Goodnight Argent: High School Homecoming Tour coming to Richland on Feb. 8

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerFebruary 1, 2013 

A group of former Tri-City students -- all members of the band Goodnight Argent -- are living their dream of performing music for a living.

The band brings its High School Homecoming Tour to the Tri-Cities on the evening of Feb. 8 in the Richland High auditorium.

The band is made up of lead singer and songwriter Chase Thompson, along with Shane Santanna on keyboards, Jeff Stachofsky on guitar, Evan Taylor on bass and Zac Burrell on drums.

Thompson, however, uses his professional name of Chase Manhattan these days.

"Manhattan was actually a nickname given to me by my friends while I was attending Musicians Institute (in Hollywood), so I just ran with it," he said.

All five of the guys attended Pasco High, which is when they started playing together. Their tour is backed by AXS TV.

AXS TV is a music and entertainment network that launched in July 2012, whose owners include Ryan Seacrest and Mark Cuban, said Paul Zingone, the band's New York City-based manager.

"Chase came to me with the idea for a high school concert tour last year," Zingone said. "The tour was a great way to reach a new audience, considering their music genre is pop, (and) the 13-18-year-old audience is perfect."

Zingone added that the owners saw the tour as a great vehicle to strengthen its identity for being the network that finds the next breakout artists.

The tour kicked off Jan. 7 at Las Vegas Academy and will play 25 shows through seven states in six weeks, Manhattan said.

"We are providing these shows at no cost to the schools and in many instances are using the concerts for fundraising events," he added. "The reason we're doing a high school-focused tour is because all of us had a musical experience in high school that encouraged us to pursue music full time.

"So with this tour, we want to recreate that experience for kids who share our same passion."

The band also will make its national TV debut on AXS Live later this year.

Though Goodnight Argent spends much of the time in Los Angeles, they still tag themselves professionally as a Tri-City-based band, Manhattan said.

"Our private studio is in Pasco, and we do a lot of our recording at Rainmaker Studios in Kennewick," he said. "With the way the music industry is now, and the accessibility to fans through online social media, as long as we have the ability to go out and tour, we could live almost anywhere and still pursue music as a career.

"For us, Tri-Cities is our home, and we love returning there after each tour."

Admission is free.

The concert time has yet to be announced. Check the Herald for updates.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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