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Artists beautifying downtown underpasses

Artists beautifying downtown underpasses

Downtown Spokane should look a little brighter after this summer after several teams of local artists finish beautifying four railroad underpasses.

One downtown mural was painted back in 2000 and it has made it 14 years without really being defaced by vandals. That's the hope with the Wall Street railroad underpass, one of four downtown that will look completely different after the summer.

"We kind of wanted to have nature re-infiltrating this industrial area," Eric Parker said.

Parker is part of a two-person team taking on the Cedar Street underpass. His mission is simple: "Beautify, deter graffiti and generate a drawing that really responds to the pre-existing space."

"This is our community too, so we want to keep it nice," Todd Benson said.

The Maple Street underpass is the biggest project brothers Todd and Cain Benson have ever signed up for

"We are going to be here for at least a month, we got the other side of the street to do too and there is color to come but we should have her done in a month or so," Todd Benson said.

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Spokane’s railroad underpasses are in the process of getting a facelift, and one of the art teams involved wants to hear the ideas of the next generation. The SUMAC Project is calling for submissions from local kids to help them design the mural that will revamp the walls of the Howard Street underpass.

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is reading this summer, and will be diving into the swamp lands of Florida for the 13th year of the community reading event. This summer Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

The annual Band and Strings Spectacular was Tuesday night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,600 students played their instruments in front of thousands of proud parents.

Most teachers and parents would agree just getting to this point was nothing short of a miracle.

"It's a lot of work getting it all put together and there are so many people that work together and pull it off," said band teacher Karen Budge.

The musicians were made up of 5th and 6th graders from Spokane Schools. For many of them the concert was an hour to prove to themselves what they're capable of, and to make their parents proud.

"It's fun because you get to do all these songs and it's really pretty amazing," said Chloe from Brown Elementary.

"Her playing tonight is a fantastic opportunity for her to grow as a person and grow as a musician," said Chloe's mom Tammi.

KXLY'S Kris Crocker emceed of the event.

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

News release from Northern Quest Resort & Casino:

 May 5, 2014Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino is excited to announce four of this year’s sensational shows for the 4th Annual Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts.  These great acts represent half of the 2014 summer concert lineup with the remaining shows to be announced in mid-May.

The 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts have upped the fun factor this year with the increased variety that concert fans have asked for, including iconic “blasts from the past,” country superstars, rock favorites and one of the worlds most respected comedians.  With the wide range of entertainment options in this year’s outdoor shows there is something for everyone. Ticket prices start as low as $45 and event parking is always free!  Come out and enjoy great live entertainment under the setting sun on Northern Quest’s outdoor stage.

We are proud to present the following stand-out entertainment acts as part of our 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert lineup

Pixies announce Spokane tour stop

Pixies announce Spokane tour stop

Just one week after releasing their first album in 22 years, the Pixies have announced 2014 tour dates. The iconic band will be stopping in Spokane on October 3rd.


The band disbanded in 1993 after releasing five albums. In 2004, they reunited and started touring again. The band secretly began recording Indi Cindy in 2012, and it was released on April 29th. Because founder Pixies bassist, Kim Deal, decided to leave the band shortly after work started on Indie Cindy, the band will be performing with a variety of touring bassists.

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

For the third year in a row, the giant Bloomsday shoe will be on display prior to the race to promote epilepsy awareness.


Balloon artist Ryan Oelrich used over 700 balloons to creak the car sized shoe. The shoe is sponsored by Bloomsday and uses purple to promote epilepsy awareness. Oelrich, as well as 2.3 million other American live with the neurological disorder.