Gleason Fest 2016: A Move to the Lilac Bowl

I have gone to every Gleason Fest since its inception in 2012, a year after Steve Gleason's ALS diagnosis. Every year I watch it grow and feel a little different as it takes a few steps further away from the first Gleason Gras! West... one that was full of melancholy tears, happy reunions, and a … [Read more...]

5th Annual Chinook Fest Central

Before diving into this year's 5th Annual Chinook Fest, let's go back to last year's Fest when Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real took over the headlining spot, wowed the crowd, captivated the photo pit to the point of setting the cameras down, embraced the supporting Chinook Fest bands with an … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest ’16: A Burgeoning Vision

Each year as Spokane's Gleason Fest approaches there always seems to be incredible accomplishments or news-worthy changes to update you about regarding ALS and Gleason himself. From the Ice Bucket Challenge, to President Obama signing the Steve Gleason Act of 2015 stating that Medicare is to provide … [Read more...]

Elkfest 2016: Expanding Still…

Elkfest continues to be a highlight of Spokane summers for many locals.  This three-day music festival is not only free, but all-ages, super laid back, and brings in some great local talent and a few hidden gems. This year’s festival seemed a lot more mellow to me. With the forecast threatening … [Read more...]

Chinook Fest Summit ’16: Sophomore Year

  Need something to do this weekend that's close by, super fun, and feels like a retreat in some far-off musical outdoorsy land?  Look no further! Chinook Fest is having their second "Summit" summer music festival this weekend at The Summit at Snoqualmie, Summit Central base area (say … [Read more...]

Elkfest 2016: Cooler Than Normal

  Spokane will be partly sunny this weekend with just a slight breeze; cooler than the typical Elkfest with temperatures in the low seventies. So gather the family and collect your friends. Get down to Browne’s Addition for an artsy, brew-tiful weekend. $2 beer gardens and free … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest 2015: Wow…

This summer, Gleason Fest had a smaller lineup than normal, but not because they couldn't find talent to fill the slots.  With Nahko & Medicine for the People and Appalachia Rising on the bill, it would be upsetting to give them anything less than two large time slots, therefore their sets took … [Read more...]

Chinook Fest Central 2015: Flashback to 2014

"Great music meets the great outdoors." WHEN: September 11 – 13, 2015 WHERE: Jim Sprick Community Park, 13680 State Route 410, Naches, WA TICKETS: Tickets and Weekend Passes still available Chinook Fest Central 2015 is coming up and it's getting a lot of talk after its sister festival, … [Read more...]

ELKFEST 2015: A Journey Through Genres

This year's Elkfest in Spokane, WA was such an interesting mix of music genres.  Friday brought out the rockers, Saturday, the folky moshers (yes I just made that up), and Sunday was more of the hip-hop, funky-soul crowd. Bossame was a smooth, sultry way to start the whole festival.  Event … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest 2015: Medicine for Spokane

Gleason Fest always seems to take place at just the right time.  Last year it was scheduled a couple of weeks after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge kicked off, bringing much attention to the festival and raising more money and awareness than previous years.  The year before that, it came shortly after … [Read more...]