Country superstar Toby Keith is the first artist announced for a new concert venue in Spokane: the Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s 5,000-seat outdoor stage.
Keith will bring his “Locked and Loaded Tour” to this space on Aug. 18. Eric Church will be the opening act.
Northern Quest plans seven more outdoor concert headliners this summer. It hasn’t yet announced the rest of the lineup.
But we have learned a few details about the new venue. It will be in the grassy space between the hotel and its parking garage.
The resort has purchased “high-quality seating” which will be installed on the lawn, according to Northern Quest’s Mary Lien. There will be a spacious covered stage and a food and beverage tent.
It’s still under construction, but it sounds like Northern Quest intends to be a significant new player in the region’s summer concert scene.
Tickets for Keith are $80, $95 and $150, all reserved seating, and will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through Ticketswest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or through Northern Quest’s box office, (509) 481-6700.
‘Deadliest’ captains live
I sure wasn’t expecting this show at the INB Performing Arts Center: ”A Night with Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers From ‘Deadliest Catch.’ “
These three crab boat captains will “swap stories” and show video at this event on July 24, 7 p.m. Sig Hansen, Andy Hillstrand and Jonathan Hillstrand will “take the audience through some of the roughest situations” they’ve endured.
Yes, you might call it Captains Courageous on Tour.
Tickets are $20, $30, $40 and $75, through TicketsWest.
‘Back to the Garden’
An acclaimed documentary with an Eastern Washington setting will be shown at the Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave., on Saturday at 5 and 7 p.m.: “Back to the Garden: Flower Power Comes Full Circle.”
Seattle filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson went to an area somewhere near Tonasket, Wash., in 1988 to film a hippie “Healing Gathering.” Then he returned in 2006, tracked down the flower children and talked to them about how they – and the world – had changed.
The movie has been been screened at film festivals in Berlin, Santa Fe and Tel Aviv (not to mention Ellensburg, Olympia and Seattle).
Tomlinson will be at both screenings to introduce the film and do a question-answer session.
Mortenson speech online
If you missed the talk by Greg Mortenson (author of “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools”) on March 28 at Gonzaga University, you can catch a video of it online for a limited time.
Gonzaga is posting the video at www.gonzaga.edu/mortenson from Tuesday through April 25.
About 4,400 people attended Mortenson’s presentation about how his organization has built dozens of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
‘Music in Historic Homes’
The historic Reid House in Browne’s Addition, 2315 W. First Ave., will be the site of the next concert in the “Music in Historic Homes” series by Allegro, Baroque and Beyond on Tuesday and Wednesday. Oboist David Dutton and pianist Yi-chun Chen will play works by Arditi, Stephen Foster and Mozart.
Performances are scheduled at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25, available by calling (509) 455-6865.
Seating is limited, of course, and not all performances may still be available.
Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’
Bach’s monumental “St. John Passion” will get a rare local performance on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. when the Gonzaga University Choir brings it to the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.
The choir, under the direction of Timothy Westerhaus, will be joined by a professional chamber orchestra and several seasoned Northwest professional vocal soloists: Ross Hauck, David Stutz and Steve Mortier.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, through TicketsWest.
Chad Mitchell Trio award
The Chad Mitchell Trio, which got its start in Spokane in the late 1950s, won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Folk Music Association earlier this month.
Spokane residents Chad Mitchell and Mike Kobluk, along with Joe Frazier, received the award while performing at the association’s annual concert at the University of Maryland.
The announcement came at the end of their set “as a total surprise,” according to Mitchell and Kobluk. It was certainly a happy surprise. Past recipients of this award include Odetta, Oscar Brand, John Denver, Tommy Makem, Dave Van Ronk and Tom Paxton.
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