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Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil returns to Spokane Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Proceeds benefit SPR. Tickets go on sale July 14 at TicketsWest.com, 800.325.SEAT, the Fox Box Office, or 509.624.1200.

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

Fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet’s Louisiana band entertains with a unique blend of zydeco, western swing, calypso, blues, and traditional New Orleans jazz. Doucet formed BeauSoleil in 1977. The group 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.

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, will come to Spokane's Bing Crosby Theater on September 22, to tape an upcoming program as part of his "Listening To America" Tour. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The SPR fundraiser had to be postponed due to medical reasons. He will also be off the air a few weeks beginning mid-May. His doctors say his prognosis is excellent.

What To Do With Tickets With May Date?

Ashbrook said he’s looking forward to the rescheduled visit.  “Sometimes we just have to take care of medical stuff,” he added.  “My doctor says now's the time.  He says I'll be back at the gym in a month.  That sounds good to me!  Thanks for your patience.” 

Thanks Event Donors: MTR Communications, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sam Rodell, Architects.

What better way to start the fall than with an Oktoberfest! KPBX Kids Concert celebrates the dance and music of Bavaria at River Park Square 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-drinking.

SPR explores the roots of the Jazz Age at the November 18 KPBX Kids' Concert, to be held on Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m.  The hour-long concert presents 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.

Spokane Public Radio does things a little differently than other public radio stations. We were founded on the mission of incorporating the local arts and arts organizations into what we do every day.

Flagship station KPBX holds eight free family concerts a year to introduce kids to a wide variety of music. Each February, we host the biggest sale of vintage vinyl and other music items at the Recordings & Videos Sale. Each fall, in partnership with the Spokane Folklore Society's Fall Folk Fest, we organize and broadcast live performances in a two-hour concert from the campus of Spokane Community College.

In addition to these annual treats, we thank our volunteers and underwriters each year with an event at a community venue, and produce many special events. We've had evenings with public radio reporters and hosts such as Cokie Roberts, Paula Poundstone and Zorba Paster.

Our mission wouldn't be complete without regular live performances from our own broadcast studios, along with our annual forums held at City Hall.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers, 30 staff and community producers, and you, our listeners, Spokane Public Radio has become a place where the community turns for live and on-air arts and cultural experiences.