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Built to Spill, Elvin Bishop, maybe Grouplove: Festival season in Spokane shaping up nicely

Hannah Hooperof the band Grouplove performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Aug. 2, 2014. On Friday afternoon, Gleason Fest hinted at a Group performance in Spokane in August. (Steve C Mitchell / Steve C Mitchell/Invision/AP)

Seems Friday was the day festival organizers in Spokane decided to let us all in on their plans.

Pig Out in the Park, for instance, the six-day food and music extravaganza in Riverfront Park held Labor Day weekend, let slip a list of headliners. On the docket: Too Slim and the Tail Draggers on Aug. 31, Paul Revere’s Raiders and LeRoy Bell on Sept. 1, Elvin Bishop on Sept. 2, and David Luning on Sept. 3. Also promised are sets from Randy Hansen, Whitney Monge, Peter Rivera & Celebrate, and more. These shows, as always, are free. For details, visit Pig Out in the Park’s page on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Volume, the annual indie fest sponsored by the local alt-weekly, the Inlander, landed a big one: Boise rock icons Built to Spill. Also headlining will be Seattle’s Chastity Belt. The lineup is rounded out by a host of local, regional and national acts, including Cathedral Pearls, Windoe, Ras Kass and many, many more. That festival runs June 2-3 at venues throughout downtown. Get festival passes early for $25 (they increase $10 if you procrastinate); they are available through Eventbrite.

Finally, and this isn’t official, Gleason Fest dropped a big hint on its Facebook page Friday afternoon: “Rumor has it Grouplove might be in Spokane on Aug. 12.” Grouplove was supposed to play the Knitting Factory earlier this month, but canceled a bunch of dates after singer Hannah Hooper suffered a vocal cord injury. Gleason Fest is the annual festival inspired by Steve Gleason, the Spokane native and former NFL player now battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Look for details at