Past SPR Events

SPR Presents BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Oct. 5

Oct 5, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil brought their unique blend of Cajun music to Spokane's Fox on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in a benefit for SPR.

Smithsonian Institute Says BeauSoleil's Cajun Sound Envelops The Heart of Americana Culture 

Fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet’s Louisiana band entertained with their "gumbo" of zydeco, western swing, calypso, blues, and traditional New Orleans jazz. Now in their 42nd year, BeauSoleil has performed in all 50 states and 33 countries and have released over two dozen albums. In 1997, BeauSoleil’s “L’Amour Ou la Folie” became the first Cajun record to win a Grammy. They were a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and he calls BeauSoleil “the best Cajun band in the world.” 

Born near Lafayette in 1951, Michael Doucet grew up with a variety of musical influences and started playing music at the age of 6. In addition to violin and vocals, Doucet also plays guitar, mandolin and accordion. Doucet is acclaimed for his innovative approach to Cajun music which has brought the traditional genre new relevance. Doucet received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions. This is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts.

Thanks to Event Donors: The Cleaning Authority, Design Spike, North Division Bicycle Shop, and Strong Solutions.

Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, came to Spokane on September 22 to talk about wildfires, our changing climate, and how the Trump presidency is dealing with these challenges.

A marimba looks like a big wooden xylophone, with funky tubes coming down from the table-like surface. Experience how those notes pulse right through you at a free KPBX Kids' Concert, happening July 15 at 1 p.m. just west of Downtown Spokane. The outdoor concert takes place at the gazebo in Browne's Addition's Coeur d'Alene Park, at 2nd and Chestnut.

Coeurimba has performed for decades around the Northwest, showcasing traditional Zimbabwe and modern songs. The ten players move quickly between instruments, hammering away with mallets. 

Janean Jorgensen / SPR

Nothing is safe from Paula Poundstone. Politics, social constructs, electronic devices (or as she likes to call them, "Flat Things.")  The comedian spent a couple of hours on Thursday, June 22 by entertaining people from all over the Inland Northwest with observations and anecdotes from her everyday life.

Listen to Paula's interview with Verne Windham

SPR brought families together with high-energy bluegrass music from the Panhandle Polecats at a free, all-ages concert on June 3, 2017 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Couer d’Alene, ID.

The Panhandle Polecats are a quintet of five siblings – two brothers and three sisters – who are known for first-rate music and enthusiastic performances.

“The Panhandle Polecats have gone from being a cute family band to becoming the top dogs and cats in the Inland Northwest Bluegrass scene,” says Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass (heard on KPBX Sundays at 1 p.m.)

From Rathdrum, Idaho, the Panhandle Polecats consist of Austin Little, (banjo), Jenny Little, (bass), Hank Little (dobro & harmonica), Molly Wilbur (mandolin) and Bonnie Campbell(guitar). The band’s music is inspired by bluegrass legends such as Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and The Dillards.

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.