Friday, Aug. 9
• The Hardcount is a classic rock ’n’ roll bar band loaded with a bunch of hard-driving songs and, most likely, a bunch of booze, too. They list AC/DC and The Misfits among their primary influences. But I’d say they sound at least as much like Social Distortion. At any rate, they play the kind of rock ’n’ roll that sounds best at a little neighborhood bar like Bill’s Place, where nobody’s going to care all that much if you spill some of your beer while you’re dancing. Local rockers Argus will open things up. The show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Bill’s is at 206 S. Third Ave. For information, visit www.reverbnation.com/thehardcount or www.facebook.com/billsplacetav or call 509-575-9513.
• Fresh off hosting hot contemporary indie outfit Band of Horses, The Seasons Performance Hall has an honest-to-god legend lined up in Leon Russell. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, Russell is the guy who played on all of your favorite records. In addition to his own projects, he was a session man for Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bob Dylan and B.B. King. And that’s a small sampling of the artists whose work bore the Leon Russell stamp. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at www.sblentertainment.com or 877-987-6487. The Seasons is at 101 N. Naches Ave. For information, visit www.theseasonsyakima.com or www.leonrussellrecords.com or call 509-453-1888.
Saturday, Aug. 10
• Seattle band Lucky Machete has this fuzzy, heavy-emo sound with, you know, soaring vocals and that whole thing. It’s the sort of music you bang your head to, very intensely and slowly. Then you probably go home and watch, I don’t know, Dario Argento movies or something. Anyway, it’s a heavy scene, man. You can see for yourself at the Yakima Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave., at 9 p.m. The show is free. Devils Hunt Me Down opens. For information, visit www.reverbnation.com/luckymacheterocks or www.facebook.com/getcentered or call 509-453-4647.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
• The Yakima Valley Museum’s excellent exhibit “Art of War: Posters Promoting Service and Sacrifice” comes to a close Aug. 17. But first the museum presents “War Posters Exposed,” a lecture by the exhibits curator Jim Givan. The lecture, part of the museum’s Voices From the Past series, will give attendees a look at the propaganda posters from a collector’s perspective as well as further insight into their role in bolstering support for service in World War I and World War II. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The discussion begins at noon. It is free. For information, visit www.yakimavalleymuseum.org or call 509-248-0747.
Thursday, Aug. 15
• Blake Noble, the most popular Aussie import in Yakima, will bring his percussive guitar attack and his didgeridoo back to town for a free outdoor concert as part of the city’s new Downtown Summer Nights concert series. Noble, who moved to Seattle from Australia in 2012, came to the attention of local audiences through his association with local-boy-made-good Cody Beebe. But at this point he is plenty popular in his own right, in large part because of the energy he brings to his live performances. You can see for yourself for free. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Fourth Street between Yakima and Chestnut avenues. For information, visit www.blakenoblemusic.com or www.downtownsummernights.com or call 509-972-3461.
Friday, Aug. 16
• I’m not going to guarantee you’ll like Eric Miller, the singer-songwriter playing a free show at the Gilbert Cellars tasting room. I’m not even sure I like him. Of the four songs I’ve heard, I really only liked one, “Daddy’s Old 45.” But I liked it a lot — certainly enough to endorse a free show. It’s a haunting, old-timey ballad sung with a knowing sadness. It’s enough to make me think the guy might be better than I’ve given him credit for. But you can judge for yourself. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Gilbert Cellars, 5 N. Front St. For information visit www.gilbertcellars.com or www.ericmillersongs.com or call 509-249-9049.
Saturday, Aug. 17
• A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz is annually one of the biggest parties in Yakima. It’s seven hours of music, food, wine, beer and spirits at Sarg Hubbard Park. This year’s headliner is Latin jazz-funk-rock fusion performer Javier Garcia. Perennial favorite Mycle Wastman will also perform, as will Rafael Tranquilino. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the gate. The event goes from 4 to 11 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Yakima Greenway Foundation and the Junior League of Yakima. For information, visit www.cotbjazz.com or call 509-453-8280.
• You can step back in time at the Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Expo at Fullbright Park in Union Gap. There will be a threshing bee, tractor pulls, a blacksmith shop, a working sawmill, free train rides for kids, and a giant flea market, as well as old-timey music Aug. 17-18. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $5. For information, visit www.centralwaagmuseum.org or call 509-833-4811.