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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


Acoustic vs. Electric

Where OK Ikumi zigs, JP Haynie zags.

OK Ikumi is a one-man electronic-pop project that incorporates lots of claps and talk box atop the rich, ethereal synthscapes. Remember Alex Kidd in Wonderland for the Sega Master System? It’s little reminiscent of that, only with chimes and flutes sewn in here and there.

JP Haynie is quite the opposite – quiet, contemplative, voice and guitar with subtle synth spells, a little toe-tapping and a serious affinity for reverb (though he doesn’t mishandle the effect).

At some point in the performance, expect Ikumi to accompany Haynie, melding the best of what both artists are able to achieve independently.

It’s going to be something of an aural tug of war when Utah’s OK Ikumi and JP Haynie get together for a free show tonight at 10 p.m. at The Baby Bar.

Hannon returns

A diehard supporter and player in the local acoustic scene for the last few years, David Hannon recently moved back to his hometown, Tacoma, to pursue music there, but he’s back in town this week for the Spokane debut of his full band.

And he’ll be sharing the Caterina stage with Los Angeles piano-pop songstress Shannon Curtis, who The Los Angeles Times rightly described as a “beautiful piano player who sounds like the love child of Fiona Apple and Norah Jones.”

The Dave Hannon Band, Shannon Curtis and The Kyle Stevens Band appear Saturday at 7 p.m. at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cover is $5.