100 bands, nine venues including a great outdoor stage – Volume is a music event unlike any other in the Spokane region. Produced by The Inlander, Spokane’s weekly independent newspaper, Volume brings together local and regional acts in the heart of downtown Spokane for an incredible weekend of music. This annual music extravaganza has something for everyone and covers every type of genre and venue you can think of.

The Music:

Headlining this year’s festival is Built to Spill. Based in Boise, this Indie rock band has been making music and touring for 25 years. They hit the Steam Plant outdoor stage on Saturday night along with Chastity Belt – a female powerhouse band based out of Seattle.

Supporting these regional names is a musical army of local acts. Most of the 100 bands performing during Volume are local or have Spokane roots. Acts like Windoe, the solo project of singer-songwriter Karli Ingersoll, who will not only be playing, but owns The Bartlett, one of the Volume venues. Another local act to check out at Volume is Folkinception. The folk-rock group is working on its second album.

The Venues:

These bands need a place to play, and they’ll set up at nine stages across downtown Spokane. You can catch shows at the Steam Plant Stage, The Pin, The Observatory, The Big Dipper, The Bartlett, The Terrain Stage in the Washington Cracker Company building, Red Room Lounge, Mootsy’s, nYne, and Baby Bar. Several of them are all ages for the entire weekend.

With so many bands and so many venues it may be hard to choose which ones you want to see – but never fear! Check out these Spotify playlists broken down by venue, so you know what to expect at each location.

Make a night of it:

Nine stages and 100 bands is a lot to take in, but the Volume Party Bus is aimed at making it easy. Your all-weekend Volume wristband gets you a spot on the bus, which will be making stops at every venue throughout the weekend. Those hot red wristbands also get you special discounts at downtown Spokane businesses, so you can grab dinner or a cocktail.

The Benefit:

In true Spokane style, Volume is about more than music. Proceeds from this amazing event helps support another uniquely Spokane event, Terrain. Every October, Terrain hosts the region’s largest art exhibition, featuring more than 200 works by more than 100 artists. Over the years, Terrain has grown to become more than an annual event, and is now a permanent space and idea that supports a growing community of Spokane artists, giving them a space to share and collaborate.


Don’t want to miss this weekend of live music? You can grab tickets and learn more about the event, the bands and the venues here.

You can also follow along and post your Volume photos on social media using #volume509 and #involume.