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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.
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."
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.
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."
The suspect, Patrick Page, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault, Spokane police Cpl. Ron Van Tassel said in a news release.
At some point, concerts and other public gatherings will be scheduled. The bigger question is not when but how will promoters set up everything so that it is safe for performers and the audience?
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.
If Colin Hay wasn’t such a strong singer-songwriter, you might think that the former leader of Men at Work missed his calling. The dry Aussie’s entertaining 105-minute set Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater was filled with humorous anecdotes.
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.
If it seems like Colin Hay was just in Spokane, you’re not wrong. The 66-year-old former Men at Work frontman performed at Northern Quest in May backed by his wife, singer Cecilia Noël, and a top-notch band of Latinx musicians.
It’s not easy being the son of a legend, and it’s difficult to imagine a more complicated father-and-son relationship than Ginger Baker and Kofi Baker. Throughout most of the latter’s life, Ginger Baker was disconnected from his son.
TEDxSpokane is accepting applications for speakers to participate in its annual event at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.
“American Dirt,” the novel by upcoming Northwest Passages Book Club author Jeanine Cummins, has received the stamp of approval from another book club – Oprah Winfrey’s coveted ranks.
Wynonna Judd is still only as standard as her fiery red hair. The dynamic country icon, now credited simply as Wynonna, played her first show of the new decade alongside the Big Noise band at the Bing Crosby Theater on Thursday evening.
Larger than life figures in the entertainment industry are in short supply these days, and many of those figures who breathe rarified air, such as Bono, Cher and Madonna, possess a lone moniker. Add Wynonna Judd, who has been credited as Wynonna since her solo career commenced in 1992, to that list.
Eric Johnson came armed with a new band, a new album and the same genre-defying virtuosity when his “Classics: Present and Past” tour stopped at the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday evening.
Magician Adam Trent can be seen online wowing the likes of Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, but it’s not the same as seeing him work in person.
For the 14th consecutive year, the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will celebrate the cinema, songs and career of Tacoma-born and Spokane-reared entertainer Bing Crosby at the Bing Crosby Theater on Saturday.
Little Cindy Lou Who of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the titular character of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are both in search of the true meaning of Christmas, and they would’ve found it at the Tenors’ “Wonder of Christmas” at Bing Crosby Theater on a very cold Saturday evening.
The Tenors – Canadian singers Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters – are bringing their “Wonder of Christmas” tour to the Bing Crosby Theater two days after Thanksgiving, and there is a connection for them to the legendary Hollywood singer, actor and comedian.