Thursday, February 19, 2015

Southern sounds from Memphis and Granger Smith arrive in Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Plenty of action around the inland Northwest today, and you can find many options in our event listings and carefully culled Staff Picks

If you need some help, no worries. Here are some highlights I found perusing the listings for Thursday, Feb. 19: 
Southern sounds from Memphis and Granger Smith arrive in Spokane
Memphis arrives at the INB Thursday, and plays through Sunday.

THEATER | The touring Broadway musical Memphis starts its four-day run at the INB Performing Arts Center tonight. I got to see it last year, and this show is far from your typical overly sweet musical, bringing some genuinely great music to a story of racial politics. 

THEATER | Orphans continues its run at the Spokane Civic Theatre, bringing the story of two brothers searching for a father figure to vibrant life. 

WORDS | If you missed your chance to see Pulitzer-winning author Marilynne Robinson at Gonzaga last night, you can still catch her tonight at Auntie's at 7 pm. Here's our interview with Robinson

LIVE MUSIC | Granger Smith drops by Spokane for a sold-out gig at the Palomino Club, so if you want tickets to see the emerging country star, hit the web and get hunting. The show is part of his Yee Yee Nation: Part II tour in support of his Dirt Road Driveway album, an indie release that made its way to the top of the iTunes Country chart. Along for the show is Smith's alter ego Earl Dibbles, Jr., an over-the-top country boy who spawned a viral video and landed Smith a spot on CBS Sports' Inside College Football. So, are people packing the Palomino going to be there for Smith or for Dibbles? Hard to say. Here's a taste of what's in store: 

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the former editor of the Inlander. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied at the University of Utah and University of...