Pig Out in the Park has come to represent something quite bittersweet: It’s a free festival, six days of wall-to-wall food, beer and music, but it also signals the end of summer, the last gasp of outdoor fun before our minds start drifting to snowstorms.
Enjoy it while it lasts.
The music begins at noon and continues throughout each day on three different stages, and you can hear just about every genre – rock, blues, pop, country, folk and more – if you keep an ear open.
Next weekend brings out the big headliners – Chicano rock legends Los Lobos play next Friday evening, and Emmy-winning actor Jonathan Jackson’s band Enation takes the stage the following night – but the first couple days of Pig Out are actually a fine showcase for some great local and regional talent.
Be sure to catch pop-rock quartet Pine League on Wednesday night. They have quickly become one of the best new Spokane bands, a vehicle for singer-songwriter Tyler Aker and featuring members from the Lion Oh My and the Rustics. They’re scheduled to take the River Stage at 5:45 p.m., followed by Spokane favorites Cathedral Pearls at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday night, take in the jazz fusion of the Working Spliffs on the River Stage at 4:45 p.m., followed by the jam rock of B Radicals at 6:30. If your tastes run a little edgier, check out the Camaros at 5:15 p.m. on the City Hall Stage. And it wouldn’t be Pig Out in the Park without an appearance from Spokane blues legends Too Slim and the Taildraggers, who close the evening out at 8:30 p.m. on the Clocktower Stage.
We’ll have more coverage of the Pig Out music lineup in next week’s 7.