August 4, September 1: First Friday
Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane. downtownspokane.org.
August 6, August 21, September 3, September 18: Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam
Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience and, after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. Bootslam, at Boots Bakery, is held on the first Sunday of each month, while Spokane Poetry Slam, held at the Bartlett, is held on the third Monday of each month. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. spokanepoetryslam.org.
Currently open: Art Romances and Molecular Dances: A Study in the Integration of Art and Science
Students at The Community School in Spokane were asked to create original works of poetry and art and, through these works, communicate concepts of chemistry. Pieces depict a wide range of concepts—from patterns of valence electrons to trends in the periodic table to characteristics of chemical reactions. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org or [email protected]
Through September 10: Z Nation: Behind the Camera
This summer the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture becomes a working television production studio and a celebration of the dozens of local artists behind the hit Syfy TV series Z Nation. Museum visitors will be able to watch scenes being shot for Season Four of Z Nation, using the galleries as sound stages and the grounds as set locations, and learn how a real television series is made. In addition to getting a glimpse behind the scenes, visitors will also learn more about the local crew members that have taken their passion and talent for art and turned it into careers in filmmaking. Plus, signature props and costumes from the show, amazing special make-up effects and masks, interactive displays about the process and tools of film production, along with the history of Z Nation and zombie lore. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org or [email protected]
Through September 10: Melissa Cole & Ric Gendron
Artists Ric Gendron and Melissa S. Cole have very different styles but both are influenced by cultures in which storytelling is an integral part of everyday life: Gendron, Native American; Cole, Asian Indian. The tales these artists tell on canvas pulsate with color and energy and are infused with a magical realism in their depictions of people, animals, and environments. The exhibit, Life | Stories, includes 20 works by each artist as well as collaborative pieces that weave together the artists’ expressive styles on single canvases. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org or [email protected]
August 3: Toby Keith
A legend of country music with more than 40 albums sold worldwide and 20 number one hits, Toby Keith puts on a show that highlights more than 20 years of country success. His debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” launched him into stardom as it became the most-played country song of the 90s. After switching labels in 1998 and joining DreamWorks Records Nashville, Keith released his hit single “How Do You Like Me Now?”, and it became the number one country song of 2000. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com.
August 4: Melissa Etheridge: M.E. Live
Fox Presents Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite singer-songwriters for more than two decades. Now experience her live in this third installment of the Fox Summer Series, the perfect way to celebrate the season. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August 8: Willie Nelson with Kacey Musgraves
A legendary outlaw of country music, Willie Nelson has pushed against the grid from the time he wrote his first song at the age of seven. With three major albums in the 1970s, Nelson launched onto the country music scene and became one of the most recognized artists of country music. A few of his many hits include country staples “On the Road Again,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” and “Pancho and Lefty.” Aside from his musical success, Nelson has acted in more than 30 films, co-authored numerous books and is a well-known activist for causes including biofuels, the legalization of marijuana and music education. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com.
August 11: Boz Scaggs with Michael McDonald
Famed guitarist and singer, Boz Scaggs has rocked the American music scene for more than 40 years. Known for his time as a guitarist and one-time lead singer with the Steve Miller Band during the 1960s, his talent launched him into a successful solo career in the 1970s. Scaggs’s solo hits include “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”. He continued releasing hits into the 1980s, including “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jojo,” as well as “Look What You’ve Done to Me” from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Joining Boz Scaggs is another longtime rock sensation, five-time Grammy award-winner Michael McDonald, who started his career as part of The Doobie Brothers in 1976. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com.
August 11: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road again, bringing their instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to Spokane audiences this summer. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than 15 years. Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez’s fiery lead lines and Quintero’s phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal.
Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August 11: Outcry Tour
What began as a call to celebrate and champion the local church – the Bride of Christ – Outcry has attracted nearly half a million people since its inception in the spring of 2015. With excitement to see what God will do and in anticipation of a fresh experience, Outcry Tour Summer 2017 will feature a new lineup of artists: Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music, Chad Veach, special guest Martin Smith and lights up artist Local Sound. The tour artists, worship leaders and speakers each highlight the creativity, heart and mission of the local church. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August 13: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Fox Presents Trombone Shorty, jazz performer from New Orleans, and his band Orleans Avenue in concert. He’ll feature many selections from his newest album, Parking Lot Symphony which captures the spirit and the essence of The Big Easy, while redefining its sound. Blazing through 70s Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B, Parking Lot Symphony was produced by Chris Seefried and features songs co-written by Aloe Blacc, Ethan Gruska, and Alex Ebert. Shorty also delivers fresh covers of The Meters’ funk classic “It Ain’t No Use,” and Allen Toussaint’s “Here Come the Girls.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August 18: Keith Urban
A force to be reckoned with in the music industry, Keith Urban exemplifies year after year his outstanding vocal, songwriting and guitar-playing abilities across the world. Urban’s newest album, RIPCORD (2016), debuted atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia, marking the second time one of his albums has reached that apex, making him the only male Country artist to achieve that honor. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com.
August 29: Nickelback
One of the most successful rock groups of the 21st century, Nickelback will hit the road this summer on the colossal headlining Feed The Machine Tour stopping at the Spokane Arena on Tuesday, August 29 with special guests Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. Nickelback is releasing their ninth album, Feed The Machine. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
September 9-10: Spokane Symphony Classics: Opening Night Romance
Don’t miss the 2017-2018 Season opener, featuring Zemlinsky’s highly romantic work, The Mermaid, a beautiful orchestrated rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Rising star Jessica Lee, violin, and Peter Stumpf, former principal cellist of the L.A. Philharmonic, will dazzle in Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello. Strauss’ delightful Blue Danube Waltz has become an unofficial Austrian anthem. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
September 23: Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean and company are really going all-out to give fans everywhere the concert experience they’re craving. With his seventh album, They Don’t Know, Aldean continues to lead the way, advancing the sound and style that helped define today’s country music. With his first release since 2014, the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year returns with a crowd-pleasing array of emotions and observations, from sizzling party-starters to hard-earned heartbreak. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August: Peach Season at Green Bluff
Celebrate one of our greatest treasures—big, juicy, tree-ripened peaches during the peach season. Peach ice-cream, cobbler, cakes, or pies—no matter how you slice them, peaches are delicious. Green Bluff. greenbluffgrowers.com.
August 5: Spokane Highland Games
The Spokane Highland Games Association’s mission is to promote Scottish heritage and cultural preservation in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho through athletic, music, dance and culinary competitions, and through heritage displays and demonstrations. The Spokane Highland games feature highland dancing, heavy athletics, including the popular caber toss event, and many Scottish specialty foods and traditional entertainment. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. 404 N. Havana Street.
August 4-5: Spokane Brewers Festival
The second annual Spokane Brewers Festival in support of Feeding Washington will feature the best local craft breweries in the region, live music provided by The Inlander, and a selection of local food vendors for a beer experience like nothing else. This year, the Spokane Brewers Festival has partnered with Feeding Washington. The statewide hunger-relief organization helps the one in seven people in Washington State who struggle with food insecurity. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
August 16: Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour
Two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts, and the famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager and Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire. Garrison Keillor celebrating his 75th, with the extraordinary Aoife O’Donovan, sound effects genius Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and the Road Hounds. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.
October 7: Into Africa Auction
Partnering for Progress will celebrate a decade of work in Kenya at the Annual Into Africa Auction. African dishes will be served, along with western staples, and the evening’s masters of ceremonies will be Kalae Chock and Sean Owsley, anchors of KHQ’s weekday Wakeup Show. Jeff Owens will serve as auctioneer. Partnering for Progress has focused on health care, sanitation, education and economic development in rural Kenya for the past decade. Proceeds from the auction go to support P4P’s continuing programs. Mirabeau Park Hotel. 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. partneringforprogress.org.
August 3-6: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Forget about the boy when a small town girl searches for a new life in the bright lights of 1920s New York City. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a “Fred and Ginger” routine on a window ledge, this is the perfect show for theatres looking to show off the dance skills of their performers. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie. University High School. 12420 E. 32nd Ave.
August 10-27: Million Dollar Quartet
Elvis Presley. Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. Unbelievably, these four came together for an event now captured by the Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the true story of their famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together these four icons. This group of musical legends met up out of coincidence at Sun Records in Memphis on December 4, 1956 for what would become a legendary jam session that has yet to be duplicated. Featuring the classic songs “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire” and more, this is an unforgettable evening you won’t want to miss. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene.
September 16: Glow in the Park 5k
Kick off your night with the pre-race party starting at 5:30 p.m. Run through glowing worlds in our 5K starting at 7:30 p.m. Cross the finish line and run into our after-party to finish your night off in epic fashion. Riverfront Park. nsplit.com.
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