Untapped Blues Festival kicks off May 9 with a Blues on the Columbia event at the Clover Island hotel in Kennewick.
"We are excited to once again be the host hotel for Untapped Blues and Brews Festival," said Amber Martin, marketing director for the hotel. "This year, we are doing something different for the partygoers staying at the hotel. We will hold a poolside reception with the sweet sounds of Black Cat Bone."
After the pool party reception, there will be the evening concerts starting at 6 p.m. with music by Benton on Blues band, followed by the Randy Oxford Band at 7:30 p.m. and Shane Dwight at 9:15 p.m.
Admission to the Untapped Blast-Off Party is $15. A package deal that includes overnight accommodations for two, two tickets to the May 9-10 events, plus a shuttle service to the fairgrounds is $190. Tickets are available at the Clover Island Inn or at eventbrite.com. Tickets purchased at the website are subject to service charges.
"And save some serious coin with our room packages that includes a room for two and two tickets to both May 9-10 events," Martin added. "The after party is becoming a tradition here at Clover Island Inn with a open jam led by Tom Gnoza and the Millionaires Club."
Gates to the Untapped Blues & Brew Festival open at 11:30 a.m. May 10, music starts at noon. Advance tickets are $25 or $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at www.untappedblues.com or at Ranch & Home in Kennewick, Atomic Ale Brew Pub & Eatery in Richland, Beer & Wine Store in West Richland, The Beer Shoppe in Yakima or Hot Poop Records & Tapes in Walla Walla.
Here's the schedule for May 10:
-- Noon -- Tuck Foster & the Mossrites
-- 1 p.m. -- Bent on Blues (Barn #2)
-- 1:30 p.m. -- Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings
-- 2:30 p.m. -- Tom Gnoza & the Millionaires Club (Barn #2)
-- 3 p.m. -- Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
-- 4 p.m. -- Bent on Blues (Barn #2)
-- 4:30 p.m. -- CC James
-- 5:30 p.m. -- Tom Gnoza & the Millionaires Club (Barn #2)
-- 6 p.m. -- Peach & the Blues All-Stars
-- 7:55 p.m. -- Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
-- 9:40 p.m. -- Junkyard Jane