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10 Years Offering the Best in Blues Blues Festival returns to Coeur d’Alene
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTO BY CHUCK SHIRLEY
NAMED THE BEST BLUES FESTIVAL BY THE INLAND BLUES SOCIETY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival returns for another weekend of soul-swinging entertainment Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. Music will fill the air all weekend long throughout the Coeur d’Alene Resort downtown. “It is the first Blues Festival of the year, and blues fans love to get together, and they love to party, so this gives them that first chance since last September,” says Craig Heimbigner of Too Far North Productions. “They are the best music fans in the world. They laugh, they eat, they drink and they dance.” Craig, along with Jim Volke of Impact Lighting and the management of The Coeur d’Alene Resort, take great pride in being able to bring this festival to Coeur d’Alene year after year, with 2019 marking its 10th anniversary. The weekend features several national touring acts and regional acts, with the rest being local from Montana, Idaho and Central Washington. From soul to delta, country to contemporary, to rock and even gospel, audiences will be delighted with the many genres of blues.
“This year’s headliners, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, are actually known for what most call Texas Roadhouse Blues that is raunchy, raw, rocking and fun,” says Craig. “Sara Brown hits on the classic R&B and country, but also original. Ben Rice has won awards for Best Contemporary Blues Band. Harlis Sweetwater rocks like a gravel road, and The Stepbrothers are big-sound sweet, funky soul with a capital S. We also have the guitar shredders, the horns, the acoustic delta music and a gospel quartet that performs at the Sunday Brunch.”
The blues music is kept alive in the Coeur d’Alene area thanks to the work of the Inland Empire Blues Society, who has awarded the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival the Best Blues Festival title for three years running. To view the full three-day weekend lineup and to purchase tickets, visit CdAResort. com/play/events/blues-festival. For additional information, call the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 855.379.5478.
The Sorensen Auction & Soiree
NIBCA Home & Garden Show
7th Annual Sweethearts’ Ball: A Night in Wonderland
Lights, camera, action! Sorensen PTO is rolling out the red carpet for a star-studded soirée, old Hollywood style, celebrating the past, present and future stars of Sorensen. Don your finery for an evening of food, music and generosity celebrating kids and the arts. This will be a night to remember! Held at the Coeur d’Alene REsort 5:30 to 11pm, tickets can be purchased online at SMPTO.org.
When it comes to decorating ideas as well as products for your house and garden, you will find them at the 2019 NIBCA Home and Garden Show. Held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, this three-day event is sure to inspire as it presents unique ideas and products for the home and yard. Show hours are Friday, noon to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. NIBCA.com
Join in celebrating the lives of children in the Greater Northwest who battle cancer-related illnesses. Held at The Coeur d’Alene Resort 5pm to midnight, the evening includes live and silent auction, DJ and dancing, guest speakers, raffle prizes and prizes awarded for best dressed! All proceeds benefit Camp Journey. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit SweetheartsBall.com.
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