When we say this is the biggest night of the year for the Spokane arts and music scene, it's true. Essentially, this night of all nights, everyone should be out exploring, listening and viewing. Not only is First Friday a Visual Arts Tour, but October is officially Create Spokane’s Arts Month. Whoa. Here are our highlighted music events:
We’ll start you with Terrain 7. Terrain isn’t just about celebrating the amazingness of the local art scene; there will be live music booming through the event’s new space all night. This year’s list of 10 acts, featuring local talent and beyond, mostly from the indie rock and electro-pop genres, could be the event’s most exciting lineup yet — even if many of them will be new to attendees. The music begins at 5:30 pm and consists ofGypsy Bros, Loomer, Head Hiatus, Trummors, Lost Masters, Heavy Seventeen, Bitwvlf, Bishop Allen and Durazzo. In between sets, DJ Audio Affiliated will keep the music flowing. Free
Naturally, before or after hitting up Terrain, you’ll want to be at the Pixies tonight. Playing at the INB Performing Arts Center, the influential indie-rock act will prove they still got it, even without charismatic bassist Kim Deal. (Also guys, seriously, the new album isn't bad, see below). The show starts at 8 pm and is $40-$50. Check out our preview article for the event here.
Otherwise, you’ll want to be at the Knitting Factory watching Dropkick Murphys tonight. As web editor Dan Nailen puts it: Evolving from a Southie quartet into a seven-piece capable of breaking into traditional Celtic sounds and aggressive punk thanks to the presence of bagpipes, mandolins and tin whistles, Dropkick Murphys have much more to offer musically than many of their pub-rock peers. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $30.
Also you could be at the Big Dipper taking in the fine tunes of local artists Folkinception and Pine League. That all-ages show starts at 7:30 pm and is $7.
If you’re not too pooped out from the previous night’s activities, there are a couple things to check out Saturday.
Over at Two Seven Public House, they’re hosting an Oktoberfest. While you’re drinking, you can listen to fine tunes from local acts Mama Doll, Crystalline and Hey! is for Horses.
Underground 15 takes things a little harder with the Nixon Rodeo, Blackwater Prophet, Death By Pirates and Zak Shaffer tearing up its stage. The free, 9 pm show is part of the Zombie Pub Crawl so don't be afraid to dress up.
Listen, we’re not saying he’s some amazing artist, but if you grew up in the ’90s, seeing Aaron Carterperform at the Knitting Factory this Sunday may be kind of awesome. His throwback show starts at 8 pm and features This Boy That Girl and Matt Ryan King. Tickets are $15 to $50.