local music

Twenty-four year-old Carter Hudson is a musician and songwriter known during non-COVID times for his weekly performances at The Drinkery, a bar located in Spokane’s historic Garland District. His submission to this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest is an intimately shot video featuring Hudson alone in his bedroom, surrounded by guitars. The lyrics to the song, titled “I Can’t Hear You Anymore,” are personal.

Last week, we brought you the story of Coeur d’Alene musician Jackson Roltgen and his submission to this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. This week, Spokane Public Radio’s Chris Maccini talks with another young musician, this time from Spokane, who also submitted a video for the national contest.

Watch Carter Hudson's full YouTube video submission here.

A founding member of one of the major bands from the original New York Punk/New Wave scene is playing in Spokane this week.  Steve Jackson takes a look.

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.

Rick Singer / Rick Singer Photography

A well-known Spokane master builder of guitars and mandolins has recorded his first album. Buzz Vineyard may not be a household name, but many musicians around the world are familiar with his guitar work.

SPR Music: Local Boys Cast in Broadway's 'Camelot'

Mar 20, 2015
Ziegler family

West Coast Entertainment has Mamma Mia at the INB performing Arts Center this weekend. But next weekend, they bring a truly classic Broadway show: Camelot. It means show time for three local boys, who Camelot cast for a walk-on role. Watch for the character Tom of Warwick, who will be played by Brax Ziegler, Jameson Elton, and Jordan Santiago. Brax came into our studios to tell us about being cast in Camelot.

Terrain Enters 'Uncharted Territory' With Symphony

Mar 9, 2015

(part of a special music segment)

The people who put on Terrain each year, the one night art and music event, have a new act up their sleeves. The event ‘Uncharted Territory’ is collaboration with the Spokane Symphony, and local bands. SPR's Paige Browning spoke with Terrain organizer Luke Baumgarten and Spokane Symphony conductor Eckart Preu about the new event.

SPR Music: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sings at Bing

Feb 27, 2015
Ladysmith Black Mambazo / https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithBlackMambazo?fref=nf

(this story is part of an occasional music series)

You may have heard of this group from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, or because they have won four Grammy’s, including best world music cd in 2013. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African choir founded by Joseph Shabalala, performs in Spokane March 3rd. Paige Browning spoke with the oldest member of the group over the phone.

  Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs Tuesday night at the Bing Crosby Theater. 

SPR Music Feature: 'Memphis' The Musical

Feb 13, 2015
Memphis the Musical / West Coast Entertainment website: http://bestofbroadwayspokane.com/shows/memphis/

A show coming to Spokane this month will rock both theater goers and music fans. The Broadway musical ‘Memphis’ will run four days in Spokane.

Memphis is a show about music, race, and the 1950’s American South. J’royce Walton plays the male swing for the show, meaning he steps in when another actor can’t perform. Paige Browning caught him on his cell phone while the cast was on the road.

SPR Music Feature: The Holy Broke

Feb 6, 2015
Kristen Black Photography: http://theholybroke.com/photos/

We have a special music segment today about a musician taking on stages, concert halls, and, yes, bar audiences in the northwest.

Jim Boyd Band, featured on APCMA website / http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/artists/jim-boyd-band/

A local Native American will be receiving a prestigious award for his music in New York this week. 58 year old Jim Boyd has been entertaining audiences for decades, and this week, will be honored with a Lifetime achievement award at the annual Native American Music Awards ceremony.

The Spokane Symphony musicians are getting a raise. Over the weekend the Board of Trustees and orchestra musicians agreed on a new two-year contract. It raises salaries across the board by four-percent in the first year, and another 3.5 percent in the second year, and keeps benefits the same.

September will mark a first for Spokane- a celebration of Hispanic heritage hosted by the city. Fiesta Spokane will last all month, highlighting Hispanic culture in food, entertainment, and dancing. 

When Gloria Ochoa was hired as Spokane’s first director of local government and multicultural affairs, she noticed something. City Hall didn’t actually have much involvement in celebrating cultural diversity. So she took notes from cities like Los Angeles, which plans events around the four nationally recognized heritage months.

Yellow Pine Rocks Tiny Idaho This Weekend

Aug 1, 2014

Summer music festivals abound in the Inland Northwest. But a tiny hamlet in the mountains of central Idaho boasts a showcase this weekend for a unique instrument - the pocket harp. OK, so pocket harp is just an archaic name for an instrument almost every kid knows - the harmonica.

Volume 2014: Bigger Bands, More Variety, Spokane Scene

May 29, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The music festival in Spokane this weekend has sold out for the past two years. This year, a band on a big-time label will play. And, the Seattle Weekly dedicated an entire article to the event. Volume has become a must for music fans in Spokane and beyond.

It’s a big weekend for music lovers, Saturday is Record Store Day. Indie record stores nationwide are taking part in the event, and that holds true in Spokane. Bob Gallager runs the 4,000 Holes record store on north Monroe Street. He says the event started about six years ago, when Indie stores were looking to drum up more business, as the economy was starting to fade.

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.”