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Three Hours to ‘Paradise’ is How I Describe the Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival

Even driving a CaRV that measures it’s zero to sixty time not with a stopwatch but a sundial I made it to “Paradise”, Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival, this past weekend in 2 hours and 50 minutes.


That time included a shopping break at Lowe’s on the south end of Moses Lake and a tank fill-up on the north end. The drive up 395 to 17 at Mesa then past Othello and around Moses Lake on their version of the “By-Pass” is a scenic drive, then you seeĀ  “erratics” dotting the countryside north to Soap Lake.


The view ratchets up to SPECTACULAR as the journey continues from Soap Lake to Electric City.

Traveling past Sun Lakes State Park and under basalt escarpments and through coulees including “Dry Falls” and its visitor center.

Driving past the giant golf ball on a tee means that the Banks Lake Golf Club is at hand and the left turn into Sunbanks Lake Resort is only a half mile away at the outskirts of Electric City. You have arrived at the Blues Paradise that exists twice a year, Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival.

A bonus during the September edition of the festival is that you can drive about 4 miles and see the FREE laser light show on the face of Grand Coulee Dam.

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