There are out-of-town bands and artists that Spokane just seems to adopt as our own. Horse Feathers is one of these bands. So is No-Fi Soul Rebellion. I'm pretty sure we're helping keep Tech 9ine's (many, from rumors) children in diapers.
On the roots reggae tip, Joseph Israel seems to kill in Spokane, enough to come back year after year. On youtube, his most hyped-feeling live video is from the Blue Spark (embedded below). It's good to have artists like this, not just for the killer concerts they put on in the 'Kane, but for the positivity they (presumably) spread about our town to other artists they meet. In that great, frustrating triumvirate of reasons for a healthy music scene — great local talent, great local fans, great touring talent — it's the one we have the least control over here.
It's good to see people like Israel returning year after year and being met by fawning crowds. It makes things better.
Tonight, Joseph Israel and the Jerusalem band will drop an evening of roots reggae with Toussaint Yeshua at the Lotus School (212 W. 2nd Ave) starting at 8 pm. It's $15 but organizer John Gardner (who spins and is a founding member of Real Life Rockaz under the nom-de-reggae as Yochanon) says that price is negotiable. " It’s not free, but we want people to come. The flexibility is there."
Lotus School is a non-traditional venue and this is an all-ages show, so bring the fam-dam-ily.