Entertainment Briefs


Band jam set

for this Sunday

SELAH - At least 10 musical bands have agreed to appear on stage this coming Sunday to help raise money for Yakima Valley musician Deano Leingang.

Organizers of the Sunday, April 10, band jam say in this time of "Gimme the Mike" and "American Idol" it's easy to overlook and forget the hundreds of musicians in the Yakima Valley who give it their all every week. Leingang, 48, is one of these musicians who's accustomed to practicing twice a week, performing come Friday and Saturday nights, and putting in even more time with set-up and take-down of equipment.

Leingang, who resides in Selah, has played in different Yakima Valley bands all his life. He has relied on those Friday and Saturday night paychecks as his main source of income.

Unfortunately, Leingang has just recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Because of his occupation, he has no insurance to pay for medical expenses.

His friends, though, are trying to help out. They've scheduled this coming Sunday's band jam in his honor, with all proceeds to help him and his family.

Organizers of the fund-raiser explain they've got commitments from nearly a dozen bands to perform one-hour sets, but unless the public shows up in support the benefit will be for naught.

The musical fun will get underway at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Selah's Pastime Tavern. In addition to the live music, there will be raffles for prizes. Any and all donations for the Leingang family will be accepted.

Behrens’ farewell tour stops off in Kennewick

KENNEWICK - Actor Tim Behrens will portray best-selling humor author Patrick F. McManus in "A Fine and Pleasant Misery," scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, at Kennewick High School's Fuller Auditorium.

The two 7:30 p.m. performances are being sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 275 as a fund-raiser for the group.

Jean Kavanagh, a spokesperson for the Scouts, explained Behrens is on his final farewell tour, "...until the next final, very last farewell tour, or perhaps it's just good-bye for now," she said.

The May 6-7 performances mark the first time in a decade that "A Fine and Pleasant Misery," the first show written by McManus, will be performed in the Tri-Cities.

Kavanagh said Behrens is a little older, a little grayer and little more wrinkled.

"On the other hand, the wonderful McManus humor, the delighful cacophony of characters and the wacky adventures they enjoy show no signs of aging," Kavanagh added.

She said that's because these are classic tales that bear retelling generation after generation to "...kids from 9 to 99." The classic tales include learning the proper form of panicking, how to brush the taste of dog off your teeth and what happens when you and a deer try to ride a bicycle not built for two.

Kavanagh said those who attend the performances will find that things are still as "Rancid" as Mr. Crabtree, as daffy as Mrs. Swisher and as lovable at Pat's pal, Eddie.

Behrens plays 10 human characters in "A Fine and Pleasant Misery," although Kavanagh said the word human might be debatable in some cases.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 17 and under. They are available at The Bookworm in Kennewick and Richland.

James Taylor summer tour to include stop at Gorge

GEORGE - "Live is real. As real as it gets for us show folk," says James Taylor, explaining why he and his band will be making a a stop at the Gorge Amphitheatre this summer during a tour that includes 35 performances in 30 cities over an 11-week period.

"The summer night, the crowd and the band across the land...it's still the thrill of my life, terrifying and familiar, can't stop," Taylor said.

Sponsored by the House of Blues Concerts, Taylor will be concert at the Gorge on Saturday, Aug. 27. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Tickets, priced from $40 to $62, go on sale next Monday, April 11, at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Taylor's band features long-time mates Steve Gadd on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Michael Landau on guitar, Luis Conte on percussion, Larry Goldings on keyboards, Andrea Zonn on fiddle, with Arnold McCuller and Kate Markowitz doing back-up vocals.

The concert will feature musical highlights from Taylor's illustrious career, including music from his now legendary catalogue, such as "Your Smiling Face," "Mexico" and "That's Why I'm Here."

Taylor is a virtual synonym for "singer-songwriter." He was embraced in the 1970s as the quintessential barefooted male folk singer.

Senior citizen dance in G’view set for April 15

GRANDVIEW - All Lower Yakima Valley senior citizens are invited to attend an evening dance Friday, April 15, at the Carl L. Stevens Senior Center in Grandview.

A donation of $4 will be requested at the door of the 7 to 10 p.m. social affair. Those who attend are welcome to bring finger foods.

The senior center in Grandview is located at 401 W. 2nd St.

Classical Flemenco guitarist

to appear in concert in E’burg

ELLENSBURG - Performing in the Pacific Northwest since 1979, Andre Feriante's unique classical Flamenco style has captured the attention of an ever-growing international audience.

His skills will be showcased Saturday, April 16, in an evening concert with special guest, Ellensburg resident Melanie Falcioni.

Widely acclaimed for his crisp musicianship and improvisational gifts, Feriante masterfully evokes the emotions of his listeners with his passionate and provocative songs.

Born in Naples, Italy, Feriante performed his first concert in Rome. His initial influences were in the Flamenco tradition of gypsies from Spain and Italy. Later, his studies took him to Madrid, where he played for Andre Segovia. His primary instructors were Henry Rivas in Bogot, Colombia and famed New York classical/jazz guitarist Leon Atkinson.

Feriante has quickly become known for honing his own brand of classical and Flamenco sounds, referred to by many as "neo classical" guitar. The recent release of his newest CD, "Bohemian Boulevard," blends this neo-classical mix of Flamenco, original compositions and improvisations.

His guest the evening of April 16, Falcioni, is a published poet and an established singer-songwriter in the styles of blues and rocks. She will be performing her latest inspiration of Italian ballads.

The April 16, 7 p.m. concert will be held at Ellensburg's Hal Holmes Center (209 North Ruby). Tickets, priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students, will be available at the door.

County 4-H fashion revue

set for April 21

ZILLAH - "Whimsical Wardrobe" is the theme of the annual Yakima County 4-H Fashion Revue to be held Thursday, April 21, at the Zillah High School auditorium.

The program, hosted by the Shooting Stars 4-H Club, will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Two categories are featured at the revue, which will be pre-judged at events to be held April 19 and 21. The two contest categories included a clothing project and creative consumer fashions. One is a sewing project and the other allows 4-H members to coordinate and put together an outfit.

The sewing projects will be judged Tuesday, April 19, at the Yakima County Courthouse in Yakima. The Creative Consumer Fashion judging will be held Thursday, April 21, at Zillah High School.

To pre-register for the

judging and for the fashion revue, call

(509) 574-1600 or Ruth Scarlett at 865-5999.

Deadline for pre-registration is April 14.


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