With the reopening of the Visual Arts Collective, musicians—both local and touring—now have one more venue in which to play for the people. On April 9, Motorflower—Steve Fulton (guitar, mandolin, piano), Stephen Hall (drums), Nathan Moody (guitar, lead vocals) and John Paul (bass)—will perform their mellow rock live as this line-up for the first time ever.
Fulton and Hall's relationship goes back nearly 20 years to the founding of band House of Hoi Polloi. Hall started the band Motorflower before moving back east about six years ago. About a year ago, according to Fulton, Hall "got a fire lit under him" and the two started working on a long-distance recording project together. When Hall got to town last week, they worked on the final mix together, and a new CD should be available at the time of the show.
April 9, with Dan Costello, 7:30 p.m., $3. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297.
Saturday (and Friday) Night's All Right
According to an e-mail from Bryan Crew, Tom Grainey's talent buyer/show producer, Grainey's will only have live music on Friday and Saturday nights, at least for a little while. They'll fill up the weekdays with drink specials and an open jam on Sundays. Portland's Floater will play an acoustic show down in J.T. Toad's on May 16.
109 S. 6th St., 208-345-2505. Open Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Man of Many Talents
Local pop-rocker Ned Evett is on his way to becoming a multi-media mogul. He recently wrote and directed a music video for Epic Record's recording artist, guitar legend Joe Satriani. The video for the new single, "I Just Wanna Rock" is chock full of robots, pinball machines, puppets, Satriani's strings and Evett's sense of humor. See it at Satriani.com.