What’s next for the pavilion in downtown Spokane?

Only three concerts are scheduled so far for the Spokane pavilion this summer.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Park board of directors on Thursday unanimously approved a contract extension with California-based entertainment company AEG Presents. The contract includes new incentives and guarantees more than two dozen performances over the next three years.

Only three concerts are scheduled so far for the Spokane pavilion this summer. The new contract extension requires 24 events over the next three years. It also sets out the scheduling procedures at the Pavilion, which should avoid confusion and conflict.

“I think a diverse group of events in the pavilion, a mix of concerts, big community events and really creating what we envisioned in the master plan, is where the community comes together” , said Garret Jones, director of Spokane Parks and Rec. . “That’s where people can come and enjoy.”

With the new contract, Jones said there will still be room for other community events such as Hoopfest.

Only three concerts have been booked at the Pavilion this year, but this new contract will ensure that at least eight concerts are booked next summer. Jones hopes Spokane will become a go-to place for traveling artists.

“To really make it a go-to place and that niche around and that 5,000-goer place where we want to have artists coming from Missoula or going to Portland. Spokane is that middle stop,” Jones said.

The Pavilion concert series began in 2021. Since then, the Pavilion has hosted nine concerts each year between August and October. Some shows were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“I like the smaller room,” said Spokane resident Tracy Lockhart. in public. So it gets people out.”

Another resident, Molly Lave, said she wanted to buy tickets as soon as she could.

“I think it will be fantastic for the city, certainly a great opportunity,” she added. “I love music, so I’m excited to see what kind of gigs they’ll be doing here.”

As part of the contract, the Lancer concessionaire will provide food and beverages during the concerts. The concert series is scheduled to run from August to October.

The next Pavilion concert will take place on August 13 with Iration and Atmosphere. Jones said an additional gig was in the works but not yet ready to be announced.

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David H. Henry