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Spotlight: Country songwriters will hit CdA Resort in May

Fans of great country songwriting should mark their calendars for Memorial Day weekend. That’s when a host of best-selling songwriters will gather at the Coeur d’Alene Resort for a weekend of stories and music.

The Coeur d’Alene Songwriters Festival will feature Even Stevens (“I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt), Grammy winner Paul Overstreet (“Some Beach” by Blake Shelton), Emmy winner Hugh Prestwood (“The Song Remembers When” by Trisha Yearwood), Kostas (“Ain’t That Lonely Yet” by Dwight Yoakam), Leslie Satcher (“Politically Uncorrect” by Merle Haggard and Gretchen Wilson) and Mike Loudermilk (“Midnight in the Desert” by Crystal Gayle).

The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. May 25 with a celebration gathering at the Hagadone Events Center, featuring the songwriters. A free concert at 2 p.m. May 26 in City Park will feature Kostas, Prestwood, Stevens and newcomer Dustin Lynch with Jaida Dreyer. At 6:30 that night, set sail with Stevens, Overstreet, Satcher and Loudermilk for a 21-and-older sunset lake cruise.

Full event access passes are $35; tickets for each of the evening events are $20. Call the resort business office at (208) 765-4000, ext. 21, to buy tickets or book room package deals.

For more information, visit

Gathering of artists

Artist Trust will host a series of workshops and events May 4-7.

The schedule:

• Intellectual Property and Copyrights Workshop: 4-6 p.m. May 3, Spokane City Arts Commission, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Greg Johnson and Artist Trust’s Libby Gerber present a workshop on intellectual property and copyrights. Free.

Ric Gendron Opening Reception and Artist Trust Networking Event: 5-9 p.m. May 4, Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. Free.

• I Am An Artist Weekend Workshop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5 and 6, Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave., designed to help artists of all disciplines jumpstart or refresh their careers, featuring Artist Trust’s Gerber and Spokane arts advocate Karen Mobley. $50 for Artist Trust members; $95 for nonmembers. Register at

• Grant Writing Workshop: 6-7 p.m. May 7, location to be announced, offering general information on applying for the 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP), available to Washington State artists of all disciplines. Free, but registration required, at

For more information, call Gerber at (866) 218-7878, or email

Walk on the wild side

Pianist Kendall Feeney, a member of the piano faculty at Eastern Washington University, will join the Spokane String Quartet next weekend to explore the “wild side” of classical music.

The program will include Paul Schoenfield’s “wild deconstruction” of “Carolina in the Morning,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 and Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Leyendes: An Andean Walkabout.”

The quartet features violinists Mateusz Wolski and Amanda Howard-Phillips, violist Jeannette Wee-Yang, and cellist Helen Byrne.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. April 29 at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, and are available through TicketsWest, or (800) 325-SEAT, or at the door.

In case you missed them

If you missed the recent Kelly Clarkson show in Pullman, or The Fray’s sold-out gig at the Knitting Factory in February, looks like you’re getting a second chance. The double-bill is heading to Northern Quest Casino on July 22.

The concert, which will feature opening act Carolina Liar, is the latest to the casino’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series. The series includes Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Sugarland, Pat Benatar and others.

Tickets to see The Fray and Kelly Clarkson go on sale April 29 through the Northern Quest box office, (877) 777-5252 or online at

The Spokane Youth Symphony will step “Into Our Imagination” for a concert this afternoon at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

The concert will include a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga’s “Esclavos Felices” overture, and two works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 and the Polonaise from “Eugene Oneguine.” The performance of “Imagine” will feature guest artist Maxie Ray Mills, a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

The concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 adults/$14 seniors/$12 youth, and are available at the Fox box office, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., or (509) 624-1200.