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

Tri-Cities Live Music

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

Heavy Metal Band Performances

Heavy Metal Band Performances in the Tri-Cities

Heavy metal band performances are taking place at Eagles 2485 in Kennewick. Blaine Shrum with the band Prophets of Metal manages Papa Bear & Associates as the promoter of these events.

Jam/Open Mic Community

Open Mic Jam Nights in the Tri-Cities

About the 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.

Jam/Open Mic Hosts

There is something going on every evening with hosts that include Mondo Ray, Vaughn Jensen, Barefoot Randy, Brian Holbrook, Pamela Thomas-Martin, Jack Rothwell, and others.

Jam/Open Mic Venues

Some of the venues that support the jam/open mic community include: American Legion Post 34, Branding Iron, D's Wicked Cider Co., R.F. McDougalls, The Emerald of Siam, The Pub, 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.

Three Rivers Folklife Society

Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS) has an open mic at their monthly coffeehouse. Presented the second Friday of each month from September through May or June, at 7:30 p.m. Performances begin with an open mic session that may include music, poetry, etc, followed by the featured performer. Sign-ups for the open mic session begin at 7:00 p.m., first come, first served, limit four performers, and two songs each.

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. 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

The Listening

The Listening

Quinell Oucharek heads up the The Listening which is a sharing space for local songwriters to showcase their music in an intimate living-room experience at The Local coffee house in Kennewick. Monthly music events are held during the fall through spring months.

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)
At Michele's At Michele's (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
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
Budd's Broiler Budd's Broiler (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
Clover Island Inn Clover Island Inn (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Copper Top Tap House and Growler Fills Copper Top Tap House and Growler Fills (Kennewick)
D's Wicked Cider D's Wicked Cider (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
La Tropicana La Tropicana (Pasco)
Long Branch Bar & Grill Long Branch Bar & Grill (Kennewick) Follow us on Facebook
Mezzo Thai Tappas Mezzo Thai (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
R.F. McDougalls R.F. McDougalls (Richland) Follow us on Facebook

Taverna Tagaris Taverna Tagaris (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
The Chicken Shack The Chicken Shack (West Richland) Follow us on Facebook
The Emerald of Siam The Emerald of Siam (Richland) Follow us on Facebook
The Scarlet Room Foundation The Scarlet Room Foundation (Pasco)
Tin Hat Tavern Tin Hat Tavern (Kennewick)
Venezia Ristorante Venezia Ristorante (Richland)
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.

Badger Mountain Dry Band Badger Mountain Dry Band (bluegrass)
Badlandz Badlandz (music that feels good)
Barefoot Randy Barefoot Randy (singer/song writer)
Bent on Blues Bent on Blues (blues, R&B, classic rock) Follow us on Facebook
Black Dolly Black Dolly (jazz, soul)
Blue Mountain Spanish Sound Blue Mountain Spanish Sound (acoustic Latin beats)
BlueZette BlueZette (60's & 70's retro pop)
Bobby & Faith Bobby & Faith (acoustic duo)
Brian Holbrook Brian Holbrook (alternative, folk, country) Follow us on Facebook
Buckin' A Buckin' A (classic country)
Colorblind Colorblind (rock and roll) Follow us on Facebook
Dan McCool Dan McCool (retro eclectic acoustic classics, jazz, blues)
Dan Myers Dan Myers (acoustic and synthetic arrangements)
Denin Koch Denin Koch (jazz guitarist)
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 Principal Groove Principal (rock and roll)
Jack Jones Jack Jones (vintage country, swing, Latin, old jazz)
Jack Rothwell Jack Rothwell (acoustic rock/pop - open mic host)
Jagged Edge Jagged Edge (hard rock)
Jamie Nasario Jamie Nasario (vocals - old school soul & blues) Follow us on Facebook
Jeff Peterson Jeff Peterson (trumpet player) Follow us on Facebook
Kate Turner Kate Turner (country rock) Follow us on Facebook
Kira Palm Trio Kira Palm Trio (jazz)
Luke Basile Luke Basile (acoustic guitar)
Melissa Cunnington Melissa Cunnington (jazz/pop singer) Follow us on Facebook
Michael Douglas Michael Douglas (singer, guitarist) Follow us on Facebook
Mondo Ray Mondo Ray (guitarist - open mic jam host)
Naughty Pine Naughty Pine (acoustic reggae)
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)
Sam Fickel Sam Fickel (pianist, improvisions)
Stompin Ground Stompin' Ground (country rock, classic country & rock-n-roll)
SwingShift SwingShift (dance music)
The Decantors The Decantors (acoustic rock)
The JavaTones The JavaTones (blues, funk) Follow us on Facebook
The Kuntzen Brothers The Knutzen Brothers (originals, standards, country, pop)
Skydogs The Outsiders Band (classic rock)
The Shades The Shades (classic rock, pop)
Three Rivers Saxtette Three Rivers Saxtette Follow us on Facebook
Tony Woods Tony Woods (acoustic guitar)
Trillium-239 Trillium 239 (acoustic singer-songwriter trio with cello) Follow us on Facebook
Tupelo Joe Tupelo Joe (acoustic country, folk, pop, rock)
U4RIA U4RIA (alternative/funk/punk rock)
The Vaughn Jensen Band Vaughn Jensen Band (blues, southern rock, indie)
Wabi Sabi Wabi Sabi (jazz fusion)

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.

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

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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