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A mad ‘rush’ for $25 k.d. lang tickets

You can pick up a $25 ticket to the k.d. lang concert, but you have to pounce right away.

This afternoon, 100 balcony seats went on sale for $25 in a kind of early 'rush' ticket deal. These tickets are available through all TicketsWest outlets or through the Fox box office at 509-624-1200 until they're gone.

Normally, tickets are $49 and $69, so this is a bargain.

 k.d. lang and her new band, the Siss Boom Bang, are playing Monday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. .

A really big band at the Northern Quest

A really big band has been booked into the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoor venue: The Spokane Symphony, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

They're calling this a "Sizzling Summer Concert With the Spokane Symphony" and it will feature Eckart Preu conducting the symphony in a show that ranges from the "Superman" theme to John Phillip Souza. It will be a spectrum of light classics and popular music.

Tickets are now on sale, $20 and $25, through TicketsWest.  

Getcher free Springsteen, right now

I logged onto the Spokane Public Library's new free music download service, Freegal, yesterday — and it lived up to expectations.

It contains 500,000 songs from the Sony music archives. City library card holders can download — and keep — three songs per week.

It will take me months to thoroughly browse the offerings, but it contains just about the entire Bruce Springsteen catalog, the entire Simon and Garfunkel catalog and lots of the Frank Sinatra catalog.

And those are just the S's.

A quick rule of thumb: Artists on a Sony label or any of its affiliates (including the mighty Columbia Records label), will probably be there.

To access it, you must have a Spokane Public Library card and the PIN number that you already use to log onto the library's website. If you don't have a PIN number, you'll have to go to any branch and get one.

Classical music fans might be particularly pleased. The site contains lots of outstanding classical selections. But you might have to download them movement by movement.

See the original post below for more details.

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.

Neko Case is a Baby Bar fan

Neko Case apparently hung out at the Baby Bar, the tiny gem at 827 W. First, after her Thursday concert, because here's what she just tweeted:

"The Baby Bar in Spokane, WA. Best bar in USA. No question."

UPROAR Festival: Bands with ‘Seven’ in name

The Spokane Arena has just announced that the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has been booked into the Arena on Oct. 2.

This lineup includes two bands with "Seven" in their names: Avenged Sevenfold and Sevendust.

The complete lineup:  Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate on the main stage, while Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective will play the Best Buy Music Gear Stage.

Tickets will be $25, $35, and $45 and $65 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.

Lynyrd Skynyrd ticket date switch

TicketsWest has now changed the Lynyrd Skynyrd on-sale date to Tuesday at 10 a.m.

This show, as we noted in previous posts, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series. 

A new Spokane String Quartet member

Violinist Amanda Howard-Phillips has joined the Spokane String Quartet for its new season, replacing Tracy Dunlop, who has moved to Michigan.

Howard-Phillips is on the Gonzaga University faculty and is current the principal second violin for the Spokane Symphony.

The quartet’s new season consists of these five concerts:

  • Sept. 25, Bing Crosby Theater – Hayden, Britten and Beethoven.
  • Nov. 13, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox – Shostakovich, Haydn and Sibelius.
  • Feb. 19, The Fox – Mozart and Brahms.
  • March 11, The Fox – with guest artists, mezzo-soprano Joanne Bouma and pianist Linda Siverts, and music by Brahms and Ravel.
  • April 29, Bing Crosby Theater – with guest artist pianist Kendall Feeney, and music by Frank, de Falla, Schoenfield and Shostakovich.

The rest of the quartet consists of Mateusz Wolski, Jeannette Wee-Yang and Helen Byrne.

Season tickets are now available through www.spokanestringquartet.org. Single tickets will go on sale in September.

Skynyrd tickets on sale Saturday

We've finally received confirmation on the Lynryd Skynyrd on-sale date: Saturday at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest outlets.

Ticket prices will range from $55 to $100.

The show, as we noted in a previous post, is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoors venue. It's the final show in the summer series. 

Musical culture clash downtown: Neko Case vs. Ted Nugent

Two opposing musical forces play right next door to each other on Sprague Avenue tonight: Neko Case at the Bing Crosby Theater and Ted Nugent at the Knitting Factory.

Could there be two shows with a more disparate fan base? Maybe Ted Nugent vs. the Symphony …

Half-price deal for Spokane Symphony

The Spokane Symphony announced a surprise subscription deal: Half-price subscriptions for new subscribers.

Or even former subscribers, as long as they were not subscribers for the 2010-11 season.

This offer, which expires on Labor Day, means that new subscribers can get the entire 10-concert Classics season for $110 to $160 per seat.

Yeah, that's a ridiculous bargain.

It also works for the SuperPops and Casual Classics series. Here's the info from the symphony's own release:

The introductory price for the 10-concert Classics season package now range from $110 to $160. Classics concert are performed on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.  The introductory price for the six-concert SuperPops package now range from $148.50 to $99. SuperPops concerts are on Saturday night.  The three-concert Casual Classics package ranges from $27 to $42. Casual Classics concerts are performed on Friday night.

Why is the symphony doing this? "To reach new season ticket holders and bring past past season ticket holders," said the press release.

 

To get this deal call the symphony box office at (509) 624-1200. For more details on the season, go to the symphony website.

 

Free music, courtesy of Spokane Public Library

Beginning soon, the Spokane Public Library will offer you a legal way to download music for free.

It's called Freegal, and in mid-July the library will be offering the entire Sony music catalog, which includes a half-million tracks, including songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Adele, Britney Spears, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Bartok and Beethoven, along with thousands of others.

Library card holders can download three songs a week for free. And, unlike the old-fashioned method of checking out albums from the library, you never have to return them. They are yours to keep.

The library pays for the Freegal service, but it's a good deal for the library, since it's a lot more cost effective than shelving and maintaining that many CDS (and trying to keep them from getting stolen).

Go to the Spokane Public Library website to access this service. The library has not been any more specific than "mid-July" for the launch, which means we can start looking for it in the next two weeks, at least.

Lynyrd Skynyrd added to Northern Quest outdoor lineup

Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band that helped make Southern rock a big-selling genre, has been booked into the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's outdoor venue, on Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

This announcement just came through. Tickets are not yet on sale and prices have not yet been announced. I'll post the ticket info as soon as I get it.

This will be the eighth — and final — concert in the Northern Concert's inaugural outdoor summer season. 

A new Josh Ritter hit — a novel

Josh Ritter is a first-time novelist with a well-known name.

Ritter is the singer-songwriter, originally from Moscow, Idaho, who has a great national following for his well-crafted, literate songs.

So now Ritter the wordsmith has turned his hand to a new craft with his debut novel, “Bright’s Passage” (Dial Press, $22). It’s the story of a young man returning home after World War I. The story includes an angels and a talking horse. Actually, horse and angel are one and the same.

The novel was just released on Tuesday and is already getting praise from some well-known literary names. Dennis Lehane calls it “heartbreaking and luminous.”

Critic Carolyn Kellogg of the L.A. Times calls it “intensensly beautiful, tragic and also funny.”

She writes that Ritter said the idea first started out as a song, but it “wanted to be more.”

“He knows how to build a rich, beautiful story with shape,” writes Kellogg.

Here's a link to the LA Times review.

And here's a link to a short interview he did for the Washington Post. Looks like our region might have a new homegrown literary star.

The B-52s, flying into the Fox

The B-52s, of "Love Shack" fame, have been booked into the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

Tickets are $75, $49.50 and $39.50, on sale July 8, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.  

The '80s would not have been the same without "Rock Lobster" and "Private Idaho." They last visited Spokane in 2008, at the Northern Quest.

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

A true Jewell (Eilen) at Arbor Crest

Eilen Jewell has been booked into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for an outdoor show on Aug. 4.

A few of my more music-savvy friends are pumped about this announcement. This singer-songwriter (the first name is pronounced EE-len) has a great voice and has some haunting, memorable songs. Don't take my word for it. Check out this video of a radio-station performance.

Tickets are only $10 and go on sale July 1 at Arbor Crest tasting rooms and TicketsWest outlets.

She's originally from Idaho, born in Boise and apparently has some Panhandle connections. The name of her second album is "Boundary County"  — which has a certain Bonners Ferry ring to it.

But she's definitely a national act. She'll be featured on NPR on Tuesday. She burst onto the folk scene in Boston and has developed a wide following.

Get yer $30 KISS tickets

The Spokane Arena has just announced a special deal for tomorrow: $30 KISS tickets, Thursday only.

Here's the full announcement:

WHAT:                $30 Tickets To See KISS In Concert!

WHERE:             Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

WHEN:                Thursday, June 23 – 12:01AM-11:59PM

 

EVENT:               KISS with Bad City
Friday, June 24 – 7:45PM

 

CALLING ALL KISS FANS!

 

KISS is raising the stakes and challenging Spokane to sell out their show this Friday night!  Hoopfest weekend is here and KISS wants to make sure we kick off the weekend right at the Spokane Arena. Every seat needs a butt…but there aren’t that many tickets left!

 

Every last available ticket in the house is ONLY $30.00 this Thursday ONLY – it doesn’t get any hotter than that.  $30.00 tickets will ONLY be available for purchase on Thursday, June 23 and will ONLY be available online at TicketsWest.com.  Make sure not to miss out on this incredible show and at even more incredible price.

 

KISS is challenging us; now let’s show them why Detroit Rock City has nothing on the Lilac City.

 

KISS will perform at the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 24 with special guest Bad City. On Thursday, June 23 all reserved seat tickets are $30.00 and will only be available for purchase on TicketsWest.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

Judy Collins, on the way to the Bing

Judy Collins, owner of one of my all-time favorite voices, has just been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater on Nov. 10.

Tickets are $37, available through TicketsWest outlets on Friday.

April Smith & Great Picture Show at the Bing

Retro-pop swinger April Smith & The Great Picture Show are making a return trip to Spokane for a show  Oct. 7 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Smith and the band attracted a big crowd when they were here in November. The music is jazzy, old-timey and ragtime-y  — and how many bands can say that? Tickets go on sale Friday at TicketsWest.com.

A ‘70s and ‘80s Gatsby’s rock reunion

A bunch of bands that rocked Gatsby's nightclub in the 1970s and 1980s are reuniting for two benefit shows this weekend.

The bands will be ValHalla, RumbleBoy, Innersanctum, Flash, Wiser Sin, Lorpan, The Edge and Black Rose. If those names sound familiar, you probably frequented the local music scene 30 years ago.

 They'll play Gatsby's Reunion, Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Players & Spectators, 12828 E. Sprague (cover $10) and Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bigfoot Pub and Eatery, 9115 N. Division (no cover, donations accepted).

It's all to raise money for former Gatsby's owner Larry Spratt, who now owns the Bigfoot. Spratt was severely injured in a recent accident.

Curran Dempsey of Black Rose said the musicians are converging from all over the U.S. and Canada. He said they're all excited to get back on stage for a good cause, even if "we won't be wearing the Spandex and leather like we used to."

To see a video promo for the event, click here and here.

Spokane’s Jerad Finck scores, musically, in NBA finals

Jerad Finck of Spokane scored in the NBA finals.

His song "Runaway" was the song played as the musical theme in ESPN's video about Dirk Nowitzki's journey to the NBA title.

Here's a link to the video: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6653799.

It aired during the sixth game of the finals.

This is exceptionally good national exposure for Finck, a singer-songwriter who has had considerable success over the past few years.

A sneak preview of Northern Quest’s outdoor venue

I took this photo Saturday night at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino's tuneup concert for its new outdoor venue, this one featuring local acts Soul Proprietor and the Ryan Larsen Band.

As you can see, it's a flat expanse of lawn between the parking garage and the hotel. Folding chairs are set up and numbered (seating is reserved). There are booths and tents selling food, drink and merchandise.

The acoustics? OK, although we were distracted by the Monster Trucks roaring at the speedway next door.

As you can see, the crowd was not huge for this test-run concert. The first big test will come June 25 with the Judds, followed by the Steve Miller Band on July 14, Willie Nelson on July 31, the Beach Boys on Aug. 6, Toby Keith on Aug. 18 and Santana on Aug. 26,

Guy Clark, certified legend, booked into Bing

It's hard to convey how much respect Guy Clark has in the world of folk, country, alt-country and Americana.

He has been a major influence on artists like Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith.  This Texas singer-songwriter is held in the same esteem as fellow songwriters John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker.

And now Clark is coming to the Bing Crosby Theater, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. He'll be accompanied by longtime sideman Verlon Thompson and a guest act to be announced.

Tickets wil be $27 and $37, reserved, and $52, Golden Circle, on sale June 13 at 10 a.m. through TicketsWest.

Michael Bublé will bubble into Arena

Michael Bublé has been booked into the Spokane Arena on Aug. 10, at 8 p.m.

This popular crooner will be appearing with guest artist Naturally7.

Tickets will be $49.50, $65 and $85, on sale June 17 at 10 a.m. through all TicketsWest outlets.

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.

Bing books a funky Duke — George, that is

George Duke, the funky keyboard master associated with Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, has been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater for a show on Aug. 11.

Duke toured with the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s, played on Jackson's "Off the Wall" album, and produced Miles Davis' "Tutu" album.

Duke will be accompanied by a couple of other big names: David Sanborn and Marcus Miller.

Tickets are $41.50, on sale Thursday here.

Saving history for posterity…

Good morning, Netizens…

 

At my somewhat advanced age in life, there is hardly a place in each day when I turn around a corner and I can visualize a piece of what, for most people, is old history still staring me in the face. People tend to misunderstand this, because they never shared that piece of history and thus are unable to make the emotional or mental connection to it. People, particularly here in Spokane, seem to have a mental link with whatever genre of music they happen to enjoy, yet they sadly are quite sadly unaware of some of the truly talented musical performers who have already passed away, leaving behind a vast but unappreciated wealth of songs in their wake.

 

For example, if I begin rambling on about the life and times of the late singer/songwriter Fred Neil, for the most part, all I will receive are blank looks. Yet, I insist, he had one of the most-unique voices and that, coupled with an incredible gift of writing poignant, moving songs made him a force to be reckoned with back in the 60's in New York's East Village. Yet, aside from some of the old gaffers who were around in the 60'/s, very few people remember Fred Neil.

 

Speaking of history of a different kind, last week we saw an end to an American television icon, James Arness, who passed away quietly in his sleep at age 88. It seems ironic to me that another cinematic icon, the late John Wayne, was directly responsible for getting Arness started in his career, one that ultimately resulted in Arness's long and durable career as Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. Can you envision an afterlife with the likes of such certifiable western movie stars as William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tom Mix, and the Duke (John Wayne) all rambling around on their horses looking for bad guys? Of course, this begs the question, are there any more of the old-time cowboys (and faux cowboys) left to protect innocent citizens from the bad guys? Of course, you have to have aged quite a bit to remember Hopalong Cassidy or, for that matter, Tom Mix as both were a bit before this generation's time, but still, these were once considered to be our collective heroes.

Doesn't History suggest that we lose sight of some of our collective heroes in life? I submit that each generation must find or select new heroes. Unfortunately, rather than go out of a morning and gently pluck our pieces of old history off the vines of life, in most cases we simply let them wither, then drop to the ground where they blow away with the first puff of wind. Of course your thoughts on this may differ.

Dave


  

Eddie Vedder strums up cash in Ferry County

Eddie Vedder's ukulele is proving to be a windfall for the Ferry County Trail Partners.

The Pearl Jam front man has donated his ukulele to an auction to benefit this rail-to-trail program in Ferry County. Rich Landers gives details in his Outdoors blog, which you can find here.