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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Entertainment Spokane is ready for Prime Time

Starting next Wednesday, August 19, FOX 28 will begin airing a one minute Entertainment Spokane report in their popular FOX First at 10 news on Wednesday nights. The Black Book, a Hagdone Directory is sponsoring the program through 2010. The report will also air in various other FOX 28 programming as well as on their movie channel, This Spokane (cable 117 in Spokane, 303 in Coeur d'Alene).

Festival at Sandpoint will be in the Black this week.

The Festival at Sandpoint continues to rock North Idaho this week. On Thursday, Aug. 13, sophisticated hillbilly Michelle Shocked plays Sandpoint, with opening guest Jonatha Brooke. This Friday, August 14, music's mad scientist Keller Williams plays with popular Festival returnee Donavon Frankenreiter. On Saturday, August 15, country superstar Clint Black performs for the Sandpoint crowd, with opening act Jypsi. At the grand finale Sunday, August 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.

He's in therapy, and you'll be in stitches.

Master dialectician Steve Solomon brings his show, "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy" to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15. The show is one of the longest running one-man shows currently on tour and features Solomon's unique brand of comedy and almost 30 different characters. Tickets are $40 or $35 and are available by calling Northern Quest at 509-481-6700 or through Tickets West at 509-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com.

How about some wild and crazy banjo music at the Fox.

Tickets go on sale, Tuesday, August 25, for Steve Martin's banjo tour coming to the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox, November 2. Martin, a first rate banjo player as well as a hilarious comedian, will be joined by a major national bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers. While the show centers on banjo music, you can be sure there will also be a lot of laughs too. Tickets will be available through TicketsWest outlets, on line at www.ticketswest.com or at 800-325-SEAT.

The High Five from thesomshow.com by Isamu Jordan

Vans Warped Tour - Literally hundreds of bands converge on the Gorge Amphitheatre, waving their corporate punk-rock flag at the 15th annual Vans Warped Tour. Among the sprawling list of headliners is The Aggrolites, All-American Rejects, Bad Religion, Blink 182, The Decaydance All-Stars, Katy Perry, NOFX, Ozomatli, Pennywise, Rise Against, Underoath and P.O.S., but perhaps one of the most unexpected names to headline the bill is 1980s gangsta rap icon and Hollywood personality Ice T. The Grammy award winning rapper/actor isn't new to rock venues. He appeared with his heavy metal band Body Count at Lollapalooza festivals when they were still being criticized by President George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle for their 1992 song "Cop Killer." But since receiving Image Awards from the NAACP for his role as a police officer on "Law & Order," Ice T. has been in full-gansta rap mode, evident of his latest album, simply titled, "Gangsta Rap." Apparently that's what kids on skateboards are into nowadays, as Ice T. headlines with many, many other bands starting at noon on Saturday, August 15, at The Gorge Amphitheatre, for the Vans Warped Tour. Cost: $35.05, through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com.

Takeover - Back in Spokane's nu-metal heydey, when bands like Six Foot Thick and Sevendust would regularly pack The Big Easy Concert House, a band called Takeover was primed in line as Spokane's got-next band, but a premature breakup quashed that momentum and Takeover disappeared into oblivion nearly five years ago. Typically, when a local band has a reunion show, it takes place at a bar venue like The Blvd., or even Mootsy's. The fact the Takeover's reunion show is happening at the 1,500-seat Knitting Factory says a lot about the quintet's following. Takeover puts the band back together for a one-time only show at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 14, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 day of show.

Johnny Winter - A true guitar hero, Johnny Winter has been rocking for more than 30 years. A link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock, his signature all-out eclectic slide guitar style and Texas-raised vocals are still shining. His latest release, 2004's "I'm A Bluesman," was nominated for a Grammy. See the fiery guitar slinger in action when Johnny Winter appears with Java Cola at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Avenue. Cost: $27.50.

Zee Avi - An Internet sensation, Zee Avi is the latest hype. Her debut is a joint release Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records and Monotone Records, from the label by Ian Montone, who manages The White Stripes, MIA, The Shins, Vampire Weekend, and Cold War Kids among others. Avi started posting recordings of her via a webcam on YouTube and when a popular U.K. Web site began posting her links, Avi's videos went viral. Catch the rising star as Zee Avi plays a show at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 at AlterKnit Lounge in the Knitting Factory Complex, 919 W. Sprague Avenue. Cost: $10.

Rocky Votolato - After making regular visits to crowds that overflowed the parking lot of The Shop and filled The Service Station, Seattle-by-way-of-Texas singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato has built a staunch Spokane following of kids who flock to his concerts and quietly ask with him, "Is it the red wire or the blue wire?" Tickets are expected to go fast as Votolato returns at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, at Empyrean Coffee House, 154 . Madison Street, with local favorites Paper Mache and William Alan. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

For more local music events, videos, mp3s, news, and multimedia, visit thesomshow.com.


See some Good Guys and their Hot Rods at the Fairgrounds

The GoodGuys Rod and Custom Association will be at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 14-16, for the 8th Annual Great Northwest Nationals. Over 1,500 hot rods, customs and classic cars will be on display. The event includes a swap meet, vendors, cars for sale and a model car show as well. Go to www.greatnorthwestnats.com for more information.

Country fans hit the jackpot when Bryan comes to the Cd'A Casino.

Country-western future star Luke Bryan will play to a packed house at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 13, at the Coeur d'Alene Casino. As a warm-up of sorts to their Friday night show at the Festival at Sandpoint, the band Jypsi will open for Bryan. Tickets are $25 or $20 and are available by calling 800-325-SEAT or going to www.ticketswest.com.

Join the folks at the Terriers and Original Caste Reunion.

Folk singing groups the Terriers and the Original Caste take to the stage at the Bing Crosby Theatre, Wednesday, August 26 for a benefit concert in support of the Spokane Guilds' School. The Terriers, featuring Jerry Altig, Dave Vik and Jerry Thomas got together at WSU in the 60's and have performed ever since. Bruce Innes' Original Caste, originally from Canada, have toured the world and had a big hit in 1970, "One Tin Soldier." Get your tickets at the front desk of The Davenport Hotel or bay calling the Guilds' School at 509-326-1651.

Take 5 and listen to a legend.

Jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck and his quartet perform at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox Tuesday, September 15, on his final tour. This is the last chance you'll have to see the 87 year old musician, the Library of Congress calls a "living legend." Go to www.martinwoldsontheater.com or call 509-624-1200 for tickets.

You won't be in Kansas anymore.

The seventh annual Garland Street Fair, held in North Spokane's Garland District, features live music on three stages starting at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, August 15, and running throughout the day. The fair, which traditionally pays homage to Judy Garland and "The Wizard of Oz," also includes Garland and Toto look-a-like contests. For more information, call 509-324-2323.

Get revved up for this world premiere in Spokane.

The world premiere of THUNDERSTRUCK8, the next in a series of award-winning films featuring extreme snowmobiling, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at the Bing Crosby Theater. Many of the extreme riders are expected to be on hand for the screening, as are many of the film's sponsors - with a number of door prizes in hand. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information on TS8, go to www.bigskyx.com.

Take the Eh Trane at the Rockin' B.

Gary Edighoffer and his group Eh Trane will play the Rockin' B Ranch's Jazz Nights at 7 p.m. tonight, August 12. The group will be joined by singer Pamela Brownlee and singer/trumpet player Leslie Ann Grove at Rockin' B, located 100 yards south of Interstate 90's Exit 299. The event has an $8 cover charge, and tickets are available by calling 509-891-9016.

More at the Rockin' B.

Rockin B Ranch features Rockin' Blue Grass Night Featuring Kettle Creek, Blue Grass Conspiracy, Panhandle Polecats, Molly7 and Tenbrooks, next Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. $5 at the door; food and drink extra. Beer and wine available. Call 509-891-9016 for Reservations or just come to the door!

Off we go, into the Lilac Bowl, for a free band concert.

March down to Riverfront Park's Lilac Bowl, Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m. for a free band concert by The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. This nationally renowned band, headquartered at Travis Air Force Base in California, will perform a variety of marches, patriotic music and traditional band music.

Take a bow, Troy.

Troy Nickerson, one of the Spokane Civic Theatre's finest directors for the past 20 years, has been named resident director of the organization. This coming season he will be directing two shows at the Civic, "Curtains" and "Escanaba in Da Moonlight".

We're toasting the newest Art In The Airport.

The newest piece in the Art In The Airport series has been installed - and will be hard to miss. Located near baggage claim in the C Concourse, Ken Yuhasz's flying Aer-O-Toaster is a 15-foot-tall toaster plane made of aluminum, glass, neon and fiberglass. The piece is considered an oversized version of the revered artist's light-hearted sculptures.

And all that Jazz.

DeeJazz Productions, the Smooth Jazz Society of the Inland Northwest, and Red Lion Hotel at the Park invite you to the Pre-Opening of a new nightclub for lovers of Smooth/Contemporary Jazz. This preview is an important event to show your support, love, and desire for a venue with the sophisticated in mind. Come join the movement to bring Smooth Jazz to the heart of Spokane! The preview event is this Saturday, August 15, from 8pm to 1am at the Red Lion at the Park. Cover is $5, 21 & Older. Free Parking. For more information, call 509-340-3866 or email to JazzBiz101@comcast.net.

SPORTS CORNER
The Shock look to declaw the Talons.

The Spokane Shock is one game away from the Arenafootball2 championship game and will host the Tulsa Talons in the National Conference Championship Game at the Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 15. Tickets are available and range in price from $9 to $55. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

NAME THAT FLICK.

"The painting was a gift, Todd. I'm taking it with me."

Name the movie that line appeared in to win two MAC Individual Memberships for a Day to go see "Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes From Film and Television" including Darth Vader, Batman and the Wicked Witch's hat from the Wizard of Oz. 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. 14.

Last Week's Winner: Deanne Logan is a scream.

Last week's movie quote was, "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." Logan correctly guessed that it was from 1996 slasher flick "Scream."

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