Friday, November 23, 2012


Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM


Rock opera is coming to town — and this time it’s holiday themed. Like Santa, but louder and without the reindeer, the highly theatrical production of Trans-Siberian Orchestra blends rock, classical, folk, Broadway and R&B styles. Long-haired, electric guitar players ride elevators above the crowd and a light show puts you in a trance. This year the band’s performance will be based on the Charles Dickens Tale, The Lost Christmas Eve, and will feature classic Siberian hits like "Christmas Nights in Blue" and "Siberian Sleigh Ride," as well as their hit “Wizards in Winter." It’s cheesy and predictable, but then again so is Christmas, right? Check them out tonight at the Arena. (All-ages)


The Camaros, a long-standing Spokane bar-rock band, have reached a stage in the band’s life that they never knew they’d achieve in the first place: this Saturday, the group will release its first recording, a CD with 12 original tracks, brilliantly titled Ladies. And to celebrate, they’re inviting everyone to pack into the Baby Bar to get down to their new cuts. (All-ages until 9)

It's been awhile since we've heard from locals Six State Bender (pictured) — a balls-to-the-wall local rock band that slayed audiences regularly here in the late aughts with songs like "Spokane Drunk City." They're staging a rare resurrection this weekend for a good cause. Guitarist JT Hottinger has rallied the troops for a benefit show to help out his cousin, Leland Johnson, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant due to complications from leukemia. Come out, hear one of Spokane's most beloved rock bands and pony up for a really good cause. The play with the Creeps and Belt of Vapor tomorrow at 8 pm at the A Club. (21)

Also Saturday:

Avenue Pizza, Diamond Speedboat, The Lion Oh My, Bullets or Balloons (All-ages)

The Hop, Ravesgiving feat. DJs Shauk, DIGI, Felon, Daethstar, 4Shurtz (All-ages)

The Swamp, Cursive Wires, Cuss Jar (21)

Zola, Flying Spiders with MJ the Inhuman Beatbox (21)

(Note: Boz Skaggs has been cancelled — see for details)

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Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...