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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Gleason Fest 2014: Way More than Music…

"Awesome Ain't Easy!" - Steve Gleason If you haven't heard of Gleason Fest yet, take notice. The backstory, the inspiration, the cause, the music, and the love... it's not to be taken lightly, and it's definitely not to be missed. In 2011, at the age of 33, Steve Gleason, Spokane native and former … [Read more...]

Elkfest 2014: 10 Years in the Bag

FOLKINCEPTION Elkfest 2014 kicked off with such a bang that the generator literally blew.  Seriously... the generator blew, and FOLKINCEPTION did the first part of their set on the patio of The Elk while they replaced it.  It turned out to be a really great, intimate set that captured the playful … [Read more...]

Video Roundup: Hoof it to Spokane for Elkfest 2014

As you may remember from last year, Elkfest and Gleason Fest are two hometown music festivals that I can't help but feel "school spirit" for.  With an old high school buddy, John Blakesley of Northwest Music Group, booking the bands and taking on the festivals with such enthusiasm. It's hard not to … [Read more...]