Live Music

Both news coverage on concerts and concert venues, and information/audio of local music.

It’s been more than a year since most people in Washington have seen a live music performance. But with Spokane County now in phase three of the state’s reopening protocol, live music has returned to some venues in Spokane.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all types of businesses, but perhaps none more significantly than live music venues, which have remained closed throughout Washington since March 15th. A new statewide effort is looking to help those businesses pay their bills.

As coronavirus restrictions continue, more and more organizations are getting used to moving events online. This Friday, July 31st, Terrain, the nonprofit arts organization in Spokane, is hosting a virtual gallery show titled, “Express Yourself.” The live event is the culmination of a month-long project to showcase the work of artists of color in the Inland Northwest.

Brownes Addtion Concert Series


Washington Governor Jay Inslee's office has modified rules for venues that feature entertainment that strictly prohibit live music in areas that are still in phase two - or even phase three - designations because of the Covid virus.

Quinn Russell Brown



Small businesses across the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as have artists and musicians. A virtual event this Saturday [today] is bringing the two together with big name musical acts supporting communities across the country, including here in the Inland Northwest.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the annual Fall Folk Festival a success, which kicked off Saturday, November 9 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Monday morning, Cellist Brady Anderson and Pianist Jasmine Nagano performed a reprise of their Winter Recital.

Their Live from the Studio performance included:

Five Pieces for Cello and Piano by Amy Beach

I. La Captive

II. Berceuse

IV. Dreaming

Song without Words, OP 109 by Felix Mendelssohn

II. Adagio affettuoso

Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op 99 by Johannes Brahms


Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla

Street music week
Ben Joy

The streets of Spokane and Coeur d Alene are filled with music this week, all in the name of a good cause. The event is now in its 13th year on the streets of Spokane.

SPR Music: ELKFEST Brings Bands, Beer to Spokane

Jun 4, 2015

Friday kicks off the annual weekend where live bands and beer gardens take over Browne’s Addition in Spokane. Elkfest runs today through Sunday, with about 15 bands total on one stage, right outside the Elk restaurant.

See Double With Two 'Shook Twins' Home Shows

Apr 10, 2015
Shook Twins
Ben Moon /

A pair of Sandpoint born-and-bred twins have been making a splash in the Northwest music scene since 2007, and are back home to start off a new summer tour. The Shook Twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook and their band, have released three albums, most recently What We Do in 2014. I spoke on the phone with Laurie while they were back in Idaho.

The band lives in Portland, Oregon, and kicks off their summer tour with a show April 10th in Sandpoint and April 11th in Spokane at the Bartlett.

Flickr, David Defoe /

The Coeur d'Alene Casino has canceled a concert with 70's rocker Ted Nugent. Coeur d'Alene tribal officials decided to drop the event after what they called Nugent's history of "racist and hate filled remarks" was brought to their attention.

Heather Keen is the tribal public relations director. She didn't specify which remarks the tribe found offensive.

Keen: "I can't say it wasn't just one thing, it was really just a history of perpetuating hateful messages, and those kind of attitudes really clearly contradict the tribe's history of human rights work in the region."

A well known musical performer who lives in Soap Lake was honored this week, as she celebrated her 91st birthday. Born in 1923 in Seattle as Bonnie Buckingham, Bonnie Guitar received recognition from the state of Washington for her musical accomplishments. Mayor Raymond Gravelle was one of those who paid tribute. He named the day as "Bonnie Guitar Day.”