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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today is Summertime Halftime. More fun on the way!

Today, July 15, is summer's mid-point, but keep a positive attitude about it. The glass of summer is half full, not half empty. You still have a lot of time to enjoy all the fun and entertainment that summer has to offer. And you'll find it right here in Entertainment Spokane! every week. Thanks for reading.

Thanks to Som Jordan, Spokane's Music Man.

A great big thanks to Isamu (Som) Jordan, our community's leading authority on all things musical, for his exceptional weekly contributions to Entertainment Spokane. Som began his journalism career as an intern at the Spokesman Review while still in high school at LC. After graduating from WSU, Som went to work for the paper and evolved into Spokane's expert on the local (and un-local) music scene. He's now on his own, and he knows what's going on and what's going to go on. You can check out his vast knowledge of music, hear the latest songs and view a huge music video archive at his website

Don't be idle if you want tickets to see this Idol.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, for the upcoming David Cook concert, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Knitting Factory. The 2008 "American Idol" winner currently has two songs on the top-40 charts, "Permanent" and "Light On," and much more to come from his first album since appearing on "Idol." Tickets are $28 and can be bought Friday by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting

Parents won't be able to Wiggle their way out of this one.

Popular children's show stars The Wiggles will bring their wacky shenanigans from Australia to Spokane for two shows, one at 1:30 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the INB Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15, $20, $25 and $30 and are available at the INB Performing Arts Center box office or by calling 800-325-SEAT or visiting

Spokane has been horsing around for 100 years.

The famous Looff Carrousel turns 100, and the Carrousel Centennial Grand Celebration is from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 18. The festivities include a dedication by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner at 10:15 a.m. and continue throughout the day with live music, clowns, birthday cake and root beer floats. Ride tickets are $1 each that day, and each rider receives a commemorative ticket. For more information, go to

Then you see Smash Mouth. Now you're a believer.

California rockers Smash Mouth, who dominated the Top 40 in the late 1990s with songs like "Walkin' On the Sun," "All Star," and a cover of The Monkees hit, "I'm a Believer," will play the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 7 p.m. July 19. The band, which was founded in 1994, still has three of its four original members and is expected to release its sixth album later this year. Tickets are $50 and $60 and are available by calling the Northern Quest box office at 509-481-6700 or by called Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or at

Art takes the stage at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe's Julyamsh Indian Art Show & Auction, at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, features performing arts as well as visual arts this year. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, with the native drumming and dancing, followed at 3 p.m. with story telling by tribal elder Cliff SiJohn. A hand drum demo is planned for 4:15 p.m., and an artist's reception starts at 6 p.m., with auction starting an hour later. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 17, the Indian art show will run at the casino. The show will feature art and dance demonstrations and a fashion show. For more information, go to

This Bob is one funny cat.

Bobcat Goldthwait brings his high-pitched, low-pitched comedy routine to The Knitting Factory at 9 p.m. Friday, July 17. Goldthwait is known by some for his performances in the "Police Academy" movies of the 1980s and also has voiced characters in everything from "The Simpsons" to Disney's "Hercules." Tickets are $20, or $15 for special standing-room tickets, and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or by visiting

Party like Vikings? Maybe when 6 Foot Swing is in the house.

Popular Spokane band 6 Foot Swing will play at Spokane's popular beer pub, The Viking Tavern, at 1221 N. Stevens, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17. Voted Best Band in the Inland Northwest by Inlander readers this year and last, 6 Foot Swing and frontwoman Heather O'Brien will belt out jazz and blues tunes while patrons enjoy The Viking's selection of 100 different kinds of bottled beer and 32 beers on tap. There is no cover charge.

There will be food, fun and all that jazz at the Rockin' B.

The Rockin' B Ranch will ooze with cool jazz for one night when the Brent Edstrom Quartet, joined by vocalist Leslie Ann Grove, plays at 7p.m. tonight, July 15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 6. Tickets are $20 including dinner, or $8 for the show alone. Those who don't get the dinner-concert combination can order separately off a limited menu. The Rockin' B Ranch is located 100 yards south of Interstate 90, just off Exit 299. For more information, go to or call 509-891-9016.

Jazz up a meal at one of these fine establishments.

Revered jazz guitarist Nick Schauer will play two popular Spokane eateries this weekend. He and bassist Doug Folkins will hit The Laguna Cafe, at 4304 S. Regal, from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, July 17, and the Schauer With Friends jazz trio will play Anthony's Home Port Restaurant, at 510 N. Lincoln, from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 18. For more information on the Laguna show, call 509-448-0887. For information on the performance at Anthony's, call 509-328-7225.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Son Volt and Cowboy Junkies - Two stellar alt-country bands caught in mid-retreat are coming to town next week. While Cowboy Junkies is celebrating the 20th anniversary of "The Trinity Sessions" record, Son Volt's latest album recalls traditional song structure and instrumentation -- a departure from its recent material. Both groups are innovators for the genre. Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins is known for her mesmerizing vocals, and Son Volt's Jay Farrar continues to impress with his rigorous craftsmanship and distinct song stylings. The two come together at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Cost: $34.

Snoop Dogg - It might seem like a discombobulating combination to have punk, rap and reggae converge on the same stage, but if there's one thing these genres have in common, it's rebellion. Rebellion, and apparently marijuana. Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley have the highest regard for smoking pot, and they'll be promoting a green effort of their own at the Blazed and Confused tour which happens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at The Gorge Amphitheatre. Cost: $39.50.

Clumsy Lovers - Vancouver, British Columbia's The Clumsy Lovers always tear the house down with their infectious and quirky brand of Celtic-rockabilly-bluegrass-pop. And they'll be doing it again this weekend at the annual Bluegrass Festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Now in its ninth year, Schweitzer's Bluegrass Festival hosted Clumsy Lovers in its inaugural year. But for Clumsy Lovers' return visit, they'll be headlining the show with local bluegrass burners Bonds and Coats, and Eastern Washington's Grass Band. In addition to the free live music, there will also be barbecue, beer, kids activities, arts and crafts vendors, scenic chairlift rides, hiking, biking and more. The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho. Cost: Free.

The Helio Sequence - When Brandon Summers lost his voice after a relentless tour run, that could have doomed his blossoming indie-rock career. Instead, he became the springboard that re-launched his band with the releases of "Keep Your Eyes Ahead," the anthemic album that has caught the attention of critics, bloggers and showgoers around the country. The Sub Pop indie-pop duo has made appearances at major music festivals all summer, including Sasquatch Music Festival. Last winter, the band made its Spokane debut before a nearly sold-out audience at The Blvd. The Helio Sequence delivers ethereal, ambient, and thoroughly rocking psyche-dance grooves at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 day of show; 18-and-older welcome.

Doom Tree - Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doom Tree is redefining the parameters of hip-hop that unapologetically blends punk-rock and indie aesthetics into the classic boom-boom tick hip-hop formula. But what would you expect from the group that spawned punk-rap anomaly P.O.S., the rap singer who stunned a sold-out crowd at The Knitting Factory last spring with a set that was equal parts Pearl Jam and Jam Master Jay? P.O.S. won't be joining Doom Tree on the current tour, but don't sleep on Sims, or rhyme cohort Dessa, who is often accompanied by a live violinist when she performs her spoken-word minisets. Affiliated with the almighty Rhymesayers empire, Doom Tree comes 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, to The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $8; 12-and-older welcome.

The Rosauers Open swings into action.

The 22nd Annual Rosauers Open golf tournament gets into full swing today, July 15, at the Indian Canyon Golf Course, in northwest Spokane. The Rosauers Open, Spokane's only PGA-sanctioned event, starts with a sponsor pro-am to the main 54-hole tournament starting Friday, July 17, and running through Sunday, July 19. Six past champions of the tournament are in this year's field of 168 golfers, as are a number of pros from Inland Northwest courses. For more information, go to

Spokane is on a roll this week!

The world's largest annual wheelchair sporting event is in town this week, with The 29th annual National Veterans Wheelchair games starting today, July 15, at the Spokane Convention Center. More than 620 wheelchair athletes from 42 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain are here, shattering previous records by over 100. Participants compete in 17 events including air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, track and field, handcycling, nineball, a motorized wheelchair rally, power soccer, quad rugby, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting, weightlifting and wheelchair slalom. The games are presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. All events are free to the public so come cheer these tremendous athletes on! For a complete schedule go to


"Didn't ask for a dime. Two dollars."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win four tickets to a Spokane Indians baseball game. Send your best guess 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, July 17.

Last Week's Winner: Cynthia Fine knows the Glens.

Last week's movie quote was, "Put that coffee down. Coffee is for closers only." Fine correctly guessed that it was from the 1992 drama "Glengarry Glen Ross."

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