Live band karaoke returned to Boise May 9 with the first installment of '80s New Wave Karaoke from Todd Dunnigan, keyboard mastermind behind local band Popsicle. Participants could pretty much name any song and Dunnigan would wing it with a drummer. Though bizarre and occasionally rough at times, a line quickly formed and attendees got into the spirit of things.
Dunnigan will return for the next installment of the monthly-ish series at Red Room Wednesday, June 5. Red Room booker Wes Malvini says the series is currently only slotted to run through summer, so get your ya yas out now. Music from DJ Grant Olsen and Popsicle starts at 9 p.m., with live karaoke running from 11:15 p.m.-1 a.m. The cost is $2.
Also returning to the local music scene is the popular Boise Rockeroke live band karaoke series, which went on hiatus for a one-year paternity leave taken by band leader Chris Cullinan.
Boise Rockeroke's return performance will be Friday, May 31 at Red Room, where it will offer a several-hundred-song-deep catalog. (Full disclosure: I am one of the rotating drummers for Boise Rockeroke.)
Boise Rockeroke performances go from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Follow-ups to the series are scheduled for Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 22, Saturday, July 13 and Friday, July 19. The cost is $1 at the door.
Whether you're straight-laced or the sort who feels most comfortable in a costume and a mask, burlesque has something for you. For the adventurous it's yet another excuse for revelry and for the sanguine it's a chance to let one's freak flag fly.
Tonight at Beside Bardenay, Dapper Doyle and the Revelry Revue headline for A Back Alley Night of Class, a burlesque-themed party for one and all presented by MpowermentBOI, a nonprofit arm of ALPHA. Listen to music by Niobi Audio and DJ Myko, sip on mocktails and loosen your necktie from 6-10 p.m. The event is free to attend.
Boise cowpunks Pirahnas BC just released the music video for the song "Seahags," which features frontman James Thomason dressed like a crazy old lady and chasing other members of the band with a knife. It's enough to make you see him differently the next time you see the band play.
When should you do that?
Probably Saturday, June 1 when Pirahnas BC will drop its debut self-titled E.P. at Neurolux.
The five-song release focuses more on the punk/grunge half of the band than the country twang, but features "hits" like "The Mulligan Way," "San Berdoo" and the afforementioned, "Seahags."
Opening the show will be The Useless, Skittish Itz and The Jerkwadz. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. The E.P. will be available for a $5 donation.
As the City of Boise considers issues of livability and sustainability, the advantages of bicycle transportation become more apparent. It's easier—and sometimes quicker—to get around by bike; cyclists tend to be in better physical shape and, according to the Boise State Bicycle Congress, bike-friendly zones enjoy higher economic returns.
Today from 9-11 a.m., the Boise State University Bicycle Congress is holding a workshop called Bike-Friendly Business Districts at the Boise State University Student Union Simplot Ballroom. The workshop discusses the advantages of encouraging bike travel, what other communities have done to encourage this phenomenon and what "bike-friendly" really means.
The event is free to attend, but online RSVP is recommended.
Comic and political commentator Dennis Miller is headed to Boise, Saturday, July 27, as part of a new contract between CenturyLink Arena and promotor Creston Thornton's company, CTTouring.
Officials with both companies announced the deal, which includes plans for CTTouring to produce six-to-eight shows per year at CenturyLink, during a drizzly press conference on the Grove Plaza this afternoon.
Thornton and his brother, Paul, previously booked shows at CenturyLink before the pair sold the Big Easy to national concert company, Knitting Factory.
"We're kind of getting back in business with a former partner of ours, and we're excited that CenturyLink Arena is going to have an exlusive partnership with CTTouring and Creston Thornton," said Eric Trapp, president of CenturyLink Arena and the Idaho Steelheads.
According to Thornton and Trapp, the arena can be configured to accommodate up to 5,000 attendees. Thornton said the space allows for shows with target audiences between that of the Idaho Center and his permanent venue, the Revolution Concert House and Event Center.
While Thornton wouldn't confirm any performances other than Miller's July 27 show, he said the venue's size offers a chance to attract national touring acts.
"I would think a lot of stuff that's touring—maybe Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore—I think there's a lot of acts at are hitting that 4-6,000 [capacity] mark," he said.
Tickets for Miller's performance go on sale Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at the CenturyLink Arena box office, online at centurylinkarenaboise.com, or by phone at 208-331-8497.
For the latest installment of WTF 208: Strange Videos From Around the Gem State, we found some enterprising college students who put their collective noses to the grindstone and managed to make Twilight worse by sending the lead characters to BYU Idaho in a fake film trailor.
Why they did this is a question historians could puzzle over for decades. For now, you'll just have to be satisfied with the schadenfreude of watching these poor bastards put a bullet into the foot of any future political or filmmaking ambition with an unintelligible plotline, a dubstep-meets-classical soundtrack and some of the most awkward acting ever.
Check it out below. But be warned: you can't unsee this.
What happens when a quartet of dudes get lost camping in the North Idaho woods? They discover a treasure map, travel through a mountain a la Bilbo Baggins and interact with magical creatures. And before they find their ways home, they learn about friendship and growing up.
Playwrights Chad Shohet and Dakotah Brown have spun that story into a comedy called Every Man Shift (For All the Rest), which they describe as "a story of broship, growing up and sprites." A reading of the play, which contains adult themes, takes place tonight at Hyde Park Books at 7:30 p.m. as part of the BLiP Reading Series. There's a $5 suggested donation at the door.
Treefort Music Fest took a major hit when its headliner Animal Collective cancelled days before it was set to take the Main Stage. Fans were disappointed, but the festival endured.
Thankfully, Duck Club Presents announced today that Animal Collective has rescheduled its Boise appearance for Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Knitting Factory with Dan Deacon opening. Tickets for that show go on sale to the public Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. and cost $25. For pre-sale info, click here.
Also going on sale that day are tickets for electronic act, Gold Panda, which also cancelled its appearance at Treefort due to inclement weather causing flight delays in Berlin.
That show goes down Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. at Reef with Luke Abbott opening. The show is 18 and up and costs $12 in advance or $14 at the door.
Cheers to both of those acts for following through, rather than just forgetting about little ol' Idaho.
Planning an adult-friendly evening can be tough. The night calls for something more adventurous than dinner and a movie, but less intense than dragging your date to The Torch. Thankfully, Story Story Night has come to the rescue.
Tonight at 8 p.m., the SSN crew hosts Story Story Late-Night at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City.
The theme of this evening's entertainment is TWiSTED, and the whole shebang is emceed by Emmanuel Vera IV and Dustin Chalifoux, along with tunes by Stardust Lounge. Brace yourself for some risque true stories that might make you laugh, cry or hide your eyes. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
The piano was originally conceived as a way for virtually anyone to play sheet music on an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Unfortunately, the level of music literacy required to use a piano this way was uncommon then and rare now.
Del Parkinson, of the Boise State University Department of Music, is an expert on the subject and will deliver a free discussion/performance at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 5277 Kootenai St., today at 3 p.m.
His "discuformance," titled Classical Piano: An Orchestra in 88 Keys, covers the history and application of the piano, and includes performed examples.