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...]

Chinook Fest Summit 2016: Magic Mountain

I was told that this year’s Chinook Fest Summit was set up a little differently than last year. The stages had been separated with one of them being in the parking lot in the past; this required a lot more walking. I heard from many people this year how much more they enjoyed having both stages … [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...]

Steven Tyler Packs Them in at McCaw Hall

I purposefully kept away from any reviews of the first show (in LA earlier this week) of Steven Tyler's Out On A Limb tour before heading out to McCaw Hall yesterday to see him perform. Having only been a passive Aerosmith fan in their heyday (though who could resist "Walk This Way" or singing along … [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...]

Bumbercrazy 2015: Lightening, Rain, and Music Music Music

Well, another Bumbershoot in the books and it was a hell of a time. The lineup was chock full of local and national acts, a solid mix that had honestly been lacking in recent years. Until this year it felt like they had been setting their sites toward a younger audience. While the mural/Starbucks … [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...]

Sasquatch ’15 Yearbook: Monday Wind-down

Oh, the last day of Sasquatch. We’re all tired and worn down, but still exhilarated and attempting to get as much of the festival life in while we can. Monday’s weather was a little temperamental, which actually played in well to the eclectic variety of shows lined up. If you were ambitious, for … [Read more...]

Sasquatch ’15 Yearbook: Sunday, Fun Day Bests

Day three at Sasquatch can be a make it or break it event: too slow and it could lower motivation, but too much could lead to exhaustion. Luckily, it was exactly what we needed it to be with a combo of both: starting out a bit slow, but the middle of the day picked up and set the pace well into the … [Read more...]