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...]

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...]

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...]

Horns Up! Elkfest 2015 is Comin’

Elkfest is 11 years in the making.  This year’s eclectic mix of musicians will have you chillin’ on the grass, dancin’ on your feet, rockin’ with a beer, and possibly jumpin’ into the crowd. With a good blend of local and touring acts, you are sure to make a few new favorite musical discoveries this … [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...]

Elkfest 2013, 3 Days in the Streets of Spokane

Things go by so fast at festivals, sometimes it's hard to decide how to cover it. Should you talk about the bands you love the most? Do you grab as much as you can like one of those vortex money-grabbing booths on The Price is Right and hope you come up with enough good stuff in the end? Well, Megan … [Read more...]

Get It Straight: Tomorrow Be On The Other Side Of The State.

ELKFEST has evolved quite a bit from its origin 9 years ago, when Marshall Powell and The Elk owners started the free festival as a spin-off to Art Fest that takes place in Coeur d’alene Park every year.  In 2009 they hired John Blakesley to take care of the booking and now it is presented every … [Read more...]