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Libraries Rock! Experience summer music to get you groovin’

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 6:00 am

The excitement and energy of our programs are rockin’ this summer. Our libraries are dynamic places for activity, engagement, and at times, even live music.

Be sure to put on your dancing shoes and experience the off-the-charts musical performances by Jim Gill, Eric Herman, Lyle Morse, The Plaid Cats, Musha Marimba, and more—in our libraries and at local parks near you.

Get your groove on!

KIDS & FAMILIES

Eric Herman

Eric Herman Rocks!
Eric Herman’s wild and wonderful kids and family concerts are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously fun songs. Smile from ear to ear, dance from limb to limb, and laugh from funny bone to funny bone!

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Habiba’s Village: Inspiring Community Stories
Habiba Addo shares tales from African countries that amuse, caution, and inspire us to be our better selves and heal our communities. Habiba’s love for storytelling is spiced with songs and audience participation. The magic begins in the center of our village—in our hearts.

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Salish Songs & Stories with LaRae Wiley*
Experience engaging songs and stories from the Salish language and traditions shared by LaRae Wiley, who is Sn̓ ʕay̓ckstx (Arrow Lakes Band), an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, the founder and executive director of Salish School of Spokane, and a singer/songwriter.

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*The Salish Songs program will not take place on the July 4 holiday.

The Life of Mozart
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company brings history to life in this frolicsome and gleeful play about Mozart, one of history’s greatest geniuses, accompanied by his breathtaking music.

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Sound & Music with Mobius Science
Hear and see (yes, see!) music with entrancing and amazing digital and physical representations of sound waves, including with fire.

Supported by the Diane E. Zahand Fund

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Red Yarn’s Old Barn
Red Yarn and his lovable critters are preparing for the big barn dance, and they need your help! This high-energy music and puppet show will get you singing, dancing, stomping, clapping, and celebrating American folklore.

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Spokane Taiko Drums

Experience this energetic performance of incredible sound on traditional Japanese drums that you will feel through your whole body. At the end of the performance, kids are invited to play the drums!

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Music & Movement
Let’s move, shake, and wiggle! We’re sharing songs both familiar and new, dancing until we drop, and creating a music-related craft. Dress in comfortable clothing for lots of moving around. (For ages 3–7 & their adults)

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Jim Gill Family Concert
Sing, clap, jump, dance, and even sneeze along, as Jim Gill bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo. Experience this joyful musical experience for kids and their adults—parents, grandparents, and caregivers—together. This concert will be filled with Jim’s award-winning recordings and stories from his books for young children. Bring a blanket for those rare times when you’re seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Spokane County Library District

CENTERPLACE (SPOKANE VALLEY), 2426 N DISCOVERY PL
Saturday, Aug 25, 10–11am

ALL AGES

The Willows
The Willows, a dynamic Inland Northwest acoustic trio, offer a spirited tribute to legendary folk singers Peter, Paul, and Mary.

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Lyle Morse
Acoustic bluesman, singer-songwriter Lyle Morse plays the blues as steely and intense as a scorned lover’s stare, as smooth as the feel of black velvet, and as down-home as a jam session on grandma’s front porch.

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The Plaid Cats
Fan favorite at Spokane-area festivals, The Plaid Cats play an original mix of vocally rich swing, country blues, doowop, jug band, and rock oldies.

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Sidetrack
Sidetrack is a six-piece dance band with a great beat. They play an eclectic mix of country, rock-n-roll, swing, folkabilly, island time, and original tunes on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, trumpet, pedal and lap steels, banjo, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica with three-part harmonies.

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I’ll Sing You a Story: Traditional American Folksongs
Adam Miller is a renowned old-school American troubadour and storyteller, who interweaves folksongs and the stories behind them with his rich baritone voice, lively finger-picking acoustic guitar, and beautiful autoharp melodies. His extensive repertoire of folksongs is sure to inspire the whole family to sing along!

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Musha Marimba
Musha Marimba, the accomplished student band from the Bryant School, plays polyrhythmic marimba music primarily from Zimbabwe and southern Africa that is sure to get you moving to the beat.

AIRWAY HEIGHTS
Tuesday, Aug 28, 6–7pm

Spokane’s Musical Legacy
From Bing Crosby to Ryan Lewis, Spokane has been the scene of a rich and varied musical history. This presentation shares the familiar (and perhaps unfamiliar) names and places that have provided a soundtrack for life in the Inland Northwest.

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Tuesday, Jun 12, 6:30–8pm

DIGITAL MUSIC & MORE

hoopla
Keep rockin’ all summer when you borrow and stream popular music, movies, and more instantly with automatic returns (never any late fees). All you need is your library card. Visit hoopla today!

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