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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo kick off Gilbert Cellars Cave summer series

July 10, 2014

By Pat Muir, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.

July 10--Brent Amaker is one of God's own weirdos, a man whose public life is performance art and whose private life we can only imagine is some depraved series of sci-fi spaghetti Westerns.

Such is the air of mystery and danger surrounding the leader of Seattle country-western-psych-rock outfit Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. (Of course, in reality his day job is working in real estate, and he's a pretty gracious and thoughtful dude. But let's not focus on that.)

All of which is nearly enough to make you forget that the music he and his band make is actually very good on its own merits, the mind-bending is-this-guy-on-the-level stage antics and public persona aside. I've seen him play a few times now, and every time I'm struck not by the weirdness of his space cowboy shtick but by just how good a show he and his space posse put on.

This should not be read as condemnation of his aesthetic or some plea for Amaker and company to start playing it straight. I love their whole thing, and the style is an integral part of the substance. It's just that I figured I should point out that they actually work as a band, too, not just as a living piece of conceptual art.

They kick off this summer's concert series at the Gilbert Cellars Cave at Hackett Ranch, 2620 Draper Road. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

Subsequent shows in the series are bluegrass band Chatham County Line on July 26, singer-songwriter duo Mikey and Matty on Aug. 8, and chamber pop band Hey Marseilles on Aug. 22. Tickets for each show cost $20. Series tickets for all four cost $70. For more information, visit or call 509-249-9049.

For more on Amaker and his band, visit

-- Pat Muir


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