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A musical way to raise tuition money

Here’s an excellent way to raise music tuition money: Give your own benefit concert.

Meredith Oatman-Thompson, a 15-year-old organ and piano student from Orofino, Idaho, will present “Bach to Goth” Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave.

Oatman-Thompson is on her way back to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for her sophomore year and she needs to supplement her scholarship.

She’ll play several organ pieces by Bach and the Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann. She’ll switch over to piano to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”

No tickets are required, but donations will be gratefully appreciated.

“I really like the learning environment on campus; everyone is focused on their art,” said Oatman-Thompson, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe

Symphony celebrates ‘Best of Spokane’

The Spokane Symphony will play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Vivaldi's “Summer” from “Four Seasons” for some of Spokanes “best” causes on Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

We say “best” because the symphony is billing this as its first-ever “Best of Spokane Concert,” and it is both a tribute and a fundraiser for these Spokane institutions: Bloomsday, First Night, Hoopfest, the Lilac Festival, MusicFest Northwest, Spokane International Film Festival, and Unity in the Community.

Here's the lowdown on the concert itself: It will cost $20, now on sale at (509) 624-1200 or TicketsWest outlets.

Now, about that “Best of” idea. Those organizations will not only be honored at the concert, but they will get a cut of the proceeds. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear t-shirts and hats representing any of those organizations.

Eckart Preu will conduct, and the concert will also include a patriotic sing-along. This event replaces the BestFest, which the symphony has held the last two summers.

The second part of the symphony’s “Best of Spokane” event – officially titled  “Say Wow! Celebrating the Best of Spokane” – will consist of the Community Open House and Showcase on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

It will be a lot like the open house the symphony hosted when The Fox re-opened in November 2007. This event is free, and includes performances by local groups, tours of the theater and hands-on children’s activities.

Here’s the performance schedule:

9 a.m.: Blessing and Drum Circle.

10:30 a.m.: Floating Crowbar, traditional Irish music.

Noon: Master Class Jazz Orchestra, Big Band Swing.

1:30 p.m.: Spokane Civic Theatre’s Musical Showcase, previewing its season.

3 p.m.: Big Red Barn – Rhythm and bluegrass.

Please note that this free day on Aug, 20 does not include a performance by the Spokane Symphony. The symphony is sponsoring it, but not performing. The symphony's appearance is only at the Aug. 18 event.

UPROAR Festival: Bands with ‘Seven’ in name

The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2.

This lineup includes two bands with “Seven” in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust.

The complete lineup:  Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate on the main stage, while Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective will play the Best Buy Music Gear Stage.

Tickets will be $25, $35, and $45 and $65 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.

Musical culture clash downtown: Neko Case vs. Ted Nugent

Two opposing musical forces play right next door to each other on Sprague Avenue tonight: Neko Case at the Bing Crosby Theater and Ted Nugent at the Knitting Factory.

Could there be two shows with a more disparate fan base? Maybe Ted Nugent vs. the Symphony …

The B-52s, flying into the Fox

The B-52s, of “Love Shack” fame, have been booked into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

Tickets are $75, $49.50 and $39.50, on sale July 8, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.  

The '80s would not have been the same without “Rock Lobster” and “Private Idaho.” They last visited Spokane in 2008, at the Northern Quest.

Judy Collins, on the way to the Bing

Judy Collins, owner of one of my all-time favorite voices, has just been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater on Nov. 10.

Tickets are $37, available through TicketsWest outlets on Friday.

A sneak preview of Northern Quest’s outdoor venue

I took this photo Saturday night at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's tuneup concert for its new outdoor venue, this one featuring local acts Soul Proprietor and the Ryan Larsen Band.

As you can see, it's a flat expanse of lawn between the parking garage and the hotel. Folding chairs are set up and numbered (seating is reserved). There are booths and tents selling food, drink and merchandise.

The acoustics? OK, although we were distracted by the Monster Trucks roaring at the speedway next door.

As you can see, the crowd was not huge for this test-run concert. The first big test will come June 25 with the Judds, followed by the Steve Miller Band on July 14, Willie Nelson on July 31, the Beach Boys on Aug. 6, Toby Keith on Aug. 18 and Santana on Aug. 26,

Guy Clark, certified legend, booked into Bing

It's hard to convey how much respect Guy Clark has in the world of folk, country, alt-country and Americana.

He has been a major influence on artists like Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith.  This Texas singer-songwriter is held in the same esteem as fellow songwriters John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker.

And now Clark is coming to the Bing Crosby Theater, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. He'll be accompanied by longtime sideman Verlon Thompson and a guest act to be announced.

Tickets wil be $27 and $37, reserved, and $52, Golden Circle, on sale June 13 at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest.

Dave Matthews Caravan lineup, day by day

Here's the lineup for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at The Gorge Amphitheatre, Sept. 2-4.

This is a bit different from the traditional Matthews Labor Day weekend shows at The Gorge, because there will be an entire — caravan? — of acts on three stages during the day. Yet the DMB will still do a full set each night. These will be the band's only West Coast performances in 2011

Here's the announcement that came down today:

 

Friday, September 2

Dave Matthews Band, John Butler Trio, Gogol Bordello, De La Soul, Blind Pilot, Soja, The Belle Brigade, Jenny O.  

 

Saturday, September 3

Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Warren Haynes Band, Devotchka, Fruit Bats, The Silent Comedy, Lindsay Fuller

 

Sunday, September 4

Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Antibalas, The Low Anthem, The Moondoggies, Infantree,

Tickets can be purchased for each individual day beginning Friday, June 10, at 10:00 AM PT at www.DMBCaravan.com. They will also be available online at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Three-day passes and VIP packages are available now at www.DMBCaravan.com.

 

What comes before a KISS? Read on …

The opening acts for KISS at the Spokane Arena on June 24 have now been announced: Bad City and Envy.

Bad City is a Chicago rock band whose 2010 debut was called “Welcome to the Wasteland.”

The Envy is a Gene Simmons discovery, signed to his own label. They're from Toronto.

Neither act wears paint or breathes fire, evidently.

A ‘break-in’ concert outdoors at tne Northern Quest

The Northern Quest Resort and Casino’s big-name outdoor schedule doesn’t begin until June 25 with The Judds, but on June 11, the resort has scheduled a “break-in” concert at its new outdoor arena.

Two local bands, Soul Proprietor and The Ryan Larsen Band, will play a show there on June 11, 7 p.m. Tickets are only $5, available at the Northern Quest box office, (509) 481-6700 or TicketsWest outlets.

Soul Proprietor plays funk and R&B and The Ryan Larsen Band plays country.

Que Soiree? It’s back at Arbor Crest

The Spokane Symphony has announced the return of the Soiree on the Edge concert at the Arbor Crest Winery, July 9, 6 p.m.

This annual summer concert combines the elegance of the Symphony’s “Soiree” series with the experimental nature of the “Symphony on the Edge” series.

Both concepts come together on the Arbor Crest lawn, with wine and food available for purchase. Picnic baskets are permitted. Tickets are $20 each, on sale through the symphony box office (509) 624-1200 or TicketsWest outlets.

Get on the Neko Case case at the Bing

Neko Case, the indie singer-songwriter, has just been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, July 7, 8 p.m.

She has a big fan base for her solo work as well as her work with the New Pornographers. Tickets go on sale Friday, $30, through Ticketswest..

Two chances to see George Winston

George Winston, the patriarch of  what used to be called New Age music, will make two appearances in the region in September.

He'll play the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane n Sept, 21, 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 6 through Ticketswest outlets.

Then he'll be at Sandpoint's Panida Theater on Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale through TicketsWest on May 13.

Winston's eclectic style includes jazz and stride piano. And now, he also plays guitar (slack-key) and harmonica. 

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