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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bruce Innes returns to perform in Spokane tonight.

Bruce Innes and his North Country Singers, originally from Canada, used to delight audiences at the Spokane House in the late 60's. The band changed its name to The Original Caste, toured the world, and had a big hit in 1970 with "One Tin Soldier." Innes settled in Spokane in the 80's producing advertising music for local as well as national clients. Now haling from Sun Valley where he performs regularly, Innes brings his Original Caste, along with local folk singing group, The Terriers, to the stage at the Bing Crosby Theatre tonight, Aug 26 at 8 for a benefit concert in support of the Spokane Guilds' School. The Terriers, featuring Jerry Altig, Dave Vik and Jerry Thomas got together at WSU in the 60's and have performed ever since. Tickets are still available at the front desk of The Davenport Hotel, by calling the Guilds' School at 509-326-1651, or at the Bing Crosby Theater box office an hour before the show.

Spokane will be Fiddlering around.

That's right. The Best of Broadway Series opens next week with Chaim Topol starring in "Fiddler on the Roof." Topol starred in the original motion picture production of "Fiddler" and is touring North America in his farewell performance. "Fiddler" opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the INB Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, Sept. 6. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday as well. Tickets are $30, $52 or $58, and are available by visiting the INB Performing Arts Center box office or through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

She's not your average girl from the video.

Grammy-winning soul artist India.Arie takes the Martin Woldson Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, as her Soulbird Tour nears an end. Arie first made a splash with her empowering hit, "Video," in 2001 and now is turning heads with the album, "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics" and her latest video "Therapy." Tickets are $29, $37 or $40 and can be purchased by calling the Martin Woldson Theater at 509-624-1200 or through Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

You'll be wowed by this Pow Wow.

The Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment and Pow Wow will be in Riverfront Park's Lilac Bowl this weekend, Aug. 28 and 29. Audience members are invited to participate if they desire to do so as the Inland Northwest tribes celebrate their heritage with competitive dancing and drumming and handicrafts. Food and craft booths will be set up at the annual event as well. Admission is free. For more information, call 509-535-0886.

There's a Fair chance of fun times in Coeur d'Alene.

The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo starts today, Aug. 26, at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, at 4056 N. Government Way, and has no shortage of entertaining acts on tap. The Gothard Sisters, an Irish music-and-dancing trio, will be playing daily on the KXLY Stage or the Main Stage, as will Terrance B. Hypnosis. Local country act Earl Wear and Haywire will play for fairgoers Wednesday through Saturday, and Coyote Country 96.9 Artist Matt Stillwell will appear for a special show at 4 p.m. Saturday. Of course, these acts are in addition to the traditional carnival rides, rodeo, and farm and agriculture competitions, a draft-horse show and competition and motocross racing. Tickets are $8 for people 13 years old and older, $7 for seniors and $4 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Kids 5 and under are free. For more information, go to www.northidahofair.com.

Spend Happy Hour with a Fox.

The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is celebrating its upcoming 2009-2010 concert season with the Season Kick Off Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 26. Enjoy drink specials and enter to win prizes, including a night at Hill's Resort, at Priest Lake. Also, learn about all of the upcoming shows at the Fox. They include Steve Martin's Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo, the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ed Asner as FDR, the Martha Graham Dance Company and a number of performances by the Spokane Symphony. For more information on upcoming shows, go to www.martinwoldsontheater.com.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Marilyn Manson - He's horrifically androgynous, has built his career on shock value, controversy, and swinging industrialized brass knuckles at censorship, driving parents and religious groups into a frenzy. Marilyn Manson has been creeping his way to the bank with each strike. The dark superstar of rock may not be filling arenas like he did back in his height of his MTV popularity during the '90s, but Marilyn Manson is still swinging his brass knuckles at mainstream America. Marilyn Manson headlines two shows with September Mourning on Monday, Aug. 31, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $44.

Band of Horses - Not too long ago, Ben Bridwell was creating mournfully creepy anti-ballads in small clubs and coffee houses as a member of Charissa's Wierd (sic). When his new project dropped in 2006, Bridwell went from opening shows for friends Iron & Wine to playing on The Late Show with David Letterman and being nominated for awards alongside the likes of Joanna Newsom, Beirut, Tom Waits and Cat Power. The band has seen critical praise from all the right places - Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times, Billboard, Pitchfork, and NME - and they're releasing music on one of most respected labels in independent music, Sub Pop records. Band of Horses is not a one trick pony and they've proven it with sophomore album, "Cease To Begin." Hear it live when Band of Horses returns at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $19.

Pig Out in The Park - With upwards of 60 bands playing in Riverfront Park over the sprawling six-day food and music festival, it's hard to keep track of them all. Here are a couple of local artist highlights to get your mouth watering for Pig Out week: Kristen Marlo (acoustic pop) at 1:30 p.m. on the City Hall Stage, and Joel Smith & The Hands of Plenty (Americana) at 3 p.m. on The City Hall Stage, both on Friday, Sept. 4 - these two acts have been standouts in the local singer-songwriter scene for a few years and they both have new albums. Kaylee Cole full band (indie) at 3:30 p.m. on the Clock Tower Stage, and Oil of Angels (rock) at 5 p.m. on the Clock Tower stage, both on Saturday, Sept. 5 - Kaylee Cole rattles souls on piano and vox, Oil of Angels rattles brains with guitars and drums.

Dirty Sweet - When California southern rockers Dirty Sweet came to The Blvd. last spring, it was half way between a family reunion and a church revival. The crowd was swaying back and forth and singing along on the choruses, clanging beer bottles and sharing grins. This is good time rock and roll from a band that knows how to write hooks and put on a show that hits you in the hips and heart. Easily one of the best live acts to make repeat visits to the Spokane club scene in recent memory, Dirty Sweet comes back with Nico Vega, Gringo Starr at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to The Blvd., 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: $10.

Low Vs. Diamond - iTunes called Low Vs. Diamond one of its favorite up-and-coming bands, The Los Angeles times praised their deft songwriting, and LVD's single, "Heart Attack" has been popping up on major blogs all over the Internet. If the prophets out there in music critic-land are correct, there's a chance to catch this band before it makes its meteoric rise next week. Even if you don't believe the hype, here's an easy tip off that this is a show worth checking for rock fans: Low Vs. Diamond is playing Bumbershoot a couple of days after they stop in for an early all-ages show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, at The Blvd., 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

For music events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit thesomshow.com.


Ponder a day on Pend Oreille to benefit the MAC.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is putting on "Stars Over the Selkirks" Saturday, Aug. 29, a special dinner and auction at the home of Skip and Nancy Pucci on the shores of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. The event begins at 3 p.m. with socializing, champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction, followed by a buffet dinner at 4:45 p.m. and a live auction one hour later. The live auction features several outstanding fine art paintings and a few unique trips and experiences. Once registered, guests will receive directions for either driving or boating to the Pucci's lakefront estate. Attendance and auction-item purchases benefit both the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) and the Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint, Idaho. All inclusive cost per couple: $250.00; Sponsor table of eight: $1,500.00. Dress is casual. For more information, please contact David Brum by e-mail at davidb@northwestmuseum.org or telephone at 509-363-5324.

Get tickets before they are dust in the wind.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino has announced two new upcoming concerts. The legendary Dionne Warwick will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $50 and $60. At 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, classic rock bands Three Dog Night and Kansas will hit the Northern Quest stage. Tickets for that show are $55 and $65. To buy tickets for either performance, call the Northern Quest ticket line at 509-481-6700 or go through Tickets West at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Wynonna is in - and you're out if you don't have tickets yet.

The Wynonna Judd concert scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino is sold out. For more information, go to www.northernquest.com .

More Jazz at the Rockin' B

Tonight is Jazz night at the Rockin B' Ranch, presenting Variety Pak, the Bruce Davis quintet - a band that specializes in the great dance music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Variety Pak features four other excellent and multi-experienced Spokane musicians: Wendell Smith plays guitar and sings; Richard Hubbard plays woodwinds; Drummer Marv Richter and bassist Wendell Smith. Pamela Brownlee and Leslie Ann Grove will sing a few songs with the group. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner starts at 6 and the music starts at 7pm. Call 509-891-9016 for tickets, $8 cover charge includes music, coffee, lemonade. You can also order selected menu items for dinner. Rockin' Jazz Nights will continue on alternate Wednesday evenings, featuring this area's finest jazz musicians, through September.

Rocking B' Ranch will continue their Cowboy Supper Shows with the Riders of the Rockin B' every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through September (except September 12). Tickets are $29 for adults and includes a BBQ dinner and the show. Beer and wine are available Fridays and Saturdays. Cost for children 10 and under is $10. The Rockin' B Ranch is 100 yards south of Interstate 90 at Exit 299. For reservations, 509-891-9016, information, www.rockinbranch.com.

SPORTS CORNER
Sprint down to St. John for a boatload of fun.

Webb's Slough Racing is putting on another big sprint boat racing event at the Webb's Slough in St. John, Wash., about 65 miles southwest of Spokane, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The event will feature 18 sprint boats racing with about 3,000 spectators looking on. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for children 6 years old and older, with kids 5 and under gaining free admission. For more information, go to www.webbsslough.com.

The Indians look to keep beating Boise.

The Spokane Indians have hot bats and a strong win streak going into the fourth game in a six-game home stand at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 26, at Avista Stadium against the Boise Hawks. The Indians will return home Sept. 4-6 to finish the season against the Yakima Bears. For tickets to tonight's game or Thursday or Friday action, call 509-343-OTTO.

We aren't Shocked, but we are proud.

Congratulations to the Spokane Shock, 2009 Arena Football 2 Champions! The Shock whipped the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers 74-27 in Las Vegas last Saturday to bring home its second champion banner in four years. Way to go, guys! We're already looking forward to 2010.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Hey, I like that hat, man. They sell men's clothes where you got that?"

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two admission tickets to the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo! Send your best guess and your phone number to info@entertainmentspokane.com. 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 Thursday, Aug. 27.

Last Week's Winner: Lisa Kirishian wins the race!

Last week's movie quote was, "Don't go in the pimped-out fridge, Jack." Kirishian correctly guessed that it was from 2009 kids' action flick "Race To Witch Mountain."

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