Arts & Entertainment

Tune in to Concerts at the Pavilion

West Richland's annual Concerts at the Pavilion starts tonight with the sounds of Bram Brata and OK2Botay steeldrum bands performing at Flat Top Park.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, some snacks and a cool nonalcoholic beverage, then sit back and relax while the cool breeze of Caribbean music fills your soul.

The student steeldrum bands play reggae, soca, ska and calypso tunes. The evening also includes a tropical shirt contest, so dig out that frightfully flowered monstrosity and wear it to the park. You just might win a prize.

The concert is the first of eight concerts planned throughout the summer.

All concerts start at 7 p.m.

Following most of the planned concerts, a family movie will be shown.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

* July 4: Mid-Columbia Symphony and Richland Light Opera perform an all-American musical tribute pops show.

* July 18: Ockham's Razor, a 9-piece Celtic fusion band from Seattle, performs a high-energy show with driving rhythms, amped-up instruments and fabulous vocals. The show is definitely not your father's kind of Celtic band.

* Aug. 1: The Grammy-winning sounds of Tingstad and Rumbel from Seattle perform an evening of acoustic New Age music with a quartet of guitar, woodwinds, bass and percussion.

* Aug. 8: Django's Cadillac gypsy swing and jazz band from Portland.

* Aug. 15: Deadwood Revival bluegrass band from Bainbridge Island.

* Aug. 22: Wylie and the Wild West Show features the most famous modern-day yodeler of them all -- Wylie Gustafson from Dusty.

* Sept. 5: Romagossa Blu acoustic rock and blues band.

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;