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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Trust us, country-music fans. You'll Lovett.

Country-music icon Lyle Lovett and His Large Band brings his repertoire of favorites to the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox for one show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The four-time Grammy winner has recorded 13 albums, and his most recent album, "It's Not Big It's Large," peaked at No. 2 on the country albums chart. Tickets are $35, $48 and $68 and are available by calling the Martin Woldson Theatre box office at 509-624-1200, by calling Tickets West at 800-325-SEAT or by visiting www.ticketswest.com.

Roll with Montgomery Gentry.

Country superstars Montgomery Gentry will roll into the Coeur d'Alene Resort Hotel at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30 for a concert with opening act Jeremy McComb. Montgomery Gentry has had five No. 1 hits, including "Roll With Me" and "Back When I Knew It All," and recently was invited to become members of the Grand Ol' Opry. Tickets to the Coeur d'Alene Casino show are $50 and $60. For ticket information, go to www.cdacasino.com.

It will be hot. It will be August. It will be opera.

The Spokane Opera's Hot August Nights two-concert series kicks off next week with a 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Mirabeau Meadows Park, at 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, in Spokane Valley. The same show - featuring Jason Detwiler, coloratura soprano Heather Holzapfel, lyric soprano Kirsty Fox and resident accompanist Greg Presley - also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at the Northwest Museum Arts & Culture, in Browne's Addition. Both shows are free to the public. For more information, go to www.spokaneopera.org.

Attention Dancing Queens: ABBA MANIA is coming to town.

Inland Northwest dancing queens, take note. ABBA MANIA, an internationally known tribute band to iconic Swedish pop stars ABBA, will play the Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Room at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Tickets are $40 and $50 and are available by calling 509-481-6700 or 800-325-SEAT or by going to www.ticketswest.com.

Rockin' B will be jazzy.

Rockin' B Ranch's Rockin' Jazz Night starts at 6 p.m. tonight, July 29, and features the popular Chuck Borris Trio. Guest singer/Rockin' B hostess Pamela Brownlee and singer/trumpet player Leslie Ann Grove will join the Trio, which features Borris on guitar, bassist Bruce Pennell and drummer Mark Tietjen. Tickets are $8, and dinner is available at the Ranch, which is located 100 yards south of the Interstate 90's Exit 299. For tickets and more information, call 509-891-9016.

Mon Cheri in concert could be a Precious Thing.

Ultra-hip, ultra-popular Spokane band Mon Cheri will play Liberty Lake's Half Moon Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. There is no admission charged. For more information, go to www.pavillionpark.org. To hear Mon Cheri's music, go to http://www.myspace.com/moncheriband.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan.

Kottonmouth Kings - Say what you want about Kottonmouth Kings, but you can't deny the momentum behind an underground act that sold 2 million records and charted repeatedly on Billboard's Top 200 - all from an independent label and with zero support from radio or MTV. The Orange County, Calif., quartet helped propel the rap-rock movement in the mid-1990s with misfit Cheech-and-Chong anthems banged out to psychedelic riffs atop beats stitched from hip-hop and punk-rock. Kottonmouth Kings headline a sprawling rap and rock mixed bag with Swollen Members, Big B, Battle Axe, Warriors, Dirtball and Short Dawg Tha Native at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $24.

EOTO - Bending live instrumentation and digital mixing into a mindspinning glitch-hop crazy straws, EOTO comes off as the needed release to the already inventive minds of Jason Hann and Michael Travis, formerly of the progressive jam outfit The String Cheese Incident. The digital parts are all performed in real time, without any pre-recorded or looped tracks, and songs are all improvised live onstage. The duo is playing a handful of nightclub shows during its packed schedule on the festival circuit. EOTO appears with Bellingham's Acorn Project at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, at The Blvd., 230 W. Riverside. Ave. Cost: $8; 21-and-older welcome.

Grynch - Resembling closer to Clark Kent than Superman, Grynch is nonetheless a hero in Seattle's volatile indie hip-hop scene. With thoughtful rhymes and from-the-heart flows, Grynch has steadily climbed the ranks among Seatown's most respected rappers. His sophomore album, "My Second Wind," has been getting love all over Seattle radio and his personal poetry was a highlight last year at Bumbershoot. Catch Grynch with Neema and Kagah at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31 at The Blvd, 230 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $5; all ages.

Boy Eats Drum Machine - Described as a one-man circus who handles vocals, percussion, and saxophone, all while juggling break beats on two turntables, Jon Ragel, aka Boy Eats Drum Machine, recalls everything you love about DJ Shadow, Queen and TV On The Radio. The native Portlander was praised by the Washington Post, and has produced remixes for everyone from his hometown's Trailblazers to Radiohead. Boy Eats Drum Machine headlines a late show with Aaron Mannino, Everyday Jones and Kevin Long at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5; all ages.

Desuere and Cherise - During her monthly appearances at the Funky Brunch showcase at Rocket Market, Desuere has quickly become the crowd favorite when it comes to vintage vinyl. During her August show, Desuere splits DJ duties with her twin sister Cherise. Expect the soul sisters to bring the heat with old school funk, jazz and new-school hip-hop that mimics both, starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Cost: Free.


SPORTS CORNER
The Shock look to beat the thunder out of the Lightning (again).

The Spokane Shock's march to another Arenafootball2 League Arena Cup appearance starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 when the No. 1-seeded Shock take on the eight-seed Stockton (Calif.) Lightning. Spokane beat the Lightning three times during the regular season, including an 88-27 drubbing in the most recent game. As of earlier this week, some seats were still available. For ticket information, go to www.spokanearena.com or www.spokaneshock.com. The prize for this week's "Name the Flick" contest is a pair of tickets for this Saturday's Spokane Shock playoff game. See below for details.

Racing all day and night at the Nitro Nationals.

The Inaugural Nitro Nationals come to Spokane County Raceway for three days of racing. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, with professional qualifying rounds. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, with a qualifying rounds continuing all day and into the night. On Sunday, Aug. 2, professional eliminations start at 2 p.m., with racing continuing into the evening. Racing action involves nostalgia nitro funny cars, pro mods, a-fuel dragsters, nostalgia alcohol funny cars and jet cars. Adult tickets are $25 Friday night, $35 Saturday and $30 Sunday. For tickets, go to www.spokanecountyraceway.com.

We have 6 pairs of $5 off coupons for this weekend's Nitro Nationals events. Please call 838-4080 and the first 6 callers will receive 2 coupons, each for $5 off tickets.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"The football team at my high school, they were tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two tickets to Saturday's Spokane Shock playoff game! 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, July 30.

Last Week's Winner: Tricia Abel is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Last week's movie quote was, "Winifred, I should like to make a slight differentiation between the word cheerful and just plain giddy irresponsibility." Abel correctly guessed that it was from the 1964 musical "Mary Poppins."

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