Past SPR Events

Floating Crowbar

Get ready to move your feet at the March Kids' Concert: the Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar! On March 10, at 1 pm, at the Riverside Place Auditorium (formerly the Masonic Temple), kids young and old will shake a leg to the high-energy mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music from Spokane's premiere Irish band. 

After a successful donation day, volunteers and staff are hard at work sorting all of those gently used items into categories for The Record Sale. Join us February 24 & 25 at the  Spokane Valley Event Center for two days of bargain hunting.

Donation Day for the SPR Record Sale: February 10th

Feb 10, 2018
Donation Day 2018

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Spokane Public Radio, 1229 N. Monroe St. 

Bring your gently-used records, CDs, DVDs and equipment to Donation Day, Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Spokane Public Radio, 1229 N. Monroe St. 
SPR staff and volunteers will be standing by to help you unload your albums and provide refreshments from Craven's Coffee and Rocket Bakery. Please park along the Fire Station on Sharp, or in the parking cutout on Monroe in front of the Kirby Vacuum shop.

Neesha Schrom Crosen / SPR

The first KPBX Kids' Concert of 2018 featured the Spokane Youth Symphony doing songs for kids, performed by kids. The free concert took place at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane at 1pm.

Spokane Public Radio held an open house on Wednesday, December 6th from 4-6 pm. 

Janean Jorgansen / SPR

SPR explored the roots of the Jazz Age at the November 18 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at the SFCC Music Auditorium on Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m.  The hour-long concert featured Hot Club of Spokane reminiscing about the history of the Jazz Age.

Hot Club of Spokane consists of Inland Northwest musicians committed to the preservation of jazz, swing, and blues. There is no single "band;" leader Garrin Hertel has some 20 musicians play at various times in ensembles ranging from five to eight players and vocalists.

Neesha Schrom Crosen / SPR

Former NPR foreign correspondent Anne Garrels visited Spokane on Nov. 15 to give some fundraiser for SPR, 7:30 p.m. at the Bing. She shared some of the experiences from her most recent book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia and shared her unique perspective on reporting and international conflicts.

NPR Reports by Anne Garrels

The annual Fall Folk Festival kicks off Saturday, November 11 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX.

SPR Music Director Verne Windham and former Nacho Celtic Hour host Carlos Alden will host a diverse group of folk performers at Spokane Community College.

Audience members are welcome to watch and listen anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Lair Auditorium at the college on Mission and Greene.

KPBX Kids' Concert: A SPARC Oktoberfest Oct. 7

Oct 7, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / SPR

What better way to start the fall than with an Oktoberfest! This free KPBX Kids Concert celebrated the dance and music of Bavaria at River Park Square on Oct. 7 2017 at 1 p.m. The hour-long free concert features the low brass quartet, SPARC.

Sometimes spelled “Octoberfest” this traditional German festival celebrates much more than the autumn harvest. It’s an explosion of traditional music, folk dancing, cultural expression, and (for adults) beer.

SPR Presents BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Oct. 5

Oct 5, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil brought their unique blend of Cajun music to Spokane's Fox on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in a benefit for SPR.

Smithsonian Institute Says BeauSoleil's Cajun Sound Envelops The Heart of Americana Culture 

Fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet’s Louisiana band entertained with their "gumbo" of zydeco, western swing, calypso, blues, and traditional New Orleans jazz. Now in their 42nd year, BeauSoleil has performed in all 50 states and 33 countries and have released over two dozen albums. In 1997, BeauSoleil’s “L’Amour Ou la Folie” became the first Cajun record to win a Grammy. They were a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and he calls BeauSoleil “the best Cajun band in the world.” 

Born near Lafayette in 1951, Michael Doucet grew up with a variety of musical influences and started playing music at the age of 6. In addition to violin and vocals, Doucet also plays guitar, mandolin and accordion. Doucet is acclaimed for his innovative approach to Cajun music which has brought the traditional genre new relevance. Doucet received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions. This is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts.

Thanks to Event Donors: The Cleaning Authority, Design Spike, North Division Bicycle Shop, and Strong Solutions.

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