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Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

The annual Band and Strings Spectacular was Tuesday night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,600 students played their instruments in front of thousands of proud parents.

Most teachers and parents would agree just getting to this point was nothing short of a miracle.

"It's a lot of work getting it all put together and there are so many people that work together and pull it off," said band teacher Karen Budge.

The musicians were made up of 5th and 6th graders from Spokane Schools. For many of them the concert was an hour to prove to themselves what they're capable of, and to make their parents proud.

"It's fun because you get to do all these songs and it's really pretty amazing," said Chloe from Brown Elementary.

"Her playing tonight is a fantastic opportunity for her to grow as a person and grow as a musician," said Chloe's mom Tammi.

KXLY'S Kris Crocker emceed of the event.

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

News release from Northern Quest Resort & Casino:

 May 5, 2014Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino is excited to announce four of this year’s sensational shows for the 4th Annual Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts.  These great acts represent half of the 2014 summer concert lineup with the remaining shows to be announced in mid-May.

The 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts have upped the fun factor this year with the increased variety that concert fans have asked for, including iconic “blasts from the past,” country superstars, rock favorites and one of the worlds most respected comedians.  With the wide range of entertainment options in this year’s outdoor shows there is something for everyone. Ticket prices start as low as $45 and event parking is always free!  Come out and enjoy great live entertainment under the setting sun on Northern Quest’s outdoor stage.

We are proud to present the following stand-out entertainment acts as part of our 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert lineup

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

For the third year in a row, the giant Bloomsday shoe will be on display prior to the race to promote epilepsy awareness.


Balloon artist Ryan Oelrich used over 700 balloons to creak the car sized shoe. The shoe is sponsored by Bloomsday and uses purple to promote epilepsy awareness. Oelrich, as well as 2.3 million other American live with the neurological disorder.

Elton John announces Spokane tour stop

Elton John announces Spokane tour stop

Get ready Tiny Dancer fans, Sir Elton is coming to town! Elton John will play the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on September 17th as part of his ten city All the Hits tour.

 

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Every year local bands and radio stations line the Bloomsday course providing entertainment for all the Bloomies. Bloomsday has released the bands that will be providing entertainment and competing for your vote along the course.

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.