by Josh Vanek
Typically you don't open up a paper like the Indy, or it's online presence, and see much of a formal charge to leave the Garden City for your arts/culture download. Fact is Missoula's swimming in arts and culture. And for my money, we get some solidly good stuff through, and coming from here. Probably more of it per capita than a place like Spokane, with what, thrice our population. Anyhow, here it is: encouragement to go to see a festival in Spokane, Warshington. The town with the nearest:
1) Asian food market (Bay Foods, E. Sprague)
2) Indian restaurant (the one on Division's alright. Kind of like the tex-mex of Indian, but whatever. The one in Spokane Valley's better)
3) Russian/E. Euro markets (E. Sprague also. One's called Mariupol.)
3) Olive Garden (No idea where it is. By the mall or something.)
Started by the weekly independent newspaper, the Inlander, and spearheaded by among others, Leah Sottile Preston who covers the arts/music beats for them, Volume (the name of the fest) looks like a solidly good time, complete with all kinds of diverse groups from across the Northwest!
Notably, they've opened their doors pretty wide to some Missoula's excellent rock and rollers, including Skin Flowers, Shahs, Javier Ryan and King Elephant. This is just year two, and year one was apparently a raging success. Turns out Spokies are hungry for and loved an independent music festival! Let me know if you want some Total Fest handbills to pass out.
Volume starts tonight, May 31, and continues through tomorrow night, June 1.