Downtown Summer Nights concert series lineup released

CITY OF YAKIMA NEWS RELEASE -- The City of Yakima along with local organizations have joined forces to create Downtown Summer Nights.

It's a new Thursday evening concert series that will feature a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from blues to rock, salsa to country.

The free and family-friendly Downtown Summer Nights series will kick off its 11 show run on June 13th with Nashville-based Too Slim and the Taildraggers, a blues/rock group that has built an international following since it was founded in Spokane in 1986.

Brewers Grade will bring its brand of Northwest country music to the Downtown Summer Nights stage on June 20th.

Indie rock group The Village Musicians, made up of three brothers and a best friend, will headline the show on June 27th.

After taking a break for the July 4th holiday, Downtown Summer Nights will return on July 11th with Fino, a Tri-Cities band whose rich repertoire includes salsa, funk, Tejano, country, classic rock, and contemporary.

With its unique blend of rock and folk, Yakima and Northwest favorite Not Amy will be the featured act on July 18th and will be followed on July 25th by up-and-coming country singer Kate Turner.

August will start with 3rd Date, a true Rock ‘n’ Roll band from the Tri-Cities area, taking the Downtown Summer Nights stage on August 1st.

Country group Chase will be next up on August 8th.

The unique sounds of Australian-born Blake Noble, a percussive guitarist who also plays the didgeridoo, will be on display during the August 15th show.

While producers are still working to fill the August 22nd slot, they have lined up Seattle-based Eclectic Approach, which has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and is currently on a U.S. tour, to close out the series on August 29th.

Downtown Summer Nights events will start at 5:30 pm and will take place on 4th Street behind the Capitol Theatre.

“In addition to the great music, there will also be craft vendors, kids activities, food booths run by local restaurants, and a beer and wine garden,” said Yakima Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. There will be something for everyone,” said Hawkins.

“Downtown Summer Nights is one more piece of the puzzle that we’re putting in place to grow Downtown Yakima’s reputation as an arts and entertainment destination.”