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Folk trio Uncle Bonsai to perform in Richland

A trio of folk musicians who call themselves Uncle Bonsai will team up with another folk singer, Christine Lavin, for an evening of music that includes everything from intelligent humor to holiday tunes.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

Uncle Bonsai plays a mix of acoustic folk-pop tunes that emulates the music of Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, Tracey Chapman and Loudon Wainright III.

The trio is made up of Andrew Ratshin, Arni Adler and the band's newest member, Patrice O'Neill. Ratshin writes most of the group's satirical songs that are laced with absurd humor. But Adler has proved to be a worthy comic songwriter herself, who wrote the song Penis Envy, which has become a fan favorite.

Christine Lavin celebrates 25 years as a singer/songwriter this year and pays tribute to that milestone with an album and a new book. Both are titled My 25th Anniversary Concert: What Was I Ever Thinking?

Whether she sings her new or old songs, they all touch on some aspect of the human condition.

"I find it very interesting to revisit songs I wrote decades ago (i.e. Summer Weddings). Invariably someone in the audience will tell me, 'I was one of those blushing brides and we're still together,' or 'I was one of the brides and that was the biggest mistake of my life,' " Lavin says on her website.

"I'm also finding Happy Divorce Day, a song I recorded 15 years ago, is only now finding its audience."

Admission to the show is $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are $3 more at the door. Advance tickets are available at Octopus' Garden in Richland and all Tri-City Bookworm stores.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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