The events calendar for this summer is filling up quickly. Over at Northern Quest Casino, they’ve added another show to its entertainment lineup.
Legendary rock group Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform in the casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion on Sept. 15. Tickets go on sale May 15 through the casino box office, (509) 481-6700, or online at www.northernquest.com.
Crosby, Stills and Nash is known for intricate vocal harmonies and political activism. The group’s list of hits is lengthy: “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Southern Cross” and “Ohio” (recorded with occasional bandmate Neil Young) among them.
Each of them came to CSN from another group: David Crosby from The Byrds, Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from The Hollies. All three men are double inductees in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
A country Watershed
Meanwhile, over in George, Wash., Live Nation is giving country music fans their own Sasquatch.
Watershed is a three-day festival, Aug. 3-5, featuring some of country’s biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Sara Evans and Kix Brooks. Three-day passes went on sale Saturday for $90. They’re available at livenation.com.
Music at Cliff House
Closer to home, a summer concert series at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars has been announced.
The new Signature Concerts is different than the Spokane Symphony’s Soiree on the Edge series and features four concerts. Tickets go on sale Monday through TicketsWest and will be $20 for each concert. Patrons must be 21 and older – it’s a winery, after all.
The fun begins July 11, with a concert by Herrick, a Nashville-based, Spokane-born folk-rock-country-blues outfit. The group, out supporting its new record, “New Dance,” has opened shows for Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr. and Miranda Lambert, among others. The opening act will be another Nashville musician from Spokane, Keesy Timmer.
The Seattle nine-piece party band Freddy Pink takes the stage July 18, with support from guitarist Michael Stoican. On Aug. 15, the popular Canadian act Clumsy Lovers bring their lively show to Arbor Crest. Local Celtic band Floating Crowbar is the opener.
Finally, roots and blues artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley perform Aug. 22. Local blues duo Doghouse Boyz will open the show.
For more information on the series, visit www.arborcrest.com.>
Silver Valley Blues
There’s even more music festival news, this time out of Idaho’s Silver Valley.
The inaugural Historic Wallace Blues Festival is set for July 13 and 14, and features a number of top-notch regional blues acts.
Main stage entertainers include the ever-popular Spokane group Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Nick Vigarino’s Meantown Blues from the Seattle area, Coeur d’Alene’s Pat Coast Band, Spokane’s The Fat Tones, Hoodoo Udu, also from Spokane, and Portland’s Curtis Salgado.
Other artists booked to perform around Wallace include Laffin’ Bones, Kenny James Miller Band, Sammy Eubanks, Ray Roberson, Brother Music and Doghouse Boyz.
Tickets go on sale Monday for $20 through TicketsWest. They also will be on sale in Spokane at Replay Music and the Bronco Inn in Spokane Valley, the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene and in Wallace at the Wallace Inn and Harvest Foods. For festival information, visit www.wallacebluesfestival.com.>
Make ’em laugh
After a spate of shows earlier this year from big-name touring comedians – Carlos Mencia, Lisa Lampanelli and Rob Schneider among others – things had quieted on the comedic front. Well, they’re picking up again in the fall.
The INB Performing Arts Center last week announced an Oct. 13 show from Brian Regan. Tickets went on sale Friday through TicketsWest; they’re $42.50 and $47.50.
Regan’s act typically eschews profanity, so he appeals to a wide fan base. He’s appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” more than 20 times, and he hits more than 80 cities a year on his annual tour.
Jeff Foxworthy, who has sold more than 13 million copies of his comedy recordings, will visit Beasley Coliseum on the Washington State University campus in Pullman on Sept. 15. Tickets to that show, at $55 each, went on sale Tuesday through TicketsWest.
Foxworthy, who had a TV sitcom in the ’90s and who has written two dozen books, is noted for his “You might be a redneck” jokes.