May 16, 2012 in City, Features, Idaho

Alison Krauss, Barenaked Ladies on tap for Festival at Sandpoint

 

A swanky cocktail lounge. A dance with Mr. Jones. A trip into the danger zone.

All this and more are on tap this summer as the Festival at Sandpoint celebrates its 30th year.

The festival will kick off Aug. 2 with an appearance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary male a capella chorus from South Africa, and Johnny Clegg. Also from South Africa, Clegg - dubbed Le Zoulou Blanc (“White Zulu”) - is a singer, songwriter, dancer and activist who blends Zulu and English words in his lyrics.

On Aug. 3, Alison Krauss + Union Station bring their signature country-bluegrass-gospel sound to the Idaho Panhandle. Joining them will be multi-Grammy winner Jerry Douglas on dobro, and rising star Kacey Musgraves.

On Aug. 4, the Barenaked Ladies will perform their lighthearted pop rock – with hits such as “One Week” and “If I Had $1,000,000,” joined by LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends. Bell was a finalist on the recent season of “X Factor.”

The annual Family Concert, on Aug. 5, will feature the Spokane Youth Orchestra and Sandpoint’s Studio One Dancers.

If you prefer your lounge pop served shaken, not stirred, Pink Martini might be the ticket on Aug. 9. The orchestra from Portland plays a blend of classic, jazz and old-fashioned pop, served on the rocks with Latin rhythms and other global accents.

Counting Crows, who scored a big hit in 1993 with “Mr. Jones” and nabbed an Oscar nomination for “Accidentally in Love” from “Shrek 2,” will headline on Aug. 10. The show also features We are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies, and Field Report.

Aug. 11 will bring Kenny Loggins to the festival stage. From “Footloose,” “I’m All Right,” and “Danger Zone,” in the 1980s, it seemed you couldn’t have a hit movie soundtrack without Loggins, who got his start as half of Loggins and Messina. Also on the bill are Stephen Ashbrook and local favorite Doug Bond.

The festival ends on Aug. 12 with a French themed concert by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Sheldon. Guest soloists Jonah Kim, cello, Camille Miller, violin, and Rhonda Bradetich, flute, will join in performing Georges Bizet’s Suite No.1 from “L’Arlesienne,” Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino, Jules Massenet’s Meditation from “Thais,” Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah,” Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Jacques Offenbach’s Suite from “Gaite Parisienne/Dances and Can Can.”

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday in The Festival at Sandpoint Office in the Old Power House, 120 E. Lake St., Suite 207 in Sandpoint, by phone through the festival office, (208) 265-4554 or toll free (888) 265-4554, online at www.festivalatsandpoint.com or through all TicketsWest outlets, (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com


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