Friday, June 28

Lunchtime Live, the city of Yakima-sponsored free concert series now in its fourth week, features homegrown acoustic rock duo The Deadbeat Drag. According to its bio, the band sounds like The Black Keys, The Doors and Audioslave. According to me, it sounds like none of those.

But that’s fine. With Matthew Walsh on guitar and vocals and Anson Morgan on percussion, The Deadbeat Drag makes pretty good music, nevertheless. It’s bluesy acoustic stuff with a little grunge influence in the vocals. Should sound pretty good outdoors on a sunny day.

The show goes from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Performance Park at the corner of Second and A streets. For information, visit

The judges for The Seasons Performance Hall’s annual Yakima’s Got Talent contest decided who made it this far, past the first round and semis. But now in the finals, with a $1,000 grand prize at stake, the audience finally gets a say.

That’s right; the fourth judge is the audience, which could include you. So that’s something for your resume. But frankly, it would be worth going anyway, just to see the 10 best entrants battle it out one more time.

The show, including singers, dancers and others, begins at 7 p.m. at The Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave. Tickets go from $10 to $50. For information, visit or call 509-453-1888.

If you like Jackson Browne, you’ll like Shane Alexander, who opens for The Cave Singers tonight and plays a free show at Naches Heights Vineyards on Friday. Alexander, like Browne, has a quality to his music that makes you feel like you should probably listen to it right around dusk, while walking through the reeds on a cliff overlooking a craggy coastline. It’s contemplative and self-consciously beautiful. It’s probably also pretty good with a glass of rosé.

The Naches Heights show starts at 7 p.m. The winery is at 2410 Naches Heights Road. For information, visit or or call 855-648-9463.

Saturday, June 29

Black Market Revue isn’t breaking new ground with its funk-soul music. It’s well-trod ground, in fact. But not everything has to be new, you know. I’ll always have a kind word for a band that plays Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye stuff.

The Ellensburg-based band does a mix of originals and covers, all with full soul-music instrumentation. You can catch them for free at the Yakima Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave., starting at 9 p.m. For information, visit or or call 509-453-4647.

If you, like me, enjoy the beauty of the Yakima Area Arboretum but wish there were people there to hand you bits of sausage and chocolate, Bite of Yakima is tailored specifically to you. The event, which brings in restaurateurs, bakers and agricultural producers from throughout the Yakima Valley, is a great chance to chow down in a beautiful, natural setting.

Some samples are free. Others cost up to $2. And admission to the event is $5. It goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive. For information, visit or call 509-248-7337.

Sunday, June 30

That stain on the lead singer’s overalls could be barbecue sauce, but it’s probably blood. Such is the raw outlaw-garage-country-psychobilly-punk appeal of Barnyard Stompers, the Denver-based ne’er-do-well duo that’s going to burn down Bill’s Place in a free, early evening Sunday show. These guys have an album called “Outlaws and Chainsaws,” after all. Oh, you know what? That’s barbecue sauce AND blood.

The show starts at 5 p.m. Bill’s is at 206 S. Third Ave. For information, visit or or call 509-575-9513.

John Reischman is among the most highly regarded mandolin players in the world. So don’t go to the John Reischman and the Jaybirds concert at a farm outside of Ellensburg expecting to hear just another bluegrass band. Reischman and company do play bluegrass, but they also do old-timey music and contemporary folk, emphasizing quality musicianship throughout.

You can see them for just $10 at Lark Meadows Farm, 4132 Hanson Road. For tickets, visit For information, visit or call 509-859-3574.

Thursday, July 4

The Yakima Valley Fourth of July Celebration has fireworks, sure. But it’s so much more than that. State Fair Park will open at 8 a.m. for a day full of music, kids’ activities, carnival rides, food and drink. The headliner, who takes the stage at 8:35 p.m., is country star Mark Wills, who had a string of hits in the 1990s and early 2000s. Best of all, admission is free. For information, visit or call 509-248-7160.

Friday, July 5

“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the great musicals in the history of American theater. The company over at the Akin Center Theatre will show you why. Tickets cost $17, or $14 for students and seniors. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee July 27. For information, visit or call 509-248-2787.

— Pat Muir