Fox Theater drying out after flooding, weekend shows will go on as scheduled

SPOKANE, Wash. - The buzz of fans filled the space usually occupied by music at a historic Spokane concert venue Friday.

Flood waters did not spare the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox when a storm rolled through Spokane Thursday evening. Water poured in through the loading doors backstage, according to general manager Brian Ritter.

“This was kind of a freak event,” Ritter said.

This happened right before Art Garfunkel was supposed to take the stage for a sound check.

“By the time Art got in the building, we had about six inches of standing water,” Ritter said.

The theater was forced to call off the show. Ritter noted this was the first time he can remember in the past 12 years that flooding has canceled a show.

The concert may be rescheduled, but that's still being discussed. Now, the theater is full of high-powered fans to dry it out in time for other events this weekend.

“We seem to be bouncing back very rapidly,” Ritter said.

He pointed to fairly minimal damage on the stage and said things could have been much worse.

“We dodged a bit of a bullet in that we really didn't see any significant damage other than some surface damage to the stage,” Ritter said.

Musicfest Northwest Festival Highlights Concert is scheduled for Friday evening and Neil Young will perform Saturday. Both shows should go on as scheduled, according to Ritter.

“I understand the Fox is a beloved gem of the Spokane community and we're okay,” Ritter said. “Business will go forward and we're looking forward to hosting a lot of great shows in the near future.”

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