Past Events

KPBX Kids' Concert: Showing of complete film Mary Poppins

Apr 8, 2017

Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins made the April 2017 KPBX Kids Concert a magical affair.  Thanks to Swank Films, SPR showed the full-length film in Spokane Community College’s Lair Auditorium.

Mary Poppins is the 1964 film adapted by Disney from the classic books by P.J. Travers, starring Julie Andrews as the magical British nanny. The film won five Academy Awards for its leading lady, special effects team, and the delightful songs by the Sherman Brothers. 

This free admission event was made possible by event donors Harvard Park Children’s Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakeries.

Thanks also to Gordon Grove, Hearn Brothers Printing, and the SPR volunteers.

SPR's 2017 Health Forum: Suicide Awareness was recorded in front of an audience. SPR’s panel of experts discussed several topics about suicide, mental health, and Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act.

Additional resources, including crisis hotlines

Read reports on Suicide from SPR, Northwest News Network, and NPR

KPBX Kids' Concert: Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar

Mar 4, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

The dance floor filled with excited kids and their adults at the Saturday, March 4 KPBX Kids' Concert featuring the music of Floating Crowbar. The quartet is considered the region's  best and most authentic Irish band. The free Kids' Concert took place at the auditorium at Riverside Place (formerly the Masonic Center).

The quartet, made up of Rick Rubin, Don Thomsen, Morgan Andersen, and James Hunter, performed a lively mix of jigs, reels and horn pipes.

Three of the group performed at the 2015 KPBX Kids' Concert with rave reviews. The real star of the concert was the dancers on the auditorium floor. Kids happy to be out of the house wiggled, jumped, and circled in time to the music.

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline.

Thanks also to Jaye Nordling and the staff of Riverside Place.

KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale 2017

Feb 26, 2017

Hundreds of event goers found their treasure in musical and film form at the KPBX Recordings & Videos Sale Feb. 25 and 26. 

The annual fundraiser for SPR featured other music and film formats too, including CDs, DVDs, tapes, and the equipment to play them all on. But the big attraction has always been vinyl records and 45s.

Thanks to Spokane Valley Events Center, Spokane Movers, Craven's Coffee Company, and Rocket Bakery. The Salvation Army, Earthworks Recycling, 4000 Holes, The Long Ear in Coeur d' Alene, Bicycle Time in Cheney, Red Rock Catering, Hearn Brothers Publishing, Kirby Vacuum Sales and Supply, Music City, and Events Rents also helped make the Recording and Video sale possible. 

Special thanks to event donors Design Spike, Strong Solutions, The Cleaning Authority, and The Spokesman-Review. 

As is now tradition, hundreds of music lovers lined up before 9 a.m. on Saturday and scanned the floor map to determine which genre to search first. Volunteers sorted items loosely into categories such as pop, rock, classical and jazz with unique treasures in each box.

Those items all come from donors who were ready to let their past treasures go. We're grateful to those who brought in music, movies, and gear. 

The location changed to the Spokane Valley Event Center between Appleway and Sprague near University Rd. (10514 E Sprague Ave.)

The event has been held in one of the Lincoln Center’s ballrooms in recent years, but owner Bob Adolfson discovered roof damage a week and a half before the sale.

“The Lincoln Ballroom’s roof has an unsafe situation that we will have fixed over the next few weeks. The room will be good as new after that, and will be reopened at that time,” Adolfson said. He added that the second, smaller Monroe ballroom is unaffected.

KPBX first held the sale in 1990 with a few boxes of donated items displayed at REI. Back then, the music and news station was only 10 years old and CDs had just started outselling vinyl.  

The sale has grown to hundreds of boxes, moved with help of Spokane Movers.

“Every year, we’re amazed and humbled by our listeners’ generosity, and grateful for the businesses and institutional community that provide donations,” says Kathy Sacket, SPR Events Director.

The Recording & Video Sale is a unique fundraiser for SPR, which fits perfectly with our mission statement. “It brings together music lovers from all over our service area,” Sackett says. “It’s the epitome of recycling and it helps to preserve our musical cultural heritage for the next generation.”

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

Kids of all ages felt like royalty with music for Kings and Queens at the January 28 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at the castle-like St. John's Cathedral on Spokane's South Hill.

Tim Westerhaus, music director for the cathedral, arranged for a concert of sacred and secular music of the era, specifically composed in the 16th century for the Chapel Royal of Queens Mary and Elizabeth.

The cathedral's resident carillonneur, Byrl Cinnamon, began the concert from high atop the bell tower as the Cathedral Kantorei Choir processed in, then sang songs as if they were part of the court of Westminster in London.

Guitarist Paul Grove explored musical romance in the Royal Court, both with solo performance and with soloists from the choir.

Renaissance music, featured heavily in the music program Harmonia (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on KPBX) doesn't have chord progressions that our modern ears are used to. Instead, composers such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd wove melodies together, giving us richly-textured music.

The architecture of St. John's Cathedral borrows from the medieval Gothic style, and details are much like those found in France. Like those buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries, the Cathedral is solely built from rock and glass, no steel used to reinforce the buildings. It's like being in a centuries-old castle! Watch this feature about the building by Public TV KSPS (which is not affiliated with Spokane Public Radio).

Directions to the Cathedral

KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks in part to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, Rocket Bakeries, and Pizza Pipeline. Thanks also to Hearn Brothers Printing, the performers, St. John's Cathedral and its staff, and the members and volunteers of SPR.

Members of the Cathedral Kantorei Choir:
Soprano: Stacia Cammarano, Tamara Schupman, Corliss Newman, Kristen Naudett, Andrea Olsen, Sami Schneider.
Alto: Kristina Ploeger, Darnelle Preston, Mariah Priebe, Amanda Rood, Gretchen Ramey, Angelika Wilson-Wipp
Tenor: Tim Kenagy, Cary Boyce, Eric Betz, Brian Soth, Mark Petty, Isaac Robbins
Bass: Jeff Boen, John Frankhauser, Max Mendez, Jackson Steimel, Joshua Vander Plaats, David Wolff