Behold, the weekend of fests!
ELKFEST just started and runs all weekend long, making Browne's Addition more full, more fun and more difficult to drive through than any other weekend of the year. You know where the little roundabout thingie is? That's where you'll find Elkfest. It's free. It's all-ages. It's awesome.
Here's the schedule:
4:30 pm - The Camaros
6 pm - Folk Inception
7:30 pm - Blood Hot Beat
9 pm - SHIM
12:30 pm - Mon Cheri
2 pm - Crickets of Cascadia (read our story about them here)
3:30 pm - The Sassmatrons
5 pm - Flying Spiders
6:30 pm - Real Life Rockaz
7:45 pm - DJ Stone Tobey
8:30 pm - Strength
2 pm - Old Bear Mountain
3:30 pm - La Cha Cha
5 pm - Whiskey Dick Mountain (who recently won one of our Bands to Watch slots)
7 pm - Bully (featuring members of Dirty Sweet)
8:30 pm - Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside (read our review of their latest record, Dirty Radio, here)
ARTFEST kicked off a few hours ago just a few blocks away from Elkfest in Coeur d'Alene Park (the big one with the gazebo). And though the focus there is mostly art and artisans, there's a stage with music running all weekend.
Until 4:30 pm - Brent Edstrom Trio (Jazz)
5 pm - Hoodoo Udu (Blues)
7:30 pm - Milonga (Latin)
11 am - Master Class Jazz Orchestra
12:30 pm - Brad Keeler Trio (Blues)
2 pm - Nicole Lewis Band (Jazz/pop)
3:30 pm - Spare Parts (70s to present)
5 pm - Soul Proprietor (Urban Soul)
7:30 pm - Big Mumbo (Blues/R&B)
11 am - Philip Boulding (Celtic harp)
12:30 pm - Riders of the Rockin B (Cowboy classics)
1:30 pm - Sammy Eubanks (Blues)
3:30 pm - EWU Jazz I Orchestra
SWAMP FEST — the unofficial Elkfest/Artfest after party that keeps you up, drinkin' and dancin' into the night — also starts this evening. We don't know the set orders, but tonight Groove Patrol, Real Life Rockaz, Tyler Aker and Amoe (of Space Movies) play. Tomorrow night you can catch Flying Spiders, Jesi B and the All Rights, Tyler Aker, DJ C-Mad play. And on Sunday, catch Simon Tucker, Zac Fairbanks and DJ Poncho P. Swamp Fest kicks off at 9:30 pm each night, costs $5 and is only for those of drinking age.
But there are things other than fests happening, too, if crowds aren't your thing.
A more than promising hip-hip shop is on the books tonight at Aclub, featuring Onry Ozzborne (of Grayskul), Iame (of Sandpeople/Oldominion), Void Pedal, Cloudy October, Gun of the Sun, Foot in the Door and Cruz the Kid. Definitely worth the $7 they're asking at the door. Gotta be 21. 8:30 pm.
There's a little show going down tonight at the Checkerboard Tavern featuring Ian Miles and the band, the Terrible Buttons. Show at 9 pm. $5. Gotta be 21.
Perhaps the most expensive show to ever hit the Hop! happens tonight, but there are lots of folks telling us that Brotha Lynch Hung, the nasty 90s rapper, is, like, so worth it. Check out our story on him here. Show — with a baker's dozen of opening acts — starts at 7 pm. It'll cost ya $27 at the door, so you might as well get your money's worth and go the entire time. All-ages.
Hit up the Baby Bar after the Fests finish up for a show by the excellent local band, Myth Ship. Check out our review of the band's latest album here. Free. 9 pm. Gotta be 21.
Coeur d'Alene's the Long Ear, one of our favorite record stores in the area, is hosting a super cool benefit this weekend to help artsy kids go to college. It runs all day long tomorrow, starting at 11 am. Paw through the bins and support the show — which is $5 — for a great cause.
And if you even have legs or a liver after all the dancing and festing you'll do in the days prior, make it down to Mootsy's on Sunday night for a show by Silver Treason and the Dusty 45s, who are splitting off from their tour with ADELE (yeah!) to come play here. At Mootsy's. Uh. That's amazing. Check out our profile of the 45s here. 9 pm. $6. Gotta be 21.
Consider your weekend planned.