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Music! Music! Music!


I think our region should get an award for all the great free live music available throughout the summer months. And there is variety too! With genres ranging from Country to Big Band to the Spokane Symphony orchestra you can pick and choose. The best thing though? They are all free!

The first series of live music I want to mention is the Friday and Saturday night live music concerts at the Red Lion on the river in Spokane. The Rhythm and Brews series runs to August 25th and the following bands are playing at 6:00-9:00 pm these days: 

  • Trego (Aug. 3)

  • Atomic Jive (Aug. 4)

  • Paperback Writer performing a Beach Boys tribute (Aug. 10) 

  • Paperback Writer performing a Beatles tribute (Aug. 11)

  • Shakewell (Aug. 17) 

  • Christy Lee (Aug. 18)

  • MasterClass Big Band Rhythm and Blues Revue (Aug. 24) 

  • Peter Rivera with an opening set from Sidestep (Aug. 25)

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I am especially interested in the second to last performance of the year -MasterClass. I got to be in their jazz festival concert during the New Year and they were fantastic! I can’t wait to hear them again!

Next lets look at a local country musician that plays in different venues around this area- Sammy Eubanks. Always fun to listen and dance to, he is truly an entertainer at heart and his music goes great with a drink and friends.

  • Friday August 3rd and 4th at Zola Bar on Sprague in Spokane Valley (Possible cover) 9:00 pm

  • Thursdays August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at Templins Marina (Red Lion) Post Falls Idaho 5:00-8:00 pm

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Up north in Idaho in the little town of Rathdrum there are 2 more free concerts at Majestic Park Amphitheater at 6:00:

  • August 3rd Zach Cooper Band (Rock/Blues) 

  • August 11th Kelly Hughes Band (Country) 

In Hayden Idaho, McIntire city park is hosting a summer music series Thursdays from 6:00-8:30 with the following bands and dates:

  • August 2 The Bobby Patterson Band (Blues)

  • August 9 Stagecoach West (50’s and 60’s rock n roll)

  • August 16th Masterclass Big Band 

Across lake Coeur D Alene at a little resort called Conkling Marina we find a bunch more free summer concerts every weekend. The variety of genres is great and the food and environment are pretty amazing too!  You can go for a boat ride- destination Conkling Marina- for an evening of music, food, and fun! These concerts start around 6 or 7. You can call 208-686-1151 for more information.

  • Aug 3rd & 4th – The Cronkites

  • Aug 5th – Riverboat and the Furtraders

  • Aug 10th & 11th – Step Brothers

  • Aug 12th – Sidestep

  • Aug 17th & 18th – Keith and the Hankers

  • Aug 19th – Kicho

  • Aug 24th & 25th Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips

  • Aug 26th – Saximus!

  • Aug 31st, Sep 1st & 2nd – The Longnecks

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To mark the close of the summer, the Spokane Symphony will be giving us their free concert in Pavillion Park September 1st at 6:00 pm. The performing conductors will be Eckart Preu and Jorge Luis Uzcategui. They will be playing the following list of music:

  • John Stafford Smith — “The Star-Spangled Banner”

  • Bedrich Smetana — “The Moldau”, No. 2 from Má Vlast 

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

  • Antonín Dvorák — Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, No. 8

  • John Phillip Sousa — “Stars and Stripes Forever” (conductor: Bill Fix)

  • John Williams — “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

  • John Williams / Arr. Calvin Custer — Highlights from Jurassic Park

  • Hans-Peter Preu — Lullaby

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — 1812 Overture, Opus 49

I went to this last year and even with smoke from local forest fires it was magical and fabulous- you won’t want to miss it! Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic… and just sit back and enjoy!

Pavillion Park

Hope your summer is going great and I can’t wait to see you at one of these super events!

 Check back often for more about what is going on in the Inland Northwest! 


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