Arts & Entertainment

Clover Island sets lineup summer for its concert series

Organizers of the annual Untapped Blues Festival and Clover Island Inn Hotel will combine forces again to bring some pretty hot bands to the Tri-Cities this summer.

A couple of those artists include Curtis Salgado heading the Untapped Blues Festival in May and Pablo Cruise returning to Clover Island for a concert along the Columbia River.

The hotel is offering a new musical event this year called Thunder on the Island that will feature outdoor music every Wednesday starting in June.

"We want this to complement the Live @ 5 music event that happens in Richland each year as well as the Hogs and Dogs event in West Richland," said Mark Blotz, the hotel's manager.

The summer concert series begins May 7 with a kick-off party for the Untapped Blues Festival, which is May 8 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. It will feature the music of Miriam's Well and Billy Roy Danger & the Rectifiers playing in Clover Island's parking lot starting at 6 p.m. The party moves indoors to the Crow's Nest lounge at 11 p.m. Admission is $10.

"The best part of the Untapped kick-off party is that the hotel will run a special that weekend that provides an overnight stay, tickets to the Untapped festival, breakfast and shuttle service to the fairgrounds," Blotz said. "All that for only $179 (for two people)."

Clover Island Hotel's next outdoor shindig is set for May 30 and features the Live Tribute to Jimmy Buffett party, complete with margaritas and cool music by Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads. Admission is $15.

Then on July 31 Pablo Cruise returns to the hotel. Admission is $20.

For more information about Clover Island Hotel's summer concert season, call 586-6956.

Tickets for Untapped are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate and go on sale March 20 at

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