3RFS is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1988, serving the folk community near the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in SE Washington state (map)

We present concerts, coffeehouses, contra dances, song circles, and the annual Tumbleweed Music Festival (In its 27th year in 2023.)

Shanghaied on the Willamette Michael Carlos Band Bram Brata
Performers at Tumbleweed Music Festivals

It is with great sadness that Three Rivers Folklife Society notes the passing of a very long-time 3RFS member, Alan Gibbs.

Alan and his wife Judi started the 3rfs.org website in 1995. In this time of straight HTML, they figured out how to put sound clips online, and posted some of the earliest ones.

Alan subsequently maintained and developed the 3rfs.org website by himself until May 2023, when a serious medical condition suddenly sidelined him.

Alan was born in 1939, and died January 11, 2024.

He was a valued and valuable member of our organization, and put in excellent work to promote the organization and our aims.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends now. Thank you, Alan, for everything.

Many more events headed your way:

Coming Next in 2024:

(See Concert, Coffeehouse, Song Circle, or Tumbleweed pages for details)

  • Saturday, Febuary 17, 2024 at 7:30 PM

    February Concert:  Dan Maher

    Our February concert will be a benefit for the Tumbleweed Music Festival, featuring longtime 3RFS and Tumbleweed supporter Dan Maher.

    Dan Maher needs no introduction for most of us. He usually emcees the Tumbleweed Saturday evening concert, except for the years when he has been one of the headliners. He is well known for having hosted Northwest Public Broadcasting’s “Inland Folk” for 38 years, and now for his new show, “Dan Maher's Good Road,” heard on Folk Music Notebook.

    Legend has it that the idea to form the Three Rivers Folklife Society happened after his first concert for us in 1987. He’s performed and/or emceed almost every year at Tumbleweed.

    Dan collects songs both traditional and contemporary, and makes them his own. His repertoire includes cowboy songs, songs with hysterically funny lyrics, Celtic ballads, contemporary folk, Australian drinking songs, and 1960s pop.

    Dan loves sharing his joy in music with his audience and will soon have you singing along. He says he has lots of new songs to share this time, and that "they won't be boring or introspective." Dan has recorded several albums, four of which are available digitally at https://danmaher.bandcamp.com.

    The funds raised by this concert will go towards this year's Tumbleweed Music Festival. Putting on a mostly free festival for all to enjoy costs a lot of money, and this is a chance to contribute to making that happen. At the same time, you’ll be having a great time enjoying a concert that is sure to be entertaining and fun. We appreciate Dan's continuing generosity in doing this.

    The concert is Saturday, February 17th, 2024. It begins at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary of All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Avenue in Richland. Park in the back parking lot and enter through the basement. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members of 3RFS and can be purchased at the door or in advance on the Concert page.

  • Friday, Febuary 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM:



    February’s Coffeehouse features JAK

    Friday, February 9, 7:30 PM
    All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave., Richland, WA
    (Please use the back parking lot, and enter through the rear door.)
    Tickets $10 / $8 3RFS members at the door.
    Open mic 7:00pm, JAK at ~7:30pm.

    JAK formed in 2023 through a series of serendipitous musical encounters that transpired over a couple of years. They quickly united and recognized a connection and desire to perform and bond over music. Since founding, the band has continued to explore and mature their sounds. Band members John Harder (bass/guitar/vocals), Alan Page (drums/guitar/vocals) and Ken McKiernan (guitar/harmonica/vocals) are individually strong performers, and together they create a style of music that combines their collective influences.

    Drawing on shared influences like Credence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, The Beatles, and much more, JAK is not afraid to take on any song or style. JAK places collaboration at the center of their music, allowing each member’s giftings to shape the music, as well as craft original songs. JAK is a band that knows how to entertain. Audience members have described JAK as “musicianship combined with entertaining showmanship,” “original songs with catchy lyrics,” and “lots of good-natured fun."

    The show starts at 7 PM with an open mic - come early if you would like to sign up for a performance slot.

    The coffeehouse is at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Avenue, Richland.

  • Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 9:00 PM

    Dan Maher, of Inland Folk fame, returns with a new show, Dan Maher's Good Road on "Folk Music Notebook!"

    Dan Maher's Good Road - A Journey in Acoustic Music This new show will be 3 hours weekly, Saturdays at 9:00pm - Midnight PST. You can listen at Folkmusicnotebook.com, on the Folk Music Notebook app, through Alexa, or on various internet radio players.

    Folk Music Notebook

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30 PM

    Concert: Winter's Return! With William Pint, Felicia Dale, Tania Opland, and Mike Freeman!
    at All Saint's Episcopal, Richland. Tickets HERE!

  • Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM

    Coffeehouse: Kay Miracle!
    at All Saint's Episcopal, Richland.

The 2024 Tumbleweed Festival: August 30 - September 1, 2024.    

The chosen theme for 2024 is "By Water, Under Trees."

See links on the Tumbleweed Fest Website RIGHT HERE!