Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Spokane music and arts scene gets its own wall — online

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM


There’s a new way to find out about what’s going on in the local music and arts scene.

No, it’s not the most state-of-the-art website, but certainly, it’s to the point. The Spokane Wall tells you about some of the coolest musicians and comedians and artists putting on shows in the area, by posting event posters on a fake brick wall. Scroll right to see more. Click on the poster and be transported to the event’s Facebook page or website. That’s it. Simple.

The Spokane Wall, was created by local musician (the Poids)/artist/poet Chris Dreyer (who has freelanced for the Inlander in the past) as a way to promote local concerts and events in a curated way that wasn’t just on Facebook.

“Primarily, promotion from people who are putting on shows set up a FB event pretty much eight times out of 10,” Dreyer says. “That works, but you are only able to reach your friends with that.”

Multiple local media, venue and city websites offer event calendars, including the Inlander’s, to keep people up to date, but the Spokane Wall offers an exclusively visual way of taking in the happenings around town.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Paradiso, Hoopfest and Riff Raff

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Paradiso tickets aren't quite sold out yet this year.
  • Paradiso tickets aren't quite sold out yet this year.


Similar to the Electric Daisy Carnival that hit Las Vegas last weekend, the Gorge’s Paradiso Festival can get scorching hot — temperature- and talent-wise. Artists/DJs like Datsik, Chris Lorenzo and Bassnectar are set to fill the amphitheater and surrounding stages this weekend with vivid light shows and a whole bunch of thumping and intoxicating electronic dance music (EDM). But mixed in with brutal sunshine, drug use and a culture that pushes people to dance and jump late into the night, the combination can be fatal — one 22-year-old died last year. The kids (the college-age concertgoers who make up most of the thousands) are all there to let loose, but to everyone headed that way this weekend, we say: Stay hydrated (filling up at the free water stations) and wear sunscreen, just like your mother would recommend.

Also starting Friday night: Hoopfest kicks off! Yes, Spokane's most exciting 3-on-3 basketball tournament isn't just about sports, expect a lot of pre-parties and parties after each day.  Check here for full calendar listings, which are mostly more club- and DJ-oriented. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Gleason Fest’s big announcement

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Indie rockers Portugal. the Man headlines this year's Gleason Fest.
  • Indie rockers Portugal. the Man headlines this year's Gleason Fest.

Gleason Fest,
an indie music festival that raises funds and awareness for Steve Gleason's ALS non-profit Gleason Initiative Foundation, is back for yet another summer — with some big changes.

Not only is this year’s August 6 event moving to the Lilac Bowl at Riverfront Park, the former block party festival is bringing in some top rockin’ talent. The one-day all-ages show features Alaska-turned-Portland act Portugal. the Man as headliners as well as Pickwick (a Seattle favorite) and Delbert the Band (a local act reuniting for a couple shows this summer). More acts are soon to be announced.

Gleason, a Spokane native who played football for Gonzaga Prep, Washington State University and the New Orleans Saints, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2011. His story was documented in the soon-to-hit-theaters documentary Gleason, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. He plans to be in attendance for this fourth year of the festival.

Tickets are $25 and go on sale Friday, June 24.

Just to get you in the mood: Two years ago, we asked Gleason to make a summer playlist for us. And it still holds up. Take a listen.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Cherry-poppin', Christian-rockin', weed-advocatin' sounds abound

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Afroman hits Spokane Saturday.
  • Afroman hits Spokane Saturday.

A bevy of tunes to be had this weekend, and here are some of the highlights: 

Who doesn't like free tunes? And if swing is your thing, you'll want to make your way to the Red Lion Hotel at the Park for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, an excellent choice for opening the hotel summer concert series. The show starts at 6 pm. This was their big hit: 

The Bartlett hosts two shows by folk-rockers Della Mae, and they're sure to be packed. The Mentors bring old-school and really disgusting punk rock to The Pin!, the Bing hosts Alive She Cried: The Ultimate Doors Experience if you really, really miss the Lizard King. The Holy Broke is joined  by Tyler Aker and Lucas Brown for a gig at The Observatory, and over in Post Falls, the Stateline Music Festival kicks off at Cruisers with a show by Wayward West,  Children of Atom and Coleman Underground. 

After all that action Friday, it doesn't let up Saturday one bit. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle bringing their new folk duo to Spokane in August

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have joined forces for a new folk duo, and come to Spokane in August.
  • Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have joined forces for a new folk duo, and come to Spokane in August.

A powerful duet can set one's soul on edge, the intermingling of voices capable of transcending the power a solo artist is able to find on his or her own. 

Two immensely talented folk artists, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, are joining up this summer to release a new album of duets called, appropriately, Colvin & Earle, and they're heading out on the road to support it with an acoustic tour that stops in Spokane in August.

Colvin and Earle will play the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 24, and tickets are $47 and $57. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am through TicketsWest outlets.  

You can hear a little sample of what they sound like together right here: 
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Friday, June 10, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Elkfest, Cascadia Festival pre-party and Lush in Space

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 4:04 PM

The Grizzled Mighty performs at last year's Elkfest. - MEGAN KUMAKARA
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  • The Grizzled Mighty performs at last year's Elkfest.


We’re here in the final homestretch of the back-to-back-to-back music festival weekends. We’re finally recovered from Sasquatch! over Memorial Day Weekend, Volume just last weekend and now it’s finally Elkfest. Tonight’s festivities kicked off this afternoon with the music starting at 4 pm. Here’s everything you need to know about the annual Browne’s Addition block party. Hopefully, it doesn’t rain! For a taste of Saturday night's festivities, see the video above. 
This Saturday, a month before the Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival gets underway on the west side of the state in Granite Falls, the Big Dipper hosts three of its artists for a pre-party — a light-filled event sure to include a host of dancers and artists and body paint. Put on by the local production company Old Love Music Group, which works to celebrate something they call Intelligent Dance Music, the event is headlined by Michael Manahan, one of Seattle’s hardest-working DJs and electronic music producers, and includes Rob Noble and Jellyfyst. The show starts at 8 pm and is $10 at the door for those 18 and up.

Metal fans can get their fix this weekend, too, with Concrete Grip’s album release show Friday. The slam metal act has been hitting the Spokane pavement since 2005, and this year they’re finally putting out their new studio album Architect of Havoc. Bill Hempel’s deafening roar surprises with its range, switching to near-singing every now and then, and you can feel all the anguish when in “Tenfold” he screams “Grip your fist when you’re pissed at the world!” The group plans to play the album in its entirety at Friday’s show at the Palamino, which is $8 and starts at 7 pm.

Starting Sunday, the Observatory is throwing it’s own mini music festival called Lush in Space. The event runs through the week, but kicks off with Yardsss, Wrtch and Ben Jennings. A whole bunch of indie rock and punk acts play the festival as well as Seattle group Helms Alee (Thursday). Take a look at the entire lineup right here. $20 will get you into all six nights.
Looking for even more music options? Check out the other awesome bands playing this weekend right here
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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Head and the Heart, Ryan Bingham, Dar Williams book Spokane concerts

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 1:45 PM

The Head and the Heart sold out the Knitting Factory a few years ago, and packed one of the Festival at Sandpoint gigs two summer ago. Now the Seattle folk-rock crew is coming around again in support of their upcoming third album, Signs of Light

The Head and the Heart will headline the INB Performing Arts Center this time around, at a show slated for Monday, Oct. 10. Tickets are $36 and $53.50, and go on sale this Friday, June 10, at 10 am, via, by phone at 800-325-SEAT, or at TicketsWest outlets. 

The band had a meteoric rise from loose jams in Seattle into a tight live band. The first single on the new album, "All We Ever Knew," has a bombastic vibe sure to go over well with fans. There are a lot of "la-la-las" and some definite Fleetwood Mac vibes (to my ears). You can judge for yourself: 

Also coming to town is roots dude Ryan Bingham, the mighty fine singer/songwriter, for a show at the Knitting Factory on Sunday, Sept. 4. The guy was nominated for an Oscar for the great stuff he gave Jeff Bridges to sing in Crazy Heart, and he's made a bunch of solid albums blending country, folk and rock vibes. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Inlander staffers' must-see bands at Volume

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM


Laura Johnson, music editor 
"I want to see every band. Unfortunately, because of the constraints of time and space (and the fact I don't run fast) I can't be everywhere. Besides, clearly, the 2016 Inlander Bands to Watch: Age of Nefilim, Ragtag Romantics, the Smokes and Jan Francisco, here's the tip of the iceberg of bands on my can't miss list:" 

Empty Eyes, Baby Bar, 7:15 pm
Mommy Long Legs, Mootsy's, 8:15 pm
Duke Evers, nYne, 9:45 pm
DoNormaal, The Observatory, 12:30 am

Super Sparkle, the Pin!, 6 pm
Brothers From Another, Overbluff Cellars/Terrain, 10 pm
Shabazz Palaces, Overbluff Cellars/Terrain, 11 pm
Ayron Jones & the Way, Red Room Lounge, 11:45 pm


Dan Nailen, staff writer

Fun Ladies, Big Dipper, 7:15 pm
Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love, nYne, 7:45 pm
Water Monster, Red Room Lounge, 8:15 pm
Pine League, Big Dipper, 9:15 pm
Kris Orlowski, nYne, 10:45 pm

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Your last-minute guide to Volume 2016

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM


If you're like many from Spokane, you do things at the last minute. But as this year's Volume is the largest yet, with 10 venues and more than 100 bands playing, there's no way you'll want to miss a thing. Here is our helpful guide to get you prepared and excited for the Inlander's annual music festival going down this weekend. 

How to Get Tickets

Wristbands are required for entry to all venues, and you can buy them at the temporary Volume HQ at Terrain/Overbluff Cellars (304 W. Pacific Ave.) from 5-10 pm Friday and 5-8 pm Saturday. Will call is at this same location, for those who've already purchased tickets. Venues also have some on hand for purchase at the door. Cost is $20 for both nights, if purchased before Friday, but then move up to $30 on Friday for two days and $20 on Saturday for a one night experience. They're available via cash or credit card.

What’s Happening When
The full up-to-date schedule is here. (You can customize your own, which is super-helpful.) Also note this year, you can get to venues more quickly by hopping on the Spokane Party Bus making the rounds downtown throughout the night from 7 pm to midnight. It's free with a Volume wristband. 

Which places are all-ages
The Big Dipper, Terrain/Overbluff Cellars, The Bartlett, Baby Bar/Neato Burrito (until 9 pm) and the Pin! are the five locations available to people under 21. 

The Hashtag: #INVolume
Use the #INVolume hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to share what you’re up to. Follow us on Twitter at @TheInlander and get updates on the Inlander and Volume Facebook pages.

Who’s Playing
Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces are headlining and the rest of the band profiles are here. Also see our longer profiles on this year’s four Bands to Watch: The Smokes, Age of Nefilim, Ragtag Romantics and Jan Francisco (who is still playing the festival, even with a broken arm). Here are bands from around the nation you should check out.

Still need help deciding who to see?
Here are some curated lists, put together by Inlander music experts. With helpful classifications like: So you have kids, a mortgage and want to let loose? You know you're in good hands. 

Other helpful tips

Hydration - The National Weather Service is calling for especially hot temps this weekend, maybe even spiking into the 90s, so keeping yourself supplied with water will be even more important. While it makes sense that you'll want to drink some alcohol (if you're 21+), do so slowly, with water breaks in between. You have two days; you won't want to miss a thing. Plus, you've still got ElkFest next weekend, so be smart. 

Proper footwear - with 10 venues at this year's festivities, there is plenty of running between places to get to the next show, and you won't want your flip-flops or heels to slow you down. Plan accordingly. 

Earplugs - Boring, sure, but your ears will thank you. Pop those bad boys in and go to town. 
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Who wore what - Sasquatch! 2016 fashions

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Clearly, booty shorts have yet to retire.
  • Clearly, booty shorts have yet to retire.

No longer is it only the musicians who get to dress up in fun ways for shows. At Sasquatch! you can fashionably become anyone you want — hippie, hipster, stripper, banana. Unlike other big festivals, such as the more designer clothing-obsessed Coachella or the neon spandex of Paradiso, the annual Memorial Day Weekend festival has its own fashion flavor. This gives many an opportunity to dress in full Halloween costumes (the guys in banana suits made an appearance this year, as always), but also in ways that their grandmothers would most likely not approve of.

Many of the same old looks were there, like the captain hats and rice paddy hats, but some of the bigger trends were new. Here's what we saw:

Bras be gone
There is much conflicting research about the helpfulness of a brassiere, and at this year's Sasquatch! many on the female side opted to let loose in their tanks and halter tops. Whether this is a good look is all based on your point of view. But I do believe there is a way to burn the bra while still finding adequately padded tops (for nippage purposes). Let's work on this for next year.

Double topknots and braids
You can no longer have just one bun or one braid, it's got to be two — and this included some men. Princess Leia clearly, would approve of this trend. 

Tummies and backs were key
The 1990s/early-2000s tummy-bearing days are here. In previous years it's been more about showing off the backs than the stomach, but now you gotta do both. 

Blankets as panchos
I assure you this isn't fashionable, wearing a blanket around your shoulders as one would with a poncho or cape. But with temps nearing 50 degrees at night, I found the keeping-warm look especially heartening. One guy even had a sleeping bag he sewed together except at the arm holes. 

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