The Naughty Sweethearts — off the grid, in the groove — bring high-energy Americana to Richland – Tri

Megan Alder and Alex Klivecka met in Hood River.

Alder, a Pennsylvania native, was volunteering on an organic farm through WWOOF-USA, an program she signed up for after leaving her job in fundraising.

Klivecka had just arrived from Seattle, where the former tech worker — who’d become disillusioned with the industry and quit to travel and play music — was living in a tent and busking.

“(The farm) had a campfire thing. I showed up with no food and four beers out of a six-pack of PBR,” Klivecka recalled.

“It was love at first sight,” said Alder with a laugh.

It was definitely something. The two quickly connected, and soon they were not only a couple but also a musical duo.

As The Naughty Sweethearts, they play their own brand of high-energy Americana, a roots/swing/jug band/stomp/jazz/funk mix.

They’re stopping in Richland on July 1 for a show at Emerald of Siam. Music starts at

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