Untapped festival events set May 10-11

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMay 3, 2013 

It'll be a day of blues and brews when the Untapped festival comes to town May 11 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Untapped Blues and Brews, which started in 1998, draws more than 3,000 fans to the fairgrounds each year for a day of adult fun, said Dave Nichols, festival organizer.

"This is the annual springtime adults' party," he said. "Great music drawn from across America, a unique selection of Northwest microbrews, and our wonderful Tri-Cities weather make Untapped the largest outdoor music event in our community."

Headlining the event this year will be Love Dogs, John Bigham, Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, Wired! Band, 24th Street Wailers, James King and the Southsiders, and Shoot Jake.

Kicking off Untapped on May 10 will be an evening of music at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick. The show starts at 3 p.m. and features the Stacy Jones Band, Markus James & the Wassonrai, Rafeal Tranquilino Band, Tuck Foster & the Mossrites and a late-night jam featuring Tuck.

Tickets to the Clover Island gig cost $15 and can be purchased at www.untappedblues.com or at the hotel.

"We are excited to welcome back to Untapped the Wired! Band, who in 2012 won the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge," Nichols said.

The main stage entertainment kicks off at noon May 11 with Shoot Jake, from Yakima. Other performances include the Dara Quinn Project, James King & the Southsiders, BlackWater, The Soul of John Black, The Millionaires, Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes, Love Dogs and the 24th Street Wailers.

"I first heard John Bigham and The Soul of John Black three years ago," Nichols said. "I was struck by how the band fused so many musical influences into each song. You can hear R&B, rock blues, gospel in their music. John is a poet who reaches his audience's soul."

Tickets to the festival cost $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at www.untappedblues.com or call Nichols at 509-737-7661.

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

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