THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Fiddle! Fairbanks! Sweeney!


Happy Julia Sweeney Day! Yes, Mayor Mary Verner declared today Julia Sweeney Day here in Spokane. Forever? We don't know. But it's a day to break out the old VHS tapes of It's Pat! and the SNL skit when she made fun of the young Chelsea Clinton. Sweeney performs a variety show tonight — the Jill & Julia Show — alongside Jill Sobule. She's the singer who talked about kissing a girl wayyyy before Katy Perry. Check out our story on her here. Bing Crosby Theater. 7:30 pm. $27. All-ages.

Local girl Karli Fairbanks (now Karli Ingersoll) is no stranger to collaborations. Over the past few years, she's honed her unique singing style with several other local songwriters, in the all-female band Power Und Beauty, and now with her drummer (and husband), Caleb Ingersoll. The duo performs under the name Cathedral Pearls and played its first show during the final days of Empyrean back in January. They'll play to the crowd of after-work drinkers and art consumers tonight at BeGin!, held in the Museum of Arts & Culture. 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Oh, and check out this video of Karli and Caleb performing a couple years back on the Bing Crosby Theater stage. Aw… young love. 


You find the Clumsy Lovers at the intersection of rock, bluegrass and Celtic-folk. The Vancouver quintet’s been going since 1993, but today, the band is just a labor of love for its members. They told us this week, though, that Spokane is one of their favorite places to play. Check them out at the Knitting Factory with Folkinception. 8:30 pm. $14. All-ages.

You could argue that Natalie MacMaster, who plays tomorrow with the Spokane Symphony, is one of the finest fiddlers in the world. She's won Grammys for her performances. She can play bluegrass, Gaelic, country — even New Age. And she's been praised by everyone from Carlos Santana to Yo Yo Ma. Basically, if you have even a mild interest in fiddle, you should probably check out her performance.