Where to listen to some great music this weekend

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Summer is officially over Friday, but the live music scene is just warming up in Sandpoint. Here’s a short compendium of the live music going off this weekend in Sandpoint.

—– Friday, Sept. 22 —–

Von the Baptist.

Trio of Pacific Northwest rock bands @ 219 Lounge

The 219 Lounge is rapidly transforming into a venue which hosts not just local music, but touring and regional bands as well. On Friday, they host a trio of Pacific Northwest rock bands; Von the Baptist, Van Eps and Trash Dogs, starting at 9 p.m. and going until midnight.

Spokane-based Von the Baptist has gained a broad-based following with their swirling psychedelic rock with dynamics that range from whisper quiet to ear-blisteringly loud. Max Harnishfeger wrote on the band’s Bandcamp.com page: “Patient and purposeful without feeling repetitive.”

The dynamic four-piece Van Eps has toured with influential acts such as Vince Neil, Hurt, Geoff Tate and the Ataris. The Seattle-based group draws influence from all across the rock spectrum, and their unique sound is often described as having a “classic feel” with a “modern edge.”

Also hailing from Seattle, Trash Dogs is reminiscent of ‘80s punk rock influenced by ‘70s country melodies. According to their website, the Trash Dogs have a “penchant for cheap beer and rock and roll.”


@ Idaho Pour Authority

The Sandpoint-based trio of pickers and yellers affectionately known as BareGrass will throw down at Idaho Pour Authority from 5-7 p.m. These guys are always full of energy and good times, with a plethora of original songs. Check out their latest album, “Barrel Fire.”

Indie folk rock 

@ MickDuff’s Beer Hall

Harold’s IGA is returning to MickDuff’s Beer Hall from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. If the weather holds out, they’ll play outside next to a roaring bonfire. This trio of Sandpoint misfits plays a long list of originals from their three albums. They also cover everything from Johnny Cash to Violent Femmes.

Jazz saxophone 

@ Pend d’Oreille Winery

Ron Keiper plays at the Pend d’Oreille Winery from 5-8 p.m. Ron plays one of the best jazz saxophones around with a mix of originals and covers.

—– Saturday, Sept. 23 —–

Country rock 

@ MickDuff’s Beer Hall

Montana-based The Teccas feature Scott and Kayla Tecca, a father-daughter duo playing country with a rock sound. Their songs and stories are entertaining and will not leave the listener disappointed. They’ll be playing at the Beer Hall from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Blues @ Idaho Pour Authority

Truck Mills is widely known as one of the best blues guitar players in town. His prowess on the electric, the arch-top and the lap steel is something to behold. He’ll be playing at IPA from 5-7 p.m.

Contemporary @ Arlo’s Ristorante

The Cole Show will play at Arlo’s Ristorante during the dinner hours starting at 6 p.m. The Cole Show features a contemporary mix of jazz, blues, rock and funk.

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