KPBX Kids' Concerts

*Photos coming soon*
Spokane Public Radio began to celebrate 36 years with a special KPBX Kids’ Concert featuring the Spokane British Brass Band on January 16. The hour-long, free concert took place at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater, Downtown Spokane. Celebrating the birthday of SPR’s first station, KPBX, and the move to Fire Station No. 3, this Kids’ Concert embraced the glorious, vibrant, and exuberant soundscape of the large brass ensemble.

KPBX provided some relief from the effects of the Wind Storm with a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The Bing Crosby Theater's full power and heat attracted around 200 people to the event featuring one of Spokane's hottest Bluegrass groups, Brown's Mountain Boys. 

Three members -- Mark Harding, Dan Gore and Kelly Bogan -- had played together for years in "Molly & Tenbrooks," and added the 'fiddle hotshot' Aaron Castilla to round out the quartet.

The smell of 'Pumpkin Spice' wafted through the Nordstrom corridor during the KPBX Kids' Concert celebrating Autumn on Oct. 3. String quartet Tedesca performed fall favorites at River Park Square in Downtown Spokane from 1-2 p.m. to the delight of concertgoers and shoppers alike.

Tedesca performs at festivals, concerts and private performances across the region. At the Kids’ Concert played music for the string quartet appropriate for fall including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Autumn by Astor Piazzola, and TV theme songs including Addams Family and The Munsters.

David Armstrong is assistant principal second violin for the Spokane Symphony. A former resident of Kirkland, WA, he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from Michigan State University and a Master of Music Performance from Northwestern University. While a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he was awarded a Civic Fellowship. Before coming to Spokane, David played for the Bellevue Philharmonic.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Canote Brothers

Jun 19, 2015
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

Identical twins Greg (fiddle) and Jere (guitar, banjo) Canote brought Spokane a great afternoon of song and silliness on June 19, starting the summer season of KPBX Kids' Concerts. 

These are the performances of young musicians heard on Spokane Public Radio (KPBX) on Saturday, May 16, 2015 during the live KPBX Kids' Concert.

Musicfest Northwest has spent the last 70 years celebrating the students of classical music and ballet. KPBX was proud to feature many 2015 participants  on the radio.

Photos of each performer are on SPR's Flickr page.

Podcasts of the students' performances are being uploaded to the internet today (Friday May 22) and will be available through SPR's From the Studio.

SPR took kids of all ages back in time to the old west at the April 11 KPBX Kids' Concert with Western Reunion. The four-piece band played a variety of great cowboy songs and western swing numbers.

The concert started at 1 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater. The small screen at the top of the stage showed a slide show of images from the Old West, including Hollywood portrayals and sheet music of the classic songs. 

Young and Auld alike had a grand time at the March KPBX Kids' Concert, the Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar. Three of the band's members -- James Hunter, Don Thomsen, and Rick Rubin -- kept the jigs, reels, and hornpipes coming from the stage of the Riverside Place Auditorium.

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Four members of the violin family took the spotlight on Saturday, January 17 for the KPBX Kids' Concert with Sixteen Strings. The FREE, all-ages concert started at 1 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

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.

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.

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.

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