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0000017b-f971-ddf0-a17b-fd73f3be0000For 25 years, KPBX Kids' Concerts have brought different genres of music and performances to generations of children. These family concerts are at the heart of the station's mission to provide music awareness and entertainment to our listening region, which compliments our on-air programming.Eight free one-hour concerts are held throughout the year at rotating venues. At each concert, attendees may be treated to a mix of music and historical information. Each KPBX Kids' Concert highlights a musical style. Past concerts have featured classical, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass, latin, calypso, reggae, klezmer, rockabilly, and lots more.ALL KPBX KIDS' CONCERTS ARE FREE.

Songs of Hope in Hard Times KPBX Kids' Concert

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Learn about one of America's most important eras, the Great Depression, and how it relates to feelings in this current economy at the next KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday, November 22, from 1-2 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater. "Songs of Hope in Hard Times" showcases a collection of music  from the Depression era, from Woody Guthrie to Hollywood and Broadway musicals.

Performing is Brad Keeler with Jim Pittman, Philip Brown, and Linda Parman. As the Brad Keeler Trio, these musicians regularly performs Vintage Music (blues, standards, bluegrass and originals).

Brad Keeler leads the group with guitar; either as a solo act or with a group, he has appeared at events featuring luminaries of roots music such as Doc Watson and Bill Monroe. In 1999, he was awarded first place in flatpick guitar, fingerstyle guitar, and slide guitar as well as second place in mandolin at the Florida Old Time Music Championships.

Linda Parman has been part of the Inland Northwest music scene since the 1980s. Her musical interests span bluegrass from Old Time to Celtic and she works from an enormous catalogue of jazz and swing era material. With the Trio she sings and plays guitar and ukulele.

Jim Pittman plays bass and sings. He has worked with several bluegrass groups in the region in the past decade.

Philip Brown has been playing fiddle since childhood. He and his brother used to perform at farmer's markets in Oregon as the "Blueberry Boys" More recently he has performed with Inland Northwest bluegrass bands "Stoney River" and "Grassville." Currently he performs with "Jackie Fox and the Hounds" and as a special guest with the "Brad Keeler Trio" at the "Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival" as well as at the "Lewiston Valley Bluegrass Festival", the "George Bluegrass Festival" and the Spokane Fall Folk Festival.

Thanks to event donors Camp Fire Inland Northwest, Numerica Credit Union, the Music Corner Inside Pawn 1, and Rocket Bakery. Special thanks for grant support from The Florence Wasmer Fund for Arts and Culture.

Click here for map and directions to The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W Sprague, Spokane

Songs of Hope in Hard Times

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