Innovia Foundation Celebrates Community, Music and History at Browne’s Addition Summer Concerts

Spokane, WA, June 11, 2024 Music has a unique ability to bridge divides, create social connections and promote understanding among people from all walks of life. Whether through shared experiences, a common cultural heritage or an unspoken emotional connection, music serves as a powerful force for bringing people together in harmony and unity.  

As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, Innovia actively seeks opportunities to bring communities together for vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences. 

This year, Innovia Foundation is investing in free and low-cost opportunities for communities to gather around the shared power of music by supporting community concert events in recognition of its 50th Anniversary theme of “Celebrating Community.” As part of this investment, Innovia is proud to sponsor the 27th season of the Browne’s Addition Summer Concerts, featuring some of Spokane’s most popular bands, alongside award-winning groups from across the region and nation.  

For decades, this concert series has been a staple of local community and social life during the summer months. Family-friendly, free and open to all, the concerts kick off on June 20, 2024 at Spokane’s oldest park, Coeur d’Alene Park, located in the heart of the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood. 

As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, Innovia actively seeks opportunities to bring communities together for vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences. 

“For over 100 years, Spokane’s Coeur d’Alene Park has provided a space for neighbors to gather and children to play,” says Shelly O’Quinn, CEO of Innovia Foundation. “Innovia is honored to invest in the continued vitality of this iconic park through the Browne’s Addition Summer Concerts, drawing visitors near and far to celebrate music and community together.” 

Produced by the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council, concerts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday until August 15, with no performance scheduled for July 4. 

The 2024 concert line-up includes: 

June 20: Mardi Gras Growlers, a six-person band synonymous with good-time, feel-good New Orleans music. The Lady Growler is Abbey Crawford, an award-winning vocalist and local actress for over 20 years.  

June 27: Time Baby, an eclectic jazz fusion group of established local musicians and one of three winners of the Spokane Public Radio’s Firehouse Sessions contest. They prioritize the art of creating and performing original music.  

July 11: Villa Blues ’N Jazz. Local noted vocalist Heather Villa brought together four Spokane Jazz musicians to form this Jazz and Blues group playing music influences of the group, including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lee Hooker, BB King and Stevie Wonder. 

July 18: Free Whiskey, a Celtic Folk Rock band, will play traditional with a twist. Vintage Rock and Celtic ballads are intertwined and mesh together as the six members “make magic” together. 

July 25: Soul Proprietor, a high-energy, 10-piece “Urban Soul” group playing Blues, Funk, Motown, R&B and Classic Rock. It features outstanding vocalists Patrice Thompson-Rose and Jerry Lee Raines, a stellar 4-piece horn section, and a super-funky rhythm section. 

August 1: Front Porch Rockers will bring songs from a range of styles, including the roots of Folk, Tin Pan Alley, Rock ‘n Roll, American Songbook, Blues and much more. The music makers include musicians who have entertained Spokane audiences for many years in many different bands. 

August 8: Lucky Losers, winners of five Independent Blues Awards in 2021 and San Francisco’s number one touring band will play as part of their Pacific Northwest tour. Their music is a throwback to the hybrid of Soul, Blues, Rock, Gospel, and Country that emerged in the late 1960s. 

August 15: Nu Jack City will wrap up the season playing Motown, R&B, as well as current popular tunes. The seven-piece ensemble has been playing for 20 years and bills itself as a high-energy party band fronted by Monee Hamm and Maxwell. 

As a collective of neighbors, the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council has organized the summer concert series for decades, while also working in close collaboration with local residents, the Spokane Parks Board and City Council to restore and beautify Coeur d’Alene Park. Spokane’s Historic Coeur d’Alene Park Fund at Innovia, established by the Council, is bringing the community’s plans and dreams for the park to life, including updates to the playground, walkways and bathrooms. 

“For the last 27 years, music has echoed through the trees in Spokane’s oldest park in what has developed into the city’s premier free outdoor concert series,” says Annie Matlow, Browne’s Addition Summer Concerts Coordinator. “The Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council is committed to continuing the celebration with great performances in Coeur d’Alene Park during this year’s lineup.” 

Innovia’s investment in concert series is part of a series of events and activities Innovia is gifting to communities across Eastern Washington and North Idaho in celebration of the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary in 2024. More information about these events can be found at 

Pictured: Coeur d’Alene Park in the 1890s when the park was the social center of the neighborhood. People walk along the roads and paths that were there at that time and onlookers enjoy a concert in the gazebo. 

Celebrating Community in 2024

Together with media partner NonStop Local KHQ, Innovia is Celebrating Community, a year-long, region-wide celebration of the volunteers, citizens and organizations that have faithfully served the needs of communities for 50 years in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Each month, Innovia will gift the region with free, inclusive, family-friendly activities and experiences to commemorate the Foundation’s past, present and future of bringing people together to transform lives and communities. Event details will be released at the beginning of each month throughout 2024.

50th Anniversary Calendar of Events

In addition to Innovia-sponsored community events, the Foundation has launched an online calendar where individuals and organizations can submit information about celebrations and activities in their community. The calendar is open to any events within the Foundation’s region that are free or low-cost, family-friendly and have a broad community appeal. Calendar entries can be submitted at

Photo Drawing

Community members who attend Innovia-sponsored community events this year are invited to submit their photos from the event for a chance to win a photo drawing. Winners will be selected in March, June, September and December to receive a $250 grant to a nonprofit of their choice. Entries can be submitted by posting photos on Instagram with the hashtag #innoviacelebratescommunity or by submitting through an online form. Full drawing details and rules, including the online submission form, can be found at

More information about Innovia Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, 2024 celebrations and history can be found at

About Innovia Foundation

As the community foundation for Eastern Washington and North Idaho, we partner with people who want to improve their communities and make the world better. We work together to identify and respond to our region’s greatest opportunities, help those in need, and leave a lasting impact. Our mission is to ignite generosity that transforms lives and communities. We envision vibrant and sustainable communities where every person has the opportunity to thrive. Each year, Innovia Foundation invests $10 million into our communities through grants and scholarships.

Innovia Foundation is proud to partner with NonStop Local KHQ for community coverage of these family-friendly free events.

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