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Fireworks Fun Started Early Thanks To Schuller, Musicians

Spokane Symphony Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field Saturday, Aug. 9 Gunther Schuller makes any concert more of an adventure than almost any other conductor. Saturday’s finale of The Festival at …


Mayall Leads Celebration Of The Blues

John Mayall Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field Friday, Aug. 8 The man is a fine blues singer, an inventive blues keyboardist and an absolutely smashing blues harpist. Yet he’s best …


John Prine Pleases Fans With Classic 25-Song Set

John Prine Festival at Sandpoint, Memorial Field Thursday, Aug. 7 No doubt more than a few folks woke up Friday with John Prine tunes running through their heads. Prine turned …


Outdoor Concert Evening Of Enjoyment

Mozart on a Summer’s Eve Tuesday night, July 22, Duncan Gardens at Manito Park Mozart on a Summer’s Eve has become so popular that last year Connoisseur Concerts expanded the …


Refreshing Music Couldn’t Save Show

The Vans Warped Tour Thursday, July 10, The Gorge The Warped Tour in quick review: Good bands, lousy show. Now for the longer version: Crackling punk tossed with some snappy …


All-Woman Concert Proves It’s A Winner

Lilith Fair Saturday, July 5, The Gorge The concert was more acoustic-based introspection than it was rock and roll frenzy. And although the music simmered often, only rarely did it …


Tesh Lets Everyone Shine, Even The Audience

John Tesh Friday, June 27, Opera House So, say you’ve got a bit of talent, a measure of fame, some money and all the passion in the world to be …


Costumes, Showmanship Outshine Group’s Music

Seattle Men’s Chorus Saturday, June 21, The Met Hilarious antics and solid singing kept the audience laughing, clapping and rolling in the isles at Saturday’s Seattle Men’s Chorus concert. The …


Gordon Lightfoot’s Melodies, Poetic Lyrics Remain Among Best

Gordon Lightfoot Thursday, June 12, Spokane Opera House Gordon Lightfoot is one of those timeless performers, unaffected by fashion, whose 10th Spokane Opera House appearance probably didn’t differ in most …


Kenny G Much More Than Background Music

Kenny G Monday, June 9, the Arena Kenny G stepped out of the elevator and onto the stage Monday night. And in doing so, this sax guy - oft-criticized for …


Spokane Jazz Festival Continuing Success

Spokane Dixieland Jazz Festival The Masonic Temple Dancing fools and Dixieland fans got their fill this weekend at the third annual Spokane Dixieland Jazz Festival. The event ran Friday through …


Tireless Tina Rain Was A Memory As A Dazzling Turner Wowed The Crowd With High-Energy Performance

Tina Turner performs during her “Wildest Dreams” tour in Las Vegas. Her performance at The Gorge ended on a bizarre note when all the power went out. Photo by Associated …


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 …