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10 Days Out: July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

By Pat Muir, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.

July 10--Friday, July 11

--Textile art is not just patterns. In the hands of local artist Deborah Ann, it is almost like painting with fabric.

Ann's fabric art frequently features city scenes, portraits and natural beauty. She has a new show opening at Oak Hollow Gallery, 5631 Summitview Ave., that will feature recent works. It will also include examples of her whimsical sculpture.

The felt art of Kerry Landon will also be on display. The show includes an artists' reception from 4-6 p.m. Admission is free. For information, visit or call 509-965-9256.

Friday-Saturday, July 11-12

--Local music lovers have plenty to choose from this weekend. And those whose taste runs toward the harder edge have not been left out. The ninth annual Smokeout Chokeout music and motorcycle festival at The Speakeasy Bar, 104 S. Third St., starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

There will be thousands in attendance as bikers from throughout the region participate in a burnout contest, bike show and bike run. There will be live tattooing, a bikini bike wash and all other manner of bad-dude stuff. There's music both nights, but the headliner, national touring act Saving Abel, is set for Saturday.

Admission costs $15 for Friday's 5-to-close session and $20 for Saturday's 8 a.m.-to-close session. Two-day passes cost $30. For information, visit or call 509-453-4762.

Friday-Sunday, July 11-13

--Admission to Selah Ridge Farm's Lavender Harvest Days is free, but you're going to have a hard time getting out of there without buying something; everything is just going to smell so good.

There will be lavender oil, lavender wreaths, lavender skin care products and lavender art. There will also be U-cut lavender opportunities and fresh and dried lavender bouquets for sale.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. all three days. Selah Ridge Lavender Farm is at 330 Rankin Road in Selah. For information, visit or call 509-930-2910.

Saturday, July 12

--If the crowd's a little too big at The Speakeasy's Smokeout Chokeout on Saturday night -- or if you'd prefer to check out a local band for free -- Brews and Cues right next door has you covered.

Chokeout (the band, not the festival) hits the stage at 9 p.m. They are one of Yakima's longest-running and hardest-rocking bands, and they're a perfect complement to the scene next door at The Speakeasy.

Brews and Cues is at 104 S. Second St. The show starts at 9 p.m. For information, visit or call 509-453-9713.

Monday, July 14

--Pastel Motel is everywhere these days, it seems. The local psychedelic indie-pop band just played the Fourth of July celebration at State Fair Park, they're scheduled to play the Yakima Folklife Festival on Friday, and they'll be at the Valley Mall in Union Gap on Monday for a free show from 6-8 p.m.

The show, on the patio of Twigs restaurant, is the first of a new Monday concert series called Party on the Patio. So if you haven't seen Pastel Motel yet, get out there and give them a try.

For information, visit or call 509-469-9308.

Friday, July 18

--Jaime Wyatt has a distinctive voice, both as a singer and as a songwriter. Her original music, including an EP produced by Pete Droge, has caught the attention of music fans nationwide. She works out of Los Angeles, but she's from Washington state. And she's returning now to her Northwest roots for a tour as she completes her new album.

You can catch her at Gilbert Cellars, 5 N. First St., for a free show from 8-10 p.m. For information, visit or call 509-249-9049.

Saturday, July 19

--Joel Guzman, who along with singer Sarah Fox has made a career out of accordion versatility and virtuosity, is coming home for a free performance and instructional clinic at Ted Brown Music, 2612 Nob Hill Blvd. Guzman, a Sunnyside native, will perform with a full band and demonstrate various styles of accordion playing.

The show starts at 1 p.m. For information, visit or or call 509-248-6015.

-- Pat Muir


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