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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]