Pig Out in the Park, as its name suggests, is food extravaganza. But with more than 70 performers on three stages over six days, it’s a chance to pig out on music, too.
There are a lot of great acts to check out, and you can see a full schedule at spokanepigout.com. In the meantime, here are a few bands on the bill that might be worth your while. Have I seen all of them? Nope. But these are the ones I’d want to check out.
Hamish Anderson – This Aussie singer-songwriter specializes in a blend of folk, rock and blues. His debut self-titled EP is available on iTunes. The video for “Howl,” available on YouTube, has a Black Keys vibe. 5:30 p.m., Clocktower Stage
Mama Doll – The four women of Mama Doll (Claire Fieberg, Sarah Berentson, Austen Case and Jen Landis) have been on tour supporting their first album, “As the Crow Flies.” Check them out during a stop at home. 7 p.m., River Stage.
Los Lobos – I first saw Los Lobos at the University of Oregon in 1987. When they launched into “La Bamba” during the encore, it was revelatory, because none of us had heard their version of the Richie Valens hit. That, of course, would change in the following months as “La Bamba” – recorded for the soundtrack to the Valens biopic – would climb the charts to No. 1. I caught this legendary band again 15 or so years later, and still enjoyed every minute. My advice? If you can, go. 9 p.m., Clocktower Stage
Gator Loops – Gator Loops, aka Brett DeChenne, plays funky jazzy blues. 5:30, Clocktower Stage
Randy Hansen – This Seattle guitarist has been known to channel Jimi Hendrix. This is one for the classic rockers out there. 9 p.m. City Hall Stage
Willie Nile – The acclaimed Buffalo singer-writer has toured with The Who, performed with Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello and put out a record last year called “American Ride.” 9 p.m., City Hall Stage
Peter Rivera and Celebrate – Spokane’s resident rock star will perform “I Just Want to Celebrate” by his former band, Rare Earth, and a host of other tracks. 5 p.m., Clocktower Stage
Silver Treason – This Spokane mainstay describes their genre with a simple word: twang. As they claim on Facebook, they play “Songs of pain and misery that are easy to dance to.” Can’t miss that, can you? 7:15 p.m., River Stage
Rail – These Seattle-based rockers were among the first reality TV bands, having won MTV’s “Basement Tapes” competition way back in 1983. More than 30 years later, they’re still rockin’. 9 p.m., Clocktower Stage
HooDoo Udo – Spokane blues quartet blends influences that range from the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix to Galactic and Gov’t Mule. 7:15 p.m., City Hall Stage
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