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Pizazz Doesn’t Quite Overcome Bubblegum

No Doubt played the gorge on Saturday night. Photo by BPI


Molten Metallica Long-Running Rock/Alternative Band Heats Up Crowd With A Fluid Performance Of Fan-Pleasing Music

Metallica band members spotlight their brand of music at the Arena Friday. They include from left, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist James Hetfield and bassist Jason Newsted. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The …


Band Makes A Point Of Playing To Crowd

One thing’s for certain after Friday’s jammed and jamming Metallica concert: The band is devoted to its fans. And the fans revere the metal band. Once guitarist/lead singer James Hetfield …


Foster’s Jammin’ Does Count Basie Proud

“Spokane Jazz Orchestra Saturday, May 10, The Met Tenor saxophonist Frank Foster obviously loves what he does. He has a great time playing big band swing music, and his enthusiasm …


Vince Gill Cranks Out Hits To An Appreciative Audience

Vince Gill Thursday, May 1, Spokane Arena Vince Gill, making his guitar sing like his own plaintive voice, played a whale of a concert Thursday night at the Arena. The …


Musicians Shine In Tribute To Brahms

Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Opera House, Friday night Conductor Fabio Mechetti honored the centennial of Johannes Brahms’ death with an all-Brahms program featuring a performance of the composer’s “Ein …


Cellist’s Borrowed String Keeps High Spirits Alive

Zephyr Friday at The Met Friday’s audience for Zephyr’s “Danzas and Tangos” almost missed the last tango. Cellist Darrett Adkins was to join pianist Kendall Feeney for Astor Piazzolla’s “Le …


Trumpeter Leads Tribute To Jazz Great

Spokane Jazz Orchestra Saturday, March 22, The Met A sellout crowd cheered trumpeter Gary Guthman and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra Saturday night as the SJO presented its “Tribute to Harry …


Soprano Provides High Points In ‘Hollywood’

“Bravo Hollywood!” Spokane Symphony SuperPops, Saturday, March 15, Spokane Opera House I will confess, I had my binoculars glued on Jodi Benson most of the evening. This soprano, who was …


Orchestra Soars Before Empty Chairs

The Spokane Symphony Benefit with Andre Watts Opera House, Friday Music and art show the way humans deal with adversity. The Spokane Symphony used music Friday to help overcome the …


Dazzling Piano Playing Highlights Symphony

Spokane Symphony Orchestra Opera House, Friday The thrill of an unexpected “find” is one of the gratifications in hearing music. Nothing quite prepared me for the pleasure of Arnaldo Cohen’s …


Type O Negative Gushes Power

Type O Negative Saturday, Feb. 22, The Met In the end, Type O Negative’s power was its undoing. During a sold-out show at The Met Saturday, the four-man Gothic rock …


Drummer Ups Ante With Exhilarating Result

Jazz Festival University of Idaho, Friday By the time Joshua Redman brought the crowd to its feet Friday night at the University of Idaho Jazz Festival, the heavy lifting already …


Jazz Festival Packed With Outstanding Talent

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Thursday, Feb. 20, UI’s Kibbie Dome Joe Lovano’s performance at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival on Thursday night demonstrated both the festival’s incredible …


Symphonic Valentines Spokane Symphony Performance Offers Romantic Touch; Trumpet Soloist Shines In Difficult Pieces

Spokane Symphony Orchestra Friday, Feb. 14, Spokane Opera House Friday was a day for exchanging valentines. The audience gave the Spokane Symphony the kind of greeting every arts organization loves …


Zephyr Puts Cathedral’s Accoustics To Rich Use

Zephyr Sunday, Feb. 16, St. John’s Cathedral Part of the pleasure of hearing a fine concert lies in listening to the way the music fills the space where it is …


Jazzfest Greats Bridge Two Eras

Spokane Falls Community College Jazz Festival Saturday, Feb. 10, SFCC Two eras and two styles of jazz joined hands Saturday when Louie Bellson and Bob Berg took the stage at …


19th Bach Festival An Inspiring Success

Northwest Bach Festival First Presbyterian Church, Friday and Sunday Spokane might seem an unlikely place for a successful Bach festival. But Spokane’s Northwest Bach Festival provided a spectacular finale to …


Artistry, Enthusiasm High In Enjoyable Bach Performance

Northwest Bach Festival Wednesday, Feb. 5, The Met Half the performers on Wednesday’s Northwest Bach Festival program were Spokane musicians and half visiting artists. But the concert took no halfway …


Neurosis’ Performance Overshadows Pantera

Pantera Monday, Feb. 3, Convention Center Neurosis is the future of heavy music. Not since Pink Floyd has a band single-handedly assembled webbed, imagery-laced music, concepts and visuals into a …


Beautiful Blues Energetic Veteran B.B. King Brings Full Range Of Delightful Styles To A Powerful Show

Blues musician B.B. King has been performing and enhancing his showmanship for 50 years. Photo by BPI


Bach Festival Gives Italian Musicians Their Due

Northwest Bach Festival Friday, The Met The baroque Italians taught their German neighbors to sing. The music on the brilliant opening concert of the 19th Northwest Bach Festival showed off …


Organist Christie Revels In Bach’s Music

Northwest Bach Festival Sunday, Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral Bach was considered the greatest organist of his time. Organist James David Christie showed why in a dazzling concert to a …


Wagner’s Work Full Of Energy

Symphony SuperPops Saturday, The Spokane Opera House Walt Wagner just won’t quit. After three short symphonic pieces, buoyantly led by Jung-Ho Pak, the evening was Wagner’s. The pianist and this …


Brass Band Finds The Comfort Zone

The Spokane Falls Brass Band with Ann Fennessy Wednesday, Dec. 18, at The Met More successfully than any Christmas musical presentation I have witnessed, the Spokane Falls Brass Band with …


Pops Audience Relaxes Into Holiday Spirit

The Spokane Symphony and Chorale’s Holiday Pops Saturday night, Spokane Opera House The Holiday Pops concert had a new look on stage this year. The Spokane Symphony was on stage …


Etheridge Still Has That Touch

Melissa Etheridge


Midler Show More Broadway Than Concert

Bette Midler Tuesday, Dec. 10, Spokane Opera House Maybe there’s a better entertainer in show business, but right now I can’t think of one. Bette Midler’s sold-out show at the …


Jazz Orchestra Salutes Ellington, Holiday

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 7, The Met The second installment of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s season of tributes to the masters doubled as a Christmas celebration. Duke Ellington, …


‘Hootie And The Blowfish’ An Unremarkable But Enjoyable Show

Guitarist Mark Bryan kicks in some hot licks as lead singer Darius Rucker belts out the words at the start of their show in the Spokane Arena. Photo by Dan …