Friday, March 4, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Steel Panther, final Camorra show, Joseph, Moscow Mardi Gras and more

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click to enlarge THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Steel Panther, final Camorra show, Joseph, Moscow Mardi Gras and more
Expect absolute madness at Friday's Steel Panther comedy/glam rock show.


The L.A.-based four-piece Steel Panther, known for their wild live shows, plays original songs in the same vein as all the 1980s glam-metal bands, magnifying the craziness of the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Naturally, stretch pants, bandanas and sprayed-to-the-hilt hairstyles will be on full display here for their Knitting Factory show tonight. With songs called “Gloryhole,” “Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)” and “The Burden of Being Wonderful,” the band isn’t afraid to be downright crass in order to make fans laugh. Their recently released CD/DVD Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage features an over-the-top acoustic set, and all joking aside, they do play their instruments well. The show starts at 9 pm and is $22. Openers include Fail Safe Project and Free the Jester. Note this is very much an 18 and over show.

The local show of the night you’ll want to check out is rocking over at the Observatory, with Pine League, the Mondegreens and Friends of Mine taking to the stage. The show is $5 at the door and starts at 9 pm.

Country music shows just continue on tonight, as the CMT Next Woman of Country Tour heads to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Featuring Jennifer Nettles, of Sugarland, and also Brandy Clark, an up and coming singer-songwriter originally from Central Washington, the show is sure to excite true country fans. Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson open. The ticket price starts at a steep $65 and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

After the kiddos are all taken home, the Moscow Mardi Gras festivities finally turn 21+, with area bands (like Flying Mammals and Mojo Green) playing all around town at Eagles Lodge, Mingles, Garden Lounge, John’s Alley and One World Café. Tickets are $20 at the door and get you in to all the venues. All proceeds from the event benefit local youth.

A final show is always bittersweet, as local prog-punk act the Camorra will find out Saturday night at the Big Dipper in their last performance together as a band. After one of the members decided to depart, the rest of the crew felt it was time to move on. The band says there will be more music from them in the near future, just in a different capacity. Their sense of humor (they’re known to play shows in spandex bodysuits) and overall ridiculousness (they have a song called “Kill Your Mom”) will be missed. Check out their raucous, party-inducing tunes on their sophomore EP, released last year. Itchy Kitty, Cutback Davis and Wayward West open the show. Cost is $7 the day of.

The Bartlett brings in some local (and regional) rock and electronic pop acts Saturday nightDead Serious Lovers and the new Dancing Plague of 1518 represent Spokane while Transistor Send hails from Boise. Show starts at 8 pm and is just $5.

Joseph is sold out. BUT if you were able to snag a ticket to the Bartlett show this Sunday, expect to absolutely be astounded by the Portland-based three-piece. The sisters will inspire with their harmonious acoustic sounds. They’ll make you feel like you’re out walking in a forest, listening to the wind rustle between the trees. The show starts at 8 pm.  

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Laura Johnson

Laura moved to the great Inland Pacific Northwest this summer. She is the Inlander's new music editor.