Arts & Entertainment

Meltdown Musicfest: Event to promote, support Tri-City bands set next weekend at Kimo's

Put your iPod down, pal, because you won't need it next week when the Meltdown Musicfest hits town.

The event happens June 27-28 in the parking lot at Kimo's Sports Bar, 2696 N. Columbia Center Blvd, Richland. All ages are welcome, but there will be a beer garden for the 21 and older crowd.

The music features rock, alternative, indie, pop, hip-hop, rap and just about any other new sound in today's music.

Showtime is 6 p.m. both days with music rockin' until well past 11 p.m. Tickets in advance are $8 each day or $12 for a two-day pass.

At the door, you'll pay $10 and $15. Tickets are available at

Twelve bands are scheduled to perform. Plus, there'll be tattooing going on each day.

The festival is meant to support and promote local, original music in the Tri-Cities and to provide a venue where musicians have a chance to play their own kind of music, said Tracy Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Meltdown. The game of SKATE also will be available. Registration starts at 5 p.m. June 27 with game time at 6 p.m.

"We strive to create a Warped Tour feel on a smaller scale, and cater to a younger (18-30) crowd," Roberts said.

June 27

* 6 p.m. -- Honor Amongst Thieves

* 7 p.m. -- CAB

* 8 p.m. -- Chase Thompson and The Reach

* 9 p.m. -- 45th Parallel

* 10 p.m. -- IV rock band

June 28

* 6-11 p.m. -- Tattooing

* 6 p.m. -- Dead Poets & Mo Syllablez

* 7 p.m. -- From The Dust with guest Beefy

* 8 p.m. -- A Killing Dove

* 9 p.m. -- Plants Eat People

* 10 p.m. -- Mister Orange

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;