The Inlander's Music Festival for All
Chad Ramsey

This whole thing is crazy. More than 80 bands are flooding downtown Spokane for two days of music and revelry.

This year, we're again showcasing amazing local talent, but also bringing in big up-and-coming bands you're not going to want to miss. We've added more venues, assembled a food truck rally, booked local poets, planned panel discussions on the state of music and organized a brunch in memory of Isamu Jordan. Oh yeah, we're also partnering with downtown businesses to get you extra goodies with your Volume wristband.

Your biggest problem will be planning your weekend — that's what this guide is for. Inside you'll read about this year's five local Bands to Watch, five break-out groups contributing to the local music scene, selected by a panel of judges. We've also curated lineups for all musical tastes (indie, dance, rock, even stuff your dad would like). Volume really is the region's music festival for all!

Volume Gives Back

A portion of proceeds from Volume will benefit INK Art Space, a community endeavor that provides tutoring and mentoring for Spokane’s young writers and artists. Spearheaded by best-selling writer Jess Walter, INK plans to offer after-school classes and weekend and summer workshops where kids explore their creativity — learning how to be a slam poet, make urban street art, write their manifestos, you name it. On Saturday of Volume, at 2 pm, INK (224 W. Sprague) will host a “State of the Spokane Scene” panel discussion. To learn more about INK, visit

Wristband FAQ

How much? Can I wait to buy?

In advance, two-day wristbands are $17. If you wait til May 30, the price for the pass is $25 — if they don’t sell out before then. During the festival, you can buy $15 one-day passes at the participating venues.

How do I buy a wristband now?

IN-PERSON: Visit Inlander HQ (1227 W. Summit Parkway), M-F, 8:30 am-5:30 pm.

ONLINE: Visit for details; you will have to pick them up at will call.

I already bought my wristband...

If you bought online at, you had a choice: Get the wristband mailed to you or pick it up at will call.

• EARLY PICK-UP: On Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, pick up your wristband at Inlander HQ (1227 W. Summit Parkway), 8:30 am-5 pm.

• PICK-UP AT THE FESTIVAL: After 5 pm on Friday, May 30, pick up your ticket at the booth at Stevens and Sprague; hours on Friday are 5-9 pm. On Saturday, ticket pick-up is open 5-8 pm. Don’t miss those pick-up times!

What does my wristband get me?

Well, it gets you into eight venues where you can see nearly 90 bands. And some poets. And get a free ride on the circulating party trolley. We’re also hosting panel discussions on the state of local music.

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About The Author

Laura Johnson

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