Bumbershoot ’16 Opening Day: Cautious Optimism

  We were all wondering how Bumbershoot was going to treat us this year. Would it prove to be on the upswing or are we looking at a change to the basic structure and feel that will leave the "old" festival to the history books. The answer: both. It's obvious we're not going to get our … [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...]

The Power of Bey

Beyonce is unmistakably the queen of her kingdom; she even sat herself on a throne at the show in CenturyLink Stadium Wednesday night. Without a camera in my hands, for the first time in a very long time, I experienced and absorbed what I was seeing instead of capturing those shiny perfect moments … [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...]

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...]

A Little Old Wisdom from The Lotus Vellum

Cover Art: Old Wisdom EP Photography by Steven Lindquist, Art Direction and Design by Justin Kleine For a long time, I had heard that Conor Byrne was the place to go for a good open mic in Seattle.  I was finally able to make the trip up a couple of years ago to enjoy some time with my … [Read more...]

Bumbershoot Day 2: Packed With Great Acts, Top to Bottom

Many seasons have passed since Honcho had stepped through the gates of Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival and I have grown increasingly weary. No joke, I can’t begin to remember what year I attended last. Has it been that long or has the addition of “little d” and “little h” to the Grouch … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest Promised Something Real and Delivered

Gleason Fest came with much anticipation this year with a heavy lineup and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge paving the way for a big turnout; and it definitely delivered!  Saturday afternoon came around and people were trickling in greeted with smiles and often hugs. There was an air of reunion … [Read more...]