Antsy and the Troubs are great! I've seen this band perform several times. I guess you can call me a Flamingohead, which is what Antsy's loyal fans call themselves. Antsy and his "sons of hitches" give you your money's worth. Antsy is an amazing songwriter and has been known to hang with folks like Willie Nelson, Tommy Smothers, Lindsay Buckingham, Bobby Cochran, Bonnie Bramlett and others. This show will brighten your day and lift your spirits. This show is also for a great cause, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
It should be pointed out that this will not be funded exclusively with tax dollars. United Way, a bank, Speedy Peterson Foundation, SPAN chapters and others are contributing.
Some additional info: Idaho is currently served by a locally-funded, non-profit hotline in Oregon. There is no national "hotline". There is a national switchboard that routes calls to locally funded hotlines across the country based on the person's area code. Oregon's hotline has taken Idaho's calls at no cost to us as a courtesy to our state. The people of Oregon now are paying for Idaho's hotline services. In addition, the Oregon center has difficulty identifying resources for Idaho callers and responders there do not understand our culture. Followup calls to help Idahoans stay safe may not be conducted.
Idaho needs its own hotline to better meet the needs of people in crisis and the people who care about them. In the initial call, trained responders help reduce the crisis or dispatch help if a suicide is imminent. Next, after the crisis is averted, they help the caller identify ways they can stay safe. These "safety plans" include referrals to needed services, people the caller can contact for help in a crisis and the other activities the caller can do to feel better and keep safe. Idaho hotline responders will know the state, the resources available here, and will be able to make effective referrals to care. The hotline also makes followup calls to individuals to make sure they are carrying out their safety plans and don't fall into another crisis. The Idaho hotline can collect data on the nature of calls and in what part of the state they originate so prevention efforts can be targeted to areas or populations in need of targeted help.
Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours aren't some crazy novelty act. They are actually some serious and accomplished musicians who know how to have a good time. Antsy is rapidly gaining a reputation as a great singer-songwriter and humorist whose subjects are common, ordinary working people. He grew up in a trailer park. His mom sold Avon and his dad drove a truck. He's been featured on NPR and has hung out and played with folks like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, Lindsay Buckingham, Bobby Cochran, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, cowboy poet Baxter Black and Tommy Smothers. His music is a blend of country, rockabilly, R&B and jazz. His fans call themselves Flamingoheads. His concert will be his third benefit show for the Boise chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Antsy and the Troubs sold out last year, so you might want to get your tickets early.
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