The Checkerboard Bar

Last night I went to the Checkerboard Bar to watch my friend Mike and his band OutPost play a set.

The Checkerboard is a little dive bar on Sprague Street in Spokane. It has a biker vibe to it: the rock music blasting over the speakers, the bartenders with tattoos and a couple of patrons wearing motorcycle jackets. But there’s a diverse demographic at the bar.

Everyone seems nice and friendly though my favorite aspect of the bar are the vintage signs and checkerboard illustrations on the table.

I haven’t gone to many concerts because of work and Mike’s set was pretty late. He played some of his old classics, as well as some new tunes. One thing that sets him apart from other local musicians is how he moves on stage. A lot of guys will just stand and play guitar. Mikes to move around as he’s playing.

Prior to Mike and his band going on stage, the first performer sang a couple of tunes. He kind of reminded me of Dave Matthew’s Band. During his first song, a gal got up and performed a dance. It was beautiful in its own way.

The second band was a group from the Colville Indian Reservation. They were performing in front of a group for the first time and kind of nervous.

I had to leave early before the roads got bad but it was a good night.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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