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Doug Clark: Humble picker changed Spokane music scene

Frank Wagner called JayDean Ludiker last Sunday night with instructions. “You’re in charge of the music at my service,” the dying man told his longtime friend, adding that they would get together later this week to go over tunes.

Doug Clark: Thank you for turning poetic goal into reality

After last year’s edition of Spokane Street Music Week took in a record $8,300 despite grotesque weather conditions, a challenge was raised by some of my closest friends. “Go for $10 grand for the 10th anniversary,” they urged.

Spotlight: Huey Lewis, Styx set to play Spokane fair

Huey Lewis and the News and Styx are among the rock acts heading to the Spokane County Interstate Fair this summer. Kicking off the fair’s Grandstand entertainment this year is Wylie and the Wild West ($5-$7) on Sept. 10. Country singer Jake Owen ($5-$15) will perform on Sept. 11.

Clark: City ordinance shows lack of sound thinking

I’d like to reassure everyone that our upcoming 10th annual Spokane Street Music Week will go on as planned despite recent meddling with the municipal noise ordinance by overzealous City Council members. If, however, anyone finds our benefit for the food bank to be too joyously rambunctious, we can easily change our event to Spokane Meek Music Week, where all performers will make like the little guy in the Penn & Teller act.

Come busk with me, and help feed the hungry

Time again to put out the call to bluegrassers, rockers, jazz cats, sidewalk shufflers and vocalists from beginners to virtuosos. Mark your calendars for June 11-15.

Clark: Mayor sings for food bank; other candidates welcome

Mary Verner became a history-making Spokane mayor on Wednesday. No, it didn’t have anything to do with her current attempt to become the first two-term mayor since Spokane had a half-dozen drive-in theaters.

Get your act together for Street Music Week

In a positively shocking flash of municipal efficiency, the mayor’s office this week e-mailed me a draft of my eighth annual Spokane Street Music proclamation, even though … A. I hadn’t yet asked for it.

Guest vocalists turn up heat for Street Music Week

Spokane Street Music Week kicked off Monday to terrific weather if you are a salamander – or Seattle. Actually, I knew we were in for a drippy Monday morning because all weekend the weather people had been predicting rain showers for late Monday afternoon.