Arts & Entertainment

No plans? Don't forget Ritzville Blues Festival

RITZVILLE -- Looking for a reason to kick back and soak up some blues? Then make the 85-mile drive north to the Ritzville Blues Festival.

Headlining the July 12 event will be the 2008 BB King Entertainer of the Year Tommy Castro, along with The Fat Tones, The Blues Orbiters, Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe, Whisperin' Palms and The Rockin' Jake Band.

The music starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street in the downtown area, as well as at several bars and restaurants.

Cost in advance is $28 for adults and $20 for ages 13-20. At the gate, the price goes up to $35 for adults and $25 for students. Kids 12 and younger are free.

Tickets are available by phone at 509-659-1936 or in Tri-Cities at ABCD's New & Used CDs, 211 W. Kennewick Ave.

For more information about the performing bands and a schedule of events, go to

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;