Panida benefit features folk duo

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

Do you love the Panida Theater? How about live music? Are you so fortunate to enjoy both (I’d imagine there’s got to be some significant overlap in that Venn diagram)?

No matter which category you fall into, you’ll want to mark Sunday, Oct. 25, on your calendar. The Panida’s Blazen Benefit is sure to leave you feeling artistically fulfilled and secure in the historic theater’s future. And if you happen to drop a little money on the event’s silent auction, well, that’s between you and your pocketbook.

Niccole Blaze and Mo Kelly are all smiles as usual. Photo courtesy of Blaze & Kelly.

Niccole Blaze and Mo Kelly are all smiles as usual. Photo courtesy of Blaze & Kelly.

No doubt the big draw of the night will be singer-songwriter Niccole Blaze and her bassist, Mo Kelly. Performing under the name Blaze & Kelly, the duo brings a contemporary folk-rock sound that proved a hit with Sandpoint audiences on their last visit. You’re just as likely to laugh as tap your foot, too, because the musicians are known for their sharp comedic banter both on and off the stage.

Drawing  on influences ranging from Bonnie Raitt to the Indigo Girls, Blaze & Kelly had such a great time on their last visit to Sandpoint that they were happy to book another stop this month. They’re excited to play a show for the benefit of the theater, and hopefully, Sandpoint will grace them with the same packed house they enjoyed last time. Rochelle Smith on mandolin will also be featured, so expect a rich night of music.

While you’re at it, consider carving out some money for the silent auction. There’s a great line-up of items for this year’s autumn fundraiser, including airline tickets, a Pedro’s sweater, gift certificates, concert tickets and more.

According to Panida officials, the autumn fundraiser is crucial to the theater’s late-season operation. That’s why they’ve put a huge effort into making this a memorable night complete with great music, a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $18 and are available from any board member, online at or at the door.  Doors open at 2 p.m. and the concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25.

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