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Macklemore, Ryan Lewis filming new music video in Spokane

Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) (Richard Shotwell / Invision)

Hip-hop stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are in Spokane this week filming a new music video.

Details are being closely guarded, but the performers were spotted throughout the downtown area over the weekend and local film production company North by Northwest has obtained various street closure permits through Saturday.

A portion of West Main Avenue is blocked off today between North Division Street and North Pine Street. Workers confirmed that they were shooting a music video. Ryan Lewis was on-site near the Globe Bar and Grill today, and Macklemore was seen at numerous locations Sunday.

North by Northwest wouldn’t comment on the nature of this week’s filming and Macklemore’s publicist also declined to comment.

The Seattle-based duo has strong Spokane connections via Lewis, who grew up here before moving to Western Washington with his family during high school, and has done filming here before. In 2013, they played a free concert at Eastern Washington University and packed the Spokane Arena later that year.