dolly rides again
If you don't know her yet, you must be Rip Van Winkle. If you are Mr. Winkle, then get ready to join the awake because iconic songstress Dolly Parton is coming to introduce herself with her Hello, I'm Dolly tour. Parton, for you Winkles, has been one of America's most beloved superstars for four whole decades--decades! And she still looks mighty fine in sequins and big blonde wigs. This is the first tour on which Parton will perform music from her entire cadre of work. She will run the wide gamut of her own compositions, performing the early Appalachian songs that brought her stardom, her successful pop hits from the 70s and 80s, the recent stuff from Little Sparrow and The Grass is Blue and some new material too.
Opening act is The Grascals, a band of accomplished Nashville musicians who will lay the groundwork for a profoundly foot-tappable night.
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m., $39.50 at ICTickets, Idaho Center, 16200 Can-Ada Road, Nampa,
keep on strummin'
OLD BOISE GUITAR 20th ANNIVERSARY
Even though you can't drink at 20, there is something special about 20th birthdays. You're still in your prime at 20, but it is nice to say "I remember those days ..." like you're really old. So Old Boise Guitar Co. on Main Street is actually old now; the independently owned music store is celebrating 20 years of business serving Treasure Valley musicians. Established in 1984 as Old Boise Music by musician John Pisano, the shop offers acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers and the accompanying gear. The key to Old Boise Guitar's longevity is providing great service and respecting musicians, no matter how crappy, ahem, emergent they are.
Their philosophy is simple: Quality instruments and exceptional service at fair prices. Bam! Through the end of the year, Old Boise Guitar Co. is holding weekly drawings for their T-shirts and gift certificates. If you want more information, stop in for a chat.
Old Boise Guitar Co., 515 Main St., 344-7600, open Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
travelin' lady golden
Local and national recording maven Rosalie Sorrels is 71 years young, and to prove it she's started her own record label, Way Out in Idaho. She's also released her latest album, My Last Go Round: Rosalie Sorrels and Friends, recorded live in 2002 at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Mass. The album is considered to be a wrap-up of Sorrel's four-decade career. Joining Idaho's "notorious bandit mountain woman" on the album is a hearty six-piece band. "All of these people have been my teachers and collaborators for years," Sorrels says. And by the way, on December 7, Sorrels' album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Though she's been honored all over the place for years, this is her first Grammy nomination. The 47th Grammy Awards are on Feb. 13.
GREEN BELT TERROR/THE MONGOLOIDS
In what sounds like some sort of scary, modern-day Genghis Khan type of raid on Boise, local metalheads Green Belt Terror are teaming up with The Mongoloids for a fierce and ferocious concert. They will likely eat meat off the bone. But if not, they will surely smash out some tunes.
Friday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. $3, JD & Friends, 1519 Main St.
cat scratch fever
A friend recently drew up a comparison between local classic rock bands and old-cut diamonds. The small table surface means there isn't as much view of all the cuts and sparkles so they aren't as shiny as the new versions, but they are beautiful and beloved in their own way. The moral of this story is that local classic rockers Nyne Lyvz are still cool, even if their show isn't as expensive as a Hearts on Fire.
Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, 9 p.m., $2, The New Frontier, 116 E. Broadway, Meridian.
THIS WEEK IN MUSIC HISTORY:
• December 16, 1983: The end of The Who. The seminal British rockers disbanded for good. However, they regrouped again just once in 1986 for the Live Aid Concert.
• December 20, 1973: Pop, rock and folk singer Walden Robert Cassotto, aka Bobby Darin, died at age 37 of a heart condition brought on by childhood rheumatic fever. Darrin had 41 hits from 1958 to 1973, including "Splish Splash" and "Mack the Knife," and has since become the focus of a Kevin Spacey pet project film biography due out soon.