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Hotel RL’s Rhythm and Brews concert series back on

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Well, that was fast.

Less than a week after it was announced that the Hotel RL’s Rhythm and Brews concert series was canceled due to proper permits not transferring from the hotel to new owners Worthy Hotels Inc., the series is back on.

Craig Heimbigner, who booked the series, was told Wednesday that the Davenport hotels group, which is owned by Worthy Hotels Inc., has agreed to put on the free concert series beginning Friday.

“We’re very happy, very grateful to Walt Worthy and the Davenport crew that they honored this,” he said. “I have no agreement with them for finishing this. They could have doubled down and said, ‘It’s not our job.’ ”

Lynnelle Caudill, managing director of the Davenport Hotel Collection, said the series originally was canceled because they were told the process of obtaining the necessary entertainment licenses and permits would take 30 to 60 days.

“We said, ‘OK, there’s only six more weeks of music. It’s better to let the artists know that we probably can’t honor the program,’ ” she said.

But Worthy Hotels Inc. got the proper permits just two weeks after it submitted its application and decided to reinstate the concert series.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the series: Sammy Eubanks (Friday) and Soul Proprietor (Saturday); Trego (Aug. 3) and Atomic Jive (Aug. 4); Paperback Writer performing a Beach Boys tribute (Aug. 10) and Paperback Writer performing a Beatles tribute (Aug. 11); Shakewell (Aug. 17) and Christy Lee (Aug. 18); MasterClass Big Band Rhythm and Blues Revue (Aug. 24) and Peter Rivera and Celebrate! with an opening set from Sidestep (Aug. 25).

All concerts take place from 6-9 p.m. next to the river behind Hotel RL. Table seating, food and drinks will be available.

Abbey Crawford’s “Abbey and Friends” concert will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in the Georgian Room at the Spokane Club. Tickets are $10.

Smash Hit Carnival, originally scheduled to play July 20, will announce a makeup date on its Facebook page.

Despite a crazy few days, both Heimbigner and Caudill agree that they’ve reached a happy ending.

“The good news is all the artists can continue to play,” she said.

“(I’ve gone) from sleepless to jubilant,” he said.

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