Past SPR Events

Spend an elegant evening with Pearl Django, performing energetic and exciting Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhart and the Hot Club of France this November 20. The group adds traditional jazz classics and the feel of American swing for an unforgettable musical delight. “Irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike,” says the Seattle Weekly.

Carlos Alden Verne Windham
Janean Jorgensen

KPBX Folk host Carlos Alden pulled together some of the past favorites of the annual Fall Folk Festival for this year's two-hour broadcast, which aired live on KPBX 91.1 FM Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Audience members watched in the Lair Auditorium, on the campus of Spokane Community College. The radio performers for 2014 were Broken Whistle (local Celtic), Heartbreak Pass (Bluegrass), PK Dwyer (Blues from Seattle), Alice Howe (solo folk from Seattle), Mateo Ryan (Flamenco Guitar), and Dram & Go (Celtic from Portland).

Zorba Paster
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

"America's Favorite Family Doc" enjoyed his visit to Spokane very much, and showed his appreciation for the warm welcome both in his evening talk and on his Facebook page. The host of Zorba Paster On Your Health spoke at the Bing on Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m. on his 5-4-3-2-1 steps for a healthier life, answered health questions, and signed autographs afterwards.
 

Songs of the Australian Outback and British Isles echoed through River Park Square on Saturday, October 4 as the Urban Coyote Bush Band performed for another KPBX Kids' Concert.

Kids of all ages made musical noise with clappers, washboards, small cymbals, and the 'lagerphone' made out of bottlecaps.

Kids also had help creating kangaroo headgear, a craft by the Mobius Children's Museum.

See photos of the event here

Moviegoers 'met the Beatles' all over again in a ONE NIGHT ONLY showing of the revolutionary musical comedy film A Hard Day's Night, held at the Bing on August 20, 2014.

Kids and their adults bopped to the beat of the tropics at the Bing at the July 2014 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring Moko Jumbie. The free all-ages concert took place in the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. at noon on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Moko Jumbie performers Bryan Bogue, Rick Westrick, Paul Raymond, and Angus Nunes presented the sound of Trinidadian steel drums, vibraphone, and other percussion instruments. Their music of the tropics is heard throughout the Inland Northwest. They also play rhythms from Brazil, including samba and bossa nova.

Click here for photos from this event.

The Balkan brass band The Vagabonds performed at a KPBX Kids' Concert on Friday, June 20, from noon-1pm at the Bing Crosby Theater.  The concert was free for kids of all ages and was hosted by Verne Windham.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a dripping faucet!
Fred Newman is best known to the KPBX audience as Garrison Keillor’s go-to man for every sound effect humanly possible. But he also travels the country with his own One-Mouth Show.

Fred shared his uncanny ability to recreate sounds at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. He also told stories of his past -- how a fly impersonation kept him in a college class, and growing up in Georgia hearing stories from the best.

Spokane Public Radio does things a little differently than other public radio stations. We were founded on the mission of incorporating the local arts and arts organizations into what we do every day.

Flagship station KPBX holds eight free family concerts a year to introduce kids to a wide variety of music. Each February, we host the biggest sale of vintage vinyl and other music items at the Recordings & Videos Sale. Each fall, in partnership with the Spokane Folklore Society's Fall Folk Fest, we organize and broadcast live performances in a two-hour concert from the campus of Spokane Community College.

In addition to these annual treats, we thank our volunteers and underwriters each year with an event at a community venue, and produce many special events. We've had evenings with public radio reporters and hosts such as Cokie Roberts, Paula Poundstone and Zorba Paster.

Our mission wouldn't be complete without regular live performances from our own broadcast studios, along with our annual forums held at City Hall.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers, 30 staff and community producers, and you, our listeners, Spokane Public Radio has become a place where the community turns for live and on-air arts and cultural experiences.

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More than 5,000 fans of Garrison Keillor's weekly radio program gathered for the thrill of being part of an internationally broadcast radio program. Keillor and company took the stage of the Star Theatre at the Spokane Arena at 2:45 p.m., warming up the crowd for fifteen minutes before the satellites began to send the show to approximately 4 million listeners.

The event was a centerpiece of SPR's 30th Anniversary of broadcasting throughout the Inland Northwest.

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