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It turns out you can’t go to everything

Try as I might to rework my schedule, it looks like I will miss the Saliva concert at the Knitting Factory.

What’s your favorite Van Halen song?

I've always liked “Just Like Paradise,” but I think, technically, that's a Davd Lee Roth song.

In any event, I don't like it $175 worth.

Before turning in last night, I read a lovely and generous New York Times piece on a Beach Boys concert (which included Brian Wilson). I revere their legacy as much as the next guy. Probably more. But after reading that and seeing Carolyn Lamberson's tweet this morning about Van Halen coming here, I found myself wondering if that whimsical Society for Advancement of Time stll exists.

Maybe the founders gave up when they realized it isn't just baby boomers who like to remember.

Spokane man’s accused killer surrenders

A man sought on a nationwide warrant in a June beating death of a Spokane man in Missoula, Mont., has turned himself in in Tacoma.

David Sekou Hylton, 39, of Tacoma, surrendered Tuesday night, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Hylton (pictured right) has been sought on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of Angelo Lorenzo Fuentes, 41.

A coroner's report said Fuentes (pictured left) died of blunt force trauma to the head. He was found outside the Elks Lodge in Missoula during a hip-hop show there.

 The incident led to a felony warrant being issued for his nephew, Stafone Fuentes, after his unauthorized trip out of the state was publicized because he was arrested at the hospital where his uncle was pronounced dead.

Coincidentally, the concert tour featured rapper John “Lil Danger” Castro, who was arrested for second-degree murder for allegedly shooting another rapper to death at a Spokane hotel Nov. 27.

Stafone Fuentes was at the hotel and involved in the fight that led to the shooting, Spokane police allege. He is wanted on a first-degree assault charge.

Suspect named in Spokane man’s murder

Missoula police say a gang member from Washington state is a suspect in the June beating death of a Spokane man.

A nationwide extradition warrant with a $250,000 bond was issued Tuesday for David Sekou Hylton, 39, of Tacoma, Wash.

Hylton (pictured) wanted on suspicion of deliberate homicide in the death of Angelo Lorenzo Fuentes, 41, who traveled to Missoula from Spokane to attend a concert.

A coroner's report said Fuentes died of blunt force trauma to the head. He was found outside the Elks Lodge during a hip-hop show there.

The incident led to a felony warrant being issued for his nephew, Stafone Fuentes, after his unauthorized trip out of the state was publicized because he was arrested at the hospital where his uncle was pronounced dead.

Coincidentally, the concert tour featured rapper John “Lil Danger” Castro, who was arrested for second-degree murder for allegedly shooting another rapper to death at a Spokane hotel Nov. 27.

Stafone Fuentes was at the hotel and involved in the fight that led to the shooting, according to court documents.

Police say Hylton was last known to be in the Tacoma/Spanaway area but has ties to the Missoula area. Anyone with information on Hylton's location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 406-721-4444. Tipsters can remains anonymous and get a reward of up to $1,000.

George Winston cancels both local shows

Pianist George Winston has been forced to postpone his Sept. 21 concert at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane and his Sept. 22 concert at the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint.

Winston has cancelled all of his shows through September — at least 11 of them. The cancellations are for undisclosed medical reasons.

Ticketholders can hold on to their tickets and use them for a rescheduled show at a to-be-announced date, or they can get a refund at the point of purchase.

Loud concerts and hearing loss

“Let's just say that thanks to George Thorogood and Neil Young my husband and I have great appreciation of closed captioning on TV,” wrote Sandy Tarbox.

“Years ago we saw George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers at the Opera House (loudest concert ever performed there). When we came out of the concert a local radio station kept the enthusiasm going by playing even more Thorogood. We rocked out all the way back to Post Falls.

“Next morning my husband gets in his car to go to work, turns on the engine and nearly blew himself out of the car with the volume of the stereo. Apparently our ears were so numb after the show we had the radio cranked up a little bit for the trip home.”  

Attending concerts that impaired hearing

“In the late '80s, Dana and I attended an Oingo Boingo concert at the Union Station in Seattle,” wrote my friend Vince Eberly. “It was an old train station that was made of marble. Everything bounced around so much, and even Danny Elfman, the lead singer, said it was like playing in a toilet bowl. Dana says her hearing didn't come back for three days.”

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Trip to concert leads to fugitive warrant

UPDATE: Stafone Fuentes was booked into jail Saturday and is due in court today.

A Spokane man is wanted on a felony warrant after his unauthorized trip to a concert in Montana was publicized because his uncle was killed outside the show.

  Stafone Nicholas Fuentes, 26, (right) was awaiting trial on witness tampering charges when he was arrested on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges at the hospital where his uncle, Angelo Lorenzo Fuentes, 41, (left) also of Spokane, was pronounced dead from a traumatic head injury.

Missoula police believe the elder Fuentes was mortally wounded during a fight outside the concert late June 17 at the Missoula Hell Gate Elks Lodge.

Sgt. Travis Welsh of the Missoula Police Department said investigators are seeking witnesses in Fuentes’ death, some of whom may be from Spokane.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

June 20: Spokane man dies of head trauma in Missoula

Kristofferson, Haggard together in Spokane

We just got word of a new concert, with tickets going on sale Friday:

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & MERLE HAGGARD
Sun, September 25th, 2011 7:30 PM

INB Performing Arts Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201 (509 279-7000)

All Ages. Tickets Range From: $35, $45, $55, $65 in advance,
all seats are $5.00 higher day of show!

Tickets on sale July 29, but you can get access to a pre-sale by clicking on www.ticketswest.com

  

A second Brandi Carlile concert option

Brandi Carlile has been booked into the Knitting Factory on Oct. 6 — which will be just two months after her appearance at the Festival at Sandpoint.

So, choose your preference: The lakeshore under the stars? Or the downtown Spokane nightclub? Or both?  There are probably a number of Brandi Carlile fanatics who will choose both.

At the Knitting Factory, she'll be appearing with Justin Townes Earle and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Tickets for that show will be $26,  on sale Friday, 10 a.m. through Ticketfly.

The Festival at Sandpoint appearance will be Aug. 5, and tickets are $36.95 now on sale through TicketsWest.

Were you at the KISS or Judds concert?

I'd love to hear from anyone who attended the KISS concert at the Arena or the Judds at the Northern Quest outdoor venue.

What did you think about the shows? I'd also like to hear opinions about the new Northern Quest venue. I hear there were some problems with the seats.

Use the comment feature here or email me at jimk@spokesman.com

They Might Be Giants, on the way

They Might Be Giants, the band beloved of alt-rock fans with a sense of humor, have just been booked into the Knitting Factory Concert House in Spokane for a Nov. 6 show.

Tickets will be $22, on sale June 24, 10 a.m. through www.ticketfly.com

Weird Al, Joan Jett and Osmonds headline the Fair

The Spokane Interstate Fair concert lineup has just been announced:

  • Neal McCoy, country, Sept. 12
  • The Osmond Brothers, pop, Sept. 13
  • Weird Al Yankovic, rock parody, Sept. 14
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, rock,  Sept. 15
  • Switchfoot!, rock, Sept. 16

In addition, the Fair will have its traditional lineup of non-musical entertainment:

  • PRCA Rodeo, Sept. 9 and 10
  • Monster Trucks, Sept. 17
  • Demolition Derby, Sept. 11 and 18

Tickets will go on sale July 11 through TicketsWest.

Fest at Sandpoint lineup: Rickie Lee, Brandi, Rodney, Josh

The Festival at Sandpoint lineup was announced this morning and went on sale at 9 a.m. Here's the list:

  • Rickie Lee Jones, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. — She's the jazz-pop chanteuse of “Chuck E.'s in Love” and she'll be with her 8-piece band. Openers will be Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. $34.95.
  • Brandi Carlile, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. — This big voiced singer-songwriter is a particular favorite in her native Northwest, and a Sandpoint Fest favorite. She returns by popular demand.
  • Chris Isaak and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Aug. 6, 6 p..m. — This is the Super Saturday show, with the “Wicked Game” singer, along with a band fronted by Willie's son. $44.95.
  • “Disney Symphantasy,” Aug. 7, 4:30 p.m. — This is the Family Concert, with the Spokane Youth Orchestra and many other kids' activities. $6.
  • Josh Ritter, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. — The Moscow, Idaho, singer-songwriter-star returns to Sandpoint, where he has been a major draw. Darren Smith opens. There will be a microbrew tasting prior to the concert. $29.95.
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. — Franti's another returning Sandpoint favorite. Jason Spooner opens. This is the festival's designated dance concert, so be prepared to move. $49.95.
  • Rodney Crowell, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. — This is the Super Country Saturday show with opener David Nail. $44.95.
  • Grand Finale Concert with the Spokane Symphony, Aug. 14, gates open 4:30 p.m. for the Taste of the Stars Wine-Tasting — The concert theme is “Spanish Serenade” featuring classical guitarist Mak Grgic and soprano Hailey Fuqua. Selections include pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Bizet. $34.95 for adults, $9.95 for youth.

Individual tickets are available at the Festival office, in the Old Power House at 120 E. Lake St., Suite 207 or by calling (208) 265-4554 or (888) 265-4554 or through TicketsWest.

Steve Miller, Santana, Willie will play outside at Northern Quest

I have to admit: I didn't think the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's new outdoor venue would be having acts of this magnitude. Here's the summer lineup they just announced this morning.

As part of The Last Encore Tour, The Judds will perform on Saturday, June 25.

On Thursday, July 14, the Steve Miller Band takes the stage.

Willie Nelson and Family will perform Sunday, July 31.

The Beach Boys take the stage on Saturday, August 6 as a part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.

2011 Country Hall of Fame Inductee Reba McEntire performs on Friday, August 12 with special guest Sunny Sweeney.

Toby Keith will perform with special guest Eric Church as part of his Locked and Loaded Tour Presented by Ford F-Series on Thursday, August 18.

 Santana, along with special guest Michael Franti, performs on Friday, August 26.

This new outdoor venue will be in the grassy area between the hotel and the parking garage. It will have a covered stage and seating for around 4,000 or 5,000. It's still under construction.

All seats will be reserved. Tickets to Keith are already on sale; tickets to the Judds go on sale today (May 4) and tickets to remaining shows go on sale May 17 at 10 a.m. Call (877) 777-5252 or go to TicketsWest.

They are calling this the Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert series, having obviously landed a corporate sponsorship.

The Northern Quest says “people will be able to see performers in Spokane they would otherwise have to travel to Seattle or Portland to see.”

To which I would say: Or at least to The Gorge.

Leon and much more at Pig Out

Craig Heimbigner, who books acts for Spokane's Pig Out in the Park festival at Riverfront Park on Labor Day weekend, has just confirmed Leon Russell and a whole list of other Pig Out acts.

Here's what he just sent us:

Charlie Musselwhite Sept. 1
Too Slim & The Taildraggers will open for Charlie.
 
Leon Russell Sept. 2.
 Leon Russell in Moses Lake's Centennial Amphitheater, also Free, Sept. 3rd
 
Marcy Playground Sept. 3.
A band called Carbon Leaf will open for Marcy Playground.
 
MarchFourth Sept. 4. (This is a big world beat band with circus, really, like vaudeville, like unicylces and juggling and dancing girls, 24 people in all).
 
Jr Cadillac will be back. There will be a reunion performance by Spokane's once very popular band Ten Minutes Down
Another reunion show by The Exploding Fifis
Men In The Making are also back at Pig Out

Remember, Pig Out shows are all free.
  

Free Sherman Square Concert Tonight

I can’t say that it’s been so busy that I look forward to hanging out with Mrs. O at Sherman Park tonight for the first of the free downtown concert this afternoon/evening. But it has been busy enough. And I’m definitely looking foward to the music and mood downtown. I don’t have a clue re: the music that Healthy Scratches plays. I do know, however, that Chris Guggemos’ Handshake Productions usually books good shows to its various venues.

Question: Do you attend any of the Handshake Productions concerts in City Park, Sherman Square, Hayden, or Rathdrum, or the Riverbend concerts on Thursdays?

BRAND SPANKIN’-NEW! - …something!

Alllrighty - so here’s a…(like I previously exclaimed..) BRAND SPANKIN’-NEW section that’s going to be hitting the blog weekly. I’d like to call it the ‘Venue of the Week’, or ‘The Hot Spot’…or ‘Cool Places for Cool People Like Us’…(hmmm. Perhaps shorten that to ‘CPFCPLU’??)  Anyways - I’m looking for a good title and want all of YOU to help me out.

Here’s the lowdown: Every week I’m gonna check out a new place in the Spokane-area.  It could be a coffee shop, resturant, neat-o grocery store, boutique, - maybe even some little kid’s lemonade stand.  But here at the Vox Box, you’re going to get all of the details and insight.

Any concerts coming to town?  Cool festivals? Slammin’ shows? New businesses? You’ll hear about it. Feel free to comment up and give me some ideas. Tell me where to go next! (I’m allllways up for a new coffee house - anywhere, anytime…:)…) Love it.

Over and out!

What should the name be? That’s my main question; every good adventure had a name….