Four full months of listening to great music every weekend in a warm outdoor setting sounds pretty good, right?
The Tri-Cities is known for its hot summer nights, and Tagaris Winery in Richland has just the music you're looking for with its summer concert series, which kicks off this weekend.
The Bryan Flannery Band performs some funky R&B fusion with a sexy Latin sound tossed in starting at 7 p.m. May 20-21.
There have been some changes added to Tagaris Winery this year that should make a visit to the site even more enjoyable, says Kathy Balcom, a promoter for Tagaris events.
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"They've added about 50 more seats, made quaint cafe areas and built a really cool stage area," she said. "It's really a very cool and unique venue for the Tri-Cities."
The new stage area sits in front of the 33-foot basalt fountain and cozy fire pits, and freestanding beverage bars in a garden atmosphere add even more comfort to the place, she added.
Jeff Spelgatti, event coordinator for Tagaris, says the entertainment lineup has expanded to include national acts as well as a few favorite local performers throughout the summer.
"When we first started the concert series, I would spend hours searching the internet for quality acts to bring to the area that we would not normally be able to experience unless we were to travel outside our area," he said. "Now that we have established ourselves as a music venue, they come to us (asking to play)."
The winery also has added a new menu of gourmet food to snack on while listening to the music, as well as its trademark wines. Dining is optional and there are beverages available for all ages.
Concerts starts at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through September. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.
The summer season lineup:
-- May 27-28: The Perry Acker Band
-- June 3-4: Roman Holiday
-- June 10-11: The Kellee Bradley Band
-- June 17-18: Cloverdayle
-- June 24-25: Handful of Luvin'
-- July 1-2: Snap/Crackle/Pop
-- July 8-9: Goodnight Argent
-- July 15-16: The Jacob Merlin Band
-- July 22-23: The Crown Point Band
-- July 29-30: Lisa Mann
-- Aug. 5-6: Massy Ferguson
-- Aug. 12-13: Sammy Eubanks
-- Aug. 19-20: Mon Cheri
-- Aug. 26-27: Mycle Wastman
-- Sept. 2-3: Painted Grey
-- Sept. 9-10: Ruby Hill
-- Sept. 16-17: Hot Bodies in Motion
-- Sept. 23-24: Throwback Suburbia.