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Massy Ferguson at Tagaris Winery, Richland, WA 8.18.2012

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I posted a review of this show for No Depression.com.  What a fun night!  I was a little slow to post here.  It’s been a busy year.

I really wanted to be cloned this weekend.  So many shows, so little time and space.  We chose to leave the Seattle area, though, and visit some friends in Tri-Cities.   Massy Ferguson was in town and played two nights at Tagaris Winery in Richland.  It turned out to be a fun outing on a wonderfully hot (for Washington) weekend.  We soaked in that dry heat with the hope of saving a little warmth for the impending winter gloom and enjoyed the company of good friends and great music.

We hit the road Saturday morning, and by 9:00 the temperature already rose above 70.  Over Snoqualmie Pass we could see the haze from the recent forest fire that swept over thousands of acresnorth and east of Cle Elum.  As we approached Indian John Hill, we could see smoldering hillsides through the thick haze.  The inside of our truck smelled like a smoky campfire.

We drove to 97 and through Yakima and on to Sunnyside.  We stopped by P’s uncle and aunt’s home and had a nice visit while the boy swam in their pool.  We then dropped by the Sunnyside cemetery, visited P’s parents’ headstone and said hello, swept off the recently-cut grass around the stone, adorned it with flowers, then found his grandparents’ stone and did the same.  It was now in the mid-90’s and climbing.

We drove past apple orchards, their trees bowing with the weight of the growing apples.  Farther south, apple orchards morphed into vineyards and vast stretches of desert.  Tri-Cities spread out before us in hazy buildings, neighborhoods of houses, small trees and stoplights.

We arrived at our friends’ house in Kennewick and had a nice chat on P and D’s patio.  The sky was hazy, the temperature now at 100 and holding.  The dry heat felt good on my skin.  We then changed and headed out to eat at a local hangout that had good pub food, great ale and hosted different bands every week.  We decided not to stay for this evening’s band, as we had to get over to Tagaris in Richland to see Massy Ferguson.  We promised our friends they would not be disappointed.

They later admitted they did a little “recon” mission the night before we arrived and checked out the band for a few minutes on their first night.  P and D did enjoy the music, so we were all looking forward to tonight’s show.

I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen Massy Ferguson.  I guess that’s a sign that I really like this band.  Their music spans many genres from Americana, folk, twang rock, alt-country, and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.  We always have a blast, and their frontman Ethan Anderson is bound to say at least one funny thing at each gig.  He always manages to get someone on stage to help in some way with singing, dancing, or cowbell near the end of the set.

The winery crowd, although it was a relaxed and casual atmosphere, seemed to be pretty quiet.  Tagaris: one of three wineries nestled closely together.  Gourmet food, appetizers, happy hour specials, wines, beer, and cocktails.  Covered ‘taverna’ with big screen, open to the elements.  Also, air conditioned dining area.  Round metal tables and chairs dotted a giant outdoor courtyard.  Trees and beautiful shrubbery and flowers lined the boundaries.  As the sun set, the floodlights and white Christmas-type lights set the mood for the beautiful evening.  It was still in the 90’s after the sun went down, and the heat radiated from the aggregate concrete.

We met up with Ethan Anderson before the show and introduced him to our friends.  We also spoke briefly with Adam Monda, lead guitarist.  He was excited to know we were all Coug grads, as both Adam and Dave Goedde, the drummer, were Cougs.

Massy Ferguson opened the giant three-part set (which I believe got shoved into two extra-long sets with a quick dinner and gallons of water in between) with “Pretty Plain Jane”, a favorite off the album Hard Water.  Throughout the night, they mixed songs from their three current albums as well as a bunch of new music which will be on an upcoming album scheduled for a fall release.  On top of all that, they also managed to play several covers.

Here is the review I wrote for No Depression: http://www.nodepression.com/article/live-review-massy-ferguson-heats-tagaris-winery

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December 30, 2012 - Posted by | Americana, aplscruf, Concert Season 2012, Massy Ferguson, Tagaris Winery | , , , , , ,

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