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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Spokane's new pub: Post Street Ale House.

The new pub at Hotel Lusso will be known as the Post Street Ale House. This name was selected from more than 2,000 entries in a "Name the Pub" contest, announced three weeks ago. Kevin West, of Spokane, submitted the winning entry. Hotel Lusso owner, Walt Worthy made a personal visit to West's office to tell him the good news and present him with $100 and dinner for four at the opening night reception of the pub, next month.

Ten days of Shocked and Boz (and others) in Sandpoint.

The Festival at Sandpoint's 10-day music celebration starts this week, and tickets still are available for all shows. The festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 6, with 1970s folk-rock bands Poco and Firefall. On Friday, the harmonica-laced sounds of Blues Traveler will fill Sandpoint, with JJ Grey and Mofro opening for them. On Saturday, former Steve Miller Band member Boz Scaggs will hit the stage, with New Orleans' The Subdudes as his opening act. The Spokane Youth Orchestra will perform a Sunday afternoon kids' concert titled "Green Eggs and Hamadeus." On Thursday, Aug. 13, sophisticated hillbilly Michelle Shocked plays Sandpoint, with opening guest Jonatha Brooke. That Friday, Aug. 14, music's mad scientist Keller Williams plays with popular Festival returnee Donavon Frankenreiter. On Saturday, Aug. 15, country superstar Clint Black performs for the Sandpoint crowd, with opening act Jypsi. At the grand finale Sunday, Aug. 16, Maestro Gary Sheldon and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to Benny Goodman with the show "Swing! Swing! Swing!," which will include a special guest clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman. For ticket information and more on the festival, go to www.festivalatsandpoint.com.

Oh baby, you'll love his way.

Rock n' roll legend Peter Frampton will play the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Known best for his signature talk-box guitar effect, Frampton's hits include "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me The Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do," all of which appear on his 1976 breakthrough album, "Frampton Comes Alive," the fourth best-selling live album of all time. Tickets to the Northern Quest show are $50 and $60 and are available by calling 509-481-6700 or 800-325-SEAT or by going to www.ticketswest.com.

Sinbad won't be too bad at all.

Comedian Sinbad hits the Knitting Factory Main Space for one show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Considered one of the top 100 comedians of all time by Comedy Central, Sinbad makes audiences laugh with his relatively clean stories about everyday life. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are $26.50 in advance or $28 the day of the show. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

Take a Detour for smooth sounds.

One of Spokane's most popular local rock bands, "The Detour Project", returns to the stage of the Knitting Factory this Sunday night August 9, opening for nationally renowned recording artists "Los Lonely Boys". The "The Detour Project", known for it's dynamic vocals, eclectic range of rock and blues styles, and remarkable "tightness", features Spokane residents: Sam Endress on guitar and vocals; Bill Tierney on guitar and vocals; bassist Na Na Kay; veteran drummer Brian Jones and Roger Nelson on harmonica. "The Detour Project" is scheduled to hit the stage for a 40- minute opening set, with mostly new originals, including the popular song "Change", which is receiving airplay on Spokane's River 99.9 FM.

The High Five from thesomshow.com

The Fray - This Denver-based piano pop-rock quartet has been making a continuous splash on the Internet, clocking a massive 8 million digital singles sold since the release of its 2005 multi-platinum debut, "How To Save A Life." After a four-year break, The Fray came back in February with its self-titled sophomore album. Days after the album was making major waves with adult contemporary radio and fans of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost," The Fray scored major points with indie hipsters and the likes of Kanye West with the viral spread of an ambient-acoustic Auto-tune-less cover of West's "Heartless." Get your chance to see it live when The Fray comes Friday, Aug. 7, to the INB Performing Arts Center. Cost: $45.

Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival - With top-notch folk, country and bluegrass talent from nationally known names to local and regional stars, the annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival has camping available. But as always, this is a sleep-optional event. This bluegrass extravaganza is characterized by the all-night jam sessions that often ensue on the campgrounds, sometimes including members of headliner bands playing side-by-side with festival goers. Featuring more than a dozen acts including The Steep Canyon Rangers, Crooked Still and Darrell Scott, performances at Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and continue throughout the weekend until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. Cost: Advance tickets are $10 for Friday one-day pass; $18 for Saturday or Sunday one-day pass, and $30 for a weekend pass; tickets at the gate are $10 for Friday, $22 for Saturday or Sunday, and $35 for the weekend. Onsite camping is $20 per site. All campers must have weekend passes, campsites are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.bluewatersbluegrass.org.

Acoustic Explosion - Now in its fourth year, the annual Acoustic Explosion Festival shines the spotlight on new faces as well as artists on the rise in Spokane's blossoming singer-songwriter scene. This year's festival features 20-plus artists stretched across two days on two stages at Empyrean Coffee House, highlighted by appearances by Henry Nordstrom, Kristen Marlo, Jonathan Nicholson, Kevin Long, Matthew Winters, and the return of Logan Heftel. The 4th Annual Acoustic Explosion happens at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, and at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 S. Madison Ave. Cost: $5 in advance, $6 day of show, available through artists or at Empyrean. For exclusive video on featured artists, visit www.thesomshow.com.

Kevin Long Full Band at Caterina - Another event powered by thesomshow.com, The Som Show Patio Party at Caterina continues with the fuse lit by the Acoustic Explosion, an acoustic-full band performance by local standout Kevin Long, along with his brothers, twins Curran and Riley Long, formerly of Mylestone. The show is opened by Spokane indie-pop sensation The Awkward Years at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, on the patio at Caterina Winery, 905 N. Washington St. Cost: $5; all-ages welcome.

Los Lonely Boys - Waving the flag on its own cross-cultural breed of Texican spirit, Texas trio Los Lonely Boys achieved multi-platinum success and a No. 1 hit on Billboard's adult contemporary chart, "Heaven," and a Grammy award. Touring in support of its 2008 album, "Forgiven," Los Lonely Boys takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $25.


It's not everyday you see a helicopter on stage.

"Miss Saigon," the fourth and final show in the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre lineup, opens Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Boswell Auditorium on the North Idaho College campus. The musical tells the heartbreaking story of an American G.I. and a Vietnamese bar girl who fall in love during the Vietnam War and includes a re-enactment of the dramatic Saigon evacuation of Americans. The show runs through Aug. 22, and tickets are $35 each, or $33 for seniors and $25 for children. To order tickets, go to www.cdasummertheatre.com or call 208-769-7780 or 800-4-CDA-TIX.

A medium rare in her talents.

Acclaimed clairvoyant Lisa Williams will be appearing at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. This internationally known medium is known for communicating with people who have passed away. Discovered by Merv Griffin, Williams has appeared on Good Morning America, Oprah, and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. She currently has a show of her own, titled "Lisa Williams: Living Among The Dead," on the Lifetime Television network. Tickets for the Aug. 7 show range in price from $38.50 to $68.50 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.

Kids can horse around downtown this Friday.

Downtown Spokane's First Friday Artwalk kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, with 50-plus restaurants, shops and other downtown businesses featuring art and live music. That night is also Kids' Night with the STCU Horse and Carriage Rides. Children 8 years old and younger always ride free with a paying adult, but from 4-8 p.m. this Friday, there also will be clowns, balloons, a MobiusKids craft project and other kid-friendly activities. For more information, go to www.downtownspokane.org.

They're taking festivals to new Heights.

Come together for the 2009 Airway Heights Festival Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sunset Park, at 8th and King in Airway Heights. The community celebration features live music starting at 6 p.m. both nights. The slated bands include Beatles tribute band Meet Revolver, the ever-popular Too Slim & The Tail Draggers, and oldies band Hot Rod Deluxe. Also, hundreds for the region's finest Ford street rods and customs will be on display all weekend with the 26th Annual Ford Show at Sunset Park. For more information, go to www.cawh.org/community_events.asp.

SPORTS CORNER
Boise is going to get burned in Spokane this weekend. Go Shock!

The Spokane Shock continue their pursuit of another Arenafootball2 championship when they host the Boise Burn in a second-round playoff game at Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Tickets range in price from $9 to $55 and are available through www.spokanearena.com or www.spokaneshock.com.

Are you ready for some hockey?

The Spokane Chiefs have released their tentative 2009-2010 schedule, with their first home game of the season against rival Tri-City Americans on Saturday, Sept. 26. Their first game of the season will be a week earlier in Prince George, British Columbia. Individual game tickets will go on sale in early September, but season-ticket packages are available now by calling 509-535-PUCK. To see the tentative schedule, go to www.spokanechiefs.com.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"Never say 'who's there?' Don't you watch scary movies? It's a death wish. You might as well come out to investigate a strange noise or something."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win a $20 certificate to the Cathay Inn. 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 Friday, Aug. 7.

Last Week's Winner: Nancy Gasper gets respect.

Last week's movie quote was, "The football team at my high school, they were tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family." Gasper correctly guessed that it was from the Rodney Dangerfield 1986 comedy "Back To School."

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