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Sandpoint festival again offers diversity

With bluegrass, country, Cajun music, the “Star Wars” theme, and Lou Rawls singing Frank Sinatra tunes, the Festival at Sandpoint continues its 22-year tradition of bringing an eclectic group of musicians together under one roof, or rather, under the stars.

The annual summer concert series on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille kicks off in August with eight nights of diverse music — including Saturday night headliners, the blues-rock-country blends of Delbert McClinton on Aug. 7, and the Bayou queen of piano Marcia Ball, on Aug. 14.

Here’s an overview of the bands scheduled to perform.

Except where otherwise indicated, tickets for each date are $24.95 plus taxes and a city surcharge:

Lou Rawls, Aug. 5: In addition to the “Rawls Sings Sinatra” performance, highlighted by a 14-piece ensemble, Rawls will also revisit his own Grammy Award-winning hits.

Tickets for this concert are $26.95.

Jim Messina, Aug. 6: Messina is famous for his work in groups Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins and Messina, with Kenny Loggins.

“Super Country Saturday” with Dierks Bentley and Delbert McClinton, Aug. 7: Bentley has been on the rise with his brand of traditional country and bluegrass with a modern touch. McClinton sews together blues, rock, and country for a sound that has earned him numerous Grammy nominations.

Tickets for this concert are $34.95.

Family concert with the Spokane Youth Orchestra, Aug. 8: Led by maestro Gary Sheldon and KPBX music director Verne Windham, this “edutainment” show focuses on music from outer space, including Mozart’s “Jupiter,” Holst’s “The Planets” and music from the “Star Wars” movies.

Tickets for this show are $5.

Bruce Cockburn, Aug. 12: Known for his poetic, politically provocative, innovative and introspective songwriting, singer/songwriter Cockburn has won numerous Juno Awards in his native Canada.

Buddy Guy, Aug. 13: The internationally celebrated living blues legend, Guy’s soulful singing and trademark electric guitar work helped secure four Grammy Awards and 19 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, more than any other artist.

Tickets for this concert are $26.95.

“Super Swampy Saturday,” Aug. 14: Beausoleil has been praised as one of the best Cajun bands in the world, with elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz and Tex-Mex music. Marcia Ball is well-known for her Texas-Louisiana piano-based Dixie R&B.

Tickets for this concert are $29.95.

Grand Finale Concert, Aug. 15: Sheldon and the Spokane Symphony celebrate the 100th anniversary of the modern-day Olympic Games with selections from various opening and closing ceremonies from recent years.

Tickets are $24.95 for adults, including a free wine-tasting, and $9.95 for children.


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