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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Jason Mraz is ours!

Singing songwriting megastar Jason Mraz, whose current hits "I'm Yours" and "Lucky" with Colbie Caillat get tons of airplay, is adding a second leg to his Gratitude Cafe Tour, and that includes a stop at the Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the show. They go on sale Saturday, July 11, and will be available at Fred Meyer tickets outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling 800-745-3000.

We're ready to rock, eh.

Grammy-nominated, Canada-based country-rock group Emerson Drive will swing south of the border for a high-octane show at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The band, whose song "Moments" hit number one on the country-western charts last year, will play hits from its newest album, "Believe," and its hit-laden initial releases, "Emerson Drive," "What If" and "Believe." When you buy tickets to the show, you'll automatically be entered to win a guitar autographed by the band members. Tickets are $27, $32 and $37, and are available by visiting the Fox box office, by calling 509-624-1200 or 800-325-SEAT, or by visiting www.ticketswest.com.

Something Good is Cooking at the Knitting Factory

We understand that red hot recording artist, DAVID COOK, known from his performances on American Idol and now on all the hit radio stations in the nation, will perform live at the Knitting Factory, Tuesday, August 25th. Watch for the official announcement of the show and when and where tickets go on sale, this Friday, July 10th.

Crazy ex-girlfriend is coming to town! Not yours. Don't worry.

Rising country-western star Miranda Lambert, whose latest song "Dead Flowers" has cracked country music's Top 40, will hit the Inland Northwest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The former finalist on the country-western talent show "Nashville Star" - similar to the more mainstream "American Idol" - is releasing her third album this fall after finding success with her first two albums, "Kerosene" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." Tickets are $40 and $50 and can be purchased by calling 800-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

Walt Worthy needs a new name & announces "Name the Pub" contest.

The new pub at Hotel Lusso needs a name and owner Walt Worthy is asking you to offer a suggestion. If you're the winner, you'll receive a $100 cash reward and an invitation to the opening night reception for you and three friends. Pub is short for "public house," and for this one, the public is being invited to name it. Worthy is looking for a single word in the English language to be that name. The Hotel Lusso public house will feature a casual atmosphere, cold beers and great food on the corner of Sprague Avenue and Post Street. E-mail your suggested name and contact information to: info@hotellusso.com. Deadline for submissions is July 17th at 5pm. Time stamps on identical messages will break a tie.

Park it at Manito if you are a connoisseur of classical.

Connoisseur Concerts will offer two evenings of classical music in a classic Spokane setting when "Vive la France! Mozart On A Summer's Eve Concerts" are performed at Manito Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15. To be held on the lawn just east of Duncan Gardens, the concerts will feature guest soprano Susan Windham and the Connoisseur Concerts Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Verne Windham. Tickets are $25 each for table seating, or $200 for a table of eight, with the price including dessert and coffee from Luna Restaurant. For those who bring their own chairs and blankets, lawn seating is $10 per person. For tickets, call 800-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

Art is at the heart of this Coeur d'Alene event.

The Second Friday Art Walk in Downtown Coeur d'Alene is set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 10. Twelve art galleries on and near Sherman Avenue will be open with artists on hand and live music throughout downtown. For more information, go to www.artsincda.org.

Jazz up a Thursday night in Cd'A.

Jazz and soul artist Joliene Felice will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Free Family Fun Concert Series at Riverstone Park, just west of Northwest Boulevard in the Riverstone development. Free concerts are planned every Thursday evening at Riverstone through the end of August. For more information, go to www.artsincda.org.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Kama Shivaya - A troupe of belly dancers clad in colorfully exotic attire dance into Caterina Winery, covered in tattoos, and speckles of musical jewelry. Throughout the night, these women balance swords and plates and glasses of water on their heads while gracefully spinning and gliding to a live band, which is playing a hypnotic trance-hop instrumental that sounds like Portishead mixed with the Wu-Tang Clan. During intermission, a lone dancer spins a flaming baton and hula-hoop on the patio. During the finale, the standing-room-only crowd is hollering and clapping in time. The Koreshakti belly dancers and music group Kama Shivaya have proven at consistently sold-out shows at Caterina Winery, that this Spokane multi-cultural performing arts collective is the real deal. Koreshakti with Kama Shivaya makes its third event at Caterina and back-to-back night patio party on Thursday, July 9 and Friday July 10 at 8 p.m. at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $10; all ages welcome.

Rev. Horton Heat - It's like a gospel, only there's beer and shots of whiskey, and cussing, and maybe a little fighting. Other than that, though, the Rev. Horton Heat's live show is akin to a revival. In fact, that's the title of The Rev's latest album. "Revival" is a country-flavored punkabilly hurricane, complete with themes of death, drugs, trucks, and a sick sense of humor set to seaming riffs informed by his 20-year journey through his own definition of R&B: rockabilly and blues. The Rev. is holds church on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 day of show. All ages welcome.

Kill Hannah - A four-track dorm-room project that has quickly climbed the ranks to become your little brother's favorite band, Kill Hannah's hard work, consistent recording resume and relentless touring ethic has paid off. Four studio albums, seven EPs and two compilation albums later, the Chicago-based glam-tronic outfit has gone from dive bars to mid- and major-market success. The band that was named after lead singer Mat Devine's ex-girlfiend is coming off a hiatus to release a new album and re-launch it's world tour that was cancelled last year due to a change in labels. Hear the new material live when Kill Hannah co-headlines a show with Lacuna Coil at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $17.50; all ages welcome.

A Shattered Hope - With maniacally brutal guitar riffs, scathing solos and shrieks into the microphone that could rattle the soul of the Devil himself, A Shattered Hope earned the respect of P.O.D. so much that the Grammy-winning alt-rock band was compelled to sign them to their label. Even though their sound is pushingly harsh, the San Diego four piece has been getting substantial airplay on hard rock and metal radio. See it live when A Shattered Hope comes with support from Downfall at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 13, to The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5; all ages welcome.

Karli Fairbanks - Local alt-country rock trailblazer Karli Fairbanks returns home fresh off months-long tour run with her full band. Her second self-release, "The Breaking Of Our Days," was an instant hit with indie venues in the area, and now Fairbanks is working hard to spread her spin on Americana to a wider audience. Fairbanks has said she's holding back from playing local shows, so don't miss the opportunity to see her live when she appears with Scott Ryan and Widower at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison St. Cost: TBA; all ages welcome.


The jury is in at the Chase Gallery.

Missoula Art Museum curator and Chase Gallery juror Stephen Glueckert has selected 34 works of art for the Chase Gallery All Media Juried Show, which went on display earlier this week at the Chase Gallery, in Spokane City Hall, at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, go to www.spokanearts.org.

Hot Jazz Nights at the Rockin' B Ranch.

On Wednesday, July 15, The Rockin' B Ranch presents The Brent Edstrom Quartet, (Brent Edstrom, piano; Eugene Jablonsky, bass; Rick Westrick, drums; and David Fague, tenor sax), joined by vocalist Leslie Ann Grove. From sweet to hot, this classy quartet and their indentured singer play world-class jazz. Tickets for the show including dinner are $20. Doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6. For reservations, call 509-891-9016. For more information, visit the Rockin' B site at www.rockinbranch.com.

SPORTS CORNER
Let the games begin!

Nearly 600 veteran athletes will come to Spokane Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 18, to compete in the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The event includes 17 sports, ranging from basketball to archery to wheelchair slalom, that will be held at various venues throughout Spokane. A kick-off event, including an exhibition basketball game, will be held in the Convention Center breezeway at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 13, and opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. later that day at the Spokane Arena. Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the athletes are U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal-cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations and other mobility impairments. For more information, go to www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.

The Shock will have these Pioneers circling their wagons.

Coming off their first defeat of the season, the Spokane Shock face another tough test when the East Division leading Wilkes-Scranton Pioneers come to the Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11. As of earlier this week, tickets were available in the lower-level end zones and in the upper level. The lower-level sideline seats are sold out. For tickets, call 509-325-SEAT or go to www.ticketswest.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Put that coffee down. Coffee is for closers only."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win four tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game. Send your best guess 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 Friday, July 10.

Last Week's Winner: Diane Karenko is legally correct.

Last week's movie quote was, "Don't stomp your little last season Prada at me, honey." Karenko correctly guessed that it was from the 2001 comedy "Legally Blonde."

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