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Encouraging or a reason to feel old?

I was glancing at the Festival at Sandpoint lineup and noticed that Huey Lewis and the News would be performing in August.

I seem to recall seeing that band in concert about 30 years ago.

Thirty years ago.

So should we be pleased that they are still able to sit up and take nourishment or is that a little depressing?

Maybe if people still enjoy seeing them, that's all that matters.


Sounds of Sandpoint

Rosanne Cash will perform Aug. 3 to close out the Festival at Sandpoint’s first weekend.

Year after year, the Festival at Sandpoint has proven to be one of the best and most reliable concert series in the region. Now in its 31st summer, the fest continues to bring major musical acts to Bonner County.

A wide array of acts highlighted last year’s event, from the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the radio-friendly folk rock of the Counting Crows. That variety continues this year, with a lineup of artists from a number of genres and eras. Nathan Weinbender, SR

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Ospreys to be featured during Festival at Sandpoint

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Ospreys are going to grab a little of the spotlight Sunday (Aug. 5) during the popular Festival at Sandpoint musical extravaganza.

Biologist Janie Fink, founder of Birds of Prey Northwest, will present a program with live raptors during the Festival’s Family Day Concert.

The Festival's two-week concert series is held at Memorial Field, right below the nests of two osprey pairs that have delighted Festival-goers for decades. When the light poles were replaced last fall, nesting platforms were included on two of the new poles and a webcam was focused on one of the nests.

Birdwatchers have had the privilege to watch online video streaming as the osprey family advanced through courtship, nest building, egg laying, hatching and rearing of the young birds.

At Sunday’s Family Concert, featuring a day of activities for kids and a performance of “Pinocchio” by the Spokane Youth Orchestra, Fink will be giving a 30-minute program on Idaho raptors. She’s bringing live birds that her center is rehabilitating after injury — including an owl, eagle, falcon, hawk and osprey — for kids and adults to see up close.

The Family Concert activities begin at 4:30 p.m.; admission is $6.

Ricky Lee, Brandi To Head Festival

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.
  • More from Jim Kershner/Spotlight here

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P.S. Franti Joins Festival Yogafest

From Festival at Sandpoint Facebook page: musician Michael Franti joins fans at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field for Yogafest this morning. Franti will be performing from 7:30-10:30 tonight at Memorial Field. You can find the rest of the festival schedule through closing day Sunday here.

Question: Do you yoga?

Festival At Sandpoint’s Cool Design

Check out artist Grant Nixon’s cool 2010 crew shirt design for the Festival at Sandpoint. And more festival photos from the Festival at Sandpoint Facebook page here.

Question: Which annual events in the Inland Northwest offer the best event designs?

Festival of Friends

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs tonight at The Festival at Sandpoint. Their latest album is a tribute to Cab Calloway; their shows feature plenty of exuberant Calloway-style showmanship.

The Festival at Sandpoint greets some old friends over the next two weeks: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Keb’ Mo’, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Natalie MacMaster.

That’s a lot of old friends, but when you’ve been around for 28 summers, you can draw from a wide and deep circle.

All of those acts have previously appeared on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille; all of them have wowed the festival’s picnic-blanket crowds on starry summer nights. Jim Kershner, SR. Full story

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