Season Notes: Memorable November Continues at Seasons Performance Hall | Arts


Those daring enough to venture out of their home for concert hall entertainment will be treated to a treat at Seasons Performance Hall. The limited in-person audience participation in recent concerts (due, no doubt, to the cautiousness and confusion of COVID) makes them more like intimate living room concerts in the company of great musicians. The surroundings and seating at The Seasons are perfectly appointed to provide that once-in-a-lifetime ‘living room’ experience that will likely thrill you. Better yet, the recent vaccine or admission test The Seasons ensures a safe environment for COVID in which to experience it.

Did you miss one of the November memorabilia last weekend? We saw Sway Wild alt-folk, the Randy Porter Jazz Trio, an artistic opening for Brent Whitmire Photographs and the Sunday concert from SEMPER Chamber Music. Fortunately, it is not too late to catch up. You can visit our gallery from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday to view the striking photos of Whitmire. For a limited time, you can also go to and purchase tickets to relive two of these concerts online in your own living room: Randy Porter Trio (great pianist) and SEMPER Chamber Music (a barn burner!). Experience the music of The Seasons with high-quality online streaming, and we’re confident you’ll be more inspired than ever to attend the shows live.

Here are some upcoming live concerts you should consider:

Les Shivas, Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. This hot new band from Seattle plays world music with their own distinctive alt-rock touch. The Seasons Board of Directors has assembled a group of dedicated alt-rock music lovers who seek the latest and greatest music from the Northwest. They have brought us artists as diverse as Mark Pickerel, Bart Budwig / Jenn Borst and Deep Sea Diver – and The Shivas is their latest find.

The Levi Platero group, Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. From Arizona comes an inspiring Native American generational talent in blues, electrics and acoustics. He is the report and cover of the recent Washington State Blues Society “Bluesletter”. He started his journey – and his amazing group – from Navajo roots. And the Seasons have it!

Barrio Manouche, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Seasons presents a Swiss Army Knife from a Los Angeles-based band – with dancers! Ranging from flamenco to Mexican to African to Gypsy, this group mixes all styles in a unique high-energy performance that you can’t resist. They filled rooms all over the West. And now, Yakima.

Sonando, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Your Afro-Cuban solution for this fall, Sonando has been lighting up theaters and audiences for over 20 incredible years. Seattle’s best Latin music players (with reverbs of the legendary “Bochinche”) bring Cuban warmth and Latin rhythm to Yakima.

A timeline is generally not needed to The Seasons Gallery and the Bistro; it is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and before and after each concert in the main hall. Stop in for a conversation, drinks, an awesome new bistro menu, get-togethers, pre- and post-functions, and all the surprising things the staff can imagine. Enter Sgt. Pendleton Road. It’s always a fun stop.

Note these additional special events at the Bistro:

Birdie Fenn Cent, Thursday, November 11th at 18 hours

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy / Seasons Membership Night, Friday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m. music by Ken Bevis and Julie & Sally; CCC or The Seasons members are admitted free to the Shivas concert at 7:30 p.m.

Yakima Salsa Dance Company, Friday, November 12 at 9:15 p.m. Who knows?

Salsa Masquerade evening, November 19 at 9 p.m. annual fall masquerade.

Downtown Yakima Association Small Business Saturday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bistro favorites Bart and Rondi will bring the music, and there will be plenty of other fun incentives.

Please also note that the Bistro and Gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

The point is, Seasons is closer than ever to being a full-time entertainment palace with something happening virtually every night of every weekend at the Bistro or in the main performance hall. No need to check your calendar; come see what’s going on at The Seasons!

• Pat Strosahl is Executive Director of Seasons Performance Hall. This column is published every four weeks in SCENE.


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