Arts & Entertainment

Red Room gives floor to top local bands

Two friends fronting two alternative rock bands are putting on a collaborative concert before going their separate ways this fall.

Lead singers Zac Mason of Run From Cover and Chase Thompson of Chase and The Reach will perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at The Red Room in Kennewick. Joining them will be The Color Turning, an experimental rock group from California.

"Zac told us he was going to do a show at The Red Room and asked if we wanted to play and we jumped at the chance," Thompson said. "We've been friends for a long time and we figured it'd be a fun show. We'd be able to bring both of our different sounds and put on just an awesome show for the Tri-Cities."

The friends began singing together in 2003, when Thompson transferred from Kennewick High School to Pasco High his junior year. They formed a quartet called The Crew and sang Beach Boys covers. Since then Mason has sung in several bands and Thompson formed his own group in 2007.

The two remain close and have even shared band members in the past.

"We were the only two crazy enough to pursue this as a career and figure we could do this for the rest of our lives," Thompson said.

Chase and The Reach have been busy on tour after releasing their debut album in May. Fans can hear their first single Battlegrounds get regular airplay on Power 99.1 FM.

"It's cool to have those little experiences where you know people are listening to the music and they connect with it," Thompson said.

Run From Cover recently worked out a deal with MTV to have its music played during shows in late September and October. The group is also expecting radio play on Power 99.1 later this fall.

"I think it's really important for local bands to support each other," Thompson said. "With the internet, you get inundated with music, and when there's really good bands like Run From Cover I think it's just so important to go out there and show them the support they deserve."

Thompson's support for his friend doesn't go unreturned.

"I would definitely say that Chase and his band are the standout kind of band in terms of bands that come out in Tri-Cities," Mason said. "It's kind of a fun night, not only for us but for anybody who has known us. It's one of the last concerts we're going to do in town for a while. The rest of the fall we're pretty much out of town doing stuff."

Run From Cover will be filming its show to make a concert DVD to sell.

"This will be our first actual full-on show together," Mason said. "I think it's going to be a pretty good turnout. We've done music for a long time and a lot of people are interested in seeing both of us."

Tickets are available at The Red Room, 711 Vineyard Drive, Kennewick. Prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

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