Tumbleweed Music Festival events planned Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at park in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerAugust 22, 2013 

By day, Evan Egerer teaches a fourth-grade bilingual class at Virgie Robinson Elementary School in Pasco.

But when the school day ends, he slides into his other passion -- music.

Egerer, and his bandmates Taylor Storaci and Brennen Reed, will open on the west stage at the Tumbleweed Festival on Labor Day weekend at Howard Amon Park in Richland.

And though Tumbleweed is sponsored by the Three Rivers Folklife Society, the festival offers everything from traditional and contemporary folk, blues, bluegrass, ballet, gospel, Cajun, Celtic, Caribbean, classical, jazz, country, old-time music and dance, folklorico and Middle Eastern music.

"It's hard to say what our music is all about," Egerer said. "I guess I would describe it as bluesy grunge."

He added that some people refer to his sound as Led Zeppelin meets Alice in Chains.

"Which I think is pretty cool," Egerer added. "I want whatever I play to have soul, and I'm not willing to put out any music that I consider mediocre."

And though Egerer's 11 a.m. concert at the festival is rated acoustic blues rock on the Tumbleweed schedule, he says the group's sound covers a range of rock, from Led Zeppelin to modern rockers Black Keys.

Tumbleweed runs Aug. 30-Sept. 1. There is no admission fee for daytime events. The evening concert Aug. 31 starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 adults, $8 students and seniors.

That concert features The Righteous Mothers, Tania Opland, Mike Freeman and Dan Weber.

During the day, there will be performances from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on four stages throughout the park. Some of those featured acts include Dear Doris, Hawkeye Herman, Skweez the Weezle, Humphrey/Hartman/Cameron, Dan Maher, Mountain Tyme, Banjo Grannies, Rob Thran, Shanghaied on the Willamette and others.

There also will be dance workshops and exhibitions held at the Richland Community Center, next to Howard Amon Park. Featured performers include Mystic Mirage belly dancing troupe, Sultana Dancers & Drummers Fusion, and Speakeasy Swing.

On Aug. 30, there will be a Tumbleweed Youth Night, which is a free concert starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring local youth musicians, songwriters and bands. It will be held at the fingernail stage at the park.

A complete schedule of events is at http://www.3rfs.org/tmf.htm.

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

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