KPBX Live Broadcast at Fall Folk Fest 2015

Our cherubic hosts, Nacho Celtic Hour's Carlos Alden and SPR Program Director Verne Windham, introduce the live broadcast's performers. Who will be the American Folk Idol?

KPBX Folk host Carlos Alden and Verne Windham helped the Fall Folk Festival celebrate its 20th year with another live broadcast, Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Audience members watched the great performances in the Lair Auditorium, on the campus of Spokane Community College.

Our radio performers were Two Bit Jugband, the Afterthoughts Legacy, Blue Night, Daniel Hall, Liz Rognes, N. Sherman, and Los Vigiles.

The live broadcast is presented thanks to event donors The Cleaning Authority, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and the Spokane Folklore Society.

Photos of the broadcast will be up soon. Listen to the broadcast below.

The audience members are free to come and go as they wish during the two-hour broadcast.

About the Performers


A decade-or-so ago, 8-year-old Aaron Castilla approached Jim Shamp at a Bluegrass jam and asked to be taken to "Wintergrass"--the annual winter Bluegrass festival in Tacoma.  Following this trip, these two (with some help) did a show. Shortly after and with help from Frank Wagner and his extensive contacts,The Afterthoughts "diversified bluegrass" band was born. In the following decade, the Afterthoughts have excited audiences in such diverse venues as the 5-state regional Boy Scout Jamboree, boat cruses for kids with cancer, Pikes Market in Seattle and many more.  Aaron is now 19 and the band has disbanded but is delighted to be together again at the Fall Folk Festival in what will be a true family reunion.

Blue Night Band

Only a year ago did these experienced musicians discover they all like the same kind of genre-crossing music.  Jenny Long from Wallace sings lead vocals on most tunes.  Ike Parrish comes from the Coeur d'Alene area and provides rhythm and solo licks on guitar and banjo.  Dave Lorang, from Spokane Valley, provides the steady bass beat.  From Plummer, Idaho, Josh Haynes, the youngest band member, plays mandolin, banjo, and guitar.  Josh also writes and sings some of his own songs.

Daniel Hall

This guitarist from Spokane recently finished his first solo album, “Finally.” He also recorded albums with the prog-rock band “Floodline” and with “Rubberdiculous.” He graduated from the Spokane Falls Audio Engineering Program and studied music theory and jazz improvisation.

Liz Rognes

­­­This indie-folk, Americana, and jazz-inspired singer/songwriter based in Spokane started writing and singing folk songs in college, and she fell in love with the idea of singing about her troubles. Classically trained as a soprano, her melodies feature wide ranges and shifts in style. She has two releases, “Red Flags” and “Topographies,” with a third in development.

Los Vigiles
This family Latino band formed in 1999 and continues to perform throughout the Northwest.  The Vigil family plays a wide range of different musical styles unique to Latino and World music genres, including Rumba Flamenco, Merengue, Salsa con Guitara, Cumbia, Bolero, Ranchera, and Tex-Mex.  The music of Los Vigiles is guitar and percussion centric with an emphasis on vocals, accordion, and keyboards. 

The philosophy of Los Vigiles strongly emphasizes family and community as a primary way of connecting music and culture with people.  In a day and age when so much emphasis centers on self-promotion, production and consumption, and media hype, Los Vigiles provides an alternative way of creating music that promotes culture and community.

N Sherman

An indie folk singer-songwriter from Washington state, N Sherman has more than a decade's experience performing in different bands with various genres. He has performed all across the UK, Ireland, and the United States. Earlier this year he released his latest album, "This Side Of The Grave."

Two Bit Jug Band

Singer/guitar-fingerpicker Ken Glastre and the bass guy, Gut Bucket Giff (Michael Gifford) make great classic jazz and blues come alive, with interesting sounds from the washtub bass, jug, washboard, tuba, kazoo, and other unusually deep sounds. Filling in the spaces is Jamie Flannery, percussion specialist, making those old tunes swing!