Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 52° Clear
A&E >  Entertainment

Fundraising campaign launched for Big Dipper

The Big Dipper, that distinctive blue brick building on the corner of Washington Street and Second Avenue, might finally get a chance at a new life.

Musician Dan Hoerner, a founding member of the Seattle indie rock band Sunny Day Real Estate, bought the Dipper last year and plans to reopen it as a live music venue.

The last time the Big Dipper building was fully operational, it was home to the revamped Empyrean Coffee House, which closed its doors in early 2011. In order for the building to be up to code, a new fire sprinkler system will need to be installed, and Hoerner has reached out for donations on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The current fundraising goal is set at $50,000, and donations will be accepted through April 23. Incentives for donations (depending on dollar amount) include concert passes, Big Dipper T-shirts and, if you’ve got $25,000 to spare, a plaque with your name on it commemorating the stage.

“The Big Dipper was a great club, and it can be a great club again,” Hoerner says in the pitch video on the Indiegogo page. We’ll have more complete coverage of the venue’s potential reopening in coming weeks.

To make a donation, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-big-dipper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Spokane7 email newsletter

Get the day’s top entertainment headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.