Exora Music Festival to rock Toyota Center on Aug. 31

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldAugust 29, 2013 

Goodnight Argent performs Aug. 31 at the Exora Music Festival at Toyota Center in Kennewick.

COURTESY CHASE THOMPSON

The Exora Music Festival happens Aug. 31 at Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Chase (Thompson) Manhattan, creator of the event, said the festival is a whole new musical experience.

Special guest performers include Janet Krupin, a Kennewick High grad who is taking a break from her Broadway debut in Bring It On, The Musical.

Other guest musicians include Manhattan's band Goodnight Argent, Sunderland, The New Electric Sound, Run for Cover, Ghost Animals and Tommy Cassidy.

"Exora was created to give people in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas the chance to experience a high-energy music festival at a professional level for a fraction of the price," said Manhattan, a Pasco High grad.

Showtime is 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $25 for reserved seats and $50 for VIP seating, which also include a meet-and-greet with the performers.

Krupin won't be performing any Broadway tunes at the festival. Her segment of the show includes a selection of tunes she describes as electronic dance music with a rock/folk edge.

Sunderland is a pop/rock band from Hood River, Ore.

The New Electric Sound's music has a '50s rock flavor that includes music by Buddy Holly, The Safaries and The Beach Boys.

Run for Cover is a Tri-City-based rock band whose debut LP, Burning Bridges, won multiple songwriting awards.

Ghost Animals is another Tri-City-based rock band known for its high-energy stage shows.

Tommy Cassidy is a Northwest hip-hop artist who uses horns and other instruments in his shows.

The festival is meant to provide the young and young at heart a safe and affordable entertainment experience, Manhattan said.

Tickets are available at the Toyota Center box office, at ticketmaster.com or exora fest.com. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

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

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