Friday, October 9, 2015

THIS WEEKEND (AND BEYOND) IN MUSIC: Bartfest schedule, Never Young and Flying Spiders CD release

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Bartfest is definitely the biggest thing happening in music this weekend. After a disastrous first run at it last year, the Bartlett owners/event coordinators have put on music festival this year they feel confident Spokane will enjoy — especially the greatly reduced price tag. Tickets are $20 per night and the festival is all-ages, yet nYne turns into a 21+ venue when the clock strikes (aptly) 9 pm. Read our full preview story on the event here.

Here’s the full schedule:
Seattle's Deep Sea Diver closes out Bartfest Saturday night.
  • Seattle's Deep Sea Diver closes out Bartfest Saturday night.
6:30 pm Perenne
7:30 pm Lock Lomond
8:40 pm Lionlimb
9:50 pm Angel Olsen
6:15 pm Windoe
7:20 pm Bellamaine
9 pm River Whyless
10:20 pm Horse Feathers
11:45 pm DJ


6:20 pm Silver Torches
7:30 pm Bryan John Appleby
8:40 pm Joseph
9:50 pm Marshall McLean
6 pm Smokey Brights
7:20 pm Cataldo
9 pm Mama Doll
10:20 pm Deep Sea Diver
11:30 pm DJ

Norma Jean is coming through Spokane one more time, and all those into screamo are probably out of their minds just thinking about it. Luckily, this time around, the band is playing an all-ages venue, so the kids can see 'em, too. The opening acts are pretty spot on for this show: '68, Sleepwave, the Ongoing Concept and Belle Haven. The show starts at 6:30 pm and it's $20 at the door. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SLIDESHOW: Scenes from this year's Terrain

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 1:15 PM

The eighth edition of Terrain, which has become one of Spokane’s most anticipated cultural events, packed the downtown Washington Cracker Co. building with some 8,200 people over the course of Friday night. Terrain, which featured wall-to-wall artistic exhibits, live music, literary readings, film screenings and more, took advantage of an expanded space this year that led to the sale of more than $14,000 worth of art. The arts organization, evolving beyond just a once-a-year event, is using a Kickstarter campaign titled The Campaign for Terrain in hopes of building a permanent home for cultural happenings on the site. You can donate toward their $25,000 goal through Nov. 2.

Scenes from Terrain 2015
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Scenes from Terrain 2015

The eighth edition of Terrain packed the downtown Washington Cracker Co. building with some 8,200 people over the course of Friday night.

By Kristen Black

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Monday, October 5, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: A magical night with Big Gigantic and the Floozies

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 11:28 AM

The Floozies' Matt and Mark Hill join Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken for an encore. - MAX CARTER
  • Max Carter
  • The Floozies' Matt and Mark Hill join Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken for an encore.

As the sun set on another weekend and the city of Spokane prepared for Monday, several hundred blessed few were at the Knitting Factory to witness a night of pure musical fusion. Big Gigantic's Get On Up tour came through Spokane red-hot, and boy did things get funky.

Beauflexx looks on at the stage that he set. - MAX CARTER
  • Max Carter
  • Beauflexx looks on at the stage that he set.
Things kicked off with Beauflexx, a Seattle-native living in Spokane who has played shows and festivals with the likes of Datsik, Steve Aoki and the Dirty Phonics. Setting the stage for the bigger acts isn't always easy, but Beauflexx made it look simple, filling the audience's ears with driving dub step and house beats. Not as funky as the Floozies and Big Gigantic, Beauflexx set the energy high from the start, but one could just sense a longing in the air... a longing for the funk.

When the Floozies took the stage, guitar and drum sticks in hand, the entire atmosphere in the building changed. From the first tasty guitar phrase, there was a sense that something incredible was about to happen. The energy between the crowd and guitarist Matt Hill was palpable as he drank from his beer on stage, grinning from ear to ear. This wasn't your everyday EDM show. This was a concert, with live music and live energy, and the audience was feeling it, on their skin, in their ears and in their hearts. On this Sunday night, everybody in that building was fighting for just a bit more weekend, and for those few hours, nobody had a worry in the world. 

And then Big Gigantic happened. With the honk of a saxophone, everybody in the Knitting Factory found themselves a part of a revolution. It was a climax of euphoria for a music-loving millennial; the integrity of live, genuine music with the thrill of EDM and bass drops. Big G opened with a couple of hits, including their new single "Good Times Roll", and as the main act got into the meat of their set list, I was filled with hope. The whole room was filled with hope. It was as if with every delicious lick played by Dominic Lalli on his iconic saxophone, he was elevating every person in that room to a new level. In a world filled with pop music, cheap hooks and a billion "up and coming" electronic artists, Big Gigantic satiates the desire for music of greater integrity. 

As Lalli and bandmate Jeremy Salken worked their way into the back end of their set with bangers like "Sky High" and "Get On Up", I couldn't help but feel romantic about it all. My love for jazz and funk music was rekindled. After finishing up their set, to nobody's surprise, Big Gigantic was called back for an encore and they didn't disappoint. The curtain call lasted about 15 minutes, including an appearance on stage by the members of the Floozies. 

With the final drop, that evening ended, leaving the audience members to stroll out into the night in bewilderment of what they had just experienced. The echo of Lalli's saxophone seemed to float out into the crisp October air.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Neil Young made his own headlines at Spokane Arena

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Neil Young and Promise of the Real played a memorable and not-too-polished set at the Spokane Arena Friday. - LAURA JOHNSON
  • Laura Johnson
  • Neil Young and Promise of the Real played a memorable and not-too-polished set at the Spokane Arena Friday.

Hoots and hollers come sporadically. If we just call for him, he’ll arrive. But at 7:30 pm, the Friday night show set time, Neil Young still hasn’t appeared on the Spokane Arena stage. Suddenly, darkness. Two people dressed as farmers, complete with overalls, appear front and center. As if in a field, they begin to toss seeds around. Is this a performance art piece? Will Neil Young and Promise of the Real come through the floor of the stage as if grown from the earth?

Instead, a lone spotlight switches to the side of the stage where Young sits at an upright piano, partly obscured by speakers. His unmistakable voice rolls into “After the Gold Rush.” It’s stunning. People settle into their seats, beers in hand.

For his summer tour with Promise of the Real — which includes Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson (the latter normally plays with his band Insects vs Robots) — Young began his shows alone. Last night, the second night of the group’s West Coast tour promoting their new record The Monsanto Years, was no different. In sparse lighting, Young worked through many of the favorites like “Heart of Gold,” “Old Man” and also “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)” on piano, guitar and even organ. At 69, his voice was strong and glorious as ever. Those high notes, never eluding him.

About two-thirds of the venue is curtained off for this show, making it feel far more intimate. While the concert is well attended, the edges of the space still have plenty of seats. The people there are the ones who want to be there. It’s a lot of older men and women, many of whom look an awful lot like Young, but also some younger hipster-type fans.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Neil Young, Bullets or Balloons EP release, Terrain 8 and Purity Ring

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Neil Young and Promise of the Real are burning up the Spokane Arena tonight. The show, based on set lists from other tour performances, will most likely begin with an acoustic solo set from Young and progressively get heavier as the evening continues. Read our interview with Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son and leader of Promise of the Real) here. Be sure to check for our review of the show Saturday. 

It’s easy to get excited about one huge free night of local artwork on display, but Terrain is about celebrating (mostly) local music, too. This year’s stellar lineup of indie/pop/electronic/funk acts will tempt you to camp out in front of the venue stage all night long — there will constantly be something different on stage. Headlining the event is Portland-based act Wampire, who will transport the audience back to a 1980s house-show dance party with their psychedelic, EDM-inspired tunes. Multi-genre Spokane acts on the bill range from the well-established to up-and-coming bands. Here's the schedule:
5 pm - Twin Towers
6 pm - Paisley Devil
6:55 pm - The Backups
7:45 pm -  Haunted Tubes
8:35 pm - The Tone Collaborative
9:25 pm - Phlegm Fatale
10:10 pm - Wamprie 
11:20 pm - Cathedral Pearls

Want more art/music? Check out First Friday listings here.

Just up the way from Terrain, Bullets or Balloons are touting their newest EP, Naturalistically, at the Big Dipper. The prolific band may have released a full-length back in February, but they’re back with seven more garage-rock songs to share. The act continues to delve into complex instrumental math rock territory with “Short Haired Strom.” The entire EP is over in just 15 minutes, and it’s completely worth your time. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 pm and is $7 at the door.

The Portland Cello Project has not one, but two performances at the Bartlett Saturday, likely after multiple sold out shows in February. One at 6 pm and another at 9 pm. For $20, go see what all the classical meets pop fusion group is about.

Purity Ring, oh Purity Ring. This Canadian electronic pop duo was too busy to talk to us this week, but we still wrote a little something up about them anyway. The band plays the Knitting Factory Saturday at 8 pm for $20. Check out tracks from their new, progressive album here.

Raise your stein to this! The family-friendly Oktoberfest Party at Two Seven Public House on the South Hill is back for yet another yet. Band performances on the parking lot stage include Jus Wright & the River City Roots, Hey! is for Horses and Boomshack String Band.

Get your heavy rock music on over at the Viking Bar & Grill for Thunder & Lightning's Spectacle of Boobs ‘n Music. Bands like Witchburn, Invasive, Volcanoes on the Sun, Drop Off, Evolved, North Fork and more come together starting at 11 am to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This is a free, all-ages event but a monetary donation will be taken.

Big Gigantic are big in the EDM world right now. And they’re not just two guys playing turn tables, they also play saxophone and drums over their instrumental jazzy/electronic music. Catch them at Knitting Factory Sunday night. Look out for our review of the show come Monday morning.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Def Leppard can still deliver, bringing Spokane Arena a full bag of tricks and hits

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Def Leppard knocks out "Love Bites" at Spokane Arena Wednesday. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Def Leppard knocks out "Love Bites" at Spokane Arena Wednesday.

Anyone who wants to chalk up Def Leppard's ongoing success simply to nostalgia for the band's '80s and early '90s commercial heyday should probably ask themselves why most of the band's peers from that era aren't also consistently selling out arenas and amphitheaters in 2015. 

The British rockers were a cut above from the very beginning of their career, crafting anthems full of killer hooks and impressive harmonies that stayed a part of their songwriting as they shifted from being an up-and-coming part of the so-called "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" to a pop-rock machine embraced by the mainstream with chart-topping albums like 1983's Pyromania, 1997's Hysteria and 1992's Adrenalize

Yes, the band's concerts still lean heavily on those golden years of monster hit singles, but the songs for the most part sound timeless and alive, rather than simply aural museum pieces hearkening the good old days. At the Spokane Arena Wednesday night, the guys in the band might have looked a little older, but the rocking songs still hit hard, the ballads still soared, and the crowd filling the place to the rafters sang along nonstop as they were treated to a great night out. It's hard to imagine anyone went home complaining. 

The current lineup of the band has been together since 1992, when Vivian Campbell replaced long-time guitarist Steve Clark after his death, and the other four members have been together since the early '80s. That kind of consistency in the ranks makes this version of Def Leppard incredibly tight on stage, where each of them has ample opportunities to shine over the course of their shows.

Wednesday, 57-year-old guitarist Phil Collen scampered around shirtless, sporting a six-pack just as he did as a 25-year-old and ripping out solos on nearly every tune. Campbell, a veteran of Dio and Whitesnake before joining the Def Leppard ranks, played well alongside Collen, melding gjuitar lines here and there, and taking on solos of his own and those penned by his predecessor Clark as well. And the three longest-standing members of the band all shined, too. Bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen locked in early and kept the bottom end booming behind the band's guitars all night, and lead singer Joe Elliott showed he has little problem hitting the notes of the band's deep catalog of songs. 

Def Leppard hit the stage with purpose, cranking through "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)," "Animal" "Let It Go" and "Foolin'" before anyone in the crowd could even take a breath — four huge songs in the band's career, all delivered with nary a word beyond the lyrics. 
A catwalk jutting into the crowd on the arena floor got the band closer to its fans. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • A catwalk jutting into the crowd on the arena floor got the band closer to its fans.

Three screens showing the action on stage so the folks in the back of the arena could see were among the few production bells and whistles; for the most part, the show was just the band on a sparsely decorated stage, kicking out classic songs, with perhaps a few lasers flashing in the background. Not many hard-rock bands feature four guys harmonizing together, but Def Leppard's vocal abilities help them stand out, and make already-huge-sounding songs come through all the more massive. 

"Paper Sun" from the band's 1999 album Euphoria was a bit unexpected early in the set, but served as a reminder that the band has continued making albums semi-consistently since radio trends moved away from their style of hard rock; they have a new one coming this fall, although that wasn't represented during the set Wednesday. Instead, after "Paper Sun," it was pretty much non-stop massive hits that had the crowd on its feet throughout, screaming along with the band: "Love Bites," "Armageddon It," "Rock On," a solo Joe Elliott acoustic take on "Two Steps Behind," performed on a catwalk jutting toward the middle of the arena floor. 

All told, the band delivered about 90 minutes of ear candy, all of it a vivid reminder of why these guys went head to head with Michael Jackson's Thriller at the top of the Billboard charts when they first broke through in America, and eventually sold more than 100 million albums worldwide — an absurd number back in the '80s, and an impossible one in the current music scene. They ran through "Rocket," "Bringing on the Heartbreak," "Hysteria," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph" before it was all over and the crowd departed to the chilled night air outside the arena. 

Def Leppard was clearly and deservedly the headliner, but both openers certainly had fans thrilled to find them in Spokane. Styx was sort of the oddball of the bill, given their more poppy and prog-rock inclinations than the other two bands, but they got a lot of love from the audience as they ran through songs like "The Grand Illusion," "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Lady" and "Come Sail Away" during their hour on stage. 

Kicking things off a few minutes before the announced 7 pm start time was Tesla, and the Sacramento crew remains a gem, albeit an under-appreciated one. They were unfairly lumped in to the "hair-metal" scene back in the '80s, but their songs like "Hang Tough" and "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" have a complexity not many of the hair bands on the Sunset Strip could match. Wednesday night, both those songs sounded great, as did "Love Song," "Little Suzi" and the band's acoustic-driven hit cover of "Signs." 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Heavy Seventeen final show, Terrible Buttons reunion, Nixon Rodeo and Itchy Kitty releases

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

What a spectacular weekend for local music, before the onslaught of crazy shows next week … Def Leppard, Death Cab For Cutie, Neil Young, Terrain as well as comedy from Todd Barry and John Mulaney. Why can we never spread this stuff out, Spokane?!

Mootsy’s is hosting a cancer fund benefit for friend of the Spokane music scene, Polly Birge. The lineup includes Seattle rockers Oil Can as well as thrilling Spokane groups Siamese Suicide, Fun Ladies and Gorilla Rabbit Chicken. The show starts at 9 pm.

Sometimes, one night just isn’t enough. So it’s understandable that for the release of Nixon Rodeo’s third studio album, the Spokane hard rockers are performing Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper. Nixon Rodeo’s new album, recorded at Amplified Wax, continues the band’s forward momentum — they played the Warped Tour at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn last month. Aptly named Relentless, the record moves between power-pop rock and screamo and lyrically focuses on a theme of never giving up. The four-piece’s album ends with a rousing rendition of “Billie Jean” — and hey, the Michael Jackson cover angle worked for Alien Ant Farm. Friday’s show includes the Backups, the Drone Epidemic and Windowpane and Saturday includes Moretta, Free the Jester and Breakdown Boulevard. The all-ages shows are $15 at the door and start at 7 pm.

Local rockers Heavy Seventeen are playing their final show Saturday at the Baby Bar. The band has decided to go their separate ways after a recent tragedy in drummer Cody Brooks’ family, but as frontman Matt Lakin put it, they didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye.
“We frequented the Baby Bar, that was kind of our stomping ground as a band,” Lakin explains. “We’re looking to have one last party there.”
Film Filmed is Lakin’s newest project, an acoustic duo with his brother, and the band will open the show, along with the Holy Cows. The party begins at 10 pm.

We don’t know if you noticed, but Terrible Buttons’ name has been discretely tucked into the lineup of Saturday’s Plastic Horse Records showcase at the Bartlett. Along with Kent Ueland’s solo project the Holy Broke and his brother Dane’s Seattle-based folk-act And Yet, the Buttons are back in business (for one night only that we know of). Other indie bands on the bill include Wildcat Choir, Bob Crash, Valley Fair and Dewi Sant. The all-ages show is $12 at the door and starts at 7 pm, an hour earlier than most Bartlett shows.

The recently opened record store Garageland plays host to Spokane’s one and only punk feline act Itchy Kitty this Sunday, continuing the venue’s local Scene Showcase Series. The trio will play tracks from their brand new album, which will also be available in store. The all-ages free show starts at 4 pm. Go and hear these ladies roar! 
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pearl Jam was on Colbert last night

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Last night, America's Greatest Rock Band™ took to the shiny new stage of CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and, if you've been a Pearl Jam fan as long as I have and fell asleep before they came on, allow us to get you caught up. Perhaps it will give you some much-needed flashbacks to two years ago when PJ took it to the Spokane Arena.

Here they are rocking the polish off of Colbert's set with "Mind Your Manners," off of 2013's superb Lightning Bolt.

And then, when it looked like the lights were going down, Pearl Jam stuck around to play Neil Young's "Rockin' In the Free World," joined by Colbert on guest vocals.

Before all of this, the band — all of them — were invited to the couch to chat with Stephen about their social and political efforts over the years. This weekend they're headlining the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, and if you are of the school who think Pearl Jam isn't relevant in today's musical landscape, keep in mind the other headliner of that festival is friggin' Beyonce.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Dave and Phil Alvin give Chateau Rive a shot of rootsy blues

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Dave Alvin, left, and Phil Alvin led the Guilty Ones through a two-hour set Wednesday at Chateau Rive. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Dave Alvin, left, and Phil Alvin led the Guilty Ones through a two-hour set Wednesday at Chateau Rive.

It took just a verse or two of "All By Myself" for brothers Dave and Phil Alvin to lock in with their backing band the Guilty Ones at Chateau Rive Wednesday night, kicking off a night of killer rock and blues from two legends in American roots music. 

That tune is an old one by Big Bill Broonzy, a prolific bluesman who the brothers got into as high school kids, back before they took their band The Blasters to some fame and little fortune in the early '80s, and way before professionally and personally splitting and going their separate ways. A health scare for Phil a couple years ago helped bring the Alvins back together to record for the first time since the Blasters' years, and the resulting 2014 album Common Ground was an homage packed with nothing but Big Bill Broonzy tunes. 

It was fitting, then, that "All By Myself" and another Broonzy tune, "I Feel So Good," launched the boys' Spokane visit just days after the release of another new collaboration, Lost Time, on which they delve into a few more old blues, soul and rock acts to create an album that is both history lesson and a shockingly lively reminder of both Phil Alvin's distinct voice and Dave Alvin's incredible guitar playing. 

That voice and that guitar were on full display Wednesday, as Phil's voice filled the cavernous-but-warm Flour Mill basement and Dave's chiming guitar solos got random members of the mostly seated crowd to jump up and cheer at various points throughout the night, and between nearly every song. Some folks were moved enough to ditch their seats and fill the surrounding areas to dance as the band worked through nearly 20 songs over the course of two hours. 

"Mr. Kicks" and "World's In a Bad Condition" introduced the crowd to the first two songs on Lost Time, and they were both highlights among a night full of excellent performances. "Southern Flood Blues," another Broonzy cut, inspired Phil to break out his harmonica for the first time, for some furious blasts as little brother Dave took over lead vocals for the first time. 

Dave did most of the talking between tunes, allowing Phil to rest his voice as Dave regaled the crowd with information about the artists the band was covering, or the inspiration for some of the original tunes they recorded with The Blasters or Dave has done during his solo career. At one point, Dave halted the start of "Cherry Red Blues" to get the song just right. "I only play Spokane about once every decade, and I'm not going to bed tonight knowing I botched the intro to this song!" he said, and the crowd cheered his new-and-improved second effort. 

Many of the older folks in the crowd were clearly Blasters fans, offering their most audible cheers when the band launched into "Border Radio" and "American Music." Another major highlight was Dave's take on "Rattlesnakin Daddy" that included guitar asides into Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" and "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. And the show-closing monster jam of the Blasters' "Marie, Marie" was unforgettable, complete with a mid-song segue into the Bobby Bland tune made famous by the Grateful Dead, "Turn On Your Lovelight." 

There was a lot of energy on the Chateau Rive stage, with the 59-year-old Dave and 62-year-old Phil leading the way, and even the sitters in the audience were clearly engaged and stoked at the proceedings. If shows like the one Spokane got Wednesday is the Alvins' way of making up for lost time, I'll take it. 
Dave Alvin, left, and his brother Phil just released Lost Time, their second album in two years after a 30-year split. - DAN NAILEN
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  • Dave Alvin, left, and his brother Phil just released Lost Time, their second album in two years after a 30-year split.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Palomino to reopen under new management, less country

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Country musician Jon Pardi and members of the All Nighters performing at the Palomino Club last November. The new Palomino will still feature some country. - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • Country musician Jon Pardi and members of the All Nighters performing at the Palomino Club last November. The new Palomino will still feature some country.

Here we go again. Halloween marks the opening of Spokane’s newest music venue, the Palomino. No longer the Palomino Club, which has been closed since around June, but the Palomino. It’s a brand new enterprise run by local music producer/DJ/promoter Marc Fechter.

Not even open for a year, we knew something was up back in June when the scheduled (hed) PE concert was moved to the Pinnacle Northwest downtown. In speaking with owner Fred Lopez at the time, he made it clear he wasn’t looking to close the venue entirely, but was looking to sell. Plans were up in the air.

In the last couple weeks, Fechter has been in negations with Lopez to lease the 500-person capacity space. All of this is so new; Fechter doesn’t even yet have keys to the building. Fechter says he chose to stick with essentially the same name to save on signage for the club, but this is a brand new company.

Fechter plans to be open Wed-Sun starting after the Halloween show. The venue will offer a food menu and a variety of entertainment like improv comedy nights, Top 40 club nights, blues and jazz nights and ladies nights. But the defining feature will be rolling out a concert lineup of national acts as well as local band shows.

“We will do some country shows but it won’t be a country bar. It’ll be all-genre,” Fechter says. “We’ll probably even bring in comedy acts and fashion shows, star searches, battle of the bands … There are so many ideas.”

Tucked away up north off Division, the Center had come and gone prior to Lopez opening his venue. It was Spokane EpiCenter before that. Fechter says there’s not much to update with the space, it was renovated last year with high-end light and sound gear, three bars and even new bathrooms. Fechter, who is running the place with his girlfriend Wendy Jordan, says they’ve each been putting on Spokane events for 10 years. They know what to expect.

“The best way to do this is to bring in the best events and talent,” Fechter says. “If you have the talent, people will want to be here.”
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