Aug. 14--Thursday, Aug. 14
--Massy Ferguson has been an On magazine favorite for years. There's no pretense to these Seattle boys, just rock 'n' roll spirit. They're a top-flight bar band, drawing from the likes of Springsteen, Southern rock and Thin Lizzy. But they'll be just fine outdoors, too. You can see for yourself in this summer's penultimate Downtown Summer Nights concert. Seattle band No Rey opens the show at 5 p.m. and will be followed by Root Jack at 6 p.m. Massy Ferguson goes on at 7 p.m. Admission to the city-sponsored concert is free. It all takes place right on Fourth Street, between Yakima and Chestnut avenues. For information, visit www.massyferguson.com or www.downtownsummernights.com, or call 509-972-3461.
Friday, Aug. 15
--Seattle roots musician Ian McFeron has been playing Yakima for a decade, and he's built up a nice fan base here. His unassuming but sneakily complex lyrics complement a straightforward musical approach. You can see for yourself over a pint or two of beer at Bale Breaker Brewing Co., 1801 Birchfield Road. Admission is free. For information, visit www.ianmcferon.com or www.balebreaker.com, or call 509-424-4000.
Friday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 17
--The Toppenish Western Art Show draws thousands each year to the town "where the West still lives." The show features art by top Western artists from all over, including this year's featured artist, Barbara Conner-Reed of Okanogan. It runs Friday from noon to 6 p.m., continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all at Railroad Park. The event is highlighted by the Artists in Action demonstration on Saturday, including about 25 artists. Admission is free. For information, visit www.toppenishwesternart.org or call 509-865-3262.
Saturday, Aug. 16
--Billy D and the Hoodoos headline this year's A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz fundraiser, and that's reason enough to attend; they're a Portland outfit that consistently rocks their live shows. But I'm more intrigued by the second-billed act, Anni Piper out of Australia. The woman has got serious blues chops. Plus local boys Tuck Foster and the Mossrites open things, and there's all manner of food, wine and beer. It goes from 5-11 p.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park. Tickets cost $40 in advance, or $45 at the door. You must be at least 21 to attend. For information, visit www.facebook.com/caseoftheblues or call 509-453-8280.
Thursday, Aug. 21
--The city's Downtown Summer Nights concert series concludes with a show headlined by Aussie-born, Seattle percussive guitarist Blake Noble, a favorite in these parts since his buddy Cody Beebe brought him here a couple of years back. Noble brings incredible energy to his live performances and is very much worth your time. Also on the bill are Ellensburg's longstanding favorite jam band, Open Country Joy, and Spokane roots rockers Hey! is For Horses. As always, the show is free. It goes from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fourth Street, between Yakima and Chestnut avenues. For information, visit www.blakenoblemusic.com or www.downtownsummernights.com, or call 509-972-3461.
Friday, Aug. 22
--Seattle chamber-pop dandies Hey Marseilles are among Yakima's favorite Seattle bands, based on their layered melodies and quirky instrumentation. The band describe their sound as folkestral, and that's as apt a description as any for their flourish-filled meditations on Northwest life. They'll be at one of the best live music venues anywhere, the Hackett Ranch at Gilbert Cellars Cave, 2620 Draper Road. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. For information, visit www.heymarseilles.com or www.gilbertcellars.com, or call 509-249-9049.
Friday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Aug. 24
--Highland Community Days not only has three days of activities and entertainment for the whole family, it also has a free pancake feed on Sunday morning. That's right. Free. Pancake. Feed. So, you know, that's a pretty good deal right there. The celebration begins Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and concludes Sunday from 10 a.m. (pancake time!) to 4 p.m. It's all at Tieton City Park. Admission is free. For information, visit www.highlandcommunitydays.org or call 509-673-2055.
Saturday, Aug. 23
--You know how sometimes you're listening to a piano and you think to yourself, "You know what would make this better? Another piano."? No? Well, if you have ever had that thought, the Yakima Sports Center has you covered with The Dueling Pianos of Jeff and Rhiannon, an all-request interactive pianostravaganza. It goes from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave. Admission is $5. For information, visit www.facebook.com/jeffandrhiannon or www.yakimasportscenter.com, or call 509-453-4647.
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