There's a saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. And while we here at Boise Weekly aren't above wanting to see Trey McIntyre Project bourree through the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, we're also aware that doing so would be a limited representation of Wright's work.
So for the last year, we've been heading out to shows with a video camera, documenting the unfiltered sights and sounds of Boise's live music culture and happenings along with our thoughts on it.
The result is Scenes From a Scene, a web series featuring live performance footage and interviews with everyone from local artists like James Orr and Finn Riggins to national and international artists like Eligh and Ryan Lauder. We've covered ukulele groups, hip-hop acts, marching bands, bluegrass and more. We were there at the final performances of underage blues wunderkinds The Bodo Brothers and skinhead institution Aces and Eights. We've also made the only known recording of local vag-pop duo Vagerfly.
But the real joy of putting the webisodes of Scenes From a Scene together has been video's capacity to show the nuances of interplay between musicians in a group, as well as with their audiences in a way that words could never capture. The playful banter between the members of Microbabies says as much about the band as their music does. And the chemistry between David Fredrickson and Mistina La Fave of The Prids as they discuss almost dying in a van crash is matched only by their chemistry on stage.
BW has put out 25 episodes of Scenes From a Scene so far and has no plans to stop anytime soon. We'll be schlepping the video camera out to as many shows as we can until it's time to upgrade to holographic imaging technology. And maybe then we actually will be able to dance about architecture. Scan the QR code with your smartphone or visit video.boiseweekly.com to tune in yet.[ Video is no longer available. ]