Friday, June 24, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Paradiso, Hoopfest and Riff Raff

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge Paradiso tickets aren't quite sold out yet this year.
Paradiso tickets aren't quite sold out yet this year.


Similar to the Electric Daisy Carnival that hit Las Vegas last weekend, the Gorge’s Paradiso Festival can get scorching hot — temperature- and talent-wise. Artists/DJs like Datsik, Chris Lorenzo and Bassnectar are set to fill the amphitheater and surrounding stages this weekend with vivid light shows and a whole bunch of thumping and intoxicating electronic dance music (EDM). But mixed in with brutal sunshine, drug use and a culture that pushes people to dance and jump late into the night, the combination can be fatal — one 22-year-old died last year. The kids (the college-age concertgoers who make up most of the thousands) are all there to let loose, but to everyone headed that way this weekend, we say: Stay hydrated (filling up at the free water stations) and wear sunscreen, just like your mother would recommend.

Also starting Friday night: Hoopfest kicks off! Yes, Spokane's most exciting 3-on-3 basketball tournament isn't just about sports, expect a lot of pre-parties and parties after each day.  Check here for full calendar listings, which are mostly more club- and DJ-oriented. 

This is the 19th time the Bartlett has hosted its The Round series, and this Saturday the musicians/artists featured include Marshall McLean (of Marshall McLean band) David Hensrud of Wind Hotel, Andrew Liljenberg, poet Danielle Estelle Ramsay and a live painter. The format is the same: three unaffiliated singer-songwriters play together on stage, while a slam poet also performs and a painter makes art. It's a lot going on, but it always ends up  working harmoniously. Cost for the all-ages show is $5 now or $8 at the door. 

The infamous rapper Riff Raff is back touting a brand new album at the Knitting Factory Saturday night! Check out our story preview right here. 


Gygax, a Ventura, California, crew playing the Observatory this Sunday, is a classic rock/heavy metal band that isn't afraid to write songs about their big passion for fantasy literature and role-playing games. Opening acts include WORWS, Bandit Train and Tri Force. The 21+ show starts at 8 pm and is $5. 

A word about the Tuesday show featured in our music calendar section this week: The band playing the KYRS rooftop show is in fact the bluegrass/ doom metal band Bog from Seattle, and not the more well-known metal band BOG from Vancouver, B.C. as was printed in error. Check out Bog from Seattle's music below: 

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