Sawyer Brown headlines the summer entertainment lineup planned at Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick.
The country rock band performs an outdoor concert in the hotel's parking lot July 22. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Mark Blotz, Clover Island general manager, said securing Sawyer Brown as the headline act is a coup for the hotel.
"I have absolutely loved Sawyer Brown's music for years," he said. "Many of their songs remind me of growing up on a farm, on a dirt road. The songs are so meaningful and down to earth.
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"This will be our most expensive show to date, and of course there is a risk involved in hiring a band of this magnitude. But we always try to kick it up a notch."
Blotz saw Sawyer Brown perform at the Oregon State Fair last year and was impressed by their energy and stage presence.
"The entire drive home I was running it through my head as to how we could make this work on the Island," he said. "With the help of our booking agent, we found a (compatible) date, and call it luck, but Sawyer Brown happened to be driving through our little slice of the Northwest (in July)."
The concert will be open to the 21-and-older crowd only.
But what's happening on the Island this summer won't be just for adults. There will be weekly music events all summer long for all ages.
The hotel will kick off the Untapped Blues Festival, scheduled for May 12 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with a night of blues music May 11.
Then on June 2, Tri-City native Brad Upton performs a comedy show during the Corvettes on the Columbia event. Musical guest that night will be Groove City, a band that sounds like Earth, Wind and Fire, Blotz said.
The Corvette festival kicks off at 8 a.m. in Columbia Park with a daylong car show, followed evening events at Clover Island Inn. Upton performs his standup starting at 4:30 p.m. at the hotel and Groove City band plays at 6 p.m.
There is no admission fee to the car show in the park, and ticket prices for the comedy and music are $15 and available at the hotel.
Latin music will shake up the Island starting June 3 and continue every Sunday through August. The Hispanic music festivals will feature a different band each week and there will be areas open to the 21-and-younger crowd. Cover charges have not yet been announced.
Another weekly event is the Thunder on the Island Wednesday music nights, which start June 13 with The Shades rock band.
Thunder on the Island nights are for all ages and also will feature hot rods and motorcycles. There is no cover charge.
Tickets to the Sawyer Brown show are available at the hotel, 435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick. For more information, call 586-0541.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org