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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Festival at Sandpoint gets down to the Nitty Gritty.

The Festival at Sandpoint kicks into high gear with its second long weekend of great music. This week's lineup starts with captivating Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster playing a set at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. tickets are $29.95. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, Michael Franti and Spearhead at playing a sold-out show with The Pimps of Joytime. Next, it's Super Country Saturday with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band taking the stage along with opening act Crooked Still at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Tickets for that show are $34.95. Grand Finale: Russian Masterpieces will close the 28th annual event with a performance by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Archie Chen on Sunday, Aug. 15. The bold sounds will be accompanied by a booming fireworks display. Tickets for the finale are $34.95 for adults and $9.95 for youth. For tickets and additional information on the Festival, go to

Let the fun begin at the MAC Friday evening.

This Friday night, Aug. 13, at 6pm enjoy BeGin! at the MAC, 2316 West First in Browne's Addition. Live music, drinks, snacks and friends. Go to for more info.

I spy Johnny Rivers.

Rockabilly rocker Johnny Rivers will bring his bevy of hits from the 1960s to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion for a show at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. Rivers has produced a number of hits through the years, including "Secret Agent Man" and "Poor Side of Town," among others. Tickets for the cabaret-style matinee performance are $40 each are available through the Northern Quest ticket office at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Pass that Doobie Brothers.

The legendary Doobie Brothers will play the Riverfront Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. Through the years, the Doobie Brothers have produced hits like "It Keeps You Runnin," "Black Water," "Jesus Is Just All Right," and more. The band has sold more than 30 million albums through the years and will be playing one of the most picturesque venues this side of The Gorge. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased at 877-435-9849 or at

And opening for the Doobies, local band JAVA KOLA.

Local classic rock band JAVA KOLA are special guests opening for the Doobie Brothers concert. Band members are Clearchannel radio's GM and band founder Kosta Panidis on bass; Jason McKinney, vocals, (also plays in Civilized Animal); Jeff Hardin on keyboards; Jim Scollard on guitar, (also plays in 50 cent suit); and Derek Neu on drums (also plays in Jupiter Effect).

In the past they have opened for Johnny Winter (2x), Loverboy, Foreigner, Jonny Lange, Foghat, Goldie McJohn (Steppenwolf) and Hell's Bells. They are also scheduled to play at Pig Out in the Park Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1p.m. JAVA KOLA's website is

He's sold out. Because he's so Smooth.

Matchbox Twenty frontman and successful solo artist Rob Thomas is playing the Coeur d'Alene Casino with a special intimate performance benefiting the Sidewalk Angels Foundation tonight, Aug. 11. That's the good news. The bad news is, if you don't have tickets, you're out of luck. The show is sold out. For more upcoming events at Coeur d'Alene Casino, go to

Pat Schilling's sacred showing.

Photographer Pat Schilling is the featured artist this month at On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop in Valleyford, located at 12-212 E Palouse Hwy. He's featuring "Landscapes of the American West." You can see his work at

Good Guys and great cars.

More than 1,500 hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trick trucks and classics are on display this weekend, Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday Aug. 15, at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. The event also features vendors, exhibitors, a swap meet, cars for sale and a model car show. Go to for more information.

Celebrate Spokane's jewel: Manito Park

It's A Manito Celebration this Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10am - 2pm throughout Manito Park with guided tours of the gardens, family activities, music and refreshments. Go to for more information.

The music continues at the Park Bench Cafe.

This Friday, Aug. 13, SIDHE performs a free concert at Manito Park's Park Bench Cafe. Enjoy the guitar and vocals of Michael & Keleren Millham starting at 6pm. Great food and beverages available for purchase. Free Friday summer concerts continue through the end of August.

Downtown Cd'A is getting artsy.

The Coeur d'Alene Arts and Culture Alliance will host the Second Friday Downtown ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. A dozen art galleries and a few other venues will stay open into the warm summer evening so that art lovers can peruse their galleries. The Art Spirit Gallery, at 415 E. Sherman, will premier an exhibit titled "Ian Boyden & Timothy C. Ely: Squaring the Circle" at Second Friday and will host an artists' reception that evening. For more information on Second Friday, go to

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Vans Warped Tour - What started out as a corporate skatepunk showcase for emo kids has sprawled into an all-out cross rock genre onslaught, highlighting metal, punk, ska and alternative rock from the likes of Every Time I Die, NeverShoutNever, Reel Big Fish and about 97 other bands spread across 10 stages. The action starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at The Gorge Amphitheater. Cost: $35.50.

Fruit Bats - Eric Johnson has taken his bedroom four track recordings and forged a niche in folk explosion in indie rock. Now Johnson is joined by a full band that revolves around his twangy coffeehouse psych-folk jaunts. Fruit Bats set up shop with Kevin Long and Yarn Owl at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, at Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St. Cost: To be announced.

Pegasus Dream - Former Spokane firestarters Pegasus Dream are coming back to town to release a new album revealing how the experimental duos sound has evolved since moving to Portland. Expect a packed house when PD returns for an all-ages show supported by Please Draw In Me, Benjamin Jorgens, Roman Komarov and Henry Nordstrom at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave.

Brad Keeler - Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter veteran Brad Keeler was last seen on the Rocket Market patio adding auxiliary percussion and complementary melodies on winds and strings with The Blue Ribbon Tea Company folk collective. Keeler steps into the lead role playing his solo material at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. Cost: Free.

Jesi B. and the All Rites - Week two of Jesi B. and the All Rites residency kicks into gear, so get ready funk around with one of Spokane's groovin'est bands, that's at 9 p.m. on tonight, August 11, at The Seaside, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $3.

For music news, videos, mp3s, artist profiles, and more, visit

This isn't really entertainment, but these guys are bound to be entertaining.

The Get Motivated! Business Seminar will take the Spokane Arena by storm Tuesday, Aug. 17, with a local celebrity and several nationally-known speakers taking the stage during the day-long event. Gonzaga University basketball coach Mark Few will share the podium with General Colin Powell, best-selling author Dr. Robert Shuller, former MicroSoft President and COO Rich Belluzzo, renowned sales trainer Krish Dhanam, motivator Zig Ziglar, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. All speakers are scheduled to appear live and in person. For free tickets, call 509-838-4080.

You bet Eubanks will put on a good show.

The always-popular Sammy Eubanks will be playing a Sammy And Friends show at the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. This time around, the friends include Torino Drive and the Ryan Larson Band. Tickets are $5 and $7 and are available at the Knitting Factory Web site, at

Of course, they've developed a Cult following.

The post-punk British band The Cult has announced a concert stop at the Knitting Factory Concert House, at 919 W. Sprague, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and tickets for that show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13. Tickets are $30 each and will be available at

She's a chip off the old Dusty Bicuspid.

Olivia Brownlee, the daughter of Rockin' B Ranch owners Scott and Pam Brownlee, will be performing at the B Sunday, Aug. 15, with Jay Psaros. The show kicks off the tandem's national tour, and tickets are $10 each. Of course, this weekend, the stage will be set for the usual lineup for the Rockin' B Ranch Cowboy Supper Show each night Thursday through Saturday. The Rockin' B Ranch is located 100 yards south of Interstate 90's Exit 299, the last exit on the Washington side of the Washington-Idaho border. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the traditional Rockin' B barbecue dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at

Another Great Bluegrass Night at the Rockin' B Ranch.

It's Bluegrass night at the Rockin' B next Tuesday, Aug. 17 featuring The Afterthoughts and Molly and Tenbrooks. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 7pm. Tickets are $7 per person at the door, children 10 and under are free. No reservations needed. Food and beverages available for purchase starting at 6:15pm.

Spokane is going to Iron things out with Milwaukee.

After a convincing win over the Arizona Rattlers last week, the Spokane Shock will host the Arena Football League Conference Championship at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. The Shock take on the Milwaukee Iron in what will be a rubber match between the two teams. Milwaukee pounded the Shock in the team's home opener, but the Spokane team beat the Iron on the road a number of weeks later. Tickets are available for this game between the top two National Conference teams, with prices ranging from $13 to $62. For tickets, visit the Spokane Arena box office, at 720 W. Mallon, or go through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT.

Legions of ballplayers are on their way!

The 2010 American Legion World Series is here, with the first round of games starting Friday, Aug. 13, and continuing through Tuesday, Aug. 17. Some of the nation's best high school-aged baseball players will be on display as eight teams from different parts of the U.S. vie to take home the national title. Tickets to one session-a session includes two games - are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth. Discounts for the Series include Senior Days, on Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, where people 60 years old and older can get tickets for $5 each for the morning session. Youth and Teen Day is Sunday, Aug. 15, where youth between 5 years old and 18 years old can get $5 tickets. And Monday, Aug. 16, is Military Day, where enlisted servicemen and servicewomen get in for $5 with their military ID. All-session discounted tickets are still available through Tickets West at or 800-325-SEAT. For more information on the Series, go to


"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to the GoodGuys 9th Great Northwest Nationals at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this weekend, Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug 15. Send your best guess and your phone number to The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, Aug. 13.

Last Week's Winner: Neil Ayer gets "Sweet Home Alabama."

Last week's movie quote was, "Look at you! You have a baby -- in a bar." Ayer correctly guessed that it was from the 2002 romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" and won a $20 gift certificate to Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division!

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