Arts & Entertainment

Ritzville Blues Festival set July 9

The outdoor Ritzville Blues Festival is July 9 in downtown Ritzville.

Headlining the 28th annual event will be Curtis Salagdo, Grammy-winning Zydeco band Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.

Also appearing will be Devin Selfe & the Tornadoes, Sammy Eubanks, Laffin' Bones, Ty Curtis Band, Big Mumbo Blues Band, John Nemeth and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.

A kickoff party is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. July 8 at the fairgrounds in Ritzville. There will be live music and dancing in grass, then visitors can catch a free shuttle into the historic downtown area of Ritzville for more music and dancing going on at the town's local watering holes.

The music festival gates open at 9 a.m. July 9 with music starting at 10 a.m. and continuing on into the late evening. Food and craft vendors also will be on site.

Admission is $30 in advance or $38 at the gate. Discount tickets are available for ages 13-20. Tickets can be ordered online at, or at these business outlets:

-- Music Machine, 212 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick.

-- Hot Poop, 210 E. Main St., Walla Walla

-- Moses Lake Music, 530 W. Valley Road, Moses Lake.

-- Ritzville Chamber, 111 W. Main Ave.

-- Replay Music, 1927 W. Northwest Blvd., and The Bronco Inn Tavern, 8714 E. Sprague Ave., both in Spokane.

-- The Long Ear, 2405 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene.

RV camping passes also are available for one, two or three nights at a cost of $25 per night. The camp sights include water and electricity. Regular camping is $15 a night.

For more information about the festival, the music and camping facilities, go to