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Come to Papa for an evening of family comedy at the Bing

The irony of Tom Papa's tour tag, "The Family Reunion," is that the veteran comic, who will perform Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater, has been sequestered with his wife and two daughters for more than a year-and-a-half. "The material I get from them is endless and hilarious," Papa said.

In brief: Bing Crosby House Museum to reopen Saturday

After an 18-month pandemic-related closure, the Bing Crosby House Museum on Gonzaga’s campus will reopen Saturday. Bing Crosby's father, Harry, and two uncles built Bing's childhood home in 1911, and it has remained in its original location for more than a century.

Gonzaga students create Berlin, Crosby and ‘White Christmas’ digital exhibit

As far as holiday music goes, the Irving Berlin-penned "White Christmas" is a staple on nearly every holiday playlist. And while covers by the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Drifters, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks and Andrea Bocelli have been released, none is as classic as the version sung by Spokane's own Bing Crosby. 

Bing Crosby’s lasting legacy in Spokane

Though he was born in Tacoma and moved to Los Angeles in 1925, Spokane has always been proud to call Bing Crosby one of our own. Crosby moved to Spokane at the age of 3. He enrolled in Webster Grade School in 1908. Two years later, a neighbor, Valentine Hobart, began calling Crosby, born Harry, Bingo after the lead character in the comic "The Bingville Bugle."

A look at Bing Crosby’s hit records

After growing up in Spokane and performing regularly at the Clemmer Theatre – now called the Bing Crosby Theater – Bing Crosby and his pal Al Rinker left Spokane in 1925 to try to make it big in Hollywood. By the end of 1930, Crosby’s path was clear: He set out to become a solo artist. History – and the record-buying public – would take it from there.

Keep Music Alive is hoping to do just that for Washington venues

Shannon Welles was prescient when her peers were foolishly optimistic weeks after the pandemic crushed the live music industry in March. "I believe we will have things figured out in about a week," singer-songwriter Cherie Currie told The Spokesman-Review in April. "There will be a plan by then."

Local music teachers take a turn in the spotlight

This weekend, Jody Graves, recent Steinway Hall of Fame inductee, will join the Spokane Jazz Orchestra for a concert showcasing some of the best work of American composer George Gershwin.

Review: The Music of Cream rises to the top again

When Cream reunited in 2005 for one of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, there was a palpable chill among the three members of the iconic power trio. It wasn’t surprising since many reformations are marred by a tangible iciness among members.