Laugh Riot 2010 tickets on sale
WENATCHEE — Comedian Troy Thirdgill and Chris Alpine stand up on stage at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave., for Jason Austin’s Laugh Riot 2010. Thirdgill has appeared on the television sitcom “Martin,” and been featured on “Evening at the Improv.” Alpine is a former winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and has appeared in both the USO Comedy Tours and Miller Light Comedy Tour. Laugh Riot 2010 takes place 8 p.m. Nov. 6; admission is $20. For tickets or more information, call 663-2787 or visit laughriot.net.
Laddie Ray Melvin, folk 7 p.m. Friday; Caffé Mela, 17 N. Wenatchee Ave.; free; caffemela.com 888-0374
Northwest songwriter Melvin straps on his guitar at the downtown café this weekend. He has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival and been featured on Northwest Public Radio’s “Inland Folk” series. Melvin has released two independently produced CDs, including his latest, “A City Glows in the Distance.”
SumGuy, acoustic 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; Tastebuds Coffee and Wine, 212 Fifth St.; free 888-2783
Local singer-songwriter SumGuy, aka Brian Ohme, presents an eclectic mix of original humor, spoken word and acoustic guitar music. Seven-time winner of the Wenatchee Valley College poetry slam, he encourages audience participation.
Gran Baile 7 p.m. Oct. 22; Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave.; $30 advance, $45 day of show 667-7847
Ezequiel Peña headlines an evening of banda music at the Town Toyota Center. Since the mid-’90s, Peña has achieved international fame, releasing a number of albums and receiving a 2007 Grammy nomination for Best Banda Album for “A Mucha Honra.” Other players are Banda Zarape, Banda Centenario, Tuzzo Martinez, and Los Primos de Michoacan. The event raises money for hurricane relief in Mexico’s southeastern states, and guests are urged to bring canned food donations. Tickets are available at Bianca’s Videos, Tienda la Esmerelda, Ariana’s Bakery and Ruben’s No. 3.
Battle of the Bands handoff concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23; Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.; $25 adults, $18 students and seniors; pacwen.org 663-2787
Vancouver, B.C. worldpop artists the Paperboys headline this capping show of the Taste of the Harvest Battle of the Bands contest. Last year’s battle winners, Red Means Go, turn over their trophy to the 2010 winners, Wenatchee duo Ghost Power!!!. The GP!!!ers open the show with their challenging brand of rock, then turn it over to the sweetly pop-inflected Red Means Go. The Paperboys finish the event, with the mix of bluegrass, Irish, Latin and rock music that informs their latest CD, “Callithump,” plus five previous albums.
The Kathy Kallick Band, bluegrass 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive; $3; cashmerecoffeehouse.com 548-1230, 548-8663
San Francisco guitarist Kallick brings her band to the Cashmere Community Coffeehouse. Backed by fiddler Annie Staninec, mandolinist Tom Bekeny, bassist Dan Booth and dobroist/banjo player Greg Booth, the group plays original bluegrass tunes. Their most recent album, “Between the Hollow and the High-Rise,” was released this year.
Live music in the beer garden Today through Saturday; Der Hinterhof, 321 Ninth St.; free 548-5250
Catch this season’s final acts at the Leavenworth beer garden. Rock ensemble Forever Growing takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. today, followed at 7:30 p.m. Friday by Wenatchee rockers Fill the Silence. Saturday features folk-singers Chelsey Craven (noon) and Glen Johnston (2:30 p.m.), country artist Pake Rossi (4 p.m.) and funky rock fusion by Hi-Fi Reset (7:30 p.m.).
The Forecast Says, pop 7 p.m. today; Chelan High School commons, 210 Webster Ave.; free, donations accepted 682-4061
Chelan High School FFA members Austin Harmon, James Blixt and Sam Strain make up pop trio The Forecast Says, headed to Indianapolis to take part in the National FFA Talent Program at the 83rd National FFA Convention. They perform cover songs and original work at a benefit concert today to raise money for travel expenses associated with their upcoming trip.