December 11, 2011 in Features

Spotlight: Interplayers extends ‘Sisters of Swing’

By The Spokesman-Review

Those boogie-woogie sisters of World War II can still draw a crowd.

“The Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters,” has been extended for another week, through Dec. 24, at Interplayers Professional Theatre, 174 S. Howard St.

Happy audiences have been flocking to this show, which tells the story of Patty, Maxene and Laverne Andrews and their journey from Minnesota to the top of the charts. They’re still the biggest girl group ever, by records sold.

And yes, I can confirm that Abbey Crawford, Renei Yarrow and Jennifer Jacobs have those tight harmonies down pat.

For tickets, call (509) 455-PLAY or TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT or

A Setzer New Year

Brian Setzer’s gonna rock this town – this town being Airway Heights.

Setzer, the former Stray Cats lead guitarist and singer, is bringing the Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot Tour to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Dec. 30 and 31.

Setzer is the guitar virtuoso responsible for “Stray Cat Strut,” “Rock This Town” and plenty of other great swing/rockabilly tunes.

Ticket prices are $70 and $80 for the Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. show, and $150 for the New Year’s Eve party and show at 10:30 p.m. You must be over 18.

Tickets are available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT or

Kid Rock, philanthropist

At every stop on his 12-city “Care” tour, Kid Rock has donated money to help local charities, and his sold-out show Tuesday at the Knitting Factory Concert House was no exception.

The Spokane beneficiaries: The Northwest Autism Center and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Kid Rock’s latest single is titled “Care,” and he said he “wanted to put my money where my mouth is.”

George Winston, rescheduled

George Winston, who was forced to cancel two shows in the Inland Northwest last fall, has now rescheduled his Sandpoint appearance at the Panida Theater.

He’ll be there on Sept. 13 – almost exactly a year after the originally scheduled show. Tickets for the canceled show will be honored, and new ones will go on sale on Monday through TicketsWest outlets.

A shelter benefit

Marty McKinney, who runs the Truth Ministries homeless shelter in Spokane, needs to boost donations to keep the doors open.

He’s also a musician. So he decided to combine both of these parts of his life and hold a benefit concert/CD release party for the shelter on Friday, 7 p.m., at the Spokane Epicenter, 6425 N. Lidgerwood St.

His band Haven will launch its CD. Other acts will be Innersanctum and Thirstyperfect. All ages welcome. A $10 donation is requested.

Lessons & Carols

Here’s a different variety of Christmas concert, or should we say, church service: Nine Lessons and Carols, this afternoon, 4 p.m., at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave.

This tradition, which began in 1880 in Cambridge, England, is an hourlong candlelight concert with the Cathedral Choir, the bell choir and the junior choir.

The public is welcome.

Curnow and All-City

We’re accustomed to Monday night jazz concerts at the Ichiban Sushi Lounge, 202 W. Third Ave., but this Monday’s 6:30 p.m. show is bigger than usual and has two distinctions:

• It’s a fundraiser for the Spokane All-City Junior Jazz Ensembles, which will open the show.

• It’s a CD release party for the Bob Curnow Big Band’s new recording, “The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, Vol. 2.” They’ll take the stage around 7:30 p.m.

The first volume in this series was recorded in 1994 with Curnow’s L.A. Big Band and became a staple of big band repertoire. This will be the first CD made by Curnow’s Spokane band.

The show is free, but donations will be accepted for the All-City programs. All other proceeds from the evening will also go to those programs.

Get there early. The house will be packed.

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