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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sisters of Swing still swinging at Interplayers



Due to popular demand, Interplayers Professional Resident Theatre is once again extending their sold out production of Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters. The musical play, which was set to close on Christmas Eve will now run for four additional performances: Tuesday, Dec 27 at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. (matinee only), Thursday, Dec 29 at 7:30 p.m. and will now close with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, Dec. 30.

The play is directed by Abbey Crawford, who also stars as chief vocalist Patty Andrews. Renei Yarrow and Jennifer Jacobs play the other sisters. Patrick Treadway plays 10 on and offstage characters, and Jim Ryan leads the on-stage three-piece combo.

The theatre is located at 174 S. Howard Street in downtown Spokane. Tickets are available at the box office, or by calling the theatre at 509-455-7529. Tickets are also available through Ticketswest at 800-325-7328 or TicketsWest.com.

Jazz tonight at the Spokane Club

Fans of jazz-and-more singer Julia Keefe will have something special to celebrate this season. Back in Spokane for the holidays, she will be performing with the Mark Norton Quartet at the Spokane Club tonight. Highlights of the show include Julia's all-new Jingle Bell Rock set, jazz and pop favorites and dancing until midnight. The performance is part of the club's annual Cutter Clubhouse Christmas celebration and is open to the public. Doors open at 7 pm; the show starts at 8. Reservations are required. Call 838-8511 to reserve your tickets. Tickets $20 per person

Kamatana from Kenya at the Bing

Kenyan group Kamatana brings their exotic music to the Bing, Tuesday December 27 at 7 pm.Kenya is a country that brings to mind vivid imagery of endless savanna, abundant wildlife, and classic safari culture. However, this East African country is home to exciting traditions that remain some of the best kept secrets in world music.

One such tradition is the music of the obokano, a large bass lyre played by the Gusii tribe of Western Kenya. This instrument has been dubbed "the double bass of East Africa." It has eight strings which produce a deep buzzy sound reminiscent of a bass saxophone. When combined with vocals and percussion, it provides a strong rhythmic accompaniment.

Kamatana is a musical duo from Nairobi dedicated to promoting the music of the obokano to a new audience. The group is made up of two musicians from the Gusii tribe, Dominic Ogari and Samwel Osieko. The name of their group, Kamatana, means togetherness. In this spirit they sing folk songs not only in their native Gusii language, but also songs from other tribes in Kenya such as the Luhya and Luo in the west and the Kiswahili speaking peoples of the coast. They also compose new songs in a traditional style. Their music is a unique sonic experience unlike any other.

Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or TicketsWest.com


Bling! in 2012 at the Lincoln Center

Bling in the new year at the Lincoln Center. It's Spokane's biggest New Year's party, Bling!, with a fabulous buffet, two bands, dancing, and over $25,000 in prizes, including diamonds from Dodson's at midnight. Go to www.thelincolncenterspokane.com. for more information. Contact Ticketswest for your seat.

Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! Shows at Northern Quest

Coming straight off his extremely popular tour through Europe and Japan, The Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot Tour has hit the states and is coming to Northern Quest Resort & Casino for a two-night engagement that will rock in the New Year! Catch the show at 7:30pm on Friday, Dec. 30 or MAKE IT A PARTY on New Year's Eve at 9:00pm.

Setzer first became known as the front man of the rockabilly band, the Stray Cats in the early 80s. After the band separated, Setzer spent a couple years as the lead guitarist for Robert Plant's band, The Honeydrippers, and played the part of Eddie Cochran in the movie, La Bamba, a biographical film based on the life of Ritchie Valens.

Setzer returned to the studio in the 1990s with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, a 17-piece ensemble project that released several albums and earned Grammy nominations and awards for Setzer. Earlier this year, the premiere night of The Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot! Europe Tour 2011 played to crowds of over 50,000 people. Setzer's song, Malague a, is featured in the new movie, Puss in Boots 3D.

Show times and prices are Friday, Dec 30, 7:30 pm show $70 and $80; and Saturday, Dec 31, 9:00 pm party - tickets $150. Contact Ticketswest at 800-325-SEAT or TicketsWest.com.


Beethoven is back at the Fox for News Years Eve

Back by popular demand, the Spokane Symphony and Chorale will join people around the world celebrating New Year's Eve with a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The performance of Beethoven's famous symphony, whose themes of freedom ad brotherhood have inspired millions of people all over the world, is now a holiday tradition is Spokane. Eckart Preu brought the tradition from his native Germany and has sold out every year.

Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave, or by phone at 509-624-1200. They may also be purchased at all TicketsWest outlets or at 1-800-325-SEAT.

First Night is the last night of 2011

Get your First Night buttons and enjoy Spokane's big new year's celebration. Hundreds of artists and performers topped of by a spectacular fireworks show presented by the Spokane Tribe. Go to Firstnightspokane.org for information.

The High Five
from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Real Life Rockaz - Spokane's hottest reggae outfit is back from its hiatus with a new album in tow. The new record features studio and live recorded works mixed in with jams from the Real Life vault. The Rockaz return on Friday, December 23, at 9 p.m. at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. After their CD release weekend Real Life Rockaz come back to Blue Spark for a Puffin' Glass Studios Christmas Party on Monday, December 26, at 9 p.m. Cost: $7 for the CD release; free for the Puffin Glass Party.

Mon Cheri - Local favorite Mon Cheri plays its final show, as the band members are going their separate ways. The indie-jazz pop quartet's final show is also a benefit for The Second Harvest Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items and say farewell to Mon Cheri on Friday, December 23, at 7 p.m., at The Red Room Lounge, 521 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, minus $1 for each can of food .

Moksha World Fusion - Bandleader Todd Milne celebrates his 41rst birthday with the release of Moksha World Fusion's new CD. The band will be joined by special guests when Moksha appears on Friday, December 23, at 6 p.m. at Ichiban Sushi Lounge, 202 W. Third Ave. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

Sammy Eubanks - Blues acts Sammy Eubanks, The Booze Fighters and Anita Royce and the High Rollers group up for a holiday jam on Friday at 8 p.m. at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: Free.

The Longnecks - Longtime blue trio The Longnecks play a Festivus party on Friday, December 23, at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Entertainment Quote of the Week

Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989




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