Musician Vicci Martinez says on her website that she became a musician after her parents purchased violin lessons for her older sister.
But then her sister found out she'd have to cut her fingernails to play the violin and said no way. Martinez took the violin lessons in her sister's place, and she says it's been quite an adventure so far.
"It's been a great ride, and I can't wait for the rest of it," Martinez says on her website. "With what we all go through in our lives, we need something to bring us comfort (and) music is it. Everyone deserves to be happy, and happiness is in a song."
Martinez, from the Tacoma area, will kick off the summer concert season May 22-23 at Tagaris Winery in Richland. You can learn more about this up and coming Northwest musician on her website at www.viccimartinez.com.
The Tagaris concert series also includes:
May 29-30: Colleen Rice, a pop/rock singer.
June 5-6: Coyote Kings, a bluesy rock group.
Jun 12-13: McKenzie Paige, classic rock.
June 19-20: Tracy Klas, an acoustic/rock/soul musician.
June 26-27: Colleen Rice, pop/rock songstress.
July 3: Chase Thompson and The Reach, pop/alternative/rock and more.
July 10-11: Matt Russell, acoustic alternative music.
July 17-18: Gertrude's Hearse, rock 'n' roll.
July 24: Ron Greene, acoustic and electric guitar blends in rock, soul, pop.
July 25: Buffalo Jones, rock, pop, alt-country.
July 31-Aug. 1: The Senate, rock 'n' roll string band.
Aug. 7-8: The K.T.M. Trio, indie acoustic music.
Aug. 14-15: Coyote Kings.
Aug. 21-22: Matt Russell, acoustic alternative.
Aug. 28-29: Gertrude's Hearse.
Sept. 4-5: Coyote Kings.
Sept. 11-12: Chase Thompson and The Reach.
Sept. 18: Ron Greene.
Sept. 19: Buffalo Jones.
Sept. 25-26: Handful of Luvin' mixes experimental violin/fiddle music with blues.