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Festivals packed with hot lineups

Steve Miller Band performs Aug. 9 at the Festival at Sandpoint.
Steve Miller Band performs Aug. 9 at the Festival at Sandpoint.

Sandpoint, Wallace, Gorge play host to top-notch acts

Festival season is on.

The Festival at Sandpoint, the Wallace Blues Festival and Pain in the Grass, a hard rock festival slated for the Gorge, all announced their lineups this week. Here’s the lowdown.

Festival at Sandpoint

Tickets are on sale now for the Festival at Sandpoint, Aug. 1-11. This year’s acts include:

Indigo Girls, Aug 1;

Cake, Aug. 2;

Roseanne Cash, Aug. 3;

Family concert featuring the Spokane Youth Symphony, Aug. 4;

John Butler Trio, Aug. 8;

Steve Miller Band, Aug. 9;

The Avett Brothers, with special guest Marshall McLean of Spokane, Aug. 10;

Grand Finale Concert, featuring the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and two special guest soloists: pianist Francisco Renno, and violinist Jason Moody, Aug. 11.

Ticket prices vary; they’re available through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or For details, visit

Wallace Blues Festival

This historic mining town of Wallace, in the heart of Idaho’s Silver Valley, will play host to 20 bands on four stages July 12-14. The headliners are John Németh, Nikki Hill, Ian Siegal, Stacy Jones Band, Big Mumbo Blues Band and Seth Freeman. 

Spokane favorites Sammy Eubanks and Bakin Phat are on the bill, as is Sara Brown.

Tickets, at $25 each, are on sale through Ticketfly, (877) 4FLYTIX or, or at Replay Music and The Bronco Inn in Spokane, the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene, and The Wallace Inn in Wallace. For more information, visit>

Pain in the Grass

Sasquatch? Sold out. Watershed? Sold out.

It’s OK. You have another chance for a festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.

Seattle’s KISW is bringing its annual rockfest Pain in the Grass east of the Cascade this year, with a lineup that includes Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Jane’s Addiction. Also on the bill? Volbeat, which played before a sold-out crowd at the Knitting Factory in March, All That Remains, HIM, and Circa Survive, among others.

The fun is slated for Sept. 6-7. Tickets are $59.90 for a single day, or $99.90 for both days, and are available at and Ticketmaster outlets.

Carolyn Lamberson