is provided about the "nightlife" music scene in Tri-Cities Washington that includes local bands and musicians, venues, and music event calendars. Check out the following topics:
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Music Event Calendars
Jam/Open Mic Community
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 publishes Jam/Open Mic events in the Tri-Cities area.
Some of the venues that support the jam/open mic community include: American Legion Post 34, Branding Iron, Gordon Estate Wine Bar, R.F. McDougalls, The Emerald of Siam, Whiskey River Bar & Grill, and Wook's Craft & Cork.
Mid-Columbia Bluegrass Association
The Mid-Columbia Bluegrass Association sponsors several jams that start in September and run through May. These are family-oriented events and everyone is welcome. So, bring your instruments and family members and be ready to enjoy a wonderful evening of music.
- Acoustic Jam - Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (except 3rd Tuesday of the month) - Quinault Baptist Church, 5400 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick. All musical genres are ok so long as it is with an acoustic instrument though mostly we do bluegrass, old time, and a bit of country.
- Bluegrass Jam - 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. - Pasco Christian Church, 1524 W Marie St. in Pasco. This Bluegrass music jam is usually made up of the typical acoustic bluegrass instruments; guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro.
Washington Old Time Fiddlers
The Washington Old Time Fiddlers (District 12) holds a monthly jam session and show the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Richland.
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.
Offering intimate living-room experience for hearing local musicians...
For musicians in the Tri-Cities, there are places to play bigger, louder shows. And there are places to play quieter sets - usually at a restaurant or winery, as the audience talks, eats or drinks cocktails.
But there aren't a lot of spots where musicians can play their own acoustic stuff before audiences poised to listen.
That's changed, as some Tri-City musicians that include Quinell Oucharek have teamed up with The Local coffee shop in Kennewick to hold regular living room-style music events. This allows musicians a place to play where it feels like people are paying attention to what they're doing. Also, this allows the audience to enjoy the music instead of listening over noise. For more information, visit The Listening.
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 (Richland)
Bookwalter Winery (Richland)
Branding Iron (Kennewick)
Budd's Broiler (Richland)
Cheese Louise (Richland)
Chicken Shack (West Richland)
Clover Island Inn (Kennewick)
Collegium Café (Pasco)
D's Wicked Cider (Kennewick)
Fredy's Steakhouse (Kennewick)
Gordon Estate Wine Bar (Pasco)
Jokers Night Club (Richland)
La Tropicana (Pasco)
Long Branch Bar & Grill (Kennewick)
Mezzo Thai (Richland)
Ms. Rhoda's Wine Garden (Richland)
Nomad Kitchen & Lounge (Kennewick)
Paper Street Brewing Co. (Richland)
R.F. McDougalls (Richland)
Shrub Steppe Brewing (Richland)
Taverna Tagaris (Richland)
The Chicken Shack (West Richland)
The Emerald of Siam (Richland)
The Local Coffee House (Kennewick)
The Scarlet Room Foundation (Pasco)
Tin Hat Tavern (Kennewick)
Towne Crier (Richland)
Venezia Ristorante (Richland)
Whiskey River Bar & Grill (Richland)
Winenotes Wine Bar (West Richland)
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:
- Hamley Steakhouse (8 S.E. Court Ave.)
- The Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Co. (403 S. Main St.)
- Wildhorse Resort & Casino (46510 Wildhorse Blvd.)
- Main Street Studios (4th and Main St.)
- Marcy's Bar & Lounge (35 S. Colville St.)
- Night Life Walla Walla
- Sapolil Cellars (15 E. Main St.)
- Sinclair Estate Vineyards (109-B East Main St.)
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.3rd Date (rock & roll)
Alberto Navarro (regional Mexicano, blues, country)
Badger Mountain Dry Band (bluegrass)
Badlandz (music that feels good)
Barefoot Randy (singer/song writer)
Benson Brooks (electric/acoustic duo)
Bent on Blues (blues, R&B, classic rock)
Black Dolly (jazz, soul)
Brian Holbrook (alternative, folk, country)
Colorblind (rock and roll)
CrashWurX (classic & original rock)
Dan McCool (retro eclectic acoustic classics, jazz, blues)
Dan Myers (acoustic and synthetic arrangements)
Dave & Scott (acoustic, indie)
DJ BounceHouse (electronic melodic dubstep / progressive house)
Doug Rice Guitarist (acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, rock, funk, and blues)
Eddie Manzanares (acoustic Latin jazz, salsa)
Evan Egerer (acoustic, rock, blues)
Fallout (rock and roll)
Frazer Wambeke (soul, blues, funk, jazz, instrumental)
Groove Principal (rock and roll)
Highway 12 Band (classic rock)
Jack Jones (vintage country, swing, Latin, old jazz)
Jack Rothwell (acoustic rock/pop)
Jami Cooper (Christian singer/songwriter)
Jamie Nasario (vocals - old school soul & blues)
Jeff Peterson (trumpet player)
Kate Turner (country rock)
Katie Smith (singer/song writer)
Kira Palm Trio (jazz)
Luke Basile (acoustic guitar)
Matt Hammer (folk)
Melissa Cunnington (jazz/pop singer)
Mondo Ray (guitarist - open mic jam host)
My Favorite Toy (rock)
Nerve Centr (rock)
Pamela Thomas-Martin (Americana, rock, folk)
Quinell Oucharek (acoustic folk/rock)
Roger Quesnell (fusion, blues, jazz)
Sam Fickel (pianist, improvisions)
Skydogs (classic rock, R&B, country rock, classic country)
Soundwall (rock & roll)
Stompin' Ground (country rock, classic country & rock-n-roll)
TC Latin Fusion (Latin infused rock and blues)
The Coast (alternative, pop)
The JavaTones (blues, funk)
The Knutzen Brothers (originals, standards, country, pop)
The Spirit Animals (rock)
The Stormcloaks (alternative rock)
The Vaughn Jensen Band (blues, southern rock, indie)
Three Rivers Saxtette
Tony Woods (acoustic guitar)
Trillium 239 (acoustic singer-songwriter trio with cello)
Troublemaker (rock/hard rock)
Tupelo Joe (country, folk, pop, rock)
U4RIA (alternative/funk/punk rock)
Wabi Sabi (jazz fusion)
Ray's Golden Lion - Closed
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.
Local photographer, Scott Butner, photographed a number of bands over a period of 4-5 years prior to the closing of Ray's, and compiled a list of photo albums from the shows he could find in What he gave us...
Tri-City Music Archive
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.