Treefort Music Fest, Boise's SXSW after-party, has finally dropped the whole enchilada on a rapt local music scene: More than 130 bands will be coming from as far away as Australia. You can check out the complete lineup on Cobweb at boiseweekly.com.
Oddly enough, The Bouquet is slated to be part of the festival. This is odd because the club locked its doors in January and put up a sign that it would reopen several weeks later under new ownership.
However, a recent post on The Bouquet's website said that, because of problems with the building, Mercury Management (the company that took over the bar) would be searching for a different space. The website went offline several days later.
Mercury Management representative Jessica Doherty told BW in an email that the new location they're searching for will not carry the name of The Bouquet.
Multiple messages to building owner Tyson Twilegar about the dispute and the future of the space went unreturned. But despite all that, Treefort organizers still have shows booked at the space for the festival's opening night. Good luck.
Another downtown club going through some changes is The Red Room. On Feb. 8, Red Room music booker Keesha Renna sent out an email announcing that she was leaving the club to work independently and that bookings past Wednesday, Feb. 15, were no longer guaranteed.
Several of the higher-profile shows Renna booked, such as Glitterati Burlesque and parts of the Treefort Music Festival, will remain at Red Room. But Renna will now be booking independently under the handle of Vagabond Promotions.
Also reaching the end of its run is file-sharing site btjunkie.com. The site, which was a longtime favorite for music and film piraters, called it quits in the wake of the megaraid on Megaupload that resulted in the arrests of five of its operators on a laundry list of charges, ranging from violating copyright to racketeering to conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Btjunkie posted a goodbye message: "We've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on."
According to Torrentfreak, a number of other popular torrent sites like Filesonic and Fileserve have restricted third-party file access, begun mass file deletions or banned U.S. IP addresses, as well.
This gives weight to two different arguments swirling around in the SOPA/PIPA debate: that the laws aren't necessary for the Department of Justice to enforce copyright law, and that torrent sites are fully aware that their sites are being used to illegally transfer copyrighted content.