By Dan Nailen
on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday.
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle's decision to form a folk duo and record an album under the rather obvious name Colvin & Earle proved inspired once the record arrived in June.
Given both artists' long histories as headliners, it's no surprise their show at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday lived up to the strength of the album, and then some. The two swapped stories and songs for the better part of two hours, playing the entire Colvin & Earle album and delving into their respective catalogs for old favorites, too.
For fans, it was a treat to hear them talk about the songwriting process for the original songs on the new album, and how they decided to cover tunes like the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" and Emmylou Harris's "Raise the Dead" — both highlights of the show. For the Stones track, Earle talked about "playing" a tennis racquet to the song in the mirror before he actually learned how to play a guitar; for the Harris song, Colvin talked about Emmylou's often-overlooked songwriting gift.
They kicked off the show all business with no chit-chat, starting with a cover not on the album, the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" before launching into the first song the wrote together, the excellent album-opener "Come What May."
• A retired Spokane cop is suing the city for violation of state public records law.
• A Spokane County Sheriff's Detective's social media posts about #BlackLivesMatter have stirred debate among local law enforcement.
• Fitz and the Tantrums with Phases stopped by Spokane this week. Here's what bassist Joseph Karnes had to say about their rise to fame. And here's our review of the show.
• Peirone Prize: Check out this year's winners of our annual Peirone Prize, given to local philanthropists who go above and beyond.
IN OTHER NEWS
• Another WSU football player was arrested for assault. He was reportedly upset that his Domino's pizza was taking too long (Spokesman-Review). Last week, we ran a story about three other players suspected of assault in a house-party brawl weeks ago. So far, no one's been arrested in that case.
By Chey Scott
on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 4:12 PM
If you've been following the local arts organization Terrain since its beginning, it's sort of wild to realize that it's already just shy of its 10th anniversary — that milestone comes next year.
Growing to become one of the most widely-attended local arts events of the year, Terrain again hosts its annual, one-night-only arts and music showcase on the first Friday of October; this year that's Oct. 7.
Many of us fondly remember past inceptions of Terrain. The line to get inside the free event always seems to wrap around the block at some point in the night. Arts supporters of all ages are willing to wait to view the innovative local art, and to see and hear live music, poetry and other performances through the night.
But before art can deck the walls and the bands can take the stage, creative folks across the region need to get their last-minute submissions in to be considered for the juried show.
Submissions are due by midnight on August 31 — that's one week from today. All the requirements and details you need to know to be included in this year's showcase can be found online, right here.
Then, to celebrate the closing of submissions for Terrain 9, the Observatory bar in downtown Spokane is hosting a special event Aug. 31, starting at 8 pm. On the lineup are local bands Von the Baptist and Outercourse, with special guests Pastel Felt from L.A.
Fitz and The Tantrums put on a high-energy show on Tuesday at the Knitting Factory.
The lights dim in the Knitting Factory and a drummer, a bassist, a saxophonist and a keyboard player take the stage. They set to work adjusting their instruments as the audience's volume raises. After a few moments of anticipation, the main foci arrive. Noelle Scaggs walks in from stage right, garbed in a shiny silver jacket and a half-skirt. Michael Fitzpatrick comes from stage left in a button up, jeans and polka-dotted shoes. After a moment of smiling and waving, an acknowledgement of the audience's riotous cheers, the six-piece, the fully formed Fitz and The Tantrums, explodes into performance.
The L.A.-formed indie-pop/soul group broke onto the scene in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Pickin' Up the Pieces. This June, the band released their self-titled third album, headlined by the infectious dance inducer "HandClap." The album, despite struggling through some critical scorn, has been a commercial success, peaking at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
That success is obvious at the group's Knitting Factory show Tuesday, where a large, tightly-packed crowd on the floor interact excitedly with Scaggs and Fitzpatrick throughout the concert. Each time they're called upon to clap or sing along, they do so willingly and enthusiastically. All the while, a square-centric light show radiates behind the stage as the rest of the band jams along to back their two charismatic singers.
Retired SPD cop Brian Breen, pictured above, has filed a legal claim against the city, claiming it withheld records related to former Police Chief Frank Straub.
It wasn't just journalists filing public records requests trying to figure out what happened with former police Chief Frank Straub's resignation.
Some of the most detailed public records requests came from Brian Breen, a long-retired cop who often writes lengthy manifestos on his blog offering his critical interpretations of internal politics of the Spokane Police Department in granular detail.
And now, as anticipated, Breen has filed a legal claim against the City of Spokane, arguing that the city violated state public records law. Specifically, he claims thatsignificant documents, concerning former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton's sexual harassment allegations against Straub, were withheld until after the election.
The 18-page claim largely reiterates the conclusions of independent investigator Kris Cappel, who determined last month that the city attorney's office had intentionally withheld important documents that had been requested. Both note that the city attorney's office had possession of most of the crucial documents for five months before delivering them to the city clerk's office. They also point out that City Administrator Theresa Sanders knew that the city attorney's office had the documents, but did not alert the city clerk's office to their existence or bother to search for other copies of the documents.
"By delaying the release of the documents that were responsive to Plaintiff's request," the claim reads, "the city of Spokane violated the requirement of the [Public Records Act] that every 'agency... shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records,' and that the responses shall be prompt."
Good morning Spokane and welcome to the day after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit your town to open their Camping Trip tour. And no, those massive dirt ditches surrounding the Bing Crosby Theater are not result of the mayhem that hit that block last night, but it's understandable that you'd think as much.
What I expected to be a simple hip-hop show at an intimate venue turned out to be an all-day hullabaloo in downtown Spokane, where fans were lined up by mid-morning to get a good spot in the pick-your-own-seat show. By 2 pm, T-shirt stands were set up outside the Bing and a few hours later Macklemore and Ryan Lewis appeared to sign gear.
Note, this was still a good three hours before the show was set to begin. With Fitz and the Tantrums nearly selling out the neighboring Knitting Factory, the entire block, and the surrounding bars and restaurants were jam-packed on this rare celebratory Tuesday night.
OK, so after standing in line for a thorough security pat-down, the masses who'd snagged a ticket for this gig that sold out in a matter of minutes when it was announced back in May finally got closer to answering the question: "What the hell is this Camping Trip thing?"
We knew it was a string of shows in smaller towns in Washington at mostly historic theaters and that this was notable because Macklemore and Lewis have just returned to the states after playing stadiums in Europe. But that was about it. Inside, though, we got a look at the log cabin stage motif, decked out with trees and a spartan DJ set-up.
By Dan Nailen
on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 10:48 AM
(left to right) Cindy Cashdollar, Christy McWilson, Dave Alvin, Eliza Gilkyson, Rick Shea
It's not every day that an artist ends a concert by announcing that the band — and part of the audience — has to hustle to catch a train to Montana.
That was just one of the moments that made Tuesday night's "Roots on the Rails" tour stop at Chateau Rive, headlined by roots-rock singer-songwriter Dave Alvin, something special.
Alvin led a crew of stellar folk artists including Eliza Gilkyson, Rick Shea, Cindy Cashdollar and Christy McWilson through two hours of swapping stories and songs to a packed room in the bottom of the Flour Mill building. The cast of performers rotates at each stop of the tour being done by train, and there was nothing to complain about with Spokane's lineup as each artist charmed with their own songs while jabbing and joking with each other in between tunes.
The audience sat in rapt silence for most of the night, respectful of the performers, and the group included a bunch of folks traveling the whole six-stop tour through the West that came to Spokane from Seattle and headed to Glacier National Park for its next show. Among the travelers were 10 who flew all the way from England, and a couple I chatted with were utterly delighted by show's end.
As well they should be, given what filled the show. Shea's straightforward folk kicked things off with story-songs like "Mariachi Hotel" and "Sweet Bernadine." He then introduced Gilkyson, who dotted her set with hilarious commentary. At one point, she explained that she was trying to avoid repeating any songs over the course of the train tour, "so I keep going back to earlier and earlier material, from several marriages ago."
The police chief interviews are restarting, less than a month after Meidl was appointed
The Bartlett's music festival, Bartfest, has been canceled.
Tour please Brett Dennen's "Tour Por Favor" is touring in Spokane. Buy tickets now, por favor.
Heeeere weee go agaaaaain...
Police chief interviews are happening all over again, leaving those who did it the first time optimistic, but cautious. "Cautiously optimistic," as the kids are saying these days. [Spokesman-Review]
For When the Bells Toll
The Spokane Education Association has already approved an initial contract this year, which includes early-release Fridays — good news for harried teachers and kids who hate school. [Spokesman-Review]
And Fire in the Sky
The fires on Hart Road and Cayuse Mountain are growing. [KXLY]
Buzzsawed Buzzfeed will split its entertainment division off from its news division. That may be bad news for Buzzfeed's incredible investigative journalists — which profits from cat videos and Jurassic Park GIFS have supported. [CNN]
Want to stop your throat from constricting, and your eyes from watering and hives from breaking out? Want to be able to breathe again after a bee sting? Well, get ready to fork over
as much as $600, as the EpiPen manufacturer has hiked prices to incredible rates. Congress is now looking into it. [New York Times]
Maybe It's All a Giant Coincidence Like When Clinton Made Tons of Money on Cattle Futures?
The Associated Press reveals that "at least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs." If you're a math nerd, that's more than half. [AP]
Twin Peaks are still heading to the Bartlett this fall.
In a day and age where music festivals continue to pop up like dandelions, some festivals are now struggling to compete (this year's Sasquatch! and Paradiso festivals didn't even sell out). Today, the Bartlett owners announced they would cancel Bartfest, a two-day music festival they had scheduled to run the last weekend of September/first of October at their venue and neighboring nYne.
Although a two-day pass was listed at $30 (a far cry from the first Bartfest's $90) for a lineup consisting of up-and-coming indie acts Twin Peaks, TOPS, Tangerine, White Reaper, Soft Sleep and the Echolarks, the pre-sales were not enough to keep the 3-year-old festival afloat. Although Spokanites are notorious for not purchasing tickets until close to a performance/event date, owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll had been burned before when their first Bartfest outing only sold a third of tickets needed to break even.
"Canceling is definitely a self-protective move," the Ingersolls wrote in a Facebook post today. "If people don't buy tickets, our venue is put at risk because festivals are based on guarantees only and not percentages of ticket sales. So, when people don't show up, we suffer."
But all is not lost. Twin Peaks is still booked to perform at the Bartlett that weekend and TOPS will play at the Observatory, both on Sat, Oct. 1. The owners plan to keep moving forward.
"Bartfest may re-emerge at some point, but for now we are going to focus on what we feel the most confident in — bringing in really great bands weekly and giving them a great space to play in," the Ingersoll's wrote.
Brett Dennen brings his folky acoustic style to Spokane come September.
Brett Dennen has known some degree of stardom ever since he released his self-titled debut album in 2004. The folk singer/songwriter was born in Oakdale, California, and spent his early homeschooled days basking in creative freedom and learning to play the guitar and write music. A social activist at heart, Dennen led anti-smoking campaigns during his time at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is still involved with The Mosaic Project, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to fostering peaceful intentions in youth of different backgrounds and ethnicities.
Following the release of his first album, Dennan has put out five subsequent records, including his most recent, Por Favor, which hit shelves in May. Over the course of his musical career, he's toured with John Mayer and Pete Murray, and collaborated with Jason Mraz on a song included on the compilation album Songs for Survival, the proceeds of which went to charities focused assisting tribal peoples in the Amazon.
At the show, the artist is likely to focus on songs from his newest record, one that he strived to imbue with raw honesty and some degree of looseness. It's an album with a generally uplifting sound despite the seemingly somber nature of some of its subject matter, which includes Dennen's grappling with feelings of loneliness and loss.
Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 am on the Knitting Factory's website, and will cost $20 before fees. At the door, the base price will increase to $22.
Here's Dennen performing one of the songs on Por Favor, titled "Cassidy," live: