This summer, the Idaho Botanical Garden is offering some fun family shows that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. One fine example is the chance to see Billy and Muzzie Braun on July 14. The brothers Braun have been playing great music together and separately for over 30 years. Muzzie Braun has reached national acclaim, having performed on the Tonight Show for both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. And, apparently his talent is hereditary. Braun's sons Willy and Cody founded the alt-country/rock band Reckless Kelly, also finding fans far and wide. It's always great to hear a senior and junior both in the field of music: The names Iglesias, Jennings, and Cash come to mind. But to see them perform together on the stage at the same time is something really special. The Braun boys will take the same stage as their elders in August at a country fest not to be missed. The 2005 Braun Brothers Reunion takes place in Challis and bands scheduled to perform include the original Braun Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars and Muzzie Braun and the Boys. It's going to be one hell of a show.
If this sounds like fun, but you aren't familiar with the elder Brauns or their music, you have a chance to hear and get to know them in plenty of time to make arrangements for the August reunion show and you'll only have to go as far as the Idaho Botanical Garden to see them. Not only will you get to see two of the finest musicians in the business, but also you'll get to enjoy it outdoors-in the beauty of the Idaho Botanical Garden-which is how this kind of music should be heard. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket and prepare for a night of good ol' rock and roll and country music, Americana style.
July 13, from 11: 30 a.m.-1 p.m. Muzzie Braun performs at the Boise State Student Union Building out on the patio as part of the Boise State Noon Tunes summer concert series.
July 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $7 general, $5 members. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Rd., 343-8649.