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Sasquatch, marmots and Night Ranger. Oh my!

Time for a quick concert update.

It took a bit longer this year than in years past, but Sasquatch at the Gorge Amphitheatre has sold out. And the solar-powered Musicfest created last year by KYRS has a new name. Marmotfest - catchy, isn't it? - will set up shop on Glover Field in Peaceful Valley on July 12. The station's manager, Lupito Flores, promises a lot of great local talent and a big headliner. We'll find out the lineup on May 2. Stay tuned …

Meanwhile, the Spokane Arena announced it was bringing old-school arena rockers Boston to town in September. Joining them will be Night Ranger, the 1980s rock band behind the hits “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” Unlike Boston, which is down to one original member – singer/guitarist Tom Scholz – Night Ranger is touring with its core membership intact: drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy, bass/vocalist Jack Blades and guitarist Brad Gillis. They’ll have a new record out in June, as well.

Some of you out there might remember Night Ranger’s first big gig in Spokane, a September 1984 show at the Opera House that sold out in 2 ½ hours. Tickets for this year’s show are on sale today.

Speaking of the Opera House, comedian Lewis Black will bring his “The Rant is Due” tour to what is now known as INB Performing Arts Center in November. It’s a late add to the 2014-15 Best of Broadway season from West Coast Entertainment. Tickets are being offered first to BoB season ticket holders. They go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. May 2 through TicketsWest. Prices are set at $39.50 to $65.

Oh, and I nearly forgot. File this one under “Wow.”

You heard about that production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” going on tour? The one with JC Chasez of NSYNC, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Brandon Boyd of Incubus and Johnny “Rotten” Lydon of the Sex Pistols? No? Well it’s coming to Spokane, too. July 9 at the arena. Tickets go on sale May 12.