KPBX Kids' Concerts

For 25 years, KPBX Kids' Concerts have brought different genres of music and performances to generations of children. These family concerts are at the heart of the station's mission to provide music awareness and entertainment to our listening region, which compliments our on-air programming.

Eight free one-hour concerts are held throughout the year at rotating venues. At each concert, attendees may be treated to a mix of music and historical information. Each KPBX Kids' Concert highlights a musical style. Past concerts have featured classical, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass, latin, calypso, reggae, klezmer, rockabilly, and lots more.

ALL KPBX KIDS' CONCERTS ARE FREE.

  Sidetrack plays tribute to roots rock icons: The Band during the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album, Music from Big Pink.  Join us at Spokane Community College's Lair Auditorium on Saturday, July 14 at 1pm for this free concert.

On Saturday, June 2 at 1pm the Spokane String Quartet will make their KPBX Kids' Concert debut with A World of Inspiration: String Quartets Inspired By Cultures and Traditions Around the World. The free concert will take place at the Riverside Place Commandery Room in downtown Spokane. 

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Selected students competing in the 2018 Musicfest Northwest Festival were invited by their adjudicators to perform live in the SPR Performance Studio May 16-18 during Classical Music with Verne Windham.

Visit the islands with Moko Jumbie at the next free KPBX Kids Concert, April 7 at 1pm at the Salvation Army KROC Center in Coeur d’Alene.  The quartet will take you on a tour of the tropics and explore a wide range of musical styles like calypso, soca, and reggae - with a side trip to Brazil for samba and bossa nova.

Floating Crowbar

Get ready to move your feet at the March Kids' Concert: the Celtic Dance Party with Floating Crowbar! On March 10, at 1 pm, at the Riverside Place Auditorium (formerly the Masonic Temple), kids young and old will shake a leg to the high-energy mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music from Spokane's premiere Irish band. 

Neesha Schrom Crosen / SPR

The first KPBX Kids' Concert of 2018 featured the Spokane Youth Symphony doing songs for kids, performed by kids. The free concert took place at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane at 1pm.

Janean Jorgansen / SPR

SPR explored the roots of the Jazz Age at the November 18 KPBX Kids' Concert, held at the SFCC Music Auditorium on Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m.  The hour-long concert featured Hot Club of Spokane reminiscing about the history of the Jazz Age.

Hot Club of Spokane consists of Inland Northwest musicians committed to the preservation of jazz, swing, and blues. There is no single "band;" leader Garrin Hertel has some 20 musicians play at various times in ensembles ranging from five to eight players and vocalists.

KPBX Kids' Concert: A SPARC Oktoberfest Oct. 7

Oct 7, 2017
Janean Jorgensen / SPR

What better way to start the fall than with an Oktoberfest! This free KPBX Kids Concert celebrated the dance and music of Bavaria at River Park Square on Oct. 7 2017 at 1 p.m. The hour-long free concert features the low brass quartet, SPARC.

Sometimes spelled “Octoberfest” this traditional German festival celebrates much more than the autumn harvest. It’s an explosion of traditional music, folk dancing, cultural expression, and (for adults) beer.

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. 

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.

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