May 4: Star Anna and Alex Ashley Return to Yakima's Seasons Performance Hall

Photos courtesy of the artists

Photos courtesy of the artists

For the second year in a row, the Americana artists will take the stage of Yakima, Washington’s premier music venue, the Seasons Performance Hall - this time together - for an intimate evening of storytelling and original music.  

(YAKIMA, WA) - On Friday, May 4, 2018, the sounds of acoustic guitars will resonate within the walls of the nearly 90-year-old Seasons Performance Hall as acclaimed Americana artists, Star Anna and Alex Ashley, take the stage for an evening of intimate, all-acoustic performances.  The show will begin with a brief opening set by Jayleigh Ann & the Lost Boys, who have become a fixture in Yakima’s music scene.

“The region is lucky to have such a unique venue that is dedicated to the performing arts,” said Ashley, who surprised audiences last year when he shared the stage with Pacific Northwest folk icon, Bradford Loomis.  “This of course used to be an old church,” he continued, “ and there’s something in these old buildings, in these old wooden church pews, that does something to the music.  It reminds me of a mini Ryman.”

Star Anna and Alex Ashley promise an engaging evening, more than what you might see at a local bar.  “Star and I have both led very complicated lives,” Ashley said.  “For us it’s about telling a story, and helping people find pieces of themselves they didn’t realize they had when they walked in the door.  We do that through our songs.”

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Alex Ashley: Compared to “a young Vince gill,” Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton and John Mayer, Alex “masterfully [weaves] the old with the new, [bringing]  fresh eyes and an old soul to the gritty realities of life and love lost,” said Dillon Honcoop, of the Cascade Radio Group.  “With an unorthodox approach [speaking of his method of playing guitar upside down and backwards], Ashley delivers heartfelt vocals and wields his well-worn six-string to stir fresh reflection on the human condition in a way only honest American music can. And that’s what he makes - real music of the tortured and fiercely independent West, rooted firmly in the musical traditions of country and rock & roll.”

Star Anna: Star has been a fixture of the Seattle music scene for at least a decade, collaborating with everyone from Pear Jam’s Mike McCready to the Seattle Symphony.  “She is the real deal,” wrote Seattle Weekly’s Duff McKagan.  “There is a pain in her voice that comes from somewhere deep, a place I dare not ask where it comes from.” “The young singer-songwriter exudes hard living,” it was said of Star when her song “Through the Winter” appeared as NPR’s Song of the Day, “from her world-weary, head-turning voice and classic-sounding take on Americana straight through to her biting tales of love gone bad.”

The Seasons Performance Hall: Completed in 1929, Seasons has been in con­tin­u­ous use as a per­for­mance and arts facil­ity since the fall of 2005, when it was pur­chased from the First Christ Sci­en­tist con­gre­ga­tion by Yakima phil­an­thropist, the Strosahl Fam­ily.  The Sea­sons Music Fes­ti­val has been respon­si­ble for pro­gram­ming musi­cal events there since its incep­tion.