KPBX Kids' Concerts

Linda Parman & Steve Simmons will be performing for a broadcast on Friday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. You can listen to the broadcast safe at home, on the road, or wherever you need to be on KPBX 91.1, or stream it online. Both musicians have been performing in Spokane for years solo and in a variety of ensembles and are veterans of previous Kids’ Concerts. The concert will take us on a journey through classic summer songs. Songs may include "Bicycle Built for Two," "In The Good Old Summertime," "Shine on Harvest Moon," "By The Beautiful Sea," novelty songs, and camp sing-a-longs. The concert may include a brief interview with Verne Windham and is designed to present classic songs and engage listeners of all ages with opportunities to sing along at home.  

Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass, and his son Caleb Brown perform bluegrass, Americana, and originals in the studio as a part of a special Kids' Concert.

Caridwen Irvine-Spatz, musician, luthier, and host of Nacho Celtic Hour, and Greg Spatz, musician and writer, perform folk songs from across traditions for a special Kids' Concert.    

SPR thanks past performers from Musicfest Northwest over the last 73 years. We also thank all those who performed for the KPBX  Kids' Concerts From The Studio sessions over the last three decades. 

Our first KPBX Kids' Concert planned for this spring is a broadcast of Musicfest Northwest. We intended for a live broadcast with musicians in our studio, but due to recent events cancelling this year's Musicfest Northwest, we will be playing highlights of previous festivals, which we have been broadcasting since around 1994. Tune in from May 13 to 15, between 10 a.m. and noon on KPBX 91.1 FM or stream on your device to hear some beautiful music played by young musicians from our community. These broadcasts will be hosted by Verne Windham. 

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in this recent performance of SPR Folk Producers Kevin Brown and Caridwen Irvine-Spatz at the KPBX Kids’ Concert.

Thanks to:

• Caridwen Irvine-Spatz, Greg Spatz, Kevin Brown and Caleb Brown.

• Verne Windham, Chris Maccini, Leona Vander Molen, Stephanie Ingoldby, Alexis Lucey and SPR staff.

• Event donors: Numerica Credit Union, Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, and Rocket Bakeries, with a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation.

• Spokane Public Radio members and volunteers.

On KPBX 91.1 on Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. you could hear performances by two of our own community producers, Caridwen Irvine-Spatz, host of Nacho Celtic Hour, and Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass, with guests. We worked to bring the music and fun of our Kids' Concerts to you in your own home. You can see videos of the perfomances below!

KPBX Kids’ Concerts continue this August with a concert of classic and fun summer songs with Linda Parman and Steve Simmons. More information will be on the website soon!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Celtic dance party this past weekend! We had a blast listening to Floating Crowbar in the beautiful auditorium at Riverside Place. Thanks to our event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center NorthNumerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakeries, and a grant from the Jonston-Fix Foundation; our volunteers and members; Floating Crowbar for the wonderful music; Riverside Place and Diamond Parking; and everyone in the community who joined us for this wonderful event. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy The Zonky Jazz band! We had a blast dancing to the music in the beautful St. John's Cathedral. Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in this KPBX Kids’ Concert.

Thanks to: St. John’s Cathedral and their Dean, The Very Reverend Heather VanDeventer and colleagues; The Zonky Jazz Band and their leader Garrin Hertel; Event donors: Numerica Credit Union, Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North and Rocket Bakeries; A grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation; Hearn Brothers Printing; and Spokane Public Radio volunteers and members.

 

 

Thank you for another successful and fun-filled KPBX Kids' Concert!

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert, including: 

  • The Spokane Area Youth Choirs and Le Donne
  • Westminster Congregational Church
  • Event donors: Numerica Credit Union, Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Rocket Bakeries, and SPR Members with a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation
  • Hearn Brothers Printing
  • Spokane Public Radio volunteers and members

  Thank you to everyone for helping to make Sister Songs happen!

Special to thanks to River Park Square and all the vendors there, to our event donors  Harvard Park Children's Learning Center NorthNumerica Credit UnionRocket Bakeries, and a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation, and thank you to everyone who came out to watch and the volunteers who helped make it happen. Thank you! 

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It felt like Saint Patrick’s Day already with the four fellows of Floating Crowbar making music in our studio. After the KPBX Kids’ Concert last Saturday, the quartet agreed to come down to the station and play some more Irish tunes in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.

Floating Crowbar will also be performing live at 7 PM tonight at Bridgepress Cellars and 3 PM Sunday in the Airway Heights Library.

Spokane Public Radio

It felt like Saint Patrick’s Day already with the four fellows of Floating Crowbar making music in our studio. After the KPBX Kids’ Concert last Saturday, the quartet agreed to come down to the station and play some more Irish tunes in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.

Floating Crowbar will also be performing live at 7 PM tonight at Bridgepress Cellars and 3 PM Sunday in the Airway Heights Library.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our Celtic Dance Party at the KPBX Kids’ Concert.

The first KBPX Kids' Concert of 2019 will feature a performace by the Spokane British Brass Band at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane (127 E 12th Ave) Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. Join host Verne Windham and the Spokane British Brass Band on a musical journey through the British Isles!

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert: 

 Mark your calendars for January 26 for the first KPBX Kids’ Concert of 2019 featuring the Spokane British Brass Band at St. John's Cathedral.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest Kids Concert. THANKS TO:

Join us for the next KPBX Kids’ Concert for a musical journey through 150 years of ragtime, blues and Americana by pianist Scott Kirby,  November 17,  1pm at the Music Building, Spokane Falls Community College.

Sidetrack plays tribute to roots rock icons: The Band during the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album, Music from Big Pink.  Join us at Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium on Saturday, July 14 at 1pm for this free concert.

Directions to SCC (Lair is buidling #6, free parking available in lot P1).

On Saturday, June 2 at 1pm the Spokane String Quartet will make their KPBX Kids' Concert debut with A World of Inspiration: String Quartets Inspired By Cultures and Traditions Around the World. The free concert will take place at the Riverside Place Commandery Room in downtown Spokane. 

Looking for recordings of the broadcasts? Click here!

Selected students competing in the 2018 Musicfest Northwest Festival were invited by their adjudicators to perform live in the SPR Performance Studio May 16-18 during Classical Music with Verne Windham.

Visit the islands with Moko Jumbie at the next free KPBX Kids Concert, April 7 at 1pm at the Salvation Army KROC Center in Coeur d’Alene.  The quartet will take you on a tour of the tropics and explore a wide range of musical styles like calypso, soca, and reggae - with a side trip to Brazil for samba and bossa nova.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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