Does that pop-country sound get you hot and bothered? There are two big options for you this weekend with the sold-old-months-ago Watershed Music Festival and the Stateline Music Fest at Nashville North. Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line headline the Gorge Amphitheatre fest, while Reckless Kelly, JT Hodges, Luke Jaxon, Cody Canada & the Departed and Nashville North co-owner Jeremy McComb take on the Stateline Fest. It’s all about how much money you want to spend and how hot you want to get these next three days. Yeehaw! And please, remember to drink lots of water.
SATURDAY The Ongoing Concept — that Rathdrum, Idaho, band of brothers who signed with Solid State Records, a subsidiary imprint of Christian label Tooth & Nail Records — are finally in town this weekend at The Pin! touting their new record Handmade. The album’s name is no misnomer; the four-piece not only recorded the whole thing in their home and crafted their own music videos, they also built their own musical instruments to play on the record. The all-ages show starts at 6:30 pm and is $10 at the door.
The Hoot Hoots soar into the Big Dipper tonight. The Seattle indie-rockers like to play Spokane a lot, and we like to come out and support — their shows include rainbow outfits and insanity. Other cool Spokane acts on the bill include Bullets or Balloons, Fun Ladies and Dem Empire. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 pm and is $13 at the door.
The much beloved indie-retro-pop-rock group Mon Chéri sold out the Bartlett at last year’s reunion show after a three-year hiatus. Saturday, the ultra-cool (but more settled-down) four-piece is back once more at a show sure to cause longtime Spokane fans to sway their hips, “ooo” and “ahh” along and reminisce. The band (which was named an Inlander Band to Watch in 2009 and even scored a mention on an MTV blog) used to play Zola weekly — drawing from their extensive catalog of more than 50 originals and choice covers — along with weddings, old folks' homes and more. After nearly four years together before their breakup, including multiple releases and West Coast tours and plenty of singer Caroline Schibel's onstage party dresses, the band truly has a place in Spokane’s music history. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $15 the day of.
Be aware that Monday is pretty busy next week.
Over at the Knitting Factory we have reggae-rock influenced Michael Franti. Yes, the famous for not wearing shoes and going out into the audience during shows, Michael Franti. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $40. Read our preview article of the show here.
Another something for our folks who like it loud and fast: Monday night, the Pin is host to Visitors, VIS, Rot Monger, Flannel Math Animal, the Colourflies, and Nobel Gypsies. The all-ages show is $7 and starts at 8 pm.
Neato Burrito/Baby Bar helps you get in your indie fix Monday night with the help of San Francisco's Sarah Bethe Nelson, Hannah Reader and Loomer. Enjoy.