Part two of the summer Alive After Five concert series brings six string slide guitar mastermind David Lindley to the Grove Plaza for a night of vintage grooves and bluesy tunes.
Lindley, known for his expertise with a slurry of stringed instruments, blends American folk and bluegrass with African, Arabic, Celtic, and Asian traditions to form a sound that is both technical and exciting. Lindley's onstage banter and sense of humor gives him an overall appeal to critics and audience members alike.
Lindley's wide-ranging instrument collection and worldly knowledge have solidified his 40-year-plus career from his days as a featured accompanist with Jackson Browne to his solo days with El Rayo-X. His catalogue of both collaborative and solo releases earned Lindley high praise from Acoustic Guitar magazine, who referred to him as a "string wizard" and a "maxi-instrumentalist" rather than a multi-instrumentalist for his musical experimentation.
Also on the bill for tonight's Alive After Five is local opener Like a Rocket, comprised of Bobby "Speedy" Gray, Nate Talley and Dustin McFadden-Elliot. The trio is the brainchild of front man and guitarist Gray who bases his music around contemporary country, pop, and rock styles.
The group is using Alive After Five as a preview to their show at Neurolux later tonight. Erienne Williams, the keyboard player and vocalist of Boise's newly founded folk five piece, Parade of Bad Guys, opens. Tickets are $3 at the door the show starts at 8 p.m..
Gray also invited Archie's Place—the new food truck that serves up sloppy joes and other assorted fare—to tonight's Alive After Five. These collaborations are meant to put some smaller names on the Valley's radar and encourage fans of great food and great music to get out and take in what Boise has to offer.
"We are trying to get the little guys in the picture," said Gray. "The more people I can promote, the more they can promote what I do."