Tango Alpha Tango played MUX’s first show at The Uptown Theatre in Richland last fall.
The Portland rock band won rave reviews and earned plenty of new fans in the Tri-Cities.
This weekend, the group returns for another MUX show — a two-day mini music festival at John Dam Plaza.
TriFest runs July 17-18. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Along with Tango Alpha Tango, several other local and regional bands will take the TriFest stage — from Night Argent, which has roots in Pasco and is part of the Van’s Warped Tour this summer, to David Bazan, a Seattle indie folk rocker formerly of Pedro The Lion.
“It’s a huge, great lineup,” said Jenna Tormanen from MUX.
TriFest is part of TriConf 2015, an “unconference” or “barcamp,” described as “a fast-paced, self-organized event with no distinction between ‘speakers’ and ‘attendees.’ ” It kicked off earlier this week in Richland.
TriConf includes community-led conference talks, a film festival, pop-up art exhibits , an art battle and more.
It runs through July 18. For details and the full schedule, go to www.triconf.com.
Like the other TriConf events, TriFest aims to be unifying.
“It really is about bringing the community together,” Tormanen said. “(TriConf) is pairing all the different cultures — music, art, tech, design — and getting them in one place hanging out.”
TriFest’s July 17 musical lineup includes the Seattle pop-magic band Smokey Brights and the Spokane-based Americana-indie rock group Marshall McLean Band. David Bazan is the headliner that night.
On July 18, the lineup includes Traveler Of Home, a local folk rock group that won the people’s choice award at MUX’s Battle of the Bands this spring, plus the pop/alternative band Night Argent and local hip hop artist Tommy Cassidy. Tango Alpha Tango is headlining.
TriFest is an all-ages event. A beer garden will be set up for attendees who are 21 and older.
Tormanen said MUX, which regularly coordinates indie music shows highlighting local and out-of-town acts, has “always (been about) bringing cool music to the Tri-Cities.”
And, TriFest “is a really great opportunity” to do just that, she said.
TriConf has no set cost; attendees pay what they want. Suggested cost for the full event is $25.
Tickets are available at www.triconf.com or at the door.