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Queensryche Gives Rock-Opera Performance

Queensryche Friday, May 26, The Gorge In a recent phone interview, Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield promised that Friday's Queensryche concert would be "multimedia meets Broadway meets rock 'n' roll." He couldn't have been more right.

‘Tribute To Broadway’ An Sjo Crowd Pleaser Despite Its Rough Spots

Spokane Jazz Orchestra Friday, May 5, The Met The Spokane Jazz Orchestra wound up its 20th anniversary season Friday with a "Tribute to Broadway." A diversion from mainstream big band jazz is good once in a while, especially with so many popular tunes and great arrangements available. Enough show tunes have crossed over to become standards that it is hardly a step out of character. There seems to be a need for a professional big band in the area. The audience for this kind of music is pretty strong, judging from the attendance Friday night; and while there were a few there who might remember catching the big band wave of the '30s and '40s, most were younger apprecionados.

Digable Planets Music, Message ‘Cool Like Dat’

Although many dismiss rap music as portraying only a negative aspect of African American life, hip-hop artists have been breaking barriers and innovating rap since its origins in the "Boogie-Down" Bronx of New York City. Among the ranks of MCs working to promote positivity are the New York-based Digable Planets. From their music, it is evident the Planets take this very seriously.

Veteran Rockers Stay With Program

Nineteen-ninety-four was the year when hard rock and so-called alternative music finally collided in the wide popularity of such bands as Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden. You would think that this phenomenon might render a band such as Van Halen obsolete. After all, why get your guitar 'n' bombast from a bunch of guys who started playing together before you were born?