SPOKANE, Wash. — The Lilac City's live entertainment industry is growing as more and more artists make their way to the Inland Northwest.
Venues like the Spokane Arena, Pavilion and the Northern Quest stage are seeing bigger names land on their lineups. Artists like Shania Twain, Paul McCartney, and, most recently, Foo Fighters are putting Spokane on the musical map.
"A lot of the shows that we have on sale right now are either sold out or getting really close to selling out," said Matt Meyer, the director of entertainment at the Spokane Arena.
Spokane venues have partnered with concert promoters like LiveNation and AEG Presents to bring all kinds of acts to Spokane, from multi-platinum-selling artists to indie acts with devoted followings.
"This has been built over many years with expertise and knowing people in the industry, reaching out to music agents, selling them on our venue and on the experience that we have out here," said Matt Gibson, the director of vibe at Northern Quest.
According to Meyer, starting a tour in Spokane is beneficial for the artist and the audience. With a growing food scene, walkability of the city and hotel pricing, Spokane has become one of the most accessible places to catch world class live entertainment.
"We host a variety of events, but our goal is really to provide something for everyone," said Amy Lindsay, the park programming manager at Riverfront Park. "Live entertainment is back in full force."
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