Past SPR Events

Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, came to Spokane on September 22 to talk about wildfires, our changing climate, and how the Trump presidency is dealing with these challenges.

A marimba looks like a big wooden xylophone, with funky tubes coming down from the table-like surface. Experience how those notes pulse right through you at a free KPBX Kids' Concert, happening July 15 at 1 p.m. just west of Downtown Spokane. The outdoor concert takes place at the gazebo in Browne's Addition's Coeur d'Alene Park, at 2nd and Chestnut.

Coeurimba has performed for decades around the Northwest, showcasing traditional Zimbabwe and modern songs. The ten players move quickly between instruments, hammering away with mallets. 

Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Nothing is safe from Paula Poundstone. Politics, social constructs, electronic devices (or as she likes to call them, "Flat Things.")  The comedian spent a couple of hours on Thursday, June 22 by entertaining people from all over the Inland Northwest with observations and anecdotes from her everyday life.

Listen to Paula's interview with Verne Windham

SPR brought families together with high-energy bluegrass music from the Panhandle Polecats at a free, all-ages concert on June 3, 2017 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Couer d’Alene, ID.

The Panhandle Polecats are a quintet of five siblings – two brothers and three sisters – who are known for first-rate music and enthusiastic performances.

“The Panhandle Polecats have gone from being a cute family band to becoming the top dogs and cats in the Inland Northwest Bluegrass scene,” says Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass (heard on KPBX Sundays at 1 p.m.)

From Rathdrum, Idaho, the Panhandle Polecats consist of Austin Little, (banjo), Jenny Little, (bass), Hank Little (dobro & harmonica), Molly Wilbur (mandolin) and Bonnie Campbell(guitar). The band’s music is inspired by bluegrass legends such as Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and The Dillards.

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Musicfest Northwest 2017 Students In the KPBX Studio

May 20, 2017

Selected students competing in the 2017 Musicfest Northwest Festival were invited by their adjudicators to perform live in the SPR Performance Studio on May 17, 18 and 19. These broadcasts took place during Classical Music with Verne Windham, between 10 a.m. and Noon.

Selected students competing in the 2017 Musicfest Northwest Festival were invited by their adjudicators to perform live in the SPR Performance Studio on May 17, 18 and 19. These broadcasts took place during Classical Music with Verne Windham, between 10 a.m. and Noon.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Showing of complete film Mary Poppins

Apr 8, 2017

Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins made the April 2017 KPBX Kids Concert a magical affair.  Thanks to Swank Films, SPR showed the full-length film in Spokane Community College’s Lair Auditorium.

Mary Poppins is the 1964 film adapted by Disney from the classic books by P.J. Travers, starring Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny. The film won five Academy Awards for its leading lady, special effects team, and the delightful songs by the Sherman Brothers. 

This free admission event was made possible by event donors Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakeries.

Thanks also to Gordon Grove, Hearn Brothers Printing, and the SPR volunteers.

SPR's 2017 Health Forum: Suicide Awareness was recorded in front of an audience. SPR’s panel of experts discussed several topics about suicide, mental health, and Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act.

Additional resources, including crisis hotlines

Read reports on Suicide from SPR, Northwest News Network, and NPR

KPBX Kids' Concert: Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar

Mar 4, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

The dance floor filled with excited kids and their adults at the Saturday, March 4 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring the music of Floating Crowbar. The quartet is considered the region's  best and most authentic Irish band. The free Kids' Concert took place at the auditorium at Riverside Place (formerly the Masonic Center).

The quartet, made up of Rick Rubin, Don Thomsen, Morgan Andersen, and James Hunter, performed a lively mix of jigs, reels and horn pipes.

Three of the group performed at the 2015 KPBX Kids' Concert with rave reviews. The real star of the concert was the dancers on the auditorium floor. Kids happy to be out of the house wiggled, jumped, and circled in time to the music.

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Thanks also to Jaye Nordling and the staff of Riverside Place.

KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale 2017

Feb 26, 2017

Hundreds of event goers found their treasure in musical and film form at the KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale Feb. 25 and 26.

The annual fundraiser for SPR featured other music and film formats too, including CDs, DVDs, tapes, and the equipment to play them all on. But the big attraction has always been vinyl records and 45s.

Missed some of the unique promos for the Sale? Hear the whole saga of "Indy Label and the Search for Vinyl Treasure" here.

Thanks to Spokane Valley Events Center, Spokane Movers, Craven's Coffee Company, and Rocket Bakery. The Salvation Army, Earthworks Recycling, 4000 Holes, The Long Ear in Coeur d' Alene, Bicycle Time in Cheney, Red Rock Catering, Hearn Brothers Publishing, Kirby Vacuum Sales and Supply, Music City, and Events Rents also helped make the Recording and Video sale possible. 

Special thanks to event donors Design Spike, Strong Solutions, The Cleaning Authority, and The Spokesman-Review.

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