By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Mackey-webRICHLAND, Wash. – Jazz musician Wes Mackey will perform at Washington State University’s first Jazz and Wine Festival 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, on the Columbia Center Rotary Stage at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

Wine and food will be available for purchase around the stage area as Mackey plays. For more information, visit

Mackey, who has toured the world during more than 50 years of performing, will also hold a free, public lecture and clinic 1-2:30 p.m. in the WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium.

He went from working the “dusty honky tonks” of Georgia to performing in five-star venues. As a soloist or bandmaster, his dynamic stage presence and uplifting performances have made him a favorite in Europe. His last Tri-Cities performance sold out.

A variety of ticket options are available at

With the $75 Chancellor’s Crimson Premier ticket, a limited number of 20 guests will receive backstage access to Mackey and attendance at the chancellor’s reception. The reception will include a private social opportunity and photo with Mackey, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine. Also included is one pass for the premier parking lot and one chair in the VIP seating area.

The $40 Cougar Gray VIP ticket, limited to 70, will include one parking pass, one chair in the VIP area and ease of access to wine and food vendors during the event.

With the unlimited number of $10 general admission tickets, guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the concert.

Garlick Enterprises is the title sponsor for the festival, and other sponsorship opportunities are available. Those interested can contact Marisela Garza at 509-372-7207 or


Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations, 509-372-7333,
Loraine Wilson, WSU Tri-Cities executive assistant to the chancellor, 509-372-7258,