Continuing our theme of live music performances in the Tri-Cities, this week we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on a community-favorite event returning to Richland this summer. The HAPO Credit Union “Live at 5” ([email protected]) concert series is coming back to John Dam Plaza starting this May, and we couldn’t be more excited. The concerts are free to attend, which has directly contributed to the popularity of the event. We covered HAPO’s musical foray last year, but as a centerpiece of the Tri-Cities entertainment scene, it’s worth mentioning again this year. If you’re interested in learning more about the event after reading this article, feel free to check out last year’s summary here.
When it comes to summer entertainment, [email protected] has earned a place alongside other legendary events like the Water Follies (also organized by Hapo). It has become a summer tradition in Richland to visit John Dam Plaza, soak up the sun, and take in the sounds of local music groups. The events are scheduled every Thursday at 5:00 PM from May 25th to August 3rd, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out there and catch some tunes. Food carts from throughout the region will be set up in the plaza every week during the festivities, offering a wide variety of affordable eats and drinks for guests. Alongside copious entertainment options for youngsters, the food carts and live music build an environment that keeps us coming back year after year.
The concert series begins on May 25th with a performance by Joel Gibson Jr., who’s modern country tunes are sure to get you grooving on the grass. On June 1st, Richland’s own Operation Falkor will be rocking the plaza with alternative tunes late into the night. June 8th will bring Torn Veil to the HAPO stage, a band from Clarkston that specializes in covers of rock and country songs. On June 15th, local outfit Groove Principal will be treating listeners with a high-energy set featuring covers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Who, Weezer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. June 22nd brings the Richland native Knockdowns to center stage, performing covers of famous rock songs from throughout the years. For the last show of June, The Stoney Lonesome Band will be slinging modern country jams left and right. Canadian hard rock band Gypsy Rose will usher in the month of July with their live performance on the 6th. The following week, Washington natives American Honey will be bringing the country vibe back to the Plaza. On July 20th, FAZED and Goaster will play a double set, perhaps the longest of all shows this year. Queen’s Gate will rock the plaza on July 27th, and Room 4110 will close out the [email protected] festival for this year on August 3rd.