Friday, Sept. 6

You probably don’t know The Holy Broke, which is basically a stage name for Kent Ueland. But perhaps you know his other band, Spokane’s Terrible Buttons, which has acquired a sizable following on the Northwest indie scene over the past few years. They do dark, old-weird-America type stuff, and so does The Holy Broke. I like it.

If that’s your bag, you can catch him at 5 North for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday or at Wilridge Vineyard winery with Seattle’s Ghosts I’ve Met at 6 p.m. Saturday. The former is at 5 N. Front St. The latter is at 240 Ehler Road. For information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 7

Look, man, I know Furniture Girls are not the next big thing in rock ’n’ roll. They’re not important or groundbreaking or novel. But I like them anyway. Know why? Because they’re fun. They’re unpretentious fun. That’s got to be worth something, right?

You can get in on it for free at the Yakima Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave., at 8 p.m. For information, visit or or call 509-453-4647.

Sunday, Sept. 8

You don’t have to be of Norwegian descent to join the Yakima Sons of Norway chapter’s 75th anniversary celebration. All you need is a sense of curiosity about Nordic culture. But if you are of Norwegian descent, then you pretty much owe it to yourself to be there. There will be music, history, heritage clothing, cultural displays and refreshments.

The event goes from 2-4 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1604 W. Yakima Ave. For information, call 509-965-3947.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Allied Arts of Yakima’s monthly Poetry Open Mic Night series runs from September to March, which is perfect; a Yakima winter would be unbearably cold without poetry. The series, always a highlight of the local literary scene, begins with poet Emily Benson Gwinn, who will read and host the September event. You can sign up to read your own work or just go to listen. Poets of all experience levels are encouraged. For information, visit or call 509-966-0930.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Leo Adams is the Yakima Valley’s most-celebrated visual artist and, by all accounts, something of a local treasure. His painting and his home — a work of art in itself — are both shining examples of his creative spirit and impeccable visual sense.

And they’re both featured in the new University of Washington Press publication “Leo Adams: Art•Home” by Sheila Farr. The Yakima Valley Museum and the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley Community College will host a collaborative pair of exhibits in conjunction with the book’s publication. “Leo Adams: Art•Home,” an installation, opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Larson, on the YVCC campus. And “Leo Adams: Art•Life,” a retrospective, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the museum, 2105 Tieton Drive.

For information, visit or or call 509-248-0747 or 509-574-4875.

Friday, Sept. 13

I’ll admit it; I kind of slept on the Chinook Fest in its inaugural year last year. I wrote a pretty short, pretty basic piece about it and left it at that.

Guess what? That was the wrong thing to do. Chinook Fest is a big deal, it turns out. Big like thousands of people. That kind of big. I won’t make that mistake again. So look for a cover story in next week’s On magazine.

Till then, I’ll just let you know that plenty of local favorites (Cody Beebe and The Crooks, Not Amy, Village, etc.) and lots of top regional acts (Nick Foster, Tim Snider, Yogoman Burning Band, etc.) will be there. It’s three days of music and fun in the great Northwest.

It all starts Sept. 13 at Jim Sprick Community Park, 13680 State Route 410, west of Naches. Advance tickets are $25 for Sept. 13, $55 for Sept. 14 and $10 for Sept. 15. Advance weekend passes are $70. For information and the full lineup, visit

Saturday, Sept. 14

Eliane Elias is a Brazilian jazz singer who combines a sort of smoky sensuality with bright and lively phrasing into a sound that has serious depth but is still, you know, fun. So it will be interesting to see how she interprets the work of Chet Baker, one of the real cool cats of 1950s and ’60s jazz.

Elias, a five-time Grammy nominee, will perform “A Tribute to Chet Baker” at The Seasons Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. For information, visit or or call 509-453-1888.

The Ford Mustang, like most things so flagrantly American, is not for everyone. Its critics think it’s too brash, too loud, too tacky. But they just don’t get it. The Mustang has never been about subtlety or elegance. It’s about muscle. It’s about revving an engine just to feel the car shake. It’s about Steve McQueen and greased-back hair. It’s about a little bit of grit and dirt and rock ’n’ roll, because this is America, and we do things big and loud here, and if you don’t like it, that’s fine by us.

Celebrate the Mustang and all that it symbolizes at the annual Ponies in the Sun car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park. It’s free to spectators. For information, visit or call 509-494-3210.

— Pat Muir