KPBX Kids' Concerts

For 25 years, KPBX Kids' Concerts have brought different genres of music and performances to generations of children. These family concerts are at the heart of the station's mission to provide music awareness and entertainment to our listening region, which compliments our on-air programming.

Eight free one-hour concerts are held throughout the year at rotating venues. At each concert, attendees may be treated to a mix of music and historical information. Each KPBX Kids' Concert highlights a musical style. Past concerts have featured classical, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass, latin, calypso, reggae, klezmer, rockabilly, and lots more.

ALL KPBX KIDS' CONCERTS ARE FREE.

Spokane Public Radio invites you to enjoy Sibling Revelry hosted by Verne Windham on KPBX 91.1, Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. 

SPR has a long tradition of presenting young performers on KPBX. For this KPBX Kids’ Concert you’ll hear four groups of family performers playing everything from  piano, violin, cello, viola and  trumpet in various family ensembles.  

 

Thanks to KPBX Kids’ Concert event donors: Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North; Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys; and Rocket Bakeries; with a grant funding from the Johnston-Fix Foundation.

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

Thank you to all who listened and to Floating Crowbar:  Morgan Anderson, Rick Ruben, and Don Thomsen, and James Hunter.

Thanks Verne Windham, Kathy Sackett, Chris Maccini, Leona Vander Molen, and Stephanie Ingoldby.

And thank you to our event donor: Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys at Law, and Rocket Bakeries. Our grantor is the Johnston-Fix Foundation.

Thank you to all our Spokane Public Radio members.

The next KPBX Kids’ Concerts broadcast will feature music by talented young performers in mid-May. Stay tuned for more information!

If you missed the concert on KPBX check out the Spokane Public Radio Facebook page for a video of the Floating Crowbar KPBX Kids’ Concert.

The low brass ensemble SPARC (members Jerry Olson, Kit Cutler, John Church, and Leonard Byrne) performs a celebration of American music from Sousa to Big Band, Broadway, and much more in this Kids' Concert.

The low brass ensemble SPARC (members Jerry Olson, Kit Cutler, John Church, and Leonard Byrne) performs a celebration of American music from Sousa to Big Band, Broadway, and much more in this Kids' Concert.  

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

Thanks to:

  • The Spokane Piston & Rotary Club and host Verne Windham.
  • SPARC members: John Church, Kit Cutler, Jerry Olson and Leonard Byrne.
  • Event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Sayre, Sayre & Fossum, Attorneys at Law and Rocket Bakeries – with a grant from the Johnston-Fix Foundation.
  • Helen Byrne and Manito Presbyterian Church.
  • Spokane Public Radio members like you.

Rearrange the furniture and practice your moves for our upcoming annual KPBX Kids’ Concert Celtic dance party with Floating Crowbar, Saturday, March 6, 1 p.m. on 91.1, stream online, on your devices, or smart speakers.

Parlor Music, that do-it-yourself home entertainment medium, thrived in the years between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of World War I in Europe. It was the way music was shred and enjoyed in many, many households both in the U. S. and England. Our November Kids' Concert celebrates Parlor Music as pianists Melody Puller and Mary Trotter and tenor Tim Westerhaus take us back to a bygone era of music. KPBX's Jim Tevenan hosts and plays a bit on another instrument popular in these years, the harmonium or pump organ.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert, Parlor Music. We had a great time putting it together and are so grateful to all who helped make it happen. And of course thank you to all of our listeners and supporters for tuning in and enjoying the concert.

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A big thank you to:

Performers Melody Puller, Jim Tevenan, Timothy Westerhaus and Mary Trotter.

KPBX Kids’ Concerts return Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. on KPBX 91.1 with a program about the evolution of keyboard instruments in America and music historically performed in ones’ home called “Parlor Music,”  developed and hosted by Jim Tevenan, KPBX’s Piano Bench program producer, and features the area musicians Melody Puller, Timothy Westerhaus, and Mary Trotter.

Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in the broadcast of the recent “Sumer Songs” KPBX Kids’ Concert with Linda Parman and Steve Simmons. You can hear the whole concert through the post below.

 

Thanks to:

 

  • Our Performers:  Linda Parman and Steve Simmons. 

 

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

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. 

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