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.

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.

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