Portland collective Pink Martini is pretty much the perfect group for the Spokane Symphony to tap for one of its pops concerts. The long-running self-described “little orchestra” packs an intensely talented group of musicians on its tours delivering an always-swinging mix of jazz, pop, world music, lounge and classical. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist China Forbes off and on since 1995, Pink Martini teams up with Spokane’s orchestra, conducted by James Lowe, for a groovy trip through all manner of music that will have you cuddling with your date one minute and wanting to jump in the aisle to bust a salsa-inspired move the next. Pink Martini’s most recent album was an all-French affair, but expect tunes from throughout their nearly three-decade career.
Spokane Symphony Pops 2: Pink Martini • Sat, Jan. 29 at 8 pm • $47-$87 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • spokanesymphony.org • 509-624-1200
— Dan Nailen