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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Macklemore video shows off Spokane

Music in the making: Rapper Macklemore, center facing camera, pauses to reset the action with a troupe of dancers in the courtyard outside the Rite Aid drugstore in downtown Spokane on Tuesday during the filming of a music video. The production will go on all week in various locations around Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley)
Music in the making: Rapper Macklemore, center facing camera, pauses to reset the action with a troupe of dancers in the courtyard outside the Rite Aid drugstore in downtown Spokane on Tuesday during the filming of a music video. The production will go on all week in various locations around Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley)

The video, co-directed by Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty), Lewis and Jason Koenig, has some of the same goofy vibe that made "Thrift Shop" such a smash. As Vulture.com noted this morning, "There are cowbells, name-spelling, and references to Blackstreet. Think of it as a sequel to 'Uptown Funk,' in the opposite direction."

 
And while it's unclear if the video is supposed to be set in Spokane - a reference to Pike Place Market seems to indicate otherwise - "Downtown" doesn't shy from showing the Lilac City's downtown, good and bad. The Fox Theater, the Paulsen Building, the skywalks and the Parkade are among the downtown landmarks getting some time to shine. There also are shots filmed around the decrepit Otis Hotel and parts of East Sprague Avenue, to add a gritty flavor.   Carolyn Lamberson, SR
Video at link above.
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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.