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Fans rank Alison Krauss and her band Union Station among the top bluegrass bands of the past 20 years.
The Beach Boys played at the Festival at Sandpoint on Thursday and will perform at The Gorge tonight.
John Denver brought his Wildlife Concert to Riverfront Park on Sunday night, giving listners a perfect chance to sit back and listen to his gentle repertoire. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
Kathy Mattea brought her warm personality to her show Friday night at Silver Mountain.
1. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were a big hit with the Lollapalooza fams. 2. Sonic Youth vocalist and bass player Kim Gordon. The band played a great set at the Lollapalooza concert.
Ego doesn't seem to control Raitt. She openly pays tribute to those who have helped her, backed her up and provided music she obviously enjoys playing. Ken Settle photo.
White Zombie has everything it takes to breathe life back into a fading genre, heavy metal.
Bob Dylan gave his Spokane fans a night to remember Wednesday in Riverfront Park. In a show that nearly was moved indoors because of wet, cool weather, Dylan kept the large multigenerational crowd on its feet for nearly two hours with a riveting show which mixed hits with lesser-known songs and juxtaposed rockers with ballads in a way that brought out the best in each.
Margaret Saunders Ott was honored by a performance at The Met by Stephen Drury. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review
R.E.M. with lead singer Michael Stipe started their American tour in California on May 15. Sam Morris photo
Critic-at-large Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival Young Artist Awards Concert Wednesday, May 17, the Opera House The Young Artist Awards Concert of the 50th Annual Greater Spokane Music and Allied Arts Festival Wednesday night featured six of the region's best and brightest music students and one visual artist. Winners of the top division of each musical discipline, the Young Artist category, gain the experience of performing their required solo number in front of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. If public speaking is our No. 1 national fear, imagine how steeled these young adults must be to get on the stage of the Opera House in front of peers and professionals and execute inherently difficult tasks nearly flawlessly.
Spokane String Quartet Sunday, May 14, at The Met The Spokane String Quartet performance Sunday was exciting. For those not in attendance, and for those who may not realize chamber music can do more than merely titillate, this was not a "My, darling, that was uplifting I believe I'll have a tad more Chablis" exciting. This was a "Sit down, shut up and hang on we're going for a ride" exciting. The opening salvo was Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 5. Even with a few introductory remarks to prepare them, the audience seemed shocked by the arsenal which Bartok's score calls for, and which the SSQ was ready to fire off. There was some shifting in the seats and a few departures between the third and fourth movements, but the remainder of the crowd hunkered down for more. Those brave souls were rewarded. The Spokane String Quartet players sounded as strong as I have heard them, with solid ensemble work and a sparkle which is hard to achieve in the acoustically challenging Met. The first and fifth movements contain difficult unison lines, swirling canonic entrances and a propelling irregular pulse. The SSQ played all of this with energy to spare.
The Spokane Opera House rocked with the energy from Melissa Etheridge's "All-American Girl." Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review
Robert Cray barely took a break to breathe in Friday's show. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
Tom Petty brought his band to the Gorge. Ken Settle photo
"Ann Fennessy charmed the crowd with her razzle-dazzle stage persona and her chameleon voice, which takes on a new personality for each song. The big band arrangements provided a few hot moments in a smattering of show tunes."
Michael Doucet (left) is still the star of the Cajun band he started 20 years ago. BeauSoleil brought the sound of Louisiana to Spokane Thursday night. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
Spokane Symphony Orchestra Sunday, April 30, The Met The Spokane Symphony moved with the change of seasons Sunday afternoon at The Met. Conductor Fabio Mechetti assembled a springlike garland of serenades to end the symphony's chamber orchestra series serenades by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorak and Strauss. These pieces allow an orchestra to show its warmth and charm. Sunday's performance was often stronger on charm than on musical niceties. The bright effect of the program's beginning was dimmed later by patches of absent-minded intonation, imprecise ensemble playing and a notable chilliness in the string tone.
Pam Tillis received the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year award this year.
Region 13 of the Sweet Adelines International held its annual Chorus and Quartet Competition and Convention last Friday and Saturday at the Opera House. Region 13 covers Alaska, Washington, and parts of Idaho and Montana. Hundreds of women in dozens of ensembles work all year to prepare for this event, digging up or writing their own barbershop show-stoppers, creating uniforms and costumes, coordinating choreography and, of course, practicing the music. This is a big deal for them and a lot of fun for others to see. This made me wonder why the Saturday night program, featuring all of the winners, did not draw more people. Sure, the Opera House floor was fairly full, but if the resting Adelines and their relatives were not in the audience, it would have been rather sparse. Certainly there must be a few who enjoy close harmony singing who are not already involved in a group.