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Second Week of Festival Begins with Success

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A full moon rises over the distinctive peak of the Festival tent; the smell of fresh popcorn wafts over from the bar, mingling with the scent of Pasha's coffee next door and the tantalizing aroma of the Stud Spud someone is carrying in front of the information booth. Old friends and new are chatting and laughing and calling to companions in the lull between acts while over 300 volunteer workers quietly go about their business, pausing only to say a quick "thank you" to God for the blessed coolness of nightfall after the day's summer heat. Dyno Wahl, the Festival at Sandpoint's dynamic executive director, walks the field with a huge grin on her face, quietly taking in what the past 12 months of hard work has wrought - yet another successful season of music under the stars.

Last week kicked off with an almost full football field and a trio of old faithfuls - the Lettermen. Approximately 2200 people filled Sandpoint's War Memorial Field to attend the first concert of what promises to be a stupendous season in the Festival tradition of world-class music in a hometown atmosphere. The crowds only grew larger as Tower of Power electrified the audience on Friday, and Super Saturday's blend of woman-power, featuring Karla Bonoff and Shawn Colvin, brought soothing sounds under a full moon and the watchful osprey.

Sunday's youth concert featured the Spokane Youth Symphony, Laurie Buck's Studio 1 Dance Academy, clowns, stilt-walkers, pot-bellied pigs, face-painters and Sandpoint High School band students exhorting small children to "blow like this. No, don't bite the reed." The Sorcerer, his apprentice, Mickey Mouse and a dancing broom were highlights as the Festival brought the rare treat of symphony music and starlight together again. 

The eyes of volunteers were growing droopy as they looked forward to two days of rest before the power-packed second week of the Festival begins again on Wednesday evening with Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of the Zombies, along with a complimentary microbrew tasting.

"It's all about the weather," said Festival board member Jim Walter. "If the weather's good, people will buy tickets."

The weather's been good - and if the second week matches the first, The Festival at Sandpoint will once again mark down a financially successful season. Get ready for some more magic this second week as the Zombies, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, country artist Jerry Jeff Walker, Los Lobos and the sweet sounds of the Spokane Symphony fill the air in Sandpoint. See you there.

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Landon Otis

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Festival at Sandpoint, Spokane Symphony, Dyno Wahl, the Lettermen, Tower of Power, Karla Bonoff, Shawn Colvin, Zombies, Bela Fleck, Jerry Jeff Walker, Los Lobos, Jim Walter

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