Heath McNease, Nov. 22, Flying M Coffeegarage, Nampa 

In this issue of Boise Weekly, readers will find a wealth of information on our Boise neighbor, Canyon County, much of it gleaned from a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa.

A hipster's haven in the heart of downtown Nampa, the Coffeegarage offers up a regular rotation of music that's well worth the drive. This Saturday, Georgia-based hip-hop hottie Heath McNease makes a stop at the Coffeegarage (and at Red Letter Books in Boise) on his cross-country tour of churches.

With the release of The Heath McNease Fan Club Meets Tonight on the Christian 7Spin Music label, McNease's sweet sound and sense of humor have earned him fans who might not otherwise cross over to the light side. McNease manages to successfully combine hip-hop with acoustic guitar, a feat not often accomplished with much grace by others before him who've tried. He ignores typical rap music fodder and discusses the totally banal on one hand: "Attention shoppers / blue cardigan / tight-fit Dockers" and a reverence for something greater on the other: "Jesus ain't my homeboy / he's not a bumper sticker or a T-shirt logo."

His charm lay, in part, in his willingness not to take himself too seriously. On his Myspace site, he's described as a "ferocious little monster" ... who "loves interior design" but admits he wrote the short bio in third person because he thought it "sounded more formal."

Saturday, Nov. 22, with The First Ladies and Apple Horse, $3, 8 p.m. Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533.

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