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Spotlight: Huey Lewis, Styx set to play Spokane fair

Sun., May 27, 2012

Huey Lewis and the News and Styx are among the rock acts heading to the Spokane County Interstate Fair this summer.

Kicking off the fair’s Grandstand entertainment this year is Wylie and the Wild West ($5-$7) on Sept. 10. Country singer Jake Owen ($5-$15) will perform on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 12, Huey Lewis and the News ($15-$30) will bring their San Francisco-infused rock to the fair, with hits such as “Workin’ for a Livin’,” “Heart and Soul,” “The Power of Love,” “Heart of Rock and Roll.” Styx ($10-$25), featuring guitarist Tommy Shaw, will play on Sept. 13. The mainstage enterainment concludes on Sept. 14 with a set from Blues Traveler ($10-$20).

Tickets to the concerts go on sale July 9 through the fair office or TicketsWest. And if you want to go to the show, you’ll need to pay fair admission on top of your ticket prices.

ZZ Top to play Northern Quest

Are we still crazy ’bout sharp-dressed man? We’ll find out in August when Texas-based Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top land at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights. The recently announced show will be in the outdoor venue on Aug. 25. Tickets prices will be $35-$85, and go on sale through the casino box office at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, (509) 481-6700 or online at www.northwernquest.com.

Dusty Hill (bass), Billy Gibbons (guitar) and Frank Beard (drums) have been making music together for more than 40 years. They made their big splash with the release of 1983’s “Eliminator,’ which sold 10 million copies and spawned the hit singles “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”

Just this month, the band released its first single in nine years, “I Got To Get Paid.”

Q&A with ‘Deadliest Catch’ star

Fans of the “The Deadliest Catch” can head out to the casino June 10 for a crab boil dinner and question-and-answer session with Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard.

Tickets are $47 and include a T-shirt, autograph and glass; they’re available through the Northern Quest box office.

Street Music Week coming up

Spokane Street Music Week, the annual benefit spearheaded by our own Doug Clark, will take place June 11-15 in downtown Spokane. For the 10th year, dozens of musicians will spread out and play their music, collecting donations for Second Harvest food bank.

This year’s event, however, will feature a little something extra. Jim Lyons and Joseph Long for the past five years have filmed scenes during Street Music Week. They’ll debut a documentary they’ve made from the footage during a special event June 13 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

In addition the screening of “Sing For Their Supper,” the night will feature performances by Peter Rivera, former vocalist with Rare Earth, the Trailer Park Girls (Clark’s band) and Lexie Jones. Admission will be free, but Clark said he’ll pass the bucket for donations to benefit Second Harvest.

Clark also said he’s hoping to mark Street Music Week’s 10th year by collecing $10,000 for Second Harvest. Watch his column for more details.

Kirby to play Bing

To thank underwriters, supporters and listeners, Spokane Public Radio is bringing pianist/composer/painter Scott Kirby to the Bing Crosby Theater for a concert and exhibition June 6.

Kirby, a noted ragtime musician who has served as musical director for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri and director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute, will perform American and Pan-American musical styles, and some of his own compositions. Additionally, some of Kirby’s paintings will be displayed in the lobby. He now lives in North Idaho with his family.

Kirby will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale, $12/SPR members, $15/public, by calling the station at (509) 328-5729, and will be sold at the door.

Civic notes

Finally, two things of note from Spokane Civic Theatre.

First up: The so-called H&H Weekend at Civic, featuring staged readings of works by the theater’s playwrights-in-residence, will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 and 9 at the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre.

Featured works will be Sandra Hosking’s “Hickory Dickory” and a new play by Bryan Harnetiaux.

Donations will be collected at the door, with proceeds supporting Civic’s Academy Scholarship Fund.

Secondly: Civic’s executive artistic director, Yvonne A.K. Johnson, recently was re-elected to serve another term on the board of the American Association of Community Theatre.



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