Listen, we know that we’re no Portland, where, according to this :45 second funny video “everyone you know is in a band…the janitor at your school, the IT guy at your job…, but you can catch a show in Yakima four nights a week and not encounter any traffic to get there.
I will testify to the fact that now, more than ever, there is A LOT happening in music in Yakima. Especially THIS coming weekend (July 19-21, 2013) with the 31st annual Folklife Music Festival in Franklin Park and downtown Yakima. But more on that in a moment.
If you’re not up to speed, our town is alive with music choices. Venues range from downtown bars & restaurants, to local wine and beer tasting rooms, (all listed below) plus renewed efforts to diversify offerings at The Seasons Performance Hall (hello, Band of Horses in August?!?), and TWO summer concert series produced by the City of Yakima (Downtown Summer Nights on Thursdays and Lunchtime Live on Fridays).
I spotted this post from local music promoter, owner of NO Entertainment, and music booker at The Seasons, Nick Orlando, this week on Facebook:
“What's going on, live music wise, in Yakima this weekend? Thursday night, free concert downtown, Not Amy from 5-9. It should be a great show! Beer garden as well. Friday and Saturday, Yakima Folklife. Kickoff concert starts at 7pm at Franklin Park. Headliner is Big Sur based out of Seattle. Killer sound! Free concert too w/beer garden. After the park show, there will be performances at Bill's place, Sports Center, Kana winery, Gilbert Cellars, 5North, Santiagos, and Bob's keg and Cork. Both Friday and Saturday night at those venues. Saturday, music at Franklin Park from 11-7pm. Then downtown venues. All free. Sunday night at Bills Place is Tommy Castro & the Painkillers w/opener Shoot Jake. Killer Blues Rock. $20adv. $25 at the door. Well worth $20/$25 though! They played at the Seasons and killed it! That's why they're back. There's a ton going on this weekend!
Folklife’s lineup is excellent this year, which brings me to another point. The difference between big city music and the Yakima scene is this: you can personally get involved and make an impact. As written in the Yakima Herald Republic: "Navid Eliot, who plays in Yakima band Not Amy and serves on the Yakima Folklife board, with help from Orlando, was largely responsible for finding new Folklife Festival talent this year. '"The musicians I know in Seattle love Yakima,” says Eliot, who is not just a board member but a performer at this year’s festival. “They love coming here.”'
There you have it. We're a destination for music.
LOCAL MUSIC VENUES:
Bill's Place, 5 North, Second Street Grill, SportsCenter, Kana Winery, Gilbert Cellars' Tasting Room and The Cave Amphitheater, City of Yakima, Naches Heights Vineyard, Treveri Cellars, Bale Breaker Brewery, The Seasons Performance Hall & more