When the hoops go dark, the music scene cranks up
Hoopfest is practically a national holiday, at least around the perimeter of Spokane city limits.
Scores of players and spectators will be flooding the streets of downtown this weekend for the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
But after the sun goes down, ballers will be bouncing around to Hoopfestivities all over town.
Here’s the rundown on the top seven shots for Hoopfest jams happening after dark:
509 Summer Madness
The Black Diamond in Spokane Valley has expanded its operations with the Diamond Nights nightclub, regularly hosting live DJs and late night dancing on the weekends.
Tonight, though, Diamond Nights opens its doors to hip-hop with 509 Summer Madness, featuring a slew of local rap groups.
The bill includes Spokane top-biller Brandon B along with Cap’n Flow, Cruz the Kid, Krown Royal, Dead Rabbits and Kizzle with Z-Mac.
Music starts at 8 p.m. at The Black Diamond, 9614 E. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For ticket information, visit www.facebook.com/ northwestblazeentertainment.
Speaking of “summer in the 509,” Raw B, the artist who made a local radio hit with the same name, is still holding it down after more than a decade in the rap game.
The rapper/deejay is going hard in the paint at the Hoopfest Kick-Off party tonight at 8 p.m. at Lucky’s Irish Pub, 408 W. Sprague Ave. No cover.
A sort of tongue-in-cheek jab at the Hoopfest hoopla, Soupfest brings together local favorites on the indie-rock tip, including surf-rockers Kwaaang, indie-pop chanteuse Hannah Beans and My Pinky Has A Name, and rock quartet BBBBandits.
Soupfest begins at 9 p.m. tonight at The Baby Bar, 827 W. Sprague Ave. No cover.
Hoopfest Party Central
Boasting one of the largest dance floors in downtown Spokane, the recently rebranded Club 412 will be bringing the full-court pressure on two levels in three different rooms.
DJ LG with be providing sounds in the main room until 4 a.m. Music starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Club 412, 412 W. Sprague Ave. No cover.
Hoopfest Hip-hop Birthday Bash
Celebrating Hoopfest weekend birthdays hip-hop style, this swaggy soiree features performances by the emcee elite in the Soundcast rap collective, along with Neema, On One, Big P, True Justice, Bluebarry Gordy, Dirty Savage, King Scrub and DJ Wes One.
Music starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Carr’s Corner Lounge & Night Club, 230 S. Washington St. Cover is $5. Advance tickets available through Urban Fashionz, 116 E. Wellesley Ave.
Ruka Puff Hoopfest Party
Black 300 Music Group recording artist Ruka Puff is an ideal fit to lead an invasion of Down South hip-hop this Hoopfest weekend.
Puff is best known for his affiliation with West Coast rap icons Mack 10 and Nate Dogg. He has since made a name on his own with his music being used in various TV and radio commercials for the NFL, MLB, NBA and Fox Sports.
Puff headlines a Hoopfest Party with Jay Cope, Sharod, Epik, Raw B and more on Saturday at The Hop. Music starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $10, all ages welcome.
Hoopfest Old School/ New School Party
The Lincoln Center hosts two Hoopfest parties in one night on Saturday, both hosted by Jeremy Pargo, former Gonzaga University basketball star.
The fifth annual Old School Party is highlighted by local R&B throwback Nu Jack City, who will be performing funk, soul and hip-hop hits in the Monroe Room.
In the Lincoln Room, DJ Freaky Fred will be spinning current top 40 jams for the New School Party.
Both parties start at 9 p.m. at The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Tickets start at $10, group rates available, through (509) 294 3575 and (509) 270-8335.
Isamu Jordan’s alter ego, DJ Darkside Som, will be spinning tracks with Sam-i-am at an Overtime Hoopfest Dance Party at the Brooklyn Deli today beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free.