Hometown boy Ryan Lewis (left) and Macklemore play a sold-out gig at the Bing on Tuesday.
Barreling toward September we are, so you better take advantage of all that August has to offer while you still can. I'd recommend using our massive event listings and Staff Picks for guidance.
Here are some highlights of the week ahead:
Monday, Aug. 22
LIVE BANDS | The Steve Miller Band entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year with a splash, or maybe a volcano, courtesy of the classic-rock dude's rant that the Hall doesn't treat artists well. Who know the man behind smooth hits like "The Joker" had it in him? He'll headline a show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino that includes Foghat opening.
Tuesday, Aug. 23
COMMUNITY | It's Community Shred Day at the Spokane Arena, so bring in your personal papers and financial flotsam and get rid of it for a mere $5 donation to Project Hope.
LIVE BANDS | It's a huge night for live music in the ol' town on Tuesday. At the Bing, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are headlining a show that sold out in mere minutes, so if you don't have a ticket, good luck with that.
At the Knitting Factory, you have the opportunity to dance up a storm with the mighty fine Fitz and the Tantrums, joined by Phases for a show full of soulful sounds and bombastic performers on stage. Here's a taste of the band's style:
And at Chateau Rive, it's an awesome lineup for the Roots on the Rails show, a tour traveling by train that includes roots-rock and folk legend Dave Alvin along with the incomparable Eliza Gilkyson, Cindy Cashdollar, Christy McWilson and more.
Wednesday, Aug. 24
FOOD & DRINK | The bounty of summer is soon to be a memory, so you might want to brush up on (or learn for the first time) your preserving skills. Head to the Medical Lake Library for a free session on Preserving Food in Jars.
LIVE BANDS | Headliners typically, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin joined forces for a fine folk-rock album and tour that stops at The Bing tonight. Here's a little taste of their harmonious sound:
Thursday, Aug. 25
FILM | The Garland's Summer Camp movie series continues with the original True Grit, a Western classic.
COMMUNITY | It's opening day of the three-day Gathering at the Falls PowWow in Riverfront Park. Join the fun and celebrate the people and the river that provides for all of us. And chow some fry bread, of course!
Saturday, Aug. 27
FESTIVAL | The North Idaho State Fair is going on all weekend at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. North Idaho might not be its own state, but it gets its own fair, and that's cool.
COMEDY | Jim Jefferies is a confrontational and hilarious Australian man, and his standup routines are both. See for yourself at the Fox Theater Saturday, and in this NSFW clip from his new Netflix special:
Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. 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...