There's a whole lot more to singer/songwriter Chris Loid than making music, even though he has been singing since he was a toddler and writing songs since he was a teenager.
Loid, 34, also has a passion for helping the homeless, so on June 29, he'll perform a concert in the outdoor theater at the new Reach center off Columbia Park Trail in Richland at the west end of Columbia Park.
The concert is free, but he requests that those attending bring blankets, toiletries and canned or dry food to the show, which will be donated to the nonprofit Tri-City-based agency Project Warm-Up that provides those provisions to the homeless.
"I've certainly had some rough spots in my life. I even lived in a tack room in a barn in Vancouver once," Loid said. "There are so many people today who are experiencing hard times, too, and I think it's important to give them a helping hand when you can."
The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Loid has made the rounds in the music world since he graduated from Columbia High School in Burbank in 1998. He went to Nashville a few times to see if record producers would take notice of his talents, made the rounds playing in bars and nightclubs, and his last gig was touring with a band up and down the West Coast at Native American casinos for a while. He also has performed with blues great Curtis Salgado.
"Playing music at the casinos was a good-paying job, but I just got tired of it after a while," Loid said. "My wife and I were living in Portland at the time, and though I love that city, I also got real tired of the rain and wanted to come home."
He moved back to the sunny side of Washington last year and got a job as an independent field inspector for banks foreclosing on real estate, which he continues to do today.
But he never stopped writing songs or performing concerts. He got in touch with his old friend radio personality Ed Dailey, who also us a songwriter/musician. He also has become Loid's manager.
Dailey has writing a plethora of lyrics and asked Loid to put some cohesive flow to them. Loid took those lyrics and came up with the song, She Loves a Memory More Than Me, which ended up reaching the No. 1 spot on the Indie World music chart on the Internet earlier this year.
Another Loid song recently hit No. 1, Until the Earth Stands Still, on the Weekly Country and Roots Music national chart. The song was released on the Silver Buckle Record label out of Texas.
His parents, Dick and Juanita Loid of Kennewick, are happy their son is closer to home.
"Chris got hooked up with the wrong people in the music business early on, but he learned from those mistakes," Juanita Loid said. "We're so proud of him, and we love to hear him sing."
Though Loid said the music business can be brutal, he has no plans to give up trying. He ran into a few bad experiences that he prefers not to talk about.
"I love to perform, and if I can make money doing what I love, that's not a bad thing," he said.
But anyone who wants to play music for a living, he added, needs to have a tough hyde and offers this advice: "If you're determined to go into the music business, then be prepared to get screwed over a few times. And most importantly, just accept that it's going to happen whether you like it or not."
Loid's concert at the Reach center also features his new band made up of Frazer Wambeke on keyboards, Luke Basile on lead guitar, Tim Coronado on bass and Tim Makeeff on drums.
"We're gonna have some fun on Sunday," Loid said. "And its all for a good cause. I'd someday like to perform concerts all over the country where proceeds will help Project Warm Up."
In the meantime, he says he will keep doing what he does best, which is writing songs.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal