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Bing Crosby’s lasting legacy in Spokane

Though he was born in Tacoma and moved to Los Angeles in 1925, Spokane has always been proud to call Bing Crosby one of our own. Crosby moved to Spokane at the age of 3. He enrolled in Webster Grade School in 1908. Two years later, a neighbor, Valentine Hobart, began calling Crosby, born Harry, Bingo after the lead character in the comic "The Bingville Bugle."
A&E >  Music

A look at Bing Crosby’s hit records

After growing up in Spokane and performing regularly at the Clemmer Theatre – now called the Bing Crosby Theater – Bing Crosby and his pal Al Rinker left Spokane in 1925 to try to make it big in Hollywood. By the end of 1930, Crosby’s path was clear: He set out to become a solo artist. History – and the record-buying public – would take it from there.

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Spokane stoner-doom metal trio Merlock offers heavy music for heavy times

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 25, 2020

For a band made up of three outsiders hailing from different parts of the U.S., it’s uncanny how much Merlock sounds like Spokane. In narrative, atmosphere and tone, there is a consistency to the stoner-doom metal trio’s catalog that feels as indebted to the sonic sludge pioneered by fellow Washington state rockers the Melvins as much as their own devotion to be different.
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Spokane’s Liam St. John joins Gwen Stefani’s team on ‘The Voice’

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 21, 2020

There is no doubt that Spokane singer-songwriter Liam St. John’s night was made on tonight’s second episode of Season 19 of NBC’s “The Voice.” After performing Marcy Playground’s “Sex & Candy” and pitched by judges and real-life couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani afterward to join their team, St. John, 29, chose Stefani.
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Jay Condiotti records his debut EP after COVID-19 assistance from Sound Royalties

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

Jay Condiotti’s year was shaping up to be the perfect time for his total artistic immersion into the Spokane music scene. The New York-raised composer, producer and guitarist had formed a family and been playing live again, and he was about to put his pub-turned-recording studio J Bones Musicland in east Spokane through its paces.
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BTS makes Billboard history by dominating top two spots on Hot 100 chart

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2020

It’s no secret BTS is dynamite on the music charts – and as of Monday, the South Korean boyband has made Billboard history by landing at both No. 1 and No. 2 on the Hot 100. With “Savage Love” beating out “Dynamite” for the top spot, BTS is the first group to achieve such a feat since the Black Eyed Peas.
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Keep Music Alive is hoping to do just that for Washington venues

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2020

Shannon Welles was prescient when her peers were foolishly optimistic weeks after the pandemic crushed the live music industry in March. "I believe we will have things figured out in about a week," singer-songwriter Cherie Currie told The Spokesman-Review in April. "There will be a plan by then."
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Singer/pianist Jim Brickman announces virtual Christmas show in Spokane

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2020

Singer and pianist Jim Brickman was looking forward to going on his annual holiday tour across the U.S. at the end of the year, but the coronavirus pandemic had other plans. Instead of cancelling the tour, Brickman is taking the show on the virtual road. "Comfort and Joy at Home" will find Brickman performing a virtual concert.
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Jon Bon Jovi tackles 2020: ‘I am a witness to history’

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2020

NEW YORK — Jon Bon Jovi has been churning out love songs and arena anthems for nearly 40 years, but his latest release, “2020,” has taken his music to another level. It’s Bon Jovi’s most socially conscious album to date, and the singer-songwriter calls the collection a “moment in time."
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‘The Sound of Spokane’: Symphony celebrates 75 years

Today, the Spokane Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary. And, although this past year has been less than kind to the symphony, its members continue to draw hope from the countless other trials and tribulations over which they have triumphed during the previous 74.

New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

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Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.