Spokane Music Venues

September 1, 2020 4:25 pm

Spokane’s local music scene would need to be chronicled by someone much more hip than myself, but if you’re wondering if the live music scene is “happening” in Spokane, you’re in luck… it is. Whether you’re wanting to see live music, or even play some yourself, Spokane has a venue for you.

The Fox

If your idea of good live music includes a full orchestra, The Fox is the place to be. Home to the Spokane Symphony, the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox has been one of Spokane’s concert staples since 1931. With its beautiful interior architecture, The Fox is an excellent venue for the diverse acts, hosting local, regional, and cultural events. The Fox emphasizes educational and entertainment events equally. The theater recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of a major renovation, and shows no sign of slowing down!

Lucky You Lounge

Last summer Spokane saw one of its favorite concert venues—The Bartlett—close, only to reopen a stone’s throw away as “The Lucky You Lounge.” Lucky for us, it has the same management and attracts the same acts, but now in a bigger and nicer venue! Located downtown on the outskirts of Browne’s Addition (Spokane’s artsy neighborhood) The Lucky You Lounge is Spokane’s hub for touring indie acts. Most shows are $25 or less, and you can later brag about seeing the bands that play there “before they were mainstream.”

The Knitting Factory

Nope, it’s not where Karens buy crochet supplies, it’s actually an industry-leading concert venue that also has locations in Boise and Brooklyn, NY. This mid-sized venue attracts both national touring acts and local musicians, and is one of the few places that showcases hip-hop acts. The Knitting Factory also acts as a promotional liaison, bringing other performers to smaller venues not mentioned on this list. If you’re into metal, you’ll be into “The Knit.”

The Bing Crosby Theater

It has changed its name quite a few times in its 102-year history, but the three renovations along the way have made this 744-seat theater really pop, attracting mostly acts with a more contemporary flair. From classical musicians and crooners to comedy acts and everything in between, “The Bing” is perhaps Spokane’s most elegant place to catch a show.

 The US Pavilion (at Riverfront Park)

What would have been Spokane’s newest venue for concerts in the summer of 2020 (thanks, COVID) is looking to be the premiere place for outdoor concerts in 2021. The US Pavilion was originally built as a massive tent frame for Expo ‘74, and in a past life has housed an ice-skating rink and an IMAX. A mammoth renovation in the Summer of 2018 has carved an amphitheater-esque bowl into the infrastructure, and along with its spiraling light features, should make a great outdoor theater once it kicks off.

Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena

Home to Spokane’s beloved WHL team The Chiefs, the arena is the place for top headlining shows. Every summer it’s slated with many huge acts that pack out its 11k+ capacity. The Spokane Arena attracts some of the biggest names in music, as well as concert-goers from surrounding areas. From Metallica to Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift, rest assured you can still catch many big-city arena concerts without jogging over to Seattle, especially if you love popular country music!

The Big Dipper

For local bands and performers, The Big Dipper has always been a Spokane favorite. Far from pretentious, the Dipper’s intimate setting and ease-of-access makes it a great place to see local musicians take the stage, or maybe even get some stagetime yourself!

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