I’m off on vacation so here’s the best Nightwatch has to offer this week quick, dirty and right to the point.
Although an appearance by Fur Burger was already scheduled, now it’s an appearance with a cause.
A business owned by Fur Burger band member Heather Swanstrom - 20th Century Trash - burned early this week and the show will benefit her efforts to rebuild her business.
Fur Burger is Velvet Pelvis reincarnated, sort of. Spokane’s first all-woman punk band, Velvet Pelvis, disbanded in 1995. Now half of that group is back with a new member and a cool new name.
This time SanCyre Hruby takes on the drums with Swanstrom returning on bass and Char Getchell joining them on guitar. All three take turns on lead vocals as they tear through garage tunes with solid melodies and surfy edges.
Fur Burger plays its maiden show Saturday at Ichabod’s North after the band Pushover opens.
Fatty Lumpkin rocks the headline spot. Slack Jaw plays third. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. It’ll cost you a buck a band (that’s $4 in case you weren’t counting.) Here’s a chance to dance the night away. Everyone’s favorite Northwest reggae band, Jumbalassy, returns to Spokane tonight.
This nine-piece group hails from Seattle and is fronted by Caribbean vocalist Alex Duncan.
Reggae, soca, ska, dancehall. They’ve got it all. Go see them at Outback Jack’s tonight at 9:30. Cover is $9 in advance, $10 at the door.
For more reggae check out Jamaican-turned-Spokane musician Raggs Gustaffe and Bush Doktor at the Bayou Brewing Co. tonight and Saturday. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.
They’re raiders from the North armed with fiddle, flute, mandolin, banjo and even an accordion. They’re The Paperboys, a Celtic-folk-pop-bluegrass-rock band from Vancouver, B.C.
Over-hyphenating aside, this six-piece band breaks out some hoe-down danceable grooves at the Fort Spokane Brewery tonight.
The Drovers open the show at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $4.
Last month the Inland Empire Blues Society named Tubs Cafe in Coeur d’Alene the best blues club in our region.
Congratulations are in order for the owners, Tom and Kelly Sullivan, who have put a whole lot of effort into making the joint a classy place to eat, drink and listen to live bands.
If you haven’t dropped by yet, give their place a try tonight when a Los Angeles trio called The Zookeepers perform their rootsy party music. The band describes itself as “sort of like Jimmy Buffet meets the Dave Matthew Band.”
Tubs Cafe is at 313 Lake Coeur d’Alene Dr. Music starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $3.
Speaking of blues awards, Nothin’ Personal swept up at the Inland Empire Blues Society annual awards banquet.
Their booty includes: best male vocalist, best original blues song, best blues drummer, best blues bassist, best blues harmonica player and best blues instrumentalist.
Catch them at the Bigfoot Tavern Sunday night.
So you don’t want to rock, you don’t feel like the blues, the whole Jamaican dance thing just takes too much energy and who ever heard of Celtic Canadians anyway?
Well, how about giving the soothing sounds of acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin a try. An adept fingerpicker, McLaughlin also uses unique playing techniques to create his music. (For example, he often plays with both hands on the fretboard for a piano-like effect.)
His album “Fingerdance” peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s New Age chart. Catch him at Street Music Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Street Music, Dutch’s and Hoffman Music.
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