Don’t know what to do this
weekend? We’ve got you covered; here are this week’s top picks for entertainment in the Yakima Valley.
■ TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS,
5:30-9 p.m. today; North Front Street between Yakima Avenue and Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way; free; www.downtownsummernights.com
Tim “Too Slim” Langford and his Taildraggers have been a favorite among Northwest blues-rock fans for more than 30 years now. You know what you’re getting when you go see them: full-throttle electric blues-rock, driven by a slide-guitar master. There’s nothing particularly innovative or experimental about it; it’s just good, ol’ straightforward rock ’n’ roll. Their set at Downtown Summer Nights tonight will be preceded by another returning favorite, folksinger Bradford Loomis. His quieter, more thoughtful material should provide a nice contrast to Too Slim’s full-blast attack.
■ LAVENDER HARVEST DAYS
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Selah Ridge Lavender Farm, 330 Rankin Road in Selah; free; www.selahridgelavenderfarm.com, 509-930-2910
The best part of Lavender Harvest Days is going to Selah Ridge Lavender Farm, standing in the middle of a lavender field, closing your eyes and just breathing. It’s calming and refreshing at the same time. Of course, that’s not the only thing you can do there. There will also be vendors, all sorts of lavender products, a lavender oil distilling demonstration, a lavender labyrinth and the music of Yakima favorites Jayleigh Ann & The Lavender Boys, er “Lost Boys.” You should take part in all of that — take photos, buy lavender facial products, listen to the music, whatever — but also don’t forget to take a minute and just do the eyes-closed breathing thing. You’ll thank me.
■ JAIME WYATT
I’ve been enamored of Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jaime Wyatt since I first interviewed her on a Yakima stop back in 2014. Wyatt, originally from Gig Harbor, is a sort of rural Chrissie Hynde. She’s a little more country than Hynde but has a similar versatility, making her equally at home belting out a rocker or slow-burning her way through a torch song. Her writing is clever but not in that “this songwriter is trying to be clever way,” more in a “huh, I didn’t notice how clever that line was the first time I heard it” way. And her singing can be subdued or open-vein raw depending on the needs of the song.
■ WOODSHED, KARMIC UNREST AND CALABRO
If you want a shot, a beer and some live hard rock in Yakima, it’s Brews & Cues for you. And this show is just another great example of that. The headliner, Arlington-based trio Woodshed, is a standard pull-no-punches classic-rock influenced hard-rock band. Expect big guitar riffs, extended solos and a very sweaty drummer. Karmic Unrest has a little more of a grunge sound, which it tempers with melodic vocals from singer Ayesha Brooks. Calabro is a Seattle hard-rock outfit with, like, a Chili Peppers kind of slant. But you can always show up a little late if that’s not your thing.
■ FRANKIE QUIÑONES
Using stereotypes for character-driven comedy is a tricky proposition. The key to getting it right: It has to be done with well-observed detail rather than broad “women-be-shopping” types of jokes. Frankie Quiñones, whose comedy includes characters like Creeper, “a reformed cholo turned fitness guru,” and Juanita Carmelita, “a spicy suburban drama queen,” more often than not lands on the right side of that spectrum (those self-applied descriptions notwithstanding). His characters, stereotypical though they are, are always more than just one-joke characters. They’re surprising. You can tell they’re done with love. It makes a difference.
— Pat Muir